Tech Talk: A Pan-African Palace for Makers

Living in 2019, one cannot deny, comes with its benefits.

Benefits like Uber, Airbnb, electric scooters, drones, and smartphones. Depending on where you are and who you know, you may have heard of something called a 3D printer.

3D Printer:

a machine that allows the creation of a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model. It is done typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession.

3D printers have drastically changed the game since their arrival on the scene.

Before the wonderful invention of 3D printers, designing hardware teams would have to wait weeks on end to have a mold for one component made and shipped. So really slow & really expensive. Now with the arrival of 3D printers; designers and engineers alike can rapidly prototype & print parts from the comfort of their workspace.

The Makerspace, a Maker’s Natural Habitat.

Makerspace

a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.

As with fingers; not all makerspaces are created equally. Not all makerspaces are equipped with the same tools. However, it is important to remember inanimate objects do not provide real validation. There is controversy about what equipment makes a makerspace a “real” one. But that is besides the point. So what is the point? Holding space for the problem solvers of a population to design, create, and reiterate their solutions.

Virtual Field Trip: GearBox

A visit to www.gerbox.co.ke will aquaint you with Kenya’s first makerspace.

It’s the brainchild of Kamau Gachigi (@KamauFabLab), Gearbox seeks to promote local hardware innovation & manufacturing.

Kamau Gachigi has a TED talk: Success stories from Kenya’s first makerspace, & in it Gachigi shares his story from humble beginnings as a child in Kenya, to him seeking better education opportunities in the UK & US, as well as an international career in R&D (research and development) for a large firm.

Upon returning back home and joining the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nairobi, I quickly found I was really quite useless, because there wasn’t all the equipment that I had become accustomed to available. I was teaching students who I would find with very bright ideas in their minds and they’d be presenting things that I knew if only we had sufficient equipment, they’d be able to really contribute to the challenge of industrialization. So I kind of had to change hats, and became quite entrepreneurial and started looking for money to buy the equipment that we required. 

Kamau Gachigi Success stories from Kenya’s first makerspace

Kamau championed the campaign for a new space at the University of Nairobi. After some fundraising, students now had a place to design and rapidly produce prototype parts. What happened after was magic & the whole purpose of this blog post.

So you can imagine my surprise when one day the dean of engineering came and said to me, “Kamau, the students who spend most of the time in the Fab Lab are failing their exams.” I said, “What do you mean?” And I looked into it, and he was right, and the reason they were failing is that they’d honed their skills so well in certain things that they were going out into the city and offering services for money. So they were making money.

Kamau Gachigi Success stories from Kenya’s first makerspace

This makerspace was adding value to the community through students that spent most of their time learning how use the machines. Kamau’s former head of engineering has been able to secure a contract building an industrial machine that will be used to manufacture parts for General motors. An example of how a makerspace can have a real impact on a countries economy.

This also brings the popular millenial debate to the forefront.

Is college in fact a scam?

Culture Correct Solutions.

Gearbox is complete with various culture correct solutions for culture specific needs. From tech support, to a wide variety of training courses, Gearbox aims to equip as many as are willing to learn with skills to add value within their community.

The makerspace has given birth to various startups tackling problems from energy and waste management, to sanitary towel vending and pregnancy trackers.

It truly is a beautiful thing to see people of the culture, design, create, and implement solutions to their local problems! We hope to see this idea at scale across the entire continent in the near future.

Tech Talk: Everette Taylor X ArtX

This week we will be introducing you to an African-American entrepreneur called a “millennial marketing genius” by Forbes & a marketing maven by Fortune magazine. Only the beginning of his accolades.

Everette Taylors’s career began at the young and tender age of 19. After starting an event marketing software company; a company he eventually sold 2 years later.

#FirstExit

After this success, Taylor took a leave of absence from Virginia Tech and relocated to Los Angeles, California, to serve as vice president of marketing at since acquired software company Qualaroo.

He was just getting started!

Since then Everette, has founded: GrowthHackers; an online growth hacking community with a mission to help companies ignite sustainable growth. Millisense; a