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v7_black_tech_gurus_castoroAnthony Castoro

Heatwave Interactive

Anthony Castoro started his first gaming company in 1993 while studying molecular bi­ology at the University of Texas. That venture didn’t last, and while he went on to do award-winning work with major industry players, the desire to strike out on his own persisted. In 2007 Castoro co-founded Heatwave Interactive with Donn McClendon. As CEO he oversees the develop­ment of a portfolio with film and music industry creden­tials. Samuel L. Jackson lent his voice to iSamJackson, an app capitalizing on the beauty of a few choice words. With Platinum Life, members can experience the false starts and glory of fame by playing the part of their favorite recording artists. Initially released with a hip hop and R&B catalogue, a country music version with MTV backing has recently gone live on Facebook.

 

 

v7_black_tech_gurus_beauchampJacqueline Beauchamp

Nerjyzed Entertainment

Having caught herself com­plaining about diversity in gaming, Jacqueline Beau­champ realized that she had to be the change she wanted to see. Three colleagues – all HBCU alum – caught her vi­sion and in 2004 they got to work. It took five years but when Nerjyzed Entertain­ment launched ‘The Black College Football Experience: The Doug Williams Edition’, they were not only fulfill­ing a dream, but breaking new ground. Never before had a black-owned company brought a game for a high-end console to market. Today it’s carried by Walmart, Game Stop and Amazon.

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