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Afropolitan Is Building The First-Ever Internet Country To Create Opportunities For The African Diaspora

Many believe Black communities will find freedom in a digital world. Community-as-a-service company Afropolitan is creating its own to support the masses in building abundant lives.

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 22, 2022

Op-Ed: The Metaverse Should Be A Beacon Of Diversity

For many people, the metaverse offers a better, more idyllic world; the world as we’d like it to be. But sadly, human weaknesses often follow us into the virtual realm — and that fact can easily extend to those who help create the metaverse. Without realizing it, harmful preconditions can be easily built into the software that perpetuates stereotypes and prevents metaverse users from enjoying a more inclusive and equal virtual experience. It’s been proven that biases, cultural and ethnic assumptions, and even racism impact the technologies used in digital animation for motion pictures and video games. Those traits can also affect companies that serve the metaverse.

Ty Duperron

Dec 30, 2021

'My Bank Account Was In The Red' — How Jarred McGriff's Knack For Digital Storytelling Landed Him At BET

For some creatives, accidentally stumbling across our talents often makes for the best success stories. But for director and cinematographer Jarred McGriff, he always knew he had a knack for visual storytelling, he just didn’t know where his gift would lead him. As someone who had only discovered video production in high school, there was no way to predict McGriff’s talents would allow him to get tapped to work on major brand campaigns for TikTok, Crown Royal, Live Nation, McDonald’s and more. However, his upbringing — which surrounded him with creativity and technology — made for the perfect foundation for what would later become his life-long passion. According to him, it was his high school video class that ultimately helped him determine video production was something he was “going to do for the rest of [his] life.” From there on, McGriff has elevated into roles as BET’s senior video editor where he puts his storytelling abilities to work on viral series like BET’s Rate the Bars...

Njera Perkins

Sep 3, 2021

Megan Thee Stallion Teams Up With AmazeVR To Take Her 'Wild Ideas' To Virtual Reality

Megan Thee Stallion is already dominating the music industry, so it’s only right she takes her talents to one of the next most profitable industries in the world. In an effort to fully immerse her fans in the digital space, the Grammy-winning rapper has teamed up with VR company AmazeVR to create a one-of-a-kind virtual reality theatrical experience that will debut in theaters worldwide early 2022, per a press release. “Creativity is limitless in the world of virtual reality, which means the concepts and ideas I have can also be limitless,” Megan said in a statement. ”I am so excited to work with AmazeVR to take my wild ideas and make them into a virtual reality for all my fans to see. Get ready!” Megan’s influence as a music artist has broken barriers for Black women like herself through multiple Grammy wins, BET Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and so much more. Beyond that, she’s also proven herself to be a well-respected figure in the culture after being named one of TIME’s 100...

Njera Perkins

Aug 6, 2021

Neobanks Are On The Rise In The Global Black Community, Here's What You Need To Know About Them

The global neobanking market is expected to reach an estimated $723 billion by 2028, according to Grand View Research. As more people handle their finances online, the neobanking industry has been getting a lot of love, but what are neobanks anyway? Neobanks are digital-only financial institutions that operate similarly to traditional banks, but without physical branches, The Balance explains. You typically access neobanks through mobile applications and online platforms. While neobanking can be convenient, have lower costs and are more easily accessible, they don’t have the same accreditation as traditional banks and are regulated much less. Above all, neobanking requires access to technology and internet, a luxury that not everyone has. Another thing to think about with neobanking is that even with access to technology and internet, consumers have to be comfortable and trust tech in order to invest in using online-only banking systems. Some neobanks like N26, Atom Bank and Monzo...

Michelai Graham

Apr 14, 2021

How BET's Successful Virtual Pivot Made History and Changed the Future of Awards Shows

Last year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events were upended in the entertainment industry, leaving many to wonder how things would carry on while people quarantined at home. With the introduction of remote events such as VERZUZ and other digitized programming, many industry-style happenings began to pivot to virtual formats to continue creating quality immersive experiences. A key player in making this happen was none other than BET and its 2020 awards shows. With a virtuous spirit and forward-thinking mentality, the network single-handedly made history and created the new gold standard for awards shows. It all started with the network’s broadcast special, “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort,” a program designed to help support communities of color hit hardest by COVID-19’s harmful impact. Join us in a celebration of hope – A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort, hosted by Anthony Anderson, Regina Hall, Terrance J and Kelly Rowland. #BETCovidRelief...

