Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley (Philadelphia Screening)

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Monday night, in conjunction with their ongoing community relations endeavors, Philadelphia based retailer VILLA, held a screening and Q&A session of CNN’s fourth installment of “Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley ”

In the documentary, CNN follows eight African-American entrepreneurs immersed in the predominantly young, white, male world of Silicon Valley. They live and work together as part of the NewMe Accelerator trying to diversify the tech scene (

The Q&A was led by VILLA VP of Marketing Patrick Walsh, and NewMe Accelerator Mentor Navarrow Wright, Chief Technology Officer of Interactive One. Mayor Michael Nutter ignited the conversation of how Philadelphia can increase the buzz regarding STEM Education and STEM oriented careers. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is the force behind many of the attendees who attended the Q&A including Tina Wells of Buzz Marketing and Brian James Kirk of Technically Philly and Philly Tech Week.

Photos Courtesy: Ryan J Dennis/Skai Blue Media