A Tech Mind With A Creative Spirit Competes For Top Prize At BE Smart Hackathon

Jayla Williams’ passion is problem-solving, which is fortunate as the year 2020 delivered a surplus of practical problems that need solutions. The Fisk University sophomore is competing for the first time in Black Enterprise’s annual BE Smart Hackathon, hosted by American Airlines.

As part of a five-member team of Fisk tech wizards, Williams is contributing to a data-crunching project that will help airlines accommodate travelers with respiratory issues. As she explains it: “We can provide safe departure times and make sure passengers with health issues aren’t surrounded by people when they arrive at the airport.”

The effort is a creative technical adaptation to life under a pandemic designed to protect both lives and jobs – a perfect distillation of the BE Smart ethos, and a telling example of Williams’ creative spirit.

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Opening the conversation about website security

The responsibility of ensuring that a website is protected falls on the website owner, but the security expectation may fall on the web service provider too.

As a professional, you are the trusted party and first point of contact.

Much of what your clients learn about web technology and security specifically comes from you. In other words, you have the ability to impact your client’s online security posture.

The security of websites has an enormous effect on what you do as a website service provider, making it impossible to ignore.

You build websites and offer other important services, but we challenge you to start thinking about your client’s website security.

What would you do if there was a compromise?

Implications of a website hack for developers, web pros and agencies

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5 Things You Must Do to Nail Your First Strategic HR Hire


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The trouble with is that it’s too often “last on, first off.” Not due to any fault of HR people, per se. But the vast majority of founders (especially first-timers) are not HR people.

Not only do founders usually come from a sales, marketing, finance or operations background, but they’ve also likely bought into the outdated narrative that HR is some sort of “necessary evil,” a cost center and talent backwater that only drags the company down into compliance and procedure, stifling the “move fast and break things” credo.

Fast growth often covers up many problems for months, even years, until things fester beyond the point of no return. HR is not the least of these. In fact, in my experience, it’s the most common such problem.

As long as a company is growing

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Should I Refinance My Mortgage? When to Refinance

The Federal Reserve recently lowered interest rates in an effort to stimulate the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, more and more people are becoming interested in refinancing their mortgage. Depending on the situation, refinancing your mortgage can prove to be a savvy financial decision that can save you massive amounts of money in the long-term. But is it right for you? 

If you’re curious about refinancing your mortgage, this article should answer many of your questions, including: 

  1. How Does Refinancing Work?
  2. When Should I Refinance My Mortgage? 
  3. What is the Downside of Refinancing My Home? 
  4. How Do I Calculate if I Should Refinance My Mortgage? 
  5. What are My Refinancing Options? 

How Does Refinancing Work? 

“Refinancing your mortgage allows you to pay off your existing mortgage and take out a new mortgage on new terms,” according to usa.gov. So when you refinance your mortgage, you’re essentially trading Read the rest

Yelp’s New Labels Will Warn You If a Business Has Been Accused of Racism

It’ll also let you know if businesses have been the targets of racism.

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Yelp wants to help its users make better decisions about the places they’re looking up and is rolling out a new feature today that will alert people if a business has been associated with “egregious, racially-charged actions.” These labels will be added to pages that see a rise in reviews based on what people have seen in the news or social media rather than first-hand experiences. Yelp will also include a link to an article explaining more about the incident that caused the business to catch attention for racist conduct. The labels don’t just tell you about places accused of racism — they’ll also alert you to those who were victims

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