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Isaac Hayes III's Fanbase Announces $4.5M In An Equity Crowdfunding Raise

Isaac Hayes III’s Fanbase has reached a new funding milestone.

Nov 6, 2023

'I'm Seeking What's Due' — Isaac Hayes III Opens Up About The Alleged Treatment He's Received From The Press As A Black Founder

The amount of work that Black founders have to put in just to be seen or acknowledged is unacceptable, which is why Isaac Hayes III is sharing his own personal story of navigating the tech world. “I think from a media perspective, it’s pretty tough trying to build this company and then not get the same visibility from [the] press that inferior startups are getting,” Hayes told us exclusively. As previously reported by AfroTech, Hayes launched Fanbase to allow Black creatives the opportunity to monetize their content. Through the photo, video, and live streaming social media networking app, users can monetize posts — something that isn’t always the norm for Black creatives whose content is used across various platforms for little to no pay. Although the app is competing against some pretty established names, Hayes says that the biggest hurdle for any startup “is always capital.” “You can fund anything to success. In the startup world, most often, they’re given money until they crest...

Jul 22, 2022

These 6 Celebrities Lost It All — Then Built Back Better

Dennis Rodman is just one of the many celebrities who lost it all at the height of his career. But, as AfroTech previously reported, Rodman didn’t lose it all because he frittered his money away, or because he was sued into oblivion. Rather, Rodman lost it all because his business manager at the time was involved in some shady financial dealings — and those dealings ultimately landed her in prison. What’s more, Rodman could only recover a mere fraction of the money he’d lost to Peggy Ann Fulford’s illegal activities. Fortunately, Rodman was able to build back better — and while he’s nowhere near his peak net worth of $27 million, he still stays paid…and, inexplicably, inside a Planet Fitness. Iconic. Planet Fitness aside, Rodman’s only the first of many celebrities who lost it all — only to build back better when the time was right. From musicians, to athletes, to actors, no one stays down forever — and these superstars are living proof that it’s not how far you fall, but how you...