Steve Stoute’s UnitedMasters Inks Deal With Coinbase To Allow Artists To Get Paid In Cryptocurrency

(Article by Ngozi Nwanji on afrotech. Photo Credit: Jesse Grant / Robert Nickelsberg)

“As we’re living in the age of cryptocurrency, industries are keeping up with the wave, and UnitedMasters recently broke ground in the music industry. According to a press release, the Black-owned music distributor announced that its new partnership with Coinbase will allow artists to get paid in any cryptocurrency supported on the platform. The company is now one of the first to offer the service, Bloomberg reports. The goal of the partnership is to ’empower independent artists by giving them transparency, equity, and control over their earnings.'”

Source: https://bit.ly/3lDN2ZY

Some people think cryptocurrency is the path to wealth for marginalized communities. Getting paid in cryptocurrency may be another good thing for artists. I guess we’ll see.

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These Founders Are Building A Diverse Community For Sneakerheads Through Their Startup Tradeblock

(Article by Ngozi Nwanji on afrotech; Photo Credit: David Avila)

“There’s a difference between being for the culture and doing it for the culture and the three visionaries at Tradeblock — a sneaker trading app where kicks are currency — are committed to the latter for the sneaker community.

The Austin-based startup officially hit the ground running earlier this year in May, but the initial vision for Tradeblock was birthed in 2009 by co-founder Tony Malveaux. While inspired by ESPN’s Trade Machine, Malveaux connected with his longtime best friend and now fellow co-founder Darren Smith about his idea — but it was a dream deferred until bringing their fellow childhood friend Mbiyimoh Ghogomu — Tradeblock’s CEO — onboard and from that moment they’ve become trailblazers in the sneaker marketplace.”

Source: https://afrotech.com/tradeblock-sneaker-trading-app

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AI Startup Backed By Quincy Jones Gets Acquired ‘To Continue Changing The Way We Consume Music’

(Article by Samanta Dorisca published on afrotech.com; Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian)

“A music mogul like Quincy Jones backing an “emotional” artificial technology (AI) music startup sounds like a match made in heaven.

The startup — Musimap — is on a mission to develop effective music roadmaps for its users through AI. The automated engine leverages automated engines and metadata enhancement to generate a playlist that has a familiar music palette to correspond with the personality profile.”

Source: https://bit.ly/3lFLe2B

The music industry has always pushed the boundaries of technology innovation. No surprise that an innovator like Quincy Jones is right in there making things happen.

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Afrofuturism and its possibility of elsewhere: The power of political imagination

(Article by Lina Nasr El Hag Ali published on theconversation.com)

Photo of actor Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis (photo credit: unknown)

“Pay attention to the visions for the future put forward in today’s world by politicians, intellectuals and scientists:

The development of technologies to sustain human life on other planetsnew digital realities; the altering of human DNA.

Who is this future for?

What is not recognized as possible in our future is equally telling: No substantial strategy to tackle climate change; few equitable responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; no end to the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous lands from South Africa to Canada to Palestine; no basic services to those who live daily without food or clean drinking water, even in the world’s richest countries.”

Source: https://theconversation.com/afrofuturism-and-its-possibility-of-elsewhere-the-power-of-political-imagination-166002

Afrofuturism is a psycho-social-political-spiritual movement because everything we do is social, political, psychological, and spiritual. Imagining ourselves into the future is key to our survival. What political future do you imagine for yourself?

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Why Black Speculative Fiction Month Matters

(Article by Dennis R. Upkins published on thenerdsofcolor.org / artwork by Michael Golden)

Source: https://bit.ly/3myMAev

“October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and like legions of others, I am celebrating it something fierce. Why does Black Speculative Fiction Month matter? Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because now more than ever our stories must be told and our voices must be heard. Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because too often at cons and writing events, I’m the only nonwhite guest in attendance.”

