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NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo Joins Black Is Beautiful NFT Collection As Founding Collaborator

Based on the latest non-fungible token (NFT) project led by House of First and The Painted House, NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo is committed to ensuring that Black people are seen in the tech space, according to a press release. As a founding collaborator of Black is Beautiful, Adebayo will use the NFT collection to bring awareness to creators of color across the Web3 space, while uplifting and providing them with the resources needed to thrive. “I’m struck by the historic nature of this new collection, providing an incredible opportunity to feature black art and black life in new ways while ensuring opportunities to support greater diversity and increased representation,” Adebayo said in an official statement.

Jul 11, 2022

Keenan Kelley's For The Culture NFT Project Was Designed Specifically With The African Diaspora In Mind

A Black developer has crafted a project intended for the culture! Keenan Kelley is the founder of For The Culture, created to encourage the Black community to take root in the ever-growing world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and take back ownership of their traditions. Kelley was compelled to release the collection after recognizing there were very few Black pioneers in the Web3 space. “When I came into the space last year, I did not see a lot of representation from us. Not only do we not have as many artists and developers building out these projects, [but I also] noticed that there was a lot of cultural appropriation and undertones of racism in some of these projects that were coming out because there was a lack of Black representation,” Kelley told AfroTech. Kelley is now creating a pathway to diversify the NFT space and the founder encourages more Black creators to control their narratives on the blockchain. For The Culture honors Kelley’s stance through its 2,021 unique profile...

Apr 18, 2022

Ashanti, 'The First Black Female Artist To Be A Co-Founder Of A Web3 Company,' To Drop Debut NFT Collection

Day one Ashanti fans can expect a special surprise very soon! On April 2, it marked as the 20th anniversary of the R&B icon’s eponymous debut album. To celebrate the big milestone, Ashanti announced on Instagram that she’ll be releasing her first NFT collection with EQ Exchange. “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since my debut album ‘Ashanti’!!!!!!!! I’m so grateful that yall been rocking with me for over 20 years!!!!! Now I finally get to give you something in return. I’m beyond excited to officially announce that my NFT collection with @EQ.Exchange celebrating 20 years of ‘Ashanti will be available Wednesday, April 6th and I want y’all to have ownership in these new Masters!!! Which re recording should be first???” she wrote in her post’s caption. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ashanti (@ashanti) The NFT collection is set to launch on April 6.

Apr 4, 2022

Meet Lana Denina, The 24-Year-Old Who Made Six Figures While Prioritizing Representation Through Her Artwork

When you discover your passion as an adolescent, it often becomes something that never leaves you, regardless of where life takes you. From painting and making digital art to now recently creating non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Lana Denina has yet to shake off her adoration for art. Since she took her craft to a professional level at age 19, she has continued to find ways to bring Black representation into the space. Inspired by tribes around the globe and their features, Denina is all about showcasing their beauty in a field where for ages its mainstream art has been centered on European standards. “When I was young, I was telling myself that I wanted to be an artist. And I wasn’t seeing like a lot of Black artists in museums and art galleries,” Denina told AfroTech. “Growing up when I was exposed to a lot of art, I was living in France and it was really mainly white male French painters. I didn’t feel like it was representative enough of what art can be. So, that’s why I want to...

Mar 29, 2022

Cordae Releases His Affordable Debut NFT Collection On OneOf To Not 'Bleed Out The Community'

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 NOW to grab your NFTs. This is gonna sell out fast. Let's Goooooo!!! 🚀🚀🚀 #BeOneOf #Tezos — 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

Racism In The Metaverse? Latest NFT Collection Under Fire For Questionable Name & Images

Racism exists even in the metaverse — even in a new NFT collection — and it’s exhausting. Vice reports that as the non-fungible token (NFT) cryptocurrency continues to grow and expand so does the number of racist collections. From NFTs depicting George Floyd deemed as “Floydies,” to more recently a project by the name of “Meta Slave” the collections continue to shock the masses. The new NFT collection features images of Black people and rather than apologizing following the backlash, the OpenSea platform has simply rebranded to have the collection include white, Asian, etc.” NFTs. The creation was brewed up by a user that goes by the name of “Unipic” who operated under the now deactivated Twitter handle @UniqueFractal. Initially, the collection pledged its support to the Black Lives Matter movement and aimed to honor the late George Floyd, but the actual images associated with the project deem otherwise. “Hi, there! We are glad to inform you that we have launched the first sales of...

