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Exclusive: How Ashanti Aims To Promote Ownership As The First Black Female Artist To Be Co-founder Of A Web3 Company

On April 2, 2002, Ashanti hit the ground running with her debut self-titled studio album. In fact, the project made the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-selling debut album by a female artist, according to Vibe. It reportedly sold over 500,000 within the first week (Sis has always been legendary). Although it’s been 20 years since the world was introduced to the songstress, dubbed the Princess of Hip-Hop and R&B, she continues to break records and turn heads. This time though, she’s shaking things up in the metaverse, proving that there is an ever-evolving relationship between music and tech. “Technology has been a blessing,” she told AfroTech during the 2022 Essence Festival of Culture. “I mean, it’s the gift and the curse, let’s be honest. Everything has pros and cons, but I think using it as a tool to empower and uplift and learn and research are all beautiful things.”

Shanique Yates

Jul 22, 2022

Nicki Minaj Introduces Barbie-Que Honey Truffle Potato Chips In Collaboration With Black-Owned Rap Snacks

Nicki Minaj is the latest star to join Rap Snacks and its lineup of celebrity partnerships that include Migos, Boosie, Romeo Miller, Fabolous, Rick Ross, and Lil Baby, among others, as AfroTech previously told you.  

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 1, 2022

Aveeno® Awards $100K Grants to Two Black Women As Part of Its Skin Health Startup Accelerator Program

Back in December of last year, Aveeno® announced the launch of a new accelerator program dedicated to creating more diversity, inclusivity, and equity in the skincare industry for Black women. Today, the brand — in partnership with leading media, tech, and commerce company ESSENCE — announced the winners of its accelerator program who will receive funds toward their business goals. According to a press release, Dr. Isfahan Chambers Harris — founder of Alodia Hair Care™ — is the first-ever recipient of the Aveeno Skin Health Startup Accelerator. She will receive tools, resources, ongoing mentorship, a feature in ESSENCE’s e-commerce portal — ShopEssence — as well as a $100,000 grant to grow her business. “I’m honored to be the first Black women entrepreneur Grand Prize winner of the Aveeno® Skin Health Startup Accelerator program,” Dr. Isfahan said in a statement. “This is substantial in helping my company grow our business and fill a need that Black women consumers are searching for...

Njera Perkins

Mar 23, 2021

Black Creatives Pay Homage to Black Magazine Covers on Social Media

Even in times of civil unrest, Black people still find creative ways to honor our culture. Last week, in an effort to reimagine the magazine covers of Vogue, Black social media users started a trend — coined as the #VogueChallenge — to recreate said covers with Black models and photographers further showcasing the beauty in Blackness. According to The Cut , the #VogueChallenge was created in response to Anna Wintour’s published letter last week — obtained by Page Six — that admitted: “ Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators.” The idea behind the challenge calls for change in the entertainment and fashion industries to ensure more diversity and opportunities for Black people and POC. The social media trend took off so much that people then pivoted to recreating covers of esteemed Black magazines with the #ESSENCEChallenge, #JetChallenge, #EbonyChallenge, and more to pay homage to publications...

Njera Perkins

Jun 15, 2020