ABOUT | #BLACKMANSIM
The idea for this project came from a conversation with a few friends after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. We talked about some of the systemic issues that contributed to these tragedies and the role that empathy could have played in preventing them. The Black Man Simulator is designed to promote a deeper level of empathy and dialogue.
Using virtual and augmented reality techniques, similar to what is used to create video games, the Black Man Simulator will walk people through experiences black men commonly face. Simulators are extremely powerful experiential learning tools that can quickly put the participant in the mind of a different character. The technology and environment responds to the participant; they are not watching black men face challenging situations, they are temporarily placed in these same situations themselves.
The Black Man Simulator as really picked up momentum since it’s conception. With an IDEA CAPITAL grant award and successful Kickstarter campaigns under our belt, we’re excited to unveil the final project to the masses. We would like to thank EVERYONE that has contributed their time, talents, and feedback to make this project a reality.
UPCOMING | Exhibition @ EYEDRUM Art & Music Gallery – RSVP on Facebook
MEET THE TEAM
Antonio Andre Riley
Antonio was thrilled to be a part of the Black Man Simulator experience. It provided an amazing opportunity to tell his story of life as an African American male.
Antonio is a Pensacola native who moved to Marietta in ’92. He attended Southern Polytechnic State University and received his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Mathematics. He also has an MBA from Shorter University.
Antonio currently works as a Firmware Tester for Landis + Gyr, a smart-meter and grid solution technology company on the cutting edge of improving energy efficiency. Prior to this role, he worked as a Software Engineer for Lockheed Martin for 11 years where his duties included programming and testing aircraft instrumentation.
Antonio is truly a creative entrepreneur at heart. He is the Founder and CEO of My Twiin Productions, which produced Twiin, a docu-reality series that highlights the possibility of finding your doppelganger and the societal effects of meeting that person. He is also in the process of working with Slingshot Product Development Group to create an automatic toilet that detects waste through special sensors. In the future, he plans to explore app development including one that notifies loved ones of your whereabouts when needed.
Antonio resides in Woodstock, GA and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
David A. Williamson is an information technology specialist, new media curator, cultural theorist and poet. He has a B.S. in business administration from Florida A&M University, and an M.S. in management of technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Vinisha Rumph is an Atlanta-local creative, specializing in video production, graphic design, marketing, and project management. She currently works with many Atlanta businesses including Visionary Brand Management and re:imagine/ATL.
Toi B. James, MPA, PMP
Writer| Communicator| Art Lover
Melissa Archer (yourvogirl – Fiverr.com)
Voice Actor / Audio Engineer / Producer since 1995
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“Brazilitanica” & “RohypNova” – Keith Lancaster – Auralgasm copyrighted under PanDimensional Sound