Njera Perkins

Feb 1, 2021

Black-Led Startup Centri Tech Opens Portland, OR Office As it Continues to Revolutionize the Role of Tech in Society

Black-led tech companies are doing their part to shape the digital future, and startup company Centri Tech’s newest launch is continuing that same mission. Centri Tech — a social venture that mobilizes the full potential of tech to help humanity through digital advancement — has announced a launch in Portland, OR, where the company will continue to function as a leader in revolutionizing tech for the advancement of society. According to a press release, this hands-on approach intersects real estate, housing, technology, culture and innovation to help overcome the socio-economic disparities we succumb to. This approach involves three different points of focus for Centri Tech including: A widespread technology policy and practice agenda focused on both public and private sectors A network of like-minded entities from the public sector, technology and corporate industries, philanthropy, as well as the community development and housing sector Digital innovation practices to leverage new...

Njera Perkins

Jan 12, 2021

SXSW Cultural Festival Goes Virtual For 2021 Experience

During the initial outbreak of the coronavirus, the entertainment industry was hit with the glaring reality that many in-person events would be canceled indefinitely for health precautions. Months later, many brands and media giants are still recovering as they explore new ways to push forward and deliver quality events that give the same experience for consumers and fans. In March of this year, the annual tech, music, and film festival SXSW announced it would cancel its 2020 events due to the virus. Even after companies like Amazon, Facebook and Twitter pulled out as sponsors, SXSW’s organizers tried to salvage the in-person event, but ultimately Austin City officials eventually stepped in to shut it down. However, the cultural fest has bounced back to announce a new pivot that moves toward a digital future with the launch of SXSW Online . “The challenge of building a new future is one that we’re excited to tackle, said SXSW CEO and Co-Founder, Roland Swenson, in a statement ....

Njera Perkins

Sep 23, 2020

American Film Institute & Universal Pictures Partner For 'Black Stories Matter' Series

As we continue to fight for racial justice in America, it’s imperative that Black narratives and storytelling are amplified and celebrated to increase positive representation in mainstream media. This week, The American Film Institute and Universal Pictures announced that they’re extending their partnership to participate in a week-long digital series event called “Black Stories Matter,” according to The Hollywood Reporter . “For decades, Universal has supported thought-provoking stories and powerful perspectives that have served to enlighten, enrich and entertain,” said Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group/AFI trustee, in a statement . “Through this partnership with AFI, we are proud to further shine a light on these distinctly important works that continue to so poignantly amplify today’s conversation.” The two companies recently collaborated to honor Spike Lee’s classic film, “Do The Right Thing,” and now plan to spotlight Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” Jordan...

Njera Perkins

Aug 25, 2020

The Apollo Goes Digital for the First Time in History

In light of social distancing, The Apollo Theater is staying ahead of the curve and going digital for the first time in its 86-year history. The Harlem theater closed its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that’s not stopping the show from going on. The iconic Amateur Night segment will conduct remote auditions and as an alternative, the theater asked participants to submit videos online. Stay home, stay safe and settle in because Amateur Night at the Apollo is coming to you LIVE ON FACEBOOK, tonight starting at 7:30pm! https://t.co/Eu3lcDPMn1 🔴 #AmateurNightApollo pic.twitter.com/VJdjF1sFBf — apollotheater (@ApolloTheater) March 25, 2020 “Digital technology has enabled us to stay more connected than ever before, and during these uncertain times it is incredibly vital for the Apollo Theater to continue to engage with artists and audiences around the world,” Kamilah Forbes, Apollo Theater Executive Producer, said in a statement . The Apollo is inviting singers, dancers,...

Njera Perkins

Mar 26, 2020