It’s very likely that if “Family Matters“ was on air today, we would all perceive Steve Urkel as Stephan. This is the era of the Black nerd. From Lebron James to Kanye West, cultural influencers are channeling their inner geek, even if the persona only goes as far as the outfit. But the truth is that the rise of startup culture has made way for a celebration of the black nerd, or as Kat Calvin calls it, the “blerd.”
Her company Blerdology is in the midst of a national #BlerdsNightOut tour which has had successful stops in Orlando, Dallas and Chicago. #BlerdsNightOut has attracted top African-American young professionals from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), adding a needed sense community in places outside of startup hubs like San Francisco and New York.
When not on tour, Blerdology also hosts events to attract youth to immersions in technology, but is focused on creating a global celebration of the intellectual talents of black culture. And having attracted the attention of the likes of Cory Booker, Blerdology is doing quite well for an organization that just launched in February. Calvin explains, “We want to show everybody that there are black people who are doing amazing things not in sports or the arts. Being smart is not just a path to success but also the new cool.”
Calvin grew up as an army brat, embracing a love of books as a comfort for being always the new girl in town as her family hopped from city to city. A serial entrepreneur, Calvin decided to embrace her obsession with all things peculiar, brainy, “Star Trek,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, Childish Gambino and Aisha Tyler, and celebrate a movement that is happening everywhere we look.
Check out Blerdology and enjoy these five easy steps from Calvin on how to embrace your inner blerd!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"