Last week for Black Enterprise Magazine Online I interviewed comedian, Jack & Jill Politics blogger and The Onion's Digital Director Baratunde Thurston about his love for technology and BLACKNESS. Yes, blackness. As in, his new book "How to Be Black." We also talked, at lenght, about how more black people need to become entrepernueral in the online space, rather than simply users of it.
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Hey! It's one of those articles someone writes to get attention! Tech business writer Gene Marks wrote for Forbes about what he would do if he were a poor black kid to survive. The advice can be easily summed up as -- be good in school even if your school is a nightmare; use the Internet even if you can't afford a computer and don't live near a library where you can get free access to one; Skype -- I guess if that hobo gets off that library computer you took the cross town bus to get to doesn't hog it forever; get on that hot new Diigo thing and the Cliff Notes; and become a Google Scholar. Quite a bit of the advice is hinging on Internet access which ... ahem ... is still a bit out of reach if you're using your money for things like "not starving" and "electricity."
Last night Apple announced that its founder and chief innovator, Steve Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56. Jobs, a college dropout, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend, Steve Wozniack in 1976, after becoming insanely wealthy through a series of herald successes, Jobs actually was forced out of Apple in 1985, only to return in 1996 and herald a new era of the iMac, iPod, iTunes and iPhone technology. While I've never been a hardcore PC vs. Mac person (I've interchangeably used both computers since I was about 14), I was touched by his passing.
On Saturday in Los Angeles my site won its fourth Black Weblog Award, this year for Best Political or News Blog. Previously I've won the "Judges' Choice" for Best Writing and Best Blog Post series in 2008, Best Writing in 2009 and Best Political Blog in 2010. This is my first overall award win from the group. This was also the first year there was an awards show that was part of the Blogging While Brown conference this year in Los Angeles. Rene Syler of "Good Enough Mother" and comedian Kim Coles were the hosts. Other 2011 winners include the blogs Afrobella, Necole Bitchie, Soul Bounce, Very Smart Brothas, Sister Toldja, Elon James White's Blacking It Up podcast, Fresh Xpress, Black and Married With Kids and DC District Diva. To see the rest of the winners, click here.
Outrage. I only have so much of it left!
Therefore, this online campaign produced by the Turn Right USA PAC in support of Tea Party Republican Craig Huey is only getting a heavy sigh and a befuddled stare out of me. This ad is an attack on Democrat and Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn. Whatever "point" the creators had initially with the ad is lost in the shouts of "Give us yo cash, bitch" while a stripper bends over and shakes her butt with dollars stuck into her booty shorts. It was pretty depressing. Especially with ol' Skids and Mudflap* there, raping along like this crap was cool. (The song was written with the help of fake 2 Live Crew booty bass group, Splack Pack.)
On The Root today Patrice J. Williams tackled the uneasiness some feel about "black Twitter" and its love of trending topics. Black Twitter, for those who don't know, is just regular ol' Twitter, only with a focus on how the black folks are communicating with each other via social networking. It's a great time to do some pop culture navel gazing. Most people use Twitter as an act of communication. Others use it as an expression of their worsening narcissism. Some people want to make whatever rap person Lil Duval tweets some variation a trending topic everyday. Other folks want to know #liesmentell. Some of those people are black people.
While I can understand the tendency as a black person who doesn't know who Lil Duval is and doesn't use Twitter to discuss the various ways women cheat on their man-friends to be all "OMG! LOOK HOW IGNORANT THOSE PEOPLE ARE BEING ON TWITTER!" This is one of those situations where I'm like, is this really a problem? And if this is a problem ... why?
The laptop is broken and out being fixed. also capitalization on my phone not working. so annoying. Sorry for the delay. Things should be back to normal by Wednesday.
UPDATE: Backup laptop is working and operational. Old Battle Axe, my primary laptop, is still in the shop for repairs. It had serious motherboard issues, but should be fixed soon. Alas, my broken laptops sucked up all my new mattress money, but did not hurt my "Going Home for Christmas Fund" as that plane ticket was already in the bag. Thanks for your patience!
To honor World AIDS Day celebrities like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Serena Williams and Justin Timberlake are ending their "digital lives" until 1 million dollars is raised for Keep a Child Alive (KCA), an organization which provides critical anti-retroviral medication for children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS. If you can't afford to die an artful death for a worthy cause and give up your Twitter feed, you can simply do your part to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by working to end the stigma of getting tested regularly. The easiest way to do this is to get tested regularly yourself and encourage others to do the same. Also, volunteering at a local clinic wouldn't be to shabby either.
While statistically, new HIV cases have stabilized in some communities, it still remains high among African Americans, and is especially deadly to black American women.