For me, Black Speculative Fiction Month matters because it highlights how we honor our ancestors by imagining ourselves into a positive, thriving future of our own design. And it’s about damn time. Ase, and so it is…

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Doja Cat’s Single Edition NFT Sells For $188K, … The Largest Auctioned Item In Tezos History

(Article by Samantha Dorisca is published on afrotech.com)

Photo Credit: Scott Dudelson

“Doja Cat is breaking new records and not just in the music arena.

As AfroTech previously revealed, the singer has been crypto curious, launching her first non-fungible token (NFT) collection earlier this month with green NFT marketplace OneOf, founded by Lin Dai, Josh James and Adam Fell.”

Source: https://afrotech.com/doja-cats-single-edition-nft-sells-for-188k-outselling-jay-z-as-the-largest-auctioned-item-in-tezos-history

Some say that NFTs are the future of how independent artists finally take control of the profits their works generate. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen. What we do know, however, is that NFTs are exploding and that artists are beginning to launch their own tokens. What’s next? Join the conversation in the NFTs group here on XNubiaPhi.com.

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The Danger of Facial Recognition Tech

(This article by Manny Otiko was published on OneZero.)

Photo: Delta News Hub (Flickr)

“According to a New York Times article, at least three African-Americans have been falsely accused because of incorrect facial recognition matches. A false accusation cost Nijeer Park 10 days in jail and $5,000 in legal fees.

These “false positives” happen because the people who design these programs are predominately white. Silicon Valley is dominated by white (and some Asian) programmers. And some of them, who subscribe to the far-right/libertarian ideology, the new reactionary movement (NRx,) believe that’s because of racial superiority.”

Source: onezero.medium.com/i-didnt-realize-the-danger-of-facial-recognition-tech-until-i-used-it-a6686442b346

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Women Who Fly: Nona Hendryx and Afrofuturist Histories

(This essay by Emily Lordi is featured in Boston Review’s new book, Ancestors and posted on bostonreview.net)

Photo: Paula Lobo for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“A Sun Ra tribute concert by a member of the pathbreaking pop group Labelle leads to reflections on how Black women artists and scientists have often been at the vanguard of their disciplines—though most are still awaiting due recognition. On the last night of Black History Month, February 29, 2020, I attended a concert held in the Temple of Dendur, at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—the last such event that I would attend, it turned out, for a very long time.”

Source: http://bostonreview.net/arts-society/emily-lordi-women-who-fly-nona-hendryx-and-afrofuturist-histories

ALL ARTS presents new film fest, Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized

Article by AmNews Staff Reports posted on amsterdamnews.com

“Afrofuturism centers Black people as fully actualized without the constraints of racism and oppression. In this alternate reality, Black imagination and creativity gets to make the rules. Inspired by African religions and culture from the continent and across the diaspora, Black futurist artists and thinkers reimagine worlds of freedom and liberation where Black people have true power and agency over their lives. Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized, the new Afrofuturist film festival from ALL ARTS, presents the possibilities of Black futures through the imaginations of 10 filmmakers.”

Source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2021/mar/24/allarts-presents-new-film-fest-afrofuturism-blackn/

A Guide to the Afrofuturist House Music of Dirty Bird

Article by James Gui posted in bandcamp

“In 1996, filmmaker John Akomfrah created the character of the Data Thief as a narrative device to offer an insightful study of Afrofuturism in his film The Last Angel of History, which links Black musicians including George Clinton, Derrick May, and Sun Ra to Akomfrah’s thesis about the role of technological fantasy in Black artistry across genres and mediums. In 2019, another Data Thief—this one named Dirty Bird—travelled here from Mars, releasing a potent house album called A/V Club. Dirty Bird—a self-described noise machine, digital pirate, and technomancer—embodies the spirit of Akomfrah’s Data Thief in both his music and his persona, acting as a connector for different elements of Black dance music history.”

Source: https://daily.bandcamp.com/lists/dirty-bird-list

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