Feb 7, 2022

Trina Becomes The Latest 'Rockstarr' To Venture Into The NFT Space

The non-fungible token (NFT) can welcome a new face because rapper Trina Rockstarr has officially hopped on board. Trina surprised fans late last week revealing she would be dropping her own set of rare NFTs. The Trina 10 is brought to life by digital artist Zevi G through NFT developers #456CollectorsClub. The collection provides a new medium to engage with fans. “The evolution of the art scene becoming part of the metaverse has inspired me to use this opportunity to connect with my fans in a whole new way. 456 Collectors Club is about spreading #Love and #Unity through art. I am super excited for this NFT project,” said Trina, according to a press release.

Jan 24, 2022

NFT Platform Autograph, With Simone Biles, Usain Bolt, Naomi Osaka On Its Board Of Advisors, Raises $170M

Autograph, a non-fungible token (NFT) platform, is off to quite the start. Since its release, AfroTech has shared its collections from Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, Tiger Woods , and Usain Bolt, who are all on its board of advisors. Now, the platform — founded by Tom Brady — has started 2022 off with a bang.

Jan 20, 2022

Kelvin Beachum Becomes The First Pro Athlete To Debut NFT Collection During A Live Sporting Event

The future of sports and technology is here. As the two worlds continue to collide thanks to advancements in tech, leaders in the sports industry are continuing to emerge with digital collectibles like non-fungible tokens (NFTs). On Dec. 13, Arizona Cardinals’ offensive tackle, Kelvin Beachum, became the first professional athlete to do a live NFT drop during a professional football game. And, AfroTech has all of the details. In a live auction held during the game hosted on OpenSea, fans had the opportunity to bid on a 68-piece open edition and a limited edition four-piece auction curated by Beachum in collaboration with the South Carolina-based company, BandwagonFanClub, Inc. “When it comes to following our favorite entertainers, teams, and athletes, there are lots of opportunities for collectibles,” said BandWagonFanClub, Inc. CEO Harold Hughes in an official press release provided to AfroTech. “From tickets to memorabilia, the ability to collect artifacts is endless. Still, as we...

Dec 16, 2021

Snoop Dogg, Bored Ape Yacht Club, Nyla Hayes, Here Are 10 NFT Projects We've Had Our Eyes On

The rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse are some of the biggest tech phenomenons of the year, and quite arguably some of the most notable innovations since the internet hit society. People may still be coming to terms with what NFTs are, but put more simply, NFTS are blockchain-backed certificates that guarantee the authenticity of a piece of digital media. Look what Jack Dorsey did with his first tweet, which sold as an NFT for $2.9 million. But NFT ownership doesn’t just belong to the big spenders — learn how to mint your first NFT in this recent story Afrotech published. Some experts have also expressed skepticism about the rise and sustainability of NFTs, but for now, they seem promising. As the year winds down and the NFT craze continues to consume the tech industry, check out these NFT collections and projects we’ve been watching.

Dec 13, 2021

NFTs Are Taking Over Miami Art Week & Art Basel —  Here Are Some Exhibits To Look Out For

Miami Art Week and Art Basel events take place Dec. 2 through 4 this year, and the annual celebrations will include some NFT (non-fungible token) exhibits. As AfroTech previously reported, NFTs can be anything that has been digitally authenticated, from music to art to gifs and beyond. Hence, it only makes sense to see them during Miami Art Week and Art Basel. Suppose you’re looking to brush up on your knowledge of the growing NFT industry ahead of the art week events. In that case, NFT BZL is hosting a day-long symposium featuring NFT experts on Nov. 30 to educate attendees on digital art. Here are some NFT exhibitions we think you should check out during the annual art week.

Nov 30, 2021

Former Philadelphia Eagles Star Malcolm Jenkins Pays Tribute With 'DREAM CHASER' NFT In His Debut Collection

While non-fungible tokens (NFTs) bring historical moments to life in the digital space, NFL star Malcolm Jenkins is taking a step further into the future by creating opportunities toward generational wealth with his debut collection. On Nov. 18, the New Orleans Saints safety will release his NFT collection, “A Minted Legacy.” The three exclusive 1-of-1 NFTs are of pivotal moments in his 13-year NFL career, in which partial proceeds of one of the tokens will help in closing the racial wealth gap by creating more opportunities for Black and brown communities, according to a press release provided exclusively to AfroTech. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Malcolm Jenkins (@malcolmjenkins) The release of “A Minted Legacy” is ahead of the NFL showdown between the Saints and Philadelphia Eagles (Jenkins’ former team) on Nov. 21. The three NFTs represent personal significant moments for him during his time on the field. Jenkins pays homage to Philly with his first NFT titled...

Nov 17, 2021