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Exploring Tumblr’s stunning diversity

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When one thinks about Tumblr, the idea of a diversified community doesn’t quite come to mind given that it is owned by Verizon Wireless. Historically — VZW has been a categorically white organization.

But despite the preemptive assumption that one of the world’s most popular organizations is fully white — it in fact isn’t. During a panel I had the opportunity to attend I made the discovery that Tumblr and its Oath owners are actually people who come from al kinds of backgrounds.

Bridget is pictured

“Coming to New York was set in stone for me. It was something I had always wanted to do and eventually helped me pursue my dreams” Bridget, an Italian born Black woman in tech.

Following Verizon’s stunning acquisition of the social blogging site, many assumed that it would be the death of a once iconic website. Hit people like Kay; Bridget, Allison, and Terrance are among the many faces in which bring the micro-blogging site to life.

Tumblr’s youthful staff presents a company that ignited a larger part of social debates. The world in which we live. It like others helps the site manage its monopoly among millennials and young people who categorically call their micro blogs their digital home.

Bridget a young vibrant woman born in Italy helps the company define their social analytics and engagement for the greater good. Originally born in Italy, Bridget is most certainly not your typical corporate America figure head. In a singular sentence — it is unbelievably refreshing to find people like Bridget in tech. For better purposes, it’s stunning that a young ethnic woman who wasn’t even born in America has made her mark in tech.

Terrance an executive assistant to others reminds me of myself in several ways. A small town person, who would go on to find their voice and their reason in a job they didn’t think they’d ever have.

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Kay, a reporter for Yahoo News is pictured side by side with Allison a Tumblr rep

Allison is definitely a spirit animal that was shocking to find in corporate America. But her story resonated with me because alike her I am also entirely self-taught. Allison dropped out of college and would go on to become a major figure at Tumblr. She and her story are the literal definition of the idea that you do not need a degree to land a good job. This is someone who started by making flyers for gay bars in the village, and now works at Oath.

While some may still be upset at their parent company Oath for drastically changing the landscape of Tumblr — one thing is certain and that is that Tumblr is certainly a community. A community chalked full of people who thrive in and on their own beautiful stories and stunning adventures they embarked on to this very day.


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By SHK

Sultan H. Khane II is the Editor-in-Chief of Bazaar Daily News and its 5 sister properties.

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