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Former NBA Player Roger Mason Jr. Raises $5M Series A Funding Round To Reimagine The Future With Vaunt

Vaunt — founded by former NBA player Roger Mason Jr. alongside startup and technology executive Omari Ware — has raised a $5 million Series A funding round to reimagine the future of sports and entertainment, according to a press release. The platform was created to help athletes and artists generate income by showcasing their talent to live and digital audiences. “When we created Vaunt, we envisioned a company where players and artists can display their talents and competitiveness both inside and out of their crafts,” said Vaunt Co-founder and CEO, Roger Mason Jr., in a press release. “We are so proud for Vaunt to take this step forward and prepared for us to go even further. The opportunities for this brand and company are endless.”

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 25, 2022

Sway Calloway And Rahman J. Dukes Aim To Revolutionize The Hallmark Of Media With Fast Channel And Network POLARIS As A Guiding Star To Content For The Culture

When the culture is at the forefront of the content, everyone wins. For decades, Sway Calloway and Rahman J. Dukes have been committed to sharing stories with our people in mind. Initially, they were the brains and face behind the popular MTV News segments throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Now, they are on a mission to lead the way when it comes to content that truly reflects the Black experience in America through POLARIS, a 100 percent Black-owned streaming platform. With iconic journalists like Calloway and Shaheem Reid behind the platform, along with Dukes, who was a former executive at both MTV News and REVOLT TV, it’s the perfect recipe for success that does not require sacrifices from the people that the content is specifically designed for.

Shanique Yates

Apr 6, 2022

Aaliyah’s Music To Soon Make Its Way To Streaming Platforms 20 Years After Her Passing

Aaliyah fans are in for a huge treat. According to Forbes, the late singer’s music could soon be available on streaming platforms. Aaliyah — who passed tragically at the age of 22 — singlehandedly changed the music industry as one of the most influential singers of R&B. To this day, her music continues to impact the masses. Now, it will reportedly make the transition into the digital age. The official paperwork has been reportedly been completed to share her music digitally with a staggered rollout of her music onto streaming platforms starting with “One In A Million” (1996) on Aug. 20. The only music from the singer that lives on streaming platforms is her 1994 debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.” Her “One In a Million” hit, which was released in 1996, along with the self-titled album “Aaliyah” released just one month before her death in 2001, is noticeably missing from streaming platforms. Plus, singles like “Are You That Somebody?” Documents reveal that the music...

Shanique Yates

Aug 5, 2021

Why Aspiring Musicians Can't Make It on Streaming Alone

Content is ubiquitous. That’s great for consumers who devour streaming audio and video voraciously each day. But it’s a mixed bag for content creators who have to cut through the clutter to have their creative work seen and heard. To be fair, not all content is good content. But everyday content creators are often competing with established television, film production, and record companies on the same platform for the same eyeballs. And even the talented aspirants often struggle to stand out. Historically, many young Black Americans have gravitated towards sports or entertainment as career choices. And with platforms like YouTube, where anyone with a smartphone can quickly showcase their singing, rapping, or dancing ability, dreams of fame and fortune feel closer than they’ve ever been. Many aspiring musicians start by putting their music out there on streaming platforms like SoundCloud, Spotify, and YouTube. Doing so is a good start. But, understand, streaming revenue from these...


Feb 9, 2021

This Couple Launched a Black-Centered Streaming Service to Bring Pan-African Stories to the Masses

In today’s entertainment world, streaming has taken over and almost every major cable network has opted to launch a streaming platform to keep up with the steep competition. Of those major platforms competing for that number one spot, a new streaming-service has now burst onto the scene with a mission to introduce pan-African stories to the world and explode African stereotypes often seen on mainstream TV shows, African Business Magazine reports . AfroLand TV — founded by Zimbabwean actor turned entrepreneur Michael Maponga and his wife — is a subscription-based video-on-demand streaming platform that curates Pan-African film and TV content for viewing. According to Maponga, the platform is “bridging Pan-African stories globally.” The Dallas-based media streaming startup has boldly branded “our stories are for everyone” on AfroLand TV’s website . It’s also been dubbed by the 2020 Berlinale International Film Festival in Germany as “the new Netflix or Disney+ for Africa,” African...

Njera Perkins

Oct 16, 2020

Issa Rae Diversifies Her Portfolio With Streamlytics And Angela Benton

2019 has been a busy year for actor and producer Issa Rae, and it seems she has no intention of slowing down. Issa has acquired a minority stake in L.A-based streaming startup Streamlytics , which is lead by serial entrepreneur Angela Benton. Angela Benton, a Silicon Valley powerhouse, founded at least two other companies before starting Streamlytics in 2018.  She’s also served in advisory capacities for several other startups, including NewME, a startup accelerator for minority founders . Under her leadership, the accelerator assisted entrepreneurs from underrepresented demographics in raising over $47MM in venture capital funding. According to Streamlytic’s website, their goal is “to level the playing field by democratizing access to streaming media data for both users and companies who want to leverage it.” NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 25: Issa Rae attends Black Girls Rock 2019 Hosted By Niecy Nash at NJPAC on August 25, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty...

Colleen Williams

Sep 25, 2019