The power and convenience of mobile devices have made content access nearly instantaneous. From social media to streaming apps, entertainment is at your fingertips — and content creators such as Kevin “KevOnStage” Fredricks are capitalizing on the movement. Fredricks is a comedian, actor, and entrepreneur who has been working to establish his brand as someone who connects people from various backgrounds and proudly focuses on amplifying Black voices and content. A significant part of this work is manifested in creating KevOnStage Studios, a multi-channel operation for original content, from podcasts to television shows and films. Although Fredricks’ work has taken off, it hasn’t always been this way. His journey started from the proverbial bottom, and now he’s working to build an empire that puts his name alongside those who own major streaming platforms including Netflix and Hulu.
Oct 26, 2023
A little while ago, social media was buzzing with people creating photos of themselves and their hypothetical children using the power of artificial intelligence (AI). While that moment was for kicks and giggles, the power of AI is showing up more, making a permanent space in corporate America with tools like ChatGPT. And with the seemingly unlimited expansion of technology’s innovation, the power of AI is slowly limiting employment opportunities for humans. Netflix is currently offering high six-figure paying jobs for AI experts to step in amid the current writer’s and actor’s strike.
Jul 28, 2023
A long while back, there was a cartoon about a family that lived far into the future. They had robots, flying cars, and all sorts of technology that many people could not conceive at the time. Although “The Jetsons” only lasted for three seasons, it foretold some things to come. The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) was built into the show’s fabric. And while some of the ideas in “The Jetsons” have yet to come to fruition, society is currently inundated with AI’s power and evolving possibilities. For many people and organizations, AI is a lifesaver. With ChatGPT helping folks save time with emails to platforms that serve as resume-writing assistants, AI is here to stay. However, with such strong possibilities comes the growing fear of human replacements in the workplace. While this fear may have some rational context, the future will likely be less about an AI takeover and more about the collaborative intelligence between AI and human capacity, with the goal of improving work...
May 19, 2023
Shonda Rhimes is undeniably in a lane of her own.
Jan 10, 2023
Not only is Caleb McLaughlin one of today’s top young actors, but he’s also quite financially responsible for his age. McLaughlin’s career took off in 2016 after “Stranger Things” premiered on Netflix. With the hit show’s new season currently streaming, CNBC reports that he didn’t make any big purchases until the season prior.
May 27, 2022
Justin Ellen is stacking his dough metaphorically and literally. Like the tiers of the cakes he bakes, Ellen has built a successful business based on his passion and baking skills. A former contestant on Netflix’s popular baking show, “Is It Cake?” Ellen has pivoted from working a side hustle to managing a six-figure business.
May 20, 2022
The coveted Netflix sound indicating that a new show is starting could be ringing slightly softer as subscribers leave the platform, which has led Netflix to lay off 150 employees. As of May 17, the streaming platform confirmed with NPR that they were restructuring its labor force after the first significant loss in subscriptions in a decade.
May 18, 2022
Netflix has been frequently in the headlines as of late. Shortly after news broke regarding a drop in its subscribers (over 200,000), the streaming giant recently made headlines due to reported layoffs. According to TechCrunch, the company laid off editorial staff from its in-house publication Tudum only five months after its launch.
May 5, 2022
Snoop Dogg has plans to take Death Row Records to the next level. As AfroTech previously reported, the rapper is now a label owner. And, we must say he is not taking the role lightly as he recently announced Death Row Records would become the first label in the metaverse. Plus, that’s not all the rapper has in store. During a recent Drink Champs interview, Snoop Dogg revealed he will be attempting to give Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music a run for their money by launching a streaming platform and app for Death Row Records. “First thing I did was snatch all the music off those platforms traditionally known to people, because those platforms don’t pay,” Snoop Dogg said. “And those platforms get millions and millions and millions of streams and nobody gets paid other than the record labels, so what I wanted to do is snatch my music off, create a platform which is something similar to Amazon, Netflix, Hulu. It’ll be a Death Row app, and then the music, in the meantime, will live...
Apr 19, 2022
The days of getting your family member or friend to share their Netflix password seem to be numbered. Forbes reports that the streaming giant is locking down on a new way to charge users for giving their account information out to people who are outside of their households. To bring the plan to direct action, Netflix is currently testing a password-sharing fee in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru.
