Black is Beautiful, an NFT project by House of First and The Painted House, today announced that Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat Center, NBA All-Star, and Philanthropist) will be joining the project as a Founding Collaborator with a focus on uplifting creators of color across the Web3 space and beyond.
This collection of 1,000 one-of-one masterpiece NFTs was created by Florida-based artist Nick Davis and portrays a stunning depiction of the raw emotions of Black Americans navigating both the joys and struggles of everyday life in America.
“I’m struck by the historic nature of this new collection, providing an incredible opportunity to feature black art and black life in new ways while ensuring opportunities to support greater diversity and increased representation,” shared NBA All-Star and Philanthropist, Bam Adebayo.
As a five-star recruit, Adebayo was considered one of the best high school prospects of the 2016 class and committed to the University of Kentucky where he was subsequently selected 14th overall by the Miami Heat in the 2017 draft. A young but versatile big man on a storied team, an All-Star, and now, an Olympic champion, Bam signed a max contract extension with the Miami Heat in 2020. In the house that Bam bought his mother Marilyn in 2020, a sign reads, “Never forget where you came from, and never lose sight of where you are going.”
Bam joins an exclusive group of current Founding Collaborators including: Ja Rule (Rapper, Actor & Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of the Painted House), Ashanti (Grammy Award Winning Singer / Songwriter); Shira Lazar (Emmy Nominated Host, Actress, Writer & Blogger); Nely Galan (Latina Media Dynamo, Best-Selling Author & Women’s Empowerment Advocate), Deion Sanders (Former NFL and MLB Player, Head Coach at Jackson State) and more. Representing a diverse group of leaders, the Founding Collaborators have come together to provide their time, brands, insights, and relationships to support the mission and advance the project.
True to Bam’s principles, Black is Beautiful is focused on philanthropic purpose by partnering with a variety of HBCUs along with Black organizations and institutions – to receive philanthropic grants along with education, access, and engagement opportunities. Additionally, Bam will be collaborating with the project to enhance holder privileges, including exclusive access to live events during Art Basel Miami, CES, SXSW & NFT.NYC, community engagement, unique merchandise, web3 education, and more.
Black is Beautiful was minted on July 14th and is excited to collaborate with new artists and collectors entering the Web3 space. For more information about the collection and minting details, visit: https://houseoffirst.com/collections/blackisbeautiful