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Twitter Names Black Woman to VP of Diversity

Candi Castleberry-Singleton (Twitter)

Candi Castleberry-Singleton has been named vice president of inclusion and diversity at Twitter. Castleberry-Singleton replaces Jeffrey Siminoff who resigned in February.  Castleberry-Singleton has a long track record in the field of diversity and inclusion. Previously she worked at some of America’s top technology companies including Motorola where she was vice president of global inclusion and diversity. At Sun Microsystems she led the Global Inclusion Center of Expertise. She also worked in sales and marketing at Xerox.

In a statement Castleberry-Singleton said, “I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community. I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Twitter.”

Twitter, like many tech companies, have faced criticism for the lack of diversity in its workforce. Twitter has been hit with high turnover in its diversity leadership position. The company has seen three diversity chiefs depart since 2015.

Castleberry-Singleton takes over a position in a company that is popular among African-Americans.  Pew Research reported that  28 percent of African-American and Latino Internet users use Twitter compared to 20 percent of Internet users who are white use it.

Twitter is the second major tech company to turn to an African-American woman to solve their diversity issues. Recently Apple named a black woman, Denise Young Smith, to head it’s diversity efforts.

Castleberry-Singleton is the founder of the Dignity and Respect Campaign an organization that focuses on providing open and respectful workplaces for all ethnicities.

A native of Los Angeles, Castleberry-Singleton possess extensive educational credentials with an MBA from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from UC Berkeley. She also completed the Stanford University Executive Human Resources program.



Black Women and Online Dating


Valentine’s Day is near and there are a lot of sistas left out in the cold on the day of love. Black women are the least coupled and least dated of all races and the problem is getting worse. Is online dating the answer? Black men have embraced interracial dating. Is it time for black women to do the same?


Why are black women single?

First, few single black women said they were looking for long-term relationships (LTRs). But single black men, almost 43 percent according to a 2013 National Public Radio poll, said they are looking for a long-term partner. A Yale University study found that 42 percent of African-American women in the United States were unmarried.

NPR surveyed African-American singles between 18 and 49 years who were divorced, widowed or never married on a wide variety of topics. These questions touched on communities, finance and dating. The question we are most interested in is, are you currently seeking a long-term romantic commitment?

Majorities of single black women and men said they weren't looking for long-term relationships.

The majority of African-American men and women, 57 percent, said they were not looking for a LTR. So the question must be asked, are single black people even interested in a LTR? It would appear not.

There is no shortages of theories about this phenomenon. Some black women blame interracial dating while others say a racist criminal justice system that imprisons black men in horrendous numbers is to blame. Still others blame drugs, disease, economic factors, gay black men being on the “down-low” and even black churches for keeping black women single.

Some black women believe that the skills learned to be a successful professional do not equate to being a successful mate. J.J. Smith a black woman and a dating and relationship expert says “Our credentials don’t attract men.” Smith published a potent list of reasons why black women are single on the BlackNewsOne.com website.

What is happening to black relationships?

Courtesy: Samuiblue

Courtesy: Samuiblue

Black men and women struggle to relate and communicate with one another. As a result black women are finding it hard to find a worthy mate. Why? The U.S. Census revealed that there are 1.8 million more black women than black men. Black women graduate high school and college at a greater rate than black men. Black women are also more likely to be employed in professional occupations than black men and are higher income earners.

And when they do meet a black man of interest they have to deal with his emotional or past challenges with another black woman and vice-versa. As a black man myself I have dated women whom I have had to deal with the damage and garbage the last brother left her with.

Black women on the other hand will say, “I’m not going to raise a grown man.” Black women will  become turned off when the man seems unable to “handle his business.”  A black woman shuts down quickly when she feels like she’s starting to settle or lower her standards in the relationship. For strong black women their guard goes up and they begin to move away, quickly if necessary. There is advice for black men dealing with strong black women .

Economic and educational differences between black men and women create problems managing power and expectations in a relationship. Does a black woman need to be submissive to her man? Is a black man’s pride threatened by a strong, educated, assertive black woman? The issues and questions are powerful and often answered only in individual situations.

 Is online dating the answer?

Black women have it tough even on the Internet. According to OKCupid.com men replied to e-mails sent by African-American women less often than notes sent by women of other races. Men, including black men, respond to African-American women at about a 20 percent lower rate than others.

Ama Yawson founder of LoveEssence.com said “I don’t think we should take these statistics too seriously. Black people who go to a main stream site like OKCupid.com aren’t necessarily black people who are interested in meeting other black people online.”

AKl-MiaTSome black women who venture into online dating for the first time admit they refrain from sending e-mails to men fearing they may not get a response. But that’s not to say that black women are being rejected across all dating sites. Other dating sites such as BlackPeopleMeet.com are where black women find themselves in greater demand. Men from all races join African-American dating sites to meet single black women.

But strangely some black women said they receive more messages from black men on interracial dating sites than they do from men of other races. Experts say that black women who are interested in meeting a mate need to cast a wider net. Don’t limit your search or profile to a single website when looking for love. Black women are also encouraged to not let the negative information about your chances at finding love online discourage you.

