A message from the founder
As an undergraduate student at Brown University, I decided to design my own major. Even at the early age of 18 years old, I knew that I wanted to go into uncharted waters and choose to study something that was not a traditional major. Doing an independent concentration was something that allowed me to study what I really wanted to study, which was the philosophy, culture, and history of African peoples through the lens of indigenous knowledge systems.
For me, this was much more than an "academic" pursuit. As a descendant of West and Central Africans, and being a child of Africa, I wanted to know where I came from and how our ancestors created knowledge systems that allowed them to create incredibly prosperous, HEALTHY, and harmonious societies that flourished for thousands of years before the onslaught of colonialism and the trans-Atlantic trade of enslaved Africans.
When I graduated from Brown, I decided that I wanted to transmit all of the rich knowledge I had gained about not only Africans but ALL indigenous peoples in my studies to the general community at large.
Many people who go into Africana studies tend to go into University education. Although I've spent a good portion of my life in education, for me, I knew from a very early age that I wanted my work to be much more grassroots in nature. I highly value the work that Universities are doing to help transform communities and elevate lives, but for me, I decided ultimately that technology would be the best tool for me to teach.
Over the course of 20 years I became a programmer, 3D artist, 2D graphic artist, and game developer. I began to make not only games but interactive web experiences, animations, and web technologies. I used my work teach and transmit the best aspects of culture, philosophy, and everything that I learned not only in school but as a member of vibrant Pan-African cultural systems in urban communities in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
It is out of all of this that MediaBreeze was born.
As I matured, I began to expand my focus beyond just my own community to include a broader concern for the future of the planet. There are large economic systems in place that have been the cause of what I would consider to be "the majority" of human suffering across the globe. In my opinion, we need to find ways to re-engineer and / or destroy many of these systems in order for humans to thrive in a world that is equitable, just, and fair for all people.
In early 2020 we launched MediaBreeze Mobile, a dedicated wing of MediaBreeze that will specifically produce interactive 3D mobile games. The mobile platform is an incredible opportunity to take our message and vision and get into global markets that , up until this point, are often flooded with negative and relatively useless media coming from the West. Media is a free space, and it's wide open to anyone who has the focus to create. WE are the creators who want to provide positive, enriching, self-affirming media into markets in Africa, North America, South America, Asia, and other places where most indigenous peoples do not usually engage with media that affirms who they are , where they come from, and the integrity of indigenous ancestral traditions.
You will never see guns being used as a primary form of entertainment in any game that we produce. We believe that media drives culture. Entertainment based gun culture in the United States has evolved into somewhat of an illness. There are many ways to entertain people without having to resort to the bad habits and negative cultural patterns that are woven into every day American life. It's not that we are against all forms of violence. Weapons as a form of self defense are necessary in many situations. We are just simply dedicated to creating media that helps people to become their best selves, and promotes growth, healing, and protection of communities through strength and the power of personal integrity, and spiritual connectedness. Weapons have a role in society but that role should not be the cornerstone of the entertainment industry.
We hope that you will support us in our mission and vision. If you are interested in helping with our latest work, we are raising seed capital to fund the Earth Cipher project. Click here to support Earth Cipher and help use realize our mission.
Thank you for your time!
- Nmuta "Tim" Jones
Founder , MediaBreeze Multimedia