54 episodes

Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

Black Tech Unplugged Black Tech Unplugged by Deena McKay

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 76 Ratings

Join Deena McKay as she shares the authentic stories of Blacks in the tech. Not only will you learn their stories, but you'll also learn about their successes, failures, resources and most importantly the skills you need in your toolkit to be successful. Each episode is meant to inspire, motivate, and empower those in tech or looking to get into the industry.

    When People Can Attract the Money...: Black Tech Unplugged with Deena and Du'An

    When People Can Attract the Money...: Black Tech Unplugged with Deena and Du'An

    You may know Du'An Lightfoot as Mr. Lab Everyday, but on this episode he is my co-host.

    On episode 052, Du'An and I give a brief update on his current tech role and touch on several of the top tech stories. We speak about Elizabeth Holmes (CEO of Theranos) and her current fraud trial, the iPod turning 20 this year (this is where we show our age), Snapchat seeing a dramatic drop in it's stock price, and last but not least every woe that Facebook has going on right now (there's too many to list here so that means you have to listen to the episode to find out what we talk about.)

    Full show notes here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/10/28/ep-052-black-tech-unplugged-with-duan-deena/

    Connect with Du'An:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/labeveryday
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/labeveryday
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/labeveryday
    Website: https://www.labeveryday.com
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    • 35 min
    There is No Linear Path Into Tech: Hosanna Hali Unplugged

    There is No Linear Path Into Tech: Hosanna Hali Unplugged

    One day this young woman thought she was going to work in finance, next thing you know she is working in tech at a major corporation. And that is the beginning of Hosanna Hali's story into tech. Even though she took the unconventional path into tech she is making a big impact on the UK tech scene. Not only is she an Azure specialist, she is also a big UK content creator (although I prefer to call her an influencer). Listen to episode 051 of the podcast and learn about Hosanna's tech role, her own platform called ‘The Tech Cornr’, what the UK tech scene is looking like these days, and most importantly how she's balancing work and work.

    Full show notes for this episode:
    https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/10/14/ep-051-hosanna-hali-unplugged/

    Connect with Hosanna:
    Instagram: instagram.com/thetechcornr
    Twitter: twitter.com/thetechcornr
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIsmzcRwV_EPOBaVQavYuUA
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    • 50 min
    An Ode to Amazon Drivers: Black Tech Unplugged

    An Ode to Amazon Drivers: Black Tech Unplugged

    Black Tech Unplugged has officially hit 50 episodes! Thank you to every single person who listens to the podcast repeatedly, it doesn't go unnoticed at all.

    As a way to say thank you I have two treats for you:
    1. Referral link to get more tech news in your inbox via emerging tech brew newsletter: morningbrew.com/emerging-tech/r/?kid=783aa044
    2. A discount code for Hustle Crew (https://www.hustlecrew.co/membership#:~:text=Hustle%20Crew%20Membership%20Access%20new%20tools%20%26%20proven,your%20community.%20Join%20Monthly%20%2415%20Join%20Annual%20%24150). Use discount code 'DEENA10'

    On this episode I get together with my friend, Tye Crutcher, and we talk a little ish about some of your favorite tech stories.

    In this episode we cover:
    • An update on OnlyFans (https://www.reuters.com/business/onlyfans-reverses-ban-showing-sexually-explicit-content-2021-08-25/)
    • Iphone 13 & iOs 15 (https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/09/ios-15-is-available-today/
    (https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/apple-iphone-13-review-familiarity-is-part-of-the-phones-charm/)
    • Netflix's new VR Game (https://uploadvr.com/netflix-eden-unearthed-app-lab/)
    • Amazon AI Cameras (https://www.vice.com/en/article/88npjv/amazons-ai-cameras-are-punishing-drivers-for-mistakes-they-didnt-make)


    Full show notes for this episode can be found here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/09/30/ep-050-black-tech-unplugged/

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    • 33 min
    Relationships, My Biggest Life Lesson: Brandy Hays Morrison Unplugged

    Relationships, My Biggest Life Lesson: Brandy Hays Morrison Unplugged

    Brandy Hays Morrison's mom had a dream. That her kids would one day work at IBM. Well she got her dream(and then some). Allow me to introduce you to Brandy, VP of Strategic Growth at Pluribus Digital, but more importantly a Black woman with resilience and a tech journey that you would never believe. Listen to episode 049 to hear the story of a woman who took a leap of faith into engineering ended up in the VP chair.

    Full show notes for this episode: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/09/16/brandy-hays-morrison-unplugged/

    Connect with Brandy:
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brandyhays
    Twitter: twitter.com/brandyhaysdc
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    • 44 min
    Chop Chop Back to Business (NOT): Black Tech Unplugged

    Chop Chop Back to Business (NOT): Black Tech Unplugged

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    Africa and I are back together yall! Bringing you a good kiki and the latest tech news. To be specific in this episode we cover:

    - Deena's SXSW Panel - Code Switching: Lifestyle or Necessary Evil?: panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/118371
    - How OnlyFans is removing sex worker content (the content that made them money): https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/tech/onlyfans-creators-react-sexually-explicit-ban/index.html
    - Google work from home salary cut: https://www.reuters.com/world/the-great-reboot/pay-cut-google-employees-who-work-home-could-lose-money-2021-08-10/
    - Chip shortage causing Toyota to cut its global production:  https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/19/toyota-to-slash-september-production-due-to-global-chip-shortage.html
    - Recent viral videos (The Scholarship video challenge and the milk crate challenge)

    Full show notes for this episode can be found here:
    https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/08/26/ep-048-black-tech-unplugged/

    Connect with Africa:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/africamiranda/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africamiranda
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/africamiranda
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/africamiranda/videos
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    • 28 min
    Bringing the People Mechanics Back to Leadership: Teri Green-Mason Unplugged

    Bringing the People Mechanics Back to Leadership: Teri Green-Mason Unplugged

    VOTE FOR MY SXSW PANEL: https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/118371
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    On this episode I am joined by the outspoken, positive being known as Teri Green-Mason. She tells us the story about starting off her career as an intern (it sounds normal, but it's not what you think) and how she climbed the corporate ladder extremely quickly. Learn how this transformational CIO builds successful teams and has everybody wanting to join her standups. And most importantly she's giving all of us game about how to get into that coveted c-suite just like her. Don't believe me? Listen to the episode now to find out!



    Full show notes for this episode can be found here: https://blacktechunplugged.com/2021/08/12/ep-047-teri-green-mason-unplugged/

    Connect with Teri:
    Facebook: facebook.com/teri.green.9
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/terigreen
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Mtkornegay ,

All love

Been listening for several years now. Definitely aware everyone has priorities but I always find myself yearning for more episodes of probably one of the most informative podcast out right now. But I understand and just go back through my past episodes to catch any bit of information I may have missed. Love this podcast keep pushing!!🔥❤️

@vanteDEV ,

Overall Great Podcast

I usually don’t leave reviews but I felt this time was necessary. As a young African American male in tech, I love seeing/hearing about others that look like me especially in tech. Will continue to listen to these amazing stories. Love the podcast

Sunkist:-) ,

What’s Not to Love?!

Great format! Interviews always have interesting people of various academic/career/personal backgrounds. Always enjoy hearing everyone’s humble stories and their pathway to success in tech!

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