Mar 25, 2022
Coodie and Chike reportedly got a nice payday for the Kanye West documentary. And it took them more than 20 years to get it. According to the New York Daily News, Coodie and Chike reportedly received $30 million for the “jeen-yuhs” documentary, a hit doc that is currently streaming on Netflix about Kanye West. Billboard also reports that it took the filmmaking pair more than 20 years to finish the doc thanks to the filmmakers’ surgical precision in documenting nearly every aspect of the “808s and Heartbreak” rapper’s life. And while a source familiar with the production told Entertainment Tonight that the acquisition figure is inaccurate, what’s clear is that “jeen-yuhs” details aspects of West’s life that were previously unavailable to his fanbase and the general public. Coodie and Chike used home videos, never-before-seen footage, and other exclusive content to chronicle West’s rise. From the car accident that caused him to get a whole new mouth to the passing of his beloved...
Mar 8, 2022
Bozoma Saint John is out at Netflix. Variety was the first outlet to break the exclusive story. According to their report, Saint John’s departure from the company was “mutual and amicable,” but it’s unclear where she’ll be going next. Saint John was the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at the streaming giant. “I came to Netflix with a surplus of enthusiasm and creative energy and am immensely proud of the campaigns we inspired that sparked global conversations,” Bozoma Saint John said in a statement to Variety. “It’s been a transformative two-year experience for which I will always be grateful.” Saint John will be replaced by Marian Lee, who was promoted to the CMO position after serving as the company’s vice president of marketing in the U.S. and Canada. “ Netflix is an incredible brand with the best content and creative teams in the world,” Lee said in the same statement. “I am confident our most exciting work is ahead of us and I am honored to lead this best-in-class global...
Mar 4, 2022
Netflix has been championing Black stories, creators, and experiences through a more in-depth lens since 2019 with “Strong Black Lead,” which recently celebrated its three-year anniversary. Now, the streaming giant’s co-CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are dedicated to continuing their mission of advancing the Black and LatinX communities, specifically with educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. Variety reports that the wedded couple donated $10 million to Tougaloo College, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Mississippi. The new funding will be split between scholarships for the HBCU and will establish the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership Scholarship Fund at Brown University — founded by the two universities in 1964 “to prosper and thrive so that future generations of Tougaloo and Brown students can keep sharing new perspectives and generating new ideas.” Hastings and Quillin’s donation marks the largest that the school partnership has been...
Feb 22, 2022
Shonda Rhimes has landed on the cover of TIME’s first issue for 2022. View this post on Instagram A post shared by TIME (@time) In the exclusive interview, the creator of such modern classics as “Scandal” and “Bridgerton” talked about the road less traveled that she took to get to Hollywood. Did you know, for example, that she got her start in scriptwriting, where she penned such films as “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” which starred Halle Berry in the title role? Or, did you know that hers was the pen behind the 2002 cult classic, “Crossroads,” featuring one Britney Jean Spears? Shonda Rhimes pivoted to television in the early 2000s, shortly after the 9/11 attacks — and after she adopted her eldest daughter (who is now in college) without having a co-parent. Her first partnership was with Betsy Beers, and it’s a partnership that continues to this day. But, she said, one of the first things she did was deploy “color-blind” casting, which is how “Grey’s Anatomy” (her second-ever...
Jan 5, 2022
Kenyan-based startup Wowzi — created to transform social media users into brand influencers — has secured $3.2 million in its latest seed round. TechCrunch reports the round was led by Africa-focused venture capital firm 4DX Ventures. Participating investors were To.org, Golden Palm Investments, LoftyInc Capital, Afropreneur Angels, and Future Africa. Andela co-founder Christina Sass, and former Andela executives Jessica Chervin, Justin Ziegler, as well as Johnny Falla, who is currently the chief development and growth officer at Wowzi, also participated. The new funds will spearhead operations in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa to fulfill the company’s goal to expand beyond their current scope of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. “We are primarily focused on expanding across Africa in 2022 and in other emerging markets globally,” Wowzi co-founder and CEO Brian Mogeni said, according to TechCrunch. “We are also adding new product capabilities and features, as we continue to develop our...
Dec 15, 2021