EDITORIAL: Enter the METAVERSE: Dr. Tyrone Taborn Represents the Tip of the Spear for America’s Black Press

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By Doni Glover, Publisher
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(BALTIMORE) – When I think of the Metaverse, I immediately envision Dr. Tyrone Taborn at the helm of a space vessel wearing a fancy pair of VR goggles, sorta like Levar Burton in Star Trek. Knowing him, he’ll be pointing to various planets in this new virtual world, like the one he and his inexorable team created: STEMCityUSA.com.

When he and Marsha Jews first introduced me to it a few months back, all I knew was – especially given Dr. Taborn’s four-decade-long commitment to ending digital apartheid in underserved communities – it was bound to be both on-point and successful.

And that it is!

Over the years, various mentors of mine – including the late Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr., Jake Oliver of the Afro-American Newspaper dynasty, my college professor – Ronn Nichols, Attorney extraordinaire William “Billy” Murphy, Jr., Sr. Journalist Charles Robinson, and my late dad (Donald E. Glover) … all of these people embraced technology. Technology is the wave of the future and these serious-minded individuals all made/make it their business to stay abreast of the latest technology and more importantly, how to teach it to our people.

“In my travels all over the world,” wrote R&B songstress Lauryn Hill in her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album, “I have learned that what differentiates one child from another is not ability, but access: Access to education, access to opportunity, access to love.”

The access that Dr. Taborn and Career Communications Group (CCG) has delivered to the doorsteps of the Black community is revolutionary. And this journalist is encouraging all of us to go to STEMCityUSA.com and become familiar with the future. And if you have $300 for a pair of the VR or virtual reality goggles that bring the whole experience altogether, then do invest in a pair.

For forty years or so, Dr. Taborn has been holding our hand and exposing us and our children to careers in technology. His primary focus has been Black and brown youth. As a result, thousands of young people can now look back and recall what they learned from the BEYA – the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conferences. Each year, CCG brings scientists, educators, inventors, astronauts, generals, admirals, and engineers from every possible discipline to a convention center near you. He has done it across the country. Lockheed Martin is but one of the big names at these events. Boeing, too. You name it, they are there. The Department of Defense? No problem!

Dr. Taborn’s contributions to the enlightenment of our community are already historical. However, STEMCityUSA opens up a whole new … Metaverse … with unlimited opportunities for all who can access it. At present, gamers and the wealthy are using this VR technology, but it won’t be long before this reaches the masses via a more modest price tag. In the meantime, it is the hope of BlackUSA.News to keep shining the light on STEMCityUSA. And that’s why we’ve committed to being a proud partner and huge supporter of Dr. Taborn’s efforts.

Let me also add that I am personally so very, very grateful that Dr. Taborn has chosen our platform to be a vehicle to help spread the word about Black and brown presence in the Metaverse. Followers of my columns over the years, including our work on BmoreNews.com, know that I am a staunch advocate for the Black Press. I have personally witnessed Dr. Taborn mentor giants in the media industry. So, to be recruited on behalf of America’s Black Press Corps is truly an honor.

As the publisher of both Black Engineer Magazine and Hispanic Engineer Magazine, Dr. Taborn understands media better than most. He understands, too, the business behind it and has successfully managed these entities for decades. Yet, still, he is right there at the forefront of technology news reporting and still making it his business to help empower others. He is to be commended for his longstanding, diligent, and vigilant commitment to our community. Even more, he is the tip of the spear in Black journalism.

 

WHO IS TYRONE TABORN?
Tyrone D. Taborn is publisher, chairman, and CEO of Career Communications Group. CCG is a minority-owned media services company, which connects top technology talent to employers that have the potential to fulfill their career goals. Over more than a quarter of a century, CCG has built strong, lasting partnerships with America’s top companies, government agencies, and educational institutions through its magazines, the Internet, and conferences that promote the achievements of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Taborn is founder of the Foundation for Educational Development, which aims to raise awareness of technology literacy in minority communities across America.  The foundation’s programs-Black Family Technology Awareness Week, La Familia Technology Awareness Week, and The Native American Family Technology Journey-aim to bring families into the digital age through computer literacy workshops.

Taborn is a regular contributor to technology columns that appear in major print media.  He was a contributing author to “Learning Race and Ethnicity, Youth and Digital Media,” funded by the MacArthur Foundation and published by MIT Press. He also wrote “Closing The Racial Digital Divide,” one of ten essays that plot a course for African Americans in “The Covenant With Black America” (Third World Press) the 2006 New York Times bestseller compiled by PBS-TV’s Tavis Smiley.  Taborn has appeared on several prime-time television shows. 

 His current board affiliations include Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation, Inc., Baltimore Partners for Enhanced Learning, Maryland Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE), and the Granville Academy.  He is also a member of The National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley, and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus honored Taborn with a 2008 Living History Award in Engineering, Science, and Innovation.  Taborn was recognized for outstanding contributions to his field and the State of Maryland.  He was one of three individuals to receive the award.

Historymakers.com has recognized Taborn as an influential, historical figure who has had significant accomplishments that impact the African American community.  In 2003, he received the Hispanic Engineer of the Year Chairman’s Award from HENACC, and in 2005, he received the Baltimore Marketing Association’s Business Person of the Year Award.

His other accolades include a Mercedes Benz Visionary Award and an Internet and Technology Leaders Award from Sprint and MOBE IT.  Editors of blackmoney.com and SoulofTechnology.net, who sponsor the Most Important African Americans in Technology Awards, named him one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Technology.”  And Congressman Major R. Owens (D-NY) presented Taborn with a Congressional Black Caucus Honor as a Pioneer in Publishing.

With roots in both the Latino and black communities, Taborn, who grew up in Los Angeles, California, attended college at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  At Cornell, Taborn majored in government.  Also, while at Cornell, he held membership in the Senior Honor Society “Quill and Dagger” and was one of 32 academic scholars honored with membership in the prestigious Telluride Association.  He served as the first LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson) Congressional Intern in the office of the late Congressman Julian C. Dixon in 1978.   

Taborn holds honorary degrees from Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Source: (https://intouch.ccgmag.com/page/bio_t_taborn)

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