DMX, Miles Davis NFTs Among Inaugural Collection From Black, Female-Owned Blockchain Startup – Variety


A new blockchain technology company spotlighting creator equity is rolling out its first series of non-fungible tokens — a collection that includes five unreleased tracks from DMX and a photograph of jazz legend Miles Davis.

Melanated NFT Gallery, a Black- and female-owned startup in the NFT and metaverse space, is backed by marketing executive and New York Times bestselling author Nea Simone. The company’s mission is empowering creators from the African and Afro-Latinx diaspora and others who have historically been exploited, by creating an equitable platform to share and monetize their work.

The Melanated NFT Gallery features ‘Melanated Originals’ with artwork from emerging and established creatives. MNFTG will officially reveal its first Icon and celebrity NFT collection beginning early December with a variety of drops.

Future NFTs are expected from signed MNFTG clients including: Influencer Mr. Organik, photographer Roger Erickson, sculptor Duron Jackson and multi-media artist Aja.a.x.,

“Our mission is to provide a vehicle for melanated creators to maintain creative and financial control of their work and to insure they continue to recognize fully the financial compensation and benefits of their work, in perpetuity, through the Smart Contract.,” said Simone.

Items in the first drop include:

“Miles Davis – Synesthesia:”: A three-part series encompassing a visual and audio representation utilizing a 1970s photograph of Miles Davis on the roof of the Chateau Marmont. The photo was taken by Miles’ cousin and closest friend, artist Corky McCoy, who created iconic album covers for Davis. Using a mixed media interpretation, McCoy created the collection alongside daughter Blair McCoy of Authentik Creative, Inc.

“Darkman X-No Words”: Artist and producer for rapper DMX, DJ Superior, will release a collection of 5 songs, unreleased footage and art from the late icon. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to his family.

“My Time With Prince”: A compilation of audio, video, and unlockable content highlighting the early days behind the velvet rope with Prince and the Revolution. in a documentary format, from band guitarist Dez Dickerson.

“CollabCrib: The Collab Times”: Talent manager, entrepreneur and founder of YoungGuns Entertainment and CollabCrib! (one of the first all Black content houses in Atlanta) Keith Dorsey will launch a limited edition of trading cards and avatars.

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