Boosted by technology, Meta is highlighting Black creators and leaders to build a more equitable future for underrepresented communities.

This is all made possible by the Metaverse Culture Series. As AfroTech previously told you, the initiative is a part of a year-long commitment to work directly with Black creators and leaders to build inclusivity in the tech space by ensuring their perspectives are present.

Meta Partners With Notable Photographer Ismail Sayeed

Recently, Meta partnered with Muslim creators and leaders including photographer Ismail Sayeed for the #MonthofGood campaign during Ramadan. The creators were tasked with using AR Ray-Ban Stories glasses to capture their personal Ramadan observances.

For Sayeed, tapping into the partnership presented him with the opportunity to display his spiritual journey and debunk stereotypes surrounding Islam. Using the technology, he captured intimate moments including the Quran Recitation, which he has done since the age of 14.

“I’m a private person, but when it comes to Islam and showing things that others haven’t necessarily seen, or the stereotypes, misconceptions, or just things people don’t know about Islam, I must show that,” Sayeed told AfroTech exclusively.

Sayeed's Experience As A Co-Creator For Documentary

In addition, Sayeed had the opportunity to become a co-creator of an immersive documentary that compiled the experiences of the chosen creators using the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses. The purpose of the project was to amplify, celebrate, and honor Ramadan practices around the globe. The notable photographer reveals he felt gratitude for undertaking the role and appreciation toward Meta for sharing the perspectives of Muslim creators.

“The collaboration is beautiful to see. It makes you appreciate the minds of other people,” Sayeed said. “I love that Meta gave the Muslim community the space and that platform to tell these stories in such a unique way. It’s dope to make space for those who don’t feel they have spaces.”

Sayeed Hopes To See More Creators Take Root In Virtual Spaces

Over the weeks of cultivating a more in-depth relationship with immersive technology, Sayeed began to further understand the value of virtual spaces and hopes more diverse creators will participate.

“I would like to tell people, do your research. These spaces are for Black and brown people, Muslims, and those who are disenfranchised. If we don’t make the importance of learning, then we won’t thrive in these spaces and people won’t make space for us. In the metaverse, it’s important that we show up and understand what effects we can have within that space so the beauty of who you are is there. If we all think this way, we’ll bring the most beautiful parts of us to these spaces and it would be the most beneficial,” Sayeed said.