“There are numerous STEM programs available, but I don’t believe any are teaching young Blacks how to navigate technical industries that have deemed them worthless.”

“All of my life people have called me bossy,” she said, “And all of my life people have liked that about me.”

Diversity is important because it elevates the voices of those for whom the problem is lived and real.

Last year, 543,000 people attended Essence Festival and spent over $230 million. But is a long-term impact on education in New Orleans being short-changed?