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Charles ‘Ceej Vega’ Johnson Felt ‘Boxed In’ As A Software Engineer — So He Started A Web3 Design Agency

After college, Charles “Ceej Vega” Johnson landed a dream job in tech as a software engineer. Yet, he felt boxed in. His efforts to strive for greater inspired the launch of Vega Studio, a full-service Web3 design agency.

Jul 24, 2023

Dame Dash On The Power Of Ownership In Web3 — 'We Have To Make Sure We Control The Narrative, Not Them'

Dame Dash is turning up his mic to encourage the Black community to take ownership.

Oct 7, 2022

Saints Linebacker Demario Davis Teams Up With Local New Orleans Organizations To Teach The Power Of Web3 To The Youth

Athletes across the spectrum have been heavily involved in their communities for some time — from Lebron James founding I Promise School to Serena Williams investing in the next generation of tennis players. There is no shortage of Black athletes dedicated to ensuring that youth are equipped with the tools to be successful, and New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis is not one to be left out of the conversation. In a culture where parts of society suggest athletes “shut up and play,” sports players like Davis ignore that jargon and invest valuable time and resources into the communities that matter to them. Through a partnership with New Orleans, Louisiana’s Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), Davis led a three-day workshop as a part of a summer program. Courtesy of the Youth Empowerment Project

Aug 17, 2022

Drake-Backed Sports League Startup Overtime Raises $100M In Series D Funding Round As It Looks To Expand Into Web3

Just last year, sports league startup Overtime raised $80 million in its Series C funding round, as previously reported by AfroTech. For 2022, the Drake and Jeff Bezos-backed company is scaling even further. Overtime has raised $100 million in its Series D funding round, according to a press release. The round was led by Liberty Media Corporation and Counterpoint Global and included investors such as Bezos Capital, Winslow Capital, Blackstone, and Sapphire Sport. With the new funding, the leading sports brand is diving into Web3 and e-commerce, per the release. Additionally, it will expand its Overtime Elite (OTE) basketball league, OT7 high school football league, new sports leagues, and sports digital content — both short-form and long-form. “This significant investment co-led by Liberty Media, who has fostered the explosive growth of Formula 1, is a real validation of the disruptive sports IP that we have created over the past year,” said Dan Porter, Overtime’s CEO and...

Aug 10, 2022

These Are Some Of The Top Innovators Making Waves In Web3 That You Should Look Out For At AfroTech Conference 2022

For a jam-packed week of building knowledge in tech, the AfroTech Conference has consistently been marked as the ultimate place to be. And this year, it’s no different. As previously reported by AfroTech, the annual event will feature exclusive programming, panels, and Q&As to bring the Black tech, Web3, and the business community together for connection, celebration, and entertainment. With the countdown ticking to the 2022 AfroTech Conference, the experience is set to feature some of the top Black leaders and innovators in Web3. While the inside scoop on what’s in store for the conference continues to unfold, here are the Web3 speakers we can share in the meantime, who you should look forward to seeing in Austin, TX. Consider attending #AFROTECHConference in Austin this fall, as an opportunity for your business : from branding, recruitment, industry knowledge, partner collaboration and inspiration. Grab your ticket today. #AFROTECH #BuyBlack #Austin —...

Aug 10, 2022

W3 Sports' Julian Aiken And NBA's Terance Mann Tap Into Vulnerability To Make Revenue-Generating Content In The Metaverse

There is so much space and opportunity for today’s generation of athletes to allow their talent to open massive doors for them. For current Los Angeles Clippers player, Terance Mann, leveraging the world of web3 is taking his basketball talents to the next level. He initially wanted to learn more about the space after not seeing a lot of people who looked like him. Using his own persona to connect with Clippers fans is one skill set that Mann believes can be beneficial to other players looking for opportunities when it comes to investing and life beyond just basketball. “When you’re walking around, moving around with agents, or within facilities, you can hear people talking about what [players] are doing off the court,” said Mann. “People are investing in different things, [and] people, you know, take life in through their social media.”

Aug 9, 2022

Natasha Rothwell Becomes Council Member Of BFF's Web3 Pledge To Support Underrepresented Communities

Emmy-nominated actress Natasha Rothwell is rallying Black women in the Web3 space with joint efforts from BFF and Skai Blue Media. “I’m excited to be joining the Web3 community as one of the founding BFF and Belonging and Mattering council members,” said Rothwell in a press release. “I look forward to sharing my experience in arts education and as a creative in entertainment as an expression of my commitment to the advocacy for marginalized groups in order to create more opportunities and ensure an equitable future for underserved communities in web3.”

Aug 8, 2022

OneOf NFT Collection Paying Homage To Biggie Smalls Sells Out Within Ten Minutes

A  non-fungible token (NFT) collection honoring Biggie Smalls just proved to be highly anticipated, selling out within just ten minutes. View this post on Instagram   A post shared by OneOf (@oneofnft)

Jul 28, 2022

Exclusive: 'Boondocks' Producer Carl Jones Details Once Leaving A Deal On The Table — 'I Decided to Walk Away'

Producer Carl Jones has been making waves in animation since the critically acclaimed series, “The Boondocks” hit the airwaves in November 2005. His work in the space has evolved over the years, but one thing has remained consistent — Jones’ commitment to remaining true to himself throughout it all. What’s more, he has even stepped away from deals that wanted him to change his approach to his art. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Boondocks (@boondocksbootleg)

Jul 28, 2022

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.”

Jul 22, 2022

LMFAO's Redfoo Partners With Radix To Support Aspiring Coders — 'If I Can Do It, Anyone Can Do It'

Five years ago is when Redfoo — former member of the electronic duo LMFAO — first found his passion in the coding community. The Grammy-nominated artist aims to empower others to join him in learning how to code, according to information shared with AfroTech.

Jul 14, 2022

Khaby Lame Joins Forces With Binance To Debunk Misinformation Around Web3

Khaby Lame is coming in hot as the newly most-followed TikToker. According to a press release, the Senegalese-Italian creator has signed off on a partnership with cryptocurrency exchange company Binance.

Jul 1, 2022

Never-Before-Heard Stories Centered Around Kevin Hart's Life Are Making Their Way To The Metaverse

Comedic genius Kevin Hart will be giving his fans a more in-depth look at his life.  

Jun 29, 2022

Coco Gauff Drops First NFT Collection With Autograph To Represent For Gen Z In The Web3 Space

Fresh off her match at the French Open, Coco Gauff is giving her fans more to look forward to with the launch of her new non-fungible token (NFT) collection with Autograph. As AfroTech previously told you, the Tom Brady-backed platform connects brands and high-profile individuals in sports, entertainment, and culture. The platform has already welcomed Naomi Osaka, Simone Biles, and Usain Bolt and now, Gauff is taking a seat at the table.

Jun 9, 2022

Web3 Social Media App Calaxy Founded By Entrepreneur Solo Ceesay, NBA Star Spencer Dinwiddie Raises $26M

To enhance the creator economy, Calaxy has raised $26 million in a round co-led by The HBAR Foundation and Animoca Brands combined with participation from Polygon .

Jun 7, 2022