Growing an actual black social network has become increasingly more important than ever!
That’s because there are hardly any black social networks. Sure, we have a few popular blogs that were created by black people but not really many black social networks. You have to discount popular sites such as Word Star Hip Hop that does not serve as an ideal black social network. The idea behind the website was to show popular videos of black people acting terrible. World Star Hip Hop, black social network, has posted some of the most popular and disgusting things that black people have done. The website serves as a model for social media at its worst behavior. Black people should be outraged and infuriated. But everyday I am sure they get tons of videos that some soul is destined to make go viral of some black person doing the most inhumane thing on the black social network. When will black people wake up and get tired of becoming spectacles for the world’s amusement?
Then there are a few other popular black social networks, such as Blackplanet.com for instance, which has mainly earned a reputation as one of the largest black dating sites.
Omar Wasow is the creator of New York Online which was a pre-web community he started in 1993 from his living room in Brooklyn, NYC. Black Planet was launched in September 1, 2001 by Wasow and has become the largest website in the world that targets black people. The company is run by Community Connect who also run Migente.com and AsianAvenue.com. Black Planet says their goal is to “strengthen the black community” which is a noble goal for a white company to have. Omar Wasow no longer owns Black Planet, but has sold it to Community Connect.
Another popular black social network back in its day was Blackvoices.com. Although Blackvoices.com, black social network, targeted towards African American culture, the site was never black-owned. They eventually sold to AOL and then was later purchased by the Huffington Post. For a while, the message board stayed in tact with some changed until it was finally depleted. Now the link just takes you to articles that target African American readers.
But wait, that’s okay right? Don’t we have Essence.com? black social network? What about Ebony.com? black social network? Well at least there is BlackPeopleMeet.com… right? Wrong! I’m sorry, but when it comes to technology it is said that black people linger far behind everyone else. All of the aforementioned websites are white owned. There is not one single relevant social network that is owned by a black person who is not famous.
And those websites don’t cater to black people, at least, not in a dignified way. They are mainly hip hop focused blogs or Ning.com networks, which is a white owned network. Many lovely groups that cater to black people on Google.com as well as Facebook.com, but the inevitable truth is that these are also white owned and controlled websites. When it comes to control, black people automatically surrender it to more established white black social networks. It happens in our everyday life. Black people feel comfortable depending on white businesses. We spend more money to eat at white restaurants and pay more money to shop for white clothing lines. What is the most pathetic thing of all, is that when white people decide to advertise to black people, they don’t hire black marketing experts.
These white owned businesses believe that white people are better at marketing to black people than black people are.
What appears to be the biggest slap in the face often proves true. The reason that white people are so much better at marketing to most black people is because they DO know what appeals to black people are the same things that appeal to white people. Some refer to this as the Europeanization of African Americans. It’s why once Facebook attracts enough white people from Harvard, blacks become to eager to not be excluded. It may be part of the reason that they even put their businesses in black communities and black people buy from them instead of other black people, when in fact, black people should demand that there are more opportunities for them to open up black businesses in black communities.
WHY CARE ABOUT A BLACK SOCIAL NETWORK?
The time has come and it has become increasingly more important than ever for black people to start having their own. It’s time black media stop becoming dependent on resources created and owned by white people in particular. Black people should learn to send a message to the rest of world that implies that they are worth being catered to and show true signs that they can have their own media power with black social networks.
If blacks do not do this, then they become a slave to a white and untrustworthy white market that will continue to control how black people feel, think and respond to their environment and media around them with white owned black social networks.
But once people gather together they become empowered. Once black people no longer depend on resources owned by white people, they can do the unbelievable.
Social networks have become a major and very important part of our extraordinary and everyday lives.
On social media, people can get the word out about events, merchandise, and news to like minded people. When black people all come together, we become empowered. Black people can put their positive energy together to change the world and even affect politics in a way that has never been done before.
And what will happen to these other website owners and businesses that have gotten rich by targeting black people? They will be just fine. They have already made increasingly large incomes from their success’ and have kept that money for themselves, giving none back to the black community. We really can’t blame them. After all, they are not black like you are so they could care less about the social or political needs of black people on black social networks, much less the economic needs.
My message to black people that are interested in empowering their own, it is definitely important that they research who owns what products they buy and what services they use. Do they actually give any money to black business or products or does 100 percent of their support go to white businesses. Also, how greatly would it impact their lives if black people suddenly shift to black owned black social networks and use black businesses. It’s one step in the right direction
If you interested in supporting a great new and upcoming black owned social network, then I highly recommend Nubian Planet. It’s basic and simple, but often that provides the most convenience. Will you be apart of its success and help spread the word about the website?