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It was about a year ago this month that a group of venture capital investors first walked into the doors of Uncharted Play, expecting to hear a pitch.
The company creates innovative energy-generating play products that provide a source of clean energy to communities around the world: a soccer ball that harnesses energy from getting kicked around, a jump rope that does the same with activity. But the odds were stacked against Uncharted Play and its founder and CEO, Jessica O. Matthews. According to research from Project Diane, of all venture deals from 2012 to 2014, only 24 out of 10,238 went to black female founders like Matthews. On average, black female-led startups raise just $36,000 of outside funding. There are only 11 startups founded by black women that have raised more than $1 million in VC funding.
The investors were friends of a friend, who didn’t tell Matthews who she was bringing in. That very day, the office happened to be celebrating Halloween.
“I delivered that pitch in costume,” Matthews remembers. “I was not concerned, being dressed as Serena Williams, who is everything. Can’t say the same for other members of the team.”
Things went well. It took a few more visits and a few months of due diligence (typical), but that first group of investors eventually helped to take Uncharted Play to a successful, $7 million round of venture capital investment.
By Jeffrey Henson Scales
Thirty years ago, I moved to the Harlem block where I still live with my wife, Meg, and daughter, Coco. We’d come from Southern California.
As an active street photographer, I spent days roaming my new neighborhood making landscapes and portraits along the avenues and parks. It was a rugged time during the 1980s, with blocks of abandoned buildings as a backdrop to the virulent crack wave that left a trail of human and physical devastation in its wake.
Those days, I made my exhibition prints at the darkroom of a friend, the brilliant photographer Hilton Braithwaite, which he had downtown in the basement of A Different Light bookstore on Hudson Street. One day while going over my prints, Hilton counseled me in his melodic, old-school black Boston accent, with that northeastern drawl where every noun and pause is stretched out for emphasis,
“Man, you should go inside.”
“What do you mean?”
“ Yeah … everybody’s shooting out on the streets of Harlem, you should go inside, get in and make some pictures indoors, where Harlem is really, rich and musty. …”
Not long after that, David House, of House’s Barber Shop, which was on my block, asked me if I’d come in and photograph his shop. It was 1986, and he worried that he might be losing his lease. His father, Jesse House, had founded the shop after he had returned from World War II. He passed it on to his son David, who ran it until his own retirement in 2004.
Story and photos by Gregg McQueen
He’s a “bad apple.”
The landlord of 78-86 Thayer Street in Inwood is driving his rent regulated tenants out of the property and has kept over 30 apartments vacant, according to residents and elected officials.
City Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez and State Senator Adriano Espaillat joined Democratic nominee for State Assembly Carmen De La Rosa, building residents and housing advocates from Picture the Homeless outside the Thayer Street building on October 18 to criticize the actions of landlord Joseph Noormand.
They insisted that Noormand has allowed building conditions to deteriorate in order to get low-income tenants out, failed to pay taxes to the city and warehoused empty apartments.
“We have to hold bad apples, in this case building owners, accountable,” said Rodríguez. “They should be respectful of the rights of our tenants, and they have to stop using bad tactics to get people out.”
He said that 31 of the building’s 65 units currently sit empty, which he suggested was a tactic by the landlord to ward off rent-stabilized tenants and potentially wait for neighborhood property values to increase or for the building to turn into a coop.
Apartments at the site have been vacant for months or even years, according to Rodríguez.
“These are the forces of gentrification lurking around,” remarked Espaillat. “Let’s call it for what it is. They’re seeing how they can capture rent-stabilized apartments and take them into market rate.”
John Feliciano, who lived in the building for 16 years, said that he is moving out soon because building conditions are poor.
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