Inside Iyin Aboyeji’s plan to build charter cities for African tech

Article by Tage Kene-Okafor on techcrunch.com. Photo credit: Talent City.

“After helping build two unicorns and starting a VC fund, Aboyeji wants to create charter cities in Africa. But what are the odds of it working? African cities, particularly sub-Saharan ones, have the fastest global urban growth rate. But with challenges around overcrowding, congestion, infrastructure, power and poor governance, these cities are maxed out in what they can provide to the average African living in urban environments…”

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Erika Alexander On NFTs Giving Back Black Creative Ownership, Afrofuturism And More

Article by Njera Perkins on shadowandact.com. Photo credit: Maury Phillips.

“Actress Erika Alexander is on a mission to give Black creators their creative control back by way of the latest cryptocurrency innovation. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the newest form of cryptocurrency taking over the digital space, and Alexander is a true believer that they’re the game-changing tool that’s redefining art across literature, entertainment, music and more…”

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Portraits by Sam Onche inspired by ’90s fashion, video games and Afro-futurism

Article by Katy Cowan on creativeboom.com. Photo credit: Sam Onche.

A Nigerian illustrator and oil painter based in the United States, Sam Onche‘s journey into the art world has seen many twists and turns over the years. More recently, he’s turned his attention to portraits, using digital as well as oils to paint black characters that tell “important stories and spark new conversations”.

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Black light: BIPOC photographer illuminates sheer beauty

Article by Joseph Gallivan on pamplinmedia.com. Photo credit: Jason Hill.

Jason Hill is a portrait photographer with a specialization in studio lighting. He used his talents to focus on the skin of African Americans to show them in a way he does not believe they are usually shown. Hill’s work is showing now at the Aux/Mute Gallery within the Portland Art Museum.

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Afro Futures: Better Understanding Afrofuturism

Afro Futures podcast on waer.org. Photo credit: Yusuf Abdul-Qadir .

This week on Afro Futures, Yusuf Abdul-Qadir catches up with politician and Grammy-nominated musician Pierce Freelon. The former roommates chat about what it means to be an Afrofuturist, leaving a legacy, and Pierce’s Grammy nomination.

Listen to the podcast: https://bit.ly/3mFfIBQ

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Tiffany Haddish Ventures Into The World Of Virtual Reality

Article by Samantha Dorisca on afrotech.com. Photo credit: Paras Griffin.

“Tiffany Haddish is venturing into the world of virtual reality (VR).  Joining forces with VR fitness app Supernatural, Tiffany Haddish will jumpstart their second annual “This Year Be You” campaign as the workout brand’s first celebrity guest coach, encouraging users to embrace transformation in the new year…”

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Rescuing the Languages that Western Tech Ignores

Article by Associated Press on voanews.com. Photo credit: Associated Press.

“Computers have become amazingly precise at translating spoken words to text messages and scouring huge troves of information for answers to complex questions. At least, that is, so long as you speak English or another of the world’s dominant languages…”

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