Dakar has enlisted an A-list group of multimedia icons such as Kashif (mentors) -Institutions such as CUSD, who’ll participate in a proposed Artist-in-Residence program. The program will offer an exchange between digital media/technology students (mentees) from LA High Tech, and other SOCAL programs to augment mentor-institutions body of work, and analog infrastructure.


The exchange between the men tees and mentors will explore the connection between art, science, and engineering. A typical residency live session will be comprised of a physical event @ Youtube Space LA/NY, followed by electronic mentoring last between three and six months.

The Mentor will have a dedicated digital locker to provide mentees with ability to interface for research, weekly updates, and beta testing of intellectual property assigned by the mentor to men tee project groups.

The next phase of the experience will provide men tees with work-based learning outcomes such as building youtube multi-channel networks, building and designing back-ends of websites, and manipulation of all content for next level distribution.  The mentor-institutions will receive tech savvy support, dispatched from the Dakar command-control to support real-world, real-time design and build solutions.



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DDMA is inspired by the creative convergence of digital arts, technology and information, is changing the way we market, communicate and socially interact.




CBC TECH 2020 will put its muscle to the test this week in Silicon Valley, supplementing previous efforts by Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Push Tech 2020 to disrupt the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley’s workforce numbers.

Black politicians to push Silicon Valley giants on ‘appalling’ lack of diversity
Congressional Black Caucus to meet executives of Google, Apple and other tech companies with poor track records of hiring African American employees.


The most powerful African American politicians in the US will next week demand that Silicon Valley companies hire more black people after official figures revealed that many of the world’s most prominent tech companies’ workforces are just 2% black.

GK Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), will meet with executives at Apple and Google in Silicon Valley on Monday and Tuesday to tell them to “implement a diversity plan that will place more African Americans in the tech pipeline”.

150731094638-congressional-black-caucus-silicon-valley-780x439The Congressional Black Caucus, led by Rep. G. K. Butterfield (left), will meet with Silicon Valley leaders.

Butterfield, who will be joined by all members of the CBC Diversity Task Force, has described diversity at Silicon Valley company’s track records on diversity as “appalling” and their bosses as “not inclusive”.
The taskforce will meet with executives at Apple, Google, Bloomberg, Intel, Kapor, Pandora and SAP – but not Facebook, Twitter or Yahoo, companies with the lowest proportion of black employees.

African Americans represent less than 1.5% of Facebook’s 5,479 US employees. Mark Zuckerberg’s company hired 36 black employees last year out of a total headcount increase of 1,216. In 2013, Facebook hired just seven additional black people, including just one black woman.

Twitter employs just 49 black people out of a total US workforce of 2,910. The tiny number of African American staff – 35 men and 14 women – represents just 1.7% of Twitter’s US staff.
Yahoo and Google US employees are also just 2% black. Apple fares better with African Americans making up 7% of its workforce.

African Americans account for 13.6% of the US population, according to the 2010 US census.
Advertisement spokespeople for Twitter and Facebook did not explain why executives from the companies are not meeting with the CBC task force next week. However, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, did recently meet with Butterfield in Washington DC. She also wrote a blogpost saying the company would do more to address “unconscious bias” against black people.

Butterfield said: “Our goal for this trip is to encourage and partner with these organizations to implement a diversity plan that will place more African Americans in the tech pipeline. This will potentially lead to a wide range of opportunities, from student internships to positions on the boards of tech companies. Building a coalition of leaders from the public and private sectors ensures greater diversity and full representation of African Americans at every level of tech by 2020.”

He has previously said: “Many of the technology companies have African Americans as very loyal customers, and many of those don’t have any African Americans on their boards. Their senior leadership within many of these companies is not inclusive, and the workforce is appalling. And their reinvestment in African American communities is less than desirable.”