Magazine article Black Enterprise

About This Issue

Magazine article Black Enterprise

About This Issue

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Of all the technology stories that, have emerged during the past year--dotcom shake-outs, venture capitalists, the digital divide--one theme resounds loudly: education. But educating ourselves about technology is more than just getting the latest MP3 player or entertainment, device--or logging on to the hottest new urban Website. It's about making sure we lay the groundwork that will help us keep pace with the technologies that are driving how we live--whether it's the Internet, telecommunications, or new hardware and applications.

"The one thing that struck me when reading the stories in this issue was how important it is for African Americans to secure a future in this tech revolution," says Technology Editor Sonya Donaldson. "Hearing the stories of the top 25 African Americans in technology, it's clear that having access in an educational environment played a vital role in their future success. It all starts with education." Donaldson has been immersed in technology most of her life, and as one of the first generation of students to use computers in the classroom, she is well aware of how important it is to start early.

"I was fortunate to be exposed to technology at an early age, and that exposure was what led me to tech journalism. Technology opens up so many doors to you--I found my job at BLACK ENTERPRISE by going online; I do all my banking online; I've bought and sold items online; and I've done research for work and for my personal life online. There's a sense of confidence you get when you not only know about the technology, but know how to make it really work for you. …

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