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    Photo by EPA | Words by Jazmin Zayuri Gonzalez

    My father went missing in October of 2015. When I found out I tried to remain calm and collected, but deep down I feared the worst. He traveled to Texas for work, but never arrived at his destination. With said situation at bay all I wanted to do was cry, but what I needed to do was to find my father. I channeled the strength he taught me and exhausted all resources to find him. I filed a missing person report while my mother and sister wept uncontrollably behind me. I plastered his image throughout the city and all my social media platforms. I even had a family friend drive to Texas just to post flyers along various routes. I called every hospital, jail, and morgue, from California to Texas to no avail. I called ICE and they too told me he was not in their custody.

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    11 Black-Made Apps: On The Emergence of Black/POC-Oriented Digital Spaces

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    By Taylor Steele

    Over the past few years, there has been a rise in apps and sites dedicated to Black people, focusing on their interests and their needs. The reason being, Black people don't just face racism in real life — on the street, at work, at school, in banks, in relationships — we also face it online and in digital spaces. From being told we can’t stay at Airbnb listings by racist homeowners, to being silenced or harassed on forums meant for people to indulge in their particular interests, people of color are treated like invaders.

    To meet these needs, more and more people of color in technology are creating startups and apps specifically for us. Here are 11 Black/non-white apps people can look to for resources, fun, and inspiration.

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    GirlTrek and the #BlackGirlJusticeLeague

    Interview By Jessica Rodriguez

    GirlTrek is a national nonprofit that encourages Black women and girls to reclaim their health by pledging to walk daily. They have built partnerships with outdoor retail brands (REI, ACE and Columbia to name a few), the National Park Service and Michelle Obama’s Lets Move Campaign. GirlTrek’s movement has been featured in The New York Times, Ebony.com and was named a Health Hero by Essence magazine. The rising health issues, like the fact that 82% of Black women are over a healthy body weight, shows the dire necessity for an active based health program within the Black community. And with over 70,000 participants, Girltrek plans to fill this void. In this interview, GirlTreks’ Communications Director, Jewel Bush and I discuss Black women’s health and their upcoming election campaign, The Black Girl’s Justice League.

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