Erika Alexander has come a long way since starring in the ’90s sitcom Living Single. Incrediblly, the actress and entrepreneur is promoting black culture with a new NFT collection based on her sci-fi novel series Concrete Park. Reportedly, it will release on Curio in September.
Concrete Park taps into the NFT market
Activist and producer Erika Alexander hit the pause button on her acting career to focus on promoting black culture. After successfully joining the comic book world with her Concrete Bangers novel series, she brings her own sci-fi universe to the NFT market.
Her debut collection, called ‘The Concrete Bangers NFTs,’ will launch on September 15th, 10 am PT, on NFT platform Curio.
The non-fungible tokens are also an important milestone for Curio. To clarify, they’re the first generative art projects the team officially releases.
A futuristic universe dedicated to Black culture
Erika Alexander and writing partner Tony Puryear created a futuristic universe that took the comic book world by storm.
Published in 2013, their first volume presents Concrete Park: The story of a population living in the lawless town of Scare City. Here, the human exiles are divided into so-called gangs.
As they struggle to survive, inhabitants are also seeking a greater purpose: to rise above the heartless brutality they have once faced back on Earth.
Surprisingly, Alexander confesses that racism was one of the main reasons behind the award-winning book series:
“We wouldn’t be doing a science fiction comic book if we could have done that in film and television. We did that because of the racism,” she says.
Erika Alexander, advocating for Black culture via NFTs
The first Concrete Park volumes have enjoyed impressive organic growth among comic book enthusiasts. However, Alexander had already known just how important direct connections are based on her experience from the set of Fox’s Living Single sitcom:
“The audience would come in at the end of the week after we had rehearsed the whole show for four days,” she recalls. “They told us where the jokes weren’t, whether this was funny, and we would reshape it.”
Now, the actress firmly believes she can create a similar connection through NFTs. In fact, she has officially declared that she dedicates almost all of her time to “the power of how art and commerce work.”
Aside from her own NFT collection, Erika Alexander strongly supports projects with a cause embracing the tech revolution. Apparently, a favourite NFT project of hers is Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization aiming to educate African-American girls. They also released their own NFT against asian and pacific islander hate in May this year.
The Concrete Park NFT Collection is Coming Soon
Reportedly, the upcoming Concrete Park Bangers NFT collection will feature iconic characters, including Lena, Luca and Kurtzberg. Additionally, fans will also be able to purchase the well-known Scare City map and other surprise pieces. Check it out on Curio from September.
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