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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Where do we go from here? Emergent Power of Black Bloggers

We've seen it before with the CBC-Fox Debates, Shaquanda Cotton, and cases of African American women whose kidnappings and murders have been overlooked ( Stepha Henry) by "mainstream media," Black bloggers are beginning to leverage their online power to obtain off line results.

THAT SHOW on a certain network will be a mere footnote in history, the real story, overlooked by the "mainstream media" in all of this is that OUR generation is coming into its own as activists. We don't do things the way that our parent's and grandparents did . We shouldn't have to. They sacrificed so that we could have access all of the tools you have seen during this brouhaha over THAT SHOW. You saw us getting our message out to the news media. You saw us go toe to toe with one of the largest media conglomerates in the world and we did it with a cellphone and a desktop computer. That is all.

It is important that we continue to nurture this emerging activism so that our efforts related to THAT SHOW are not just a flash in the pan. That is why Blogging While Brown is so important. Next year is an election year and whatever party you support, bloggers are going to play, perhaps, a much larger role in the electoral process than ever before. Black bloggers MUST be a part of that. Also, this is an opportunity for those who want to start a blog or expand their skills to get access to the technical experience to help them get their point across.

So for the next few weeks I will be working with the team over at Blogging While Brown to get it off the ground. Plans are to have it in Atlanta, GA next summer and have it at the same time as one of the many festivals held in Atlanta every year. So I won't be posting as feverishly as usual. However, posts will still be made because I would like to introduce you to our first Guest Contributor to What About Our Daughters?, Bronze Trinity. You guys have already met her in the comments section and in her inaugural post on Saturday.

Bronze Trinity is a successful blogger in her own right. She is one of the members of the Afrosphere Bloggers Association. She was one of the first people to embrace this blog. In the past few months she has been working tirelessly to develop the online infrastructure to help further the efforts of African American bloggers. She is not a fire breather like moi can be on occasion ( when provoked). She's basically a very nice person who loves Black folk. I will continue to moderate the comments. I occasionally will pop in if something pops up that I can't be quiet about( I'll probably make it 48 hours).

I am also looking for other African American women with established blogs. What does that mean? That means you have a body of work already out there preferably several months worth. If you are not there yet, keep blogging and contact me when you are ready. As you all know, blogging over a long period of time takes a unique personal passion. Anybody can start a blog in a fit of fury ( I did.) But it takes an effort to keep plugging away at this month after month, pushing through burnout ( very common), and the boo birds that invariably pop in on occasion.

THIS BLOG is about negative portrayals of African American women in popular culture. I am passionate about a lot of things and even comment on other folks blogs, but THIS blog has a very narrow focus so guest contributions will have to be on topic.

I want to thank everyone who played a role in all of this. I didn't ask to be thrust into all of this, but now that I have been, I think it is important to do what I can to make sure that other people can use this example to SPEAK, ACT and ENGAGE for themselves.

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