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According To This Founder, With His Streaming Platform Disctopia, 'If You Make A Million Dollars ... You Get A Million Dollars'

Disctopia Founder Patrick Hill is working to ensure artists receive their respective dues. After successfully helping a close friend rack in thousands of dollars within a few hours of dropping music in 2016, ​​the University of North Carolina at Charlotte grad realized there was a tangible solution for other artists to monetize their work more effectively. Disctopia was a byproduct of Hill’s efforts.

Jun 30, 2022

How A $50K TikTok Grant Amplified This Artist's Mission For Black Representation In Art

Artist Vegalia Jean-Pierre’s journey as a TikToker opened up opportunities for her dream to build innovative products. In 2020, the Minnesota native launched her TikTok account, where she amplifies representation for the community through drawing Black cartoon characters, as well as social activism following the passing of George Floyd. Jean-Pierre’s social media presence — now at over 500,000 followers — landed the young artist a $50,000 TikTok grant to grow her innovative business, by.Vegalia. As previously reported by AfroTech, TikTok and MACRO awarded 10 Black creators, including Jean-Pierre, with $500,000 in grants. The young entrepreneur’s brand is her own set of digital brushes that draw Black hair textures including braids, curls, locs, twists and more. @byvegalia The curl brushes are for Procreate. Photoshop and CSP! What software would you like to see them on next? #brushbyvegalia ♬ WFM – Realestk  

Dec 10, 2021

Painting By Haitian-Puerto Rican Artist Basquiat Sells For $41.9M Breaking New Record

In his prime, Haitian-Puerto Rican artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was a social commentarian, a graffiti artist, and a multi-media painter who infamously dated Madonna before they both became pop culture icons. But ever since his tragic death from a heroin overdose at the age of 27, Basquiat’s work has been steadily growing in value and importance. And there’s no greater evidence of that than the recent sale of the 1982 painting, “Warrior,” which just sold for $41.9 million at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong. The New York Times broke the news about this latest Basquiat sale, which also revealed that this big-ticket price was the highest-ever paid for a Western artist in Asia. Despite this impressive accomplishment, “Warrior” isn’t even Basquiat’s most valuable piece of artwork. That honor goes to “Untitled,” which was sold to Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa for $110 million in 2017. And nine out of 10 of the artist’s most expensive paintings were done in 1982. But lest you think...