Roc Nation, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s entertainment company unveils its first issue of print magazine Edition in Miami on Friday with help from creator and “Insecure” star Issa Rae and NFTs.
The magazine is part of a partnership with Modern Luxury Media, publisher of Ocean Drive, Gotham and more, to launch Edition by Modern Luxury, a luxury media platform designed to amplify the voices of diverse communities shaping popular culture. In addition to a printed magazine published six times a year, the platform will consist of a mix of digital, social and experiential activations.
The first issue art will be released as a limited-edition hardcover collector’s book featuring cover face Rae, whose final season of “Insecure” airs on HBO. Also featured in the first issue are Beverly Johnson, Vogue’s first black woman, NFL star Romeo Okwara, painter Nathaniel Mary Quinn, hairstylist Jawara Wachoupe and artist Tschabalala Self.
“[Issa Rae] represents what we believe to be this emerging class of black creatives in this country,” Edition editor-in-chief Isooul H. Harris said in an interview with WWD. “Not only is she completely hyper-productive when it comes to her TV shows and movies and everything, but she makes sure that in all of these productions, she gives opportunities to other black creatives and other creatives. of color. We thought that was really admirable and we wanted to highlight that because that’s what it’s all about: shining a light on established and emerging color makers in this world and making sure their contributions are not not just celebrated but documented.
The official unveiling of The Art Issue will take place Friday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel South Beach. Guests will have access to a variety of experiences, including an activation by nail technician Bernadette Thompson and an exclusive NFT gallery hosted by Umba Daima. The NFT Digital Gallery will showcase established and emerging artists who are making a cultural impact in the digital world.
Harris didn’t reveal if Carter and Rae would be attending, but said there would be plenty of surprise guests.
The second version of Edition, The Next Wave Issue, will be available in Spring 2022.
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