Would you be open to having your voice cloned using artificial intelligence (AI)? Well, it looks like some of your favorite stars are down for it.
Nov 17, 2023
After making investments in companies over the years, John Legend is building his own platform.
Oct 17, 2023
To fully appreciate where you are, you have to accept where you come from.
Mar 22, 2023
LeBron James has recently made yet another climate-conscious investment. Back in April, AfroTech reported that alongside Drake and Maverick Carter, the NBA superstar participated in a funding round for Palmetto — a clean energy startup. Now, he has invested in a company that is working to fight climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture.
Sep 8, 2022
John Legend is widely known as one of today’s top musicians, but it took a helping hand along the way to reach stardom. According to The Guardian, the singer told the outlet that Kanye West becoming a force in the industry served as an example of what was to come in his career.
Jun 1, 2022
Cordae is an artist who has been viewed by music listeners as ahead of his time. To place his futuristic persona on display aside from his music, the DMV rapper just made his entrance into the digital world. Hypebeast reports that Cordae dropped his debut non-fungible token (NFT) collection, “IDENTITY,” on NFT marketplace OneOf. The collection is a collaboration between him and artist Shaylin Wallace, and its pre-sale sold out in less than a minute ahead of its main sale, which began on Feb. 22, according to the outlet. IDENTITY: @cordae x @surrealistshay is LIVE! 💥 Head to https://t.co/lHRZl3s63t NOW to grab your NFTs. This is gonna sell out fast. Let's Goooooo!!! 🚀🚀🚀 #BeOneOf #Tezos pic.twitter.com/FNrgvRF76g — OneOf (@OneOfNFT) February 22, 2022 The inspiration for Cordae’s new series stems from his nature of staying ahead of the curve by learning today’s innovations whenever embarking on new endeavors. “I always like to just put my head into it and do research to learn more...
Feb 23, 2022
Are you ready for John Legend to put you to sleep? John Legend first teamed up with Headspace, an app for practicing mindfulness, in 2020. The two first launched “Focus Music,” as a helpful resource in the midst of the pandemic’s impact. The soundtrack’s aim was to help ease users’ stress and improve your health and focus, according to GQ. “People are concerned about the state of the world, and they have good reason to be,” John Legend told the outlet. “There are a lot of stressful things about the fact that there’s a raging pandemic, the economy’s where it is, unemployment is where it is—but there are proven techniques that help people deal with someone of those issues.” Now, in the partnership’s second year, the Grammy-award-winning singer is in the spirit of self-love, wellness, and a good night’s rest. According to a press release, Headspace has aired its debut Super Bowl commercial ahead of the annual football championship. The campaign, “Love Yourself Like A Legend,” is of the...
Feb 10, 2022
John Legend continues to go beyond the ordinary when it comes to his ventures in music. The R&B crooner is now working to bridge the gap between technology and music by way of the latest cryptocurrency wave, non-fungible tokens (NFTs)! Per Blockchain News, Legend will team up with various heavy hitters within the digital media space to launch an NFT allowing artists to have a stake in their work through trading. Legend will serve as the CEO of the new platform called OurSong and will use his influence to reel in more artists, musicians, and fans. Learn more about NFTs at Afrotech Executive and click here.
Feb 4, 2022
John Legend is about to launch a skincare line made with us ordinary people in mind! Fortune reports that the award-winning artist will launch a skincare line that makes people feel good in their everyday skin. And, while the line is still in development, Legend and his team will focus on the needs of those with darker hues of skin that are rich in melanin with hopes to broaden the conversation surrounding beauty standards.
Jan 21, 2022
Music artist John Legend just made a big move — he’s sold his catalog of music to DL Music IP LP, an affiliate of San Francisco-based KKR Credit Advisors and BMG Rights Management. According to Bloomberg, a UCC filing revealed that John Legend sold the copyrights alongside his right to receive royalties from songs dating from 2004-2021. This would include music from John Legend’s debut album “ Get Lifted “(2004) and the smash hit “ All Of Me” (2013). While the financial specifications of the agreement have not yet been disclosed, what we do know is DL Music IP LP purchased a 50 percent stake in John Legend’s impressive catalog. “It’s a great time to be a seller because the valuations are so high,” said Eli Ball, founder of Lyric Financial, a provider of financial services to the music community that’s owned by Utopia Music, Bloomberg reports. “Legend is still at the top of his game, and he has even more platforms to exploit his music, which is good for him, KKR and BMG.”
Jan 7, 2022
John Legend, on the surface, may seem like a little more than an R&B pretty boy. After all, he was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2019. But, in reality, he’s a shrewd businessman who has made several individual seed investments. He’s a multi-award-winning artist and performer who is the only Black man, to date, to win the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). And he’s worked hard enough to get, according to Celebrity Net Worth, a $75 million war chest. But John Legend (born John Roger Stephens in Springfield, OH) takes it all in stride. In fact, he told UPI that were it not for the influence of his church, he wouldn’t have been inspired to sing in the first place. “The church has been so important to who I am as an artist and as a human being, I felt like it was a no-brainer for me to say yes,” he said. “I knew I would be in good hands and that [Henry Louis Gates] would tell the story in a way that was really honoring the history of the Black church in our country. I was...
Dec 28, 2021
With schools, restaurants, and the suspension of events thanks to coronavirus, families have scrambled to maintain normalcy. Amid the global crisis, access to essentials, such as food, household items, and income has slowed or stopped altogether. With this pandemic taxing U.S. citizens in unprecedented ways—mentally, physically, and financially—several Black celebrities have stepped up to give back to those most affected by social distancing and closures. From athletes to actors and from funds to free entertainment, here are all the ways the biggest stars are lending a helping hand to families, kids, and companies, in need, and alleviating anxiety. Debbie Allen teaches a free dance class on Instagram Live. Legendary dance instructor and Emmy award-winning actress Debbie Allen is teaching a free dance class on Instagram Live. On Wednesday (March 18), let off some steam and learn hip-grooving moves to get your body moving from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy founder herself. Tune in at...
Mar 18, 2020
In 2017, John Legend’s FreeAmerica program partnered with Unlocked Futures to develop a 14-month accelerator program centered around formerly incarcerated social entrepreneurs, according to Forbes. Legend announced the second cohort of participants for the program that also advocates for employers to be more open-minded in their hiring process and include job seekers who have a criminal background. “If we want the full human potential that is contained in our communities to be maximized, we need to include formerly incarcerated people in conversations around hiring, and how we develop the workforce,” Legend said, according to Forbes. “These folks are valuable and they’re worth reintegrating into our society.” Legend’s vision is to end mass incarceration and give a voice to those negatively affected by America’s criminal justice system, according to the FreeAmerica site. Its partnership with Unlocked Futures provides participants with coaching on leadership skills, including board...
Nov 19, 2019
It’s hard to get tired of ten-time Grammy winner John Legend, and now fans can get another dose with Google Assistant. Google is rolling out a limited-time cameo with Legend’s voice. With the cameo, users can ask him about the weather, serenade them, tell jokes or even answer questions about his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Google developed John Legend’s responses using the speech-synthesis model, WaveNet. Legend’s voice will be available on all devices that use Google Assistant including Google Home speakers and Smart Displays, in addition to Android and iOS mobile devices. Check out one of the singer’s recording sessions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgHghcYqeto&feature=youtu.be
Apr 4, 2019