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Game Developers of Color expo opens July 27 2019.

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This is an annual expo and reunion of the nation’s best game creators of color gathering at the Schomburg Center for African American Research, a division of the New York Public Library of Harlem, New York. Supported by New York City College where there is a hotbed of innovative creative producers and influencers, the Game Dev of Color Expo is a celebration of diversity in the game industry – the larger-than-movie-and-film entertainment market segment bridging all categories of popular and professional culture.

Game Developers of Color Expo website

The state lottery is a game. Casinos are gaming palaces. At this expo, do-it-yourself is stamped throughout the culture. The evolution of computers and network speeds has brought powerful production tools into the hands of a home user with a bedroom setup. The outcome has been a growing game inventory.. The expo attracts software coders, scriptwriters, animators, cartoonist, artists, musicians, set designers, historians, professors, instructors, engineers, students, hobbyist, researchers, licensing techs, geeks, business developers, the media, and online gaming platform sponsors. Game publishers will be there. The next human breakout blackSoftware gamemaker is probably in the crowd.

Here are some clips we brought back from last year’s expo.

Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter book note.

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first portable computer

Through archival sources and the voices of many of those who lived and made this history, the book centralizes African Americans’ role in the Internet’s creation and evolution, illuminating both the limits and possibilities for using digital technology to push for racial justice in the United States and across the globe.

This hardcover goes behind the scenes. It exposes early adopters who helped America’s Black community use computers, network and perform community activism online.

hardcover on Amazon, $24.95: https://amzn.to/2V27fb6

new release 2019

The 25 under 25 most creative Boston millennials of color

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They are mural artists, record producers, promoters, dancers, radio jocks, designers, jewelry makers, organizers and more. They are doing things, big things that move the needle in the city of Boston.

Meet the Artery 25, a WBUR-FM list of creatives representing Boston forward thinking diversity

Here is one of the twenty-five.
About visual artist Stephen Hamilton 

  • pays homage to “Black Hands”
  • Created the “The Founders Project,”the Public Art Accelerator program, re-framed Boston public high school students as African royalty.
  • Hamilton grew up in Roxbury, seeing images of Black Bostonians in his neighborhood’s murals.
  • Hamilton teaches workshops for Black youth on creating art as ritual.
  • He seeks to explore African aesthetics beyond the white gaze, paying equal attention to the process of creating as the end product.
  • He utilizes cloth, wood-carving, natural pigment, hand-dyeing and weaving.
  • Hamilton’s work is sustained by a thoughtful framework rooted in West African ontology, exploring ideas of “mystic coolness,” a tenet of 15th century Yoruba and Igbo civilizations.