Attention Black techies: NFT Atlanta Con is this week

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by JR Valrey, Minister of Information, SF Bay View Oakland Bureau 

In ‘95, I remember hearing all of the hype around this new thing called the internet, which would dramatically change life on earth as we know it. At that time, we just used the internet for email, which was a life changing technology at the time. By 2010, everything revolved around the internet: from banking, to ordering groceries and dinner, to gaming, utilizing social media and more. In 2022, the hype around the NFT explosion is very comparable to that time. Many tech industry leaders are talking about how NFTs, the Blockchain and the Metaverse will once again change life as we know it. 

Nea Simone is the founder and CEO of NFT Atlanta Con, which is taking place in Atlanta Tuesday through Thursday, May 24-26, 2022. The conference will feature sports legends turned tech leaders, Chris Webber and Baron Davis. It will also feature up to 100 other Black tech leaders who will discuss the future of Black people in this new era. 

If you have the ability to travel to Atlanta, this is one of those conferences that you don’t want to miss. Check out Nea Simone as she talks about what will be happening at NFT Atlanta Con.

JR Valrey: Can you talk a little bit about the upcoming NFT Atlanta Con? 

Nea Simone: Yes. NFT Atlanta Con is the first diversity, equity and inclusion Web 3 conference focused on culture, entertainment and technology. What is planned to happen? May 24-26, 2022, we will take attendees on an immersive, informative exploration of the future of technology NFTs, Metaverse, FinTech, DeFi from diverse leaders in technology, culture and entertainment industries, networking, games, scavenger hunts and much more.

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JR Valrey: What is your role? What inspired you to want to have this event? 

Nea Simone: I am the founder and CEO. Over the last few years as the conversation evolved in this blockchain, Web 3 space, I saw very few people who looked like me invited to have a seat at the table. So, I decided to build my own table and extend invitations to others like me.

JR Valrey: What do you do in the tech world, when you are not planning and promoting for this event? 

Nea Simone: I own Melanated Studios, the first Black and female owned blockchain services agency focused on NFTs and the Metaverse.

JR Valrey: Who is your target audience? 

Nea Simone: Anyone from the tourist to the purist, interested in expanding their knowledge of Web 3, NFTs, Metaverse and Blockchain technology.

JR Valrey: What do you want people to get from the event? 

Nea Simone: I want people to walk away feeling as though their time was well spent. They had fun, learned something new, networked and are excited about continuing their Web 3 journey.

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JR Valrey: Who are some of the invited guests and what role do they play in the tech or NFT world? 

Nea Simone: NBA Legends Chris Webber, president of Coinllectibes, a NFT company focused on sports memorabilia, and Baron Davis collaborated with NFT for the first “Black Santa: Giving Has No Season.” Carl Jones, who produced The Boondocks, Black Dynamite has an NFT collection coming out. 

Alex Alpert, creative director for Quincy Jones’ OneOf NFT. Mike Johns, founder of Digital Mind State, a tech guru and founder of Tech with Soul. Michael “Pres” Anderson, founder of MPACT Coin; Robert Varner, CEO of Xonic Systems Technology; Lucas Capetian, CEO of Color Star Technology; and many more. We have over 100 notable speakers!

JR Valrey: This event is the inaugural event for NFT Atlanta Con. Who are some of the other sponsors? 

Nea Simone: DapperLabs, Turner Sports, TeqBall, Mann Robinson Studios, The Labz, United Talent Agency.

JR Valrey: How could people get more information, register and buy tickets?

Nea Simone: Tickets are available on Eventbrite or at our website,

JR Valrey, journalist, author, filmmaker and founder of Black New World Media, heads the SF Bay View’s Oakland Bureau. He can be reached at or on Facebook. Visit to read more.