Black-owned Latimer Ventures closes $15 million for Black and Brown tech founders’ fund

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Baltimore-based Latimer Ventures, a Black-owned, early stage venture capital firm, recently announced a close of $15 million for its fund launched exclusively for Black and Brown technology founders. In total, Latimer Ventures intends to raise $50 million for the fund.  Luke Cooper is the founder of Latimer Ventures


BWI Launch Pad program welcomes five Black-owned businesses to airport

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, Five, local Black-owned small businesses will venture into the airport retail space as part of the Launch Pad program initiative at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Launched in 2017, the program provides minority business owners with an internship in BWI’s concession’s space and to attract customers from


Renowned civil rights advocate Charles J. Ogletree Jr. dies at 70, leaving a legacy of justice and empowerment

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a distinguished Harvard Law School professor, celebrated attorney and leading civil rights advocate, has died at 70. Ogletree, who had battled Alzheimer’s disease since 2015, reportedly died at his home in Maryland. “Charles was a tireless advocate for civil rights, equality, human dignity, and social