Celebrating Black History Month and Looking Toward the Future

By Ime Archibong, Head of New Product Experimentation
  • To celebrate Black History Month, we’re launching the Metaverse Culture Series, a workshop collaboration with Black creators and thought leaders exploring Black culture and community in virtual reality. 
  • We’re also honoring Black changemakers through new immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences and content across our technologies.

Inspired by the past, driven by the present and energized by the future, we’re recognizing Black history as it’s being lived and written today. Throughout the month, we’re elevating Black voices and sharing ways you can support the Black community.

Moving Toward a More Equitable Future

Later this month, we’re hosting our first ever Metaverse Culture Series in Horizon Worlds and Workrooms with Black thought leaders and creators from across the US. In this immersive virtual reality experience, participants will create custom Worlds and explore ways to weave Black culture, heritage and creativity into the fabric of the metaverse. The goal for this year-long series is to provide an accessible entry point into the future of technology for historically excluded, diverse communities.

Lifting Black Voices and Stories

We’re celebrating the Black community through curated content and programming across our technologies. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Experience Black history through the power of virtual reality with Meta Quest 2
    • Each week, you can watch a new selection of curated VR content on Oculus TV including an exploration of the unsung heroes of Black Lives Matter by the creatives behind IN PROTEST and a tour of the International Space Station with astronaut Victor Glover.
    • Check out Traveling While Black, a free cinematic VR experience from Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams that explores the history of restriction of movement for Black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.

Illustration for Traveling While Black

  • On our Lift Black Voices hub on Facebook, you can find exclusive creator content like:
    • Black is the New Black:  a fashion-focused Live Audio Room hosted by Refinery29 Global Editor-in-Chief Simone Oliver and celebrity stylist and Bulletin writer Law Roach. 
    • Notes of Gratitude: short, inspiring reflections on gratitude and pride curated by author, facilitator and Bulletin writer Alex Elle

  • On Instagram, we’re asking our community to celebrate and explore Black joy with #ShareBlackStories. 
    • Watch new episodes of the #MyBlackJoy miniseries and preview Love At First Slide, a new miniseries celebrating how relationships, whether romantic, business or platonic, have started in the DMs.
    • Explore the joy of Black meme culture in an art installation by surrealist artist Alim Smith of the most viral Black culture meme moments on Instagram. 

Instagram stickers for Black History Month

  • Future Made, a new video series and Reels challenge on Instagram and Facebook, will feature conversations between public figures and their family members celebrating the richness of Black family legacy. The series features La La Anthony with her son Kiyan; AmbersCloset with her father Arthur Whittington; and more.
  • We the Culture will continue to elevate Black creators with the History for the Future campaign. Programming will explore how creators such as visual artists, musicians, archivists and designers imagine legacy and their interpretation of our month-long question: How do you create for the future? We’ll also announce our latest incoming class of We The Culture creators. 
  • Experience African/American: Making the Nation’s Table , an immersive artistic journey by the Museum of Food and Drink and AR creator Charles “Ceej” Johnson opening February 23 in New York City. The exhibit explores the stories of Black Americans who helped shape culinary culture in the US. You can also visit the exhibit virtually through our ARt of My Roots AR effect in the camera on Facebook and Instagram dedicated to making art and culture more accessible to all. A collection of AR effects inspired by two of the exhibit’s pieces will be available on Facebook and Instagram.

How to Show Support This Month and Beyond

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