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.
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.