Ron Worthy, Executive Director of BlackPeopleMeet.com, said that the black singles dating market is fast growing and effective. “In an ever wired society, online dating has become recognized as one of the most effective ways for people to meet and black singles are one of the fastest growing populations in this segment. As the population migrates from urban centers to suburban settings, an online community acts as a common meeting ground, a place to gather and find each other. Compared to traditional methods of meeting other singles, online dating offers the greatest pool of potential relationship partners, and its certainly the most affordable option in today’s difficult economy.”

Should black women date interracially? 

Research indicates that this may not be a good option either.  Segregation thrives in online romance. Researchers at the UC Berkeley found that it is highly unlikely that whites initiate contact with black people.

The UC Berkeley study revealed that 80 percent of communication initiated by whites went to other whites with only 3 percent going to African-Americans. Black people were ten times more likely to contact whites.  And black men were more likely to contact white women than black but only slightly.

The study revealed black women were the least likely of all groups to be contacted. But the study also revealed  that although black women were more likely than white women to contact a man of another race their primary choice was black men. 

Is it even a choice?

Even though black men are dating interracially, black women seem to be forbidden the same choice. It seems that black people are not accepting of black women dating other races. Even fictional characters are not immune to criticism. Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, the central character in the television series ‘Scandal‘ is routinely attacked online for having a fictional affair with the show’s married, white president of the United States.

“People don’t understand. They think it’s no big deal, but it is,” said Christelyn Karazin, co-author with Janice Roshalle Littlejohn of the book “Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed.”

“Black men date or marry interracially at more than double the level women do,” she said. They are given a pass. They can date anyone they want to — black women, white women.”

But do black women want to date white men? What are the reasons black women don’t choose to date outside their race?

So what is a sister going to do? Damned if you do! Damned if you don’t! When it comes to romance, relationships, sex and life black women are in a nearly impossible position.

Black women understand beyond anything I can write here what is happening. And if you think they are going to just give up you would be wrong.

Now you know










You Can Get a Free Online Education

canstockphoto17951964Do I need to tell you that college is expensive? I didn’t think so. Black people understand the difficulties that come with attending college. First and foremost, the cost. A university education is shamefully expensive but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are a high school graduate, working mother or established professional you can always use more education. Its the key to advancement.  You can get a free online education.

Getting an education does not have to break you. There is plenty of free online education from some of Americas’s best schools. The strategy is get as much as you can and build your transcript.

One of the sites that has a listing of free online courses is Howtogeek.com. This is a powerful site that will show you how to enroll and take courses from some of America’s top universities. By top I mean MIT, UCBerkeley and Yale. You can enroll in Harvard University, free. If you don’t believe me just click on the link! And keep in mind that you just don’t take these courses. You can earn credits, certificates and even degrees. For FREE!

We need more black college graduates.  According to the 2010 census, 1.2 million black male college students make up 5.5 percent of all college students. As for black women,  in 2011  black women enrolling in college hit a record high. Analysis of the most recent census data showed that almost 1 in 10 of every African-American woman is enrolled in a college or university. This data suggests that the barriers to higher education hindering women and minorities may finally be crumbling.

According to a U.S. Department of Education report over 4 million African-American students enrolled in U.S. Title IV institutions making up 14.4 % of all students at these educational institutions. Title IV institutions are schools eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs. The report also revealed that in the 2012-13 academic year, over 300,000 African-American students earned degrees at four-year Title IV schools. These students made up only 10.4% of all students who earned degrees at these institutions that year. We still lag behind other groups especially whites and Asian-Americans.

Trying to track down free courses is made easy by Onlinecourses.com. This site offers 500 free online classes that you can search. You will have go through a few steps to get to the classes but it is well worth it.

There is plenty of choices of free online schools and programs. OpenCulture.com offers 1,000 courses from good schools. In addition this site also offers textbooks, audio books, language lessons and over 100 free business courses.

EducationalPortal.com also lets you browse the courses and schools available for free. But don’t just settle for any school. Everyone knows that the quality of education varies and the name on your degree must carry some weight and accreditation behind it. It is extremely important to find a school that has the appropriate credentials. Especially for an online or free school. Recently the University of The People, a free online university, received its accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council, a national accrediting group.

I want to make sure that black people get the most from the world of the Internet. But I also want to warn you that there are a lot of fake schools online. As you search for that free school to enhance you career or education you need to look out for diploma mills.  There are a million for profit schools online that are worthless and could hurt you in the long run and even get you blacklisted as having fake education credentials. Check Geteducated.com for ten ways to spot a fake online school. A quick tip off that the school is a phoney is the lack of accreditation. Or accreditation by a group that is not recognized by the  Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education. You can find a list of fake accreditation groups on Geteducated.com as well.

As black people we need to value education. And getting the most education is a valuable asset no matter what line of work you’re in or trying to get in. But you don’t have to go broke doing it. One of the great values of the Internet is that it has made knowledge free.

Now you know.

Other websites to find free online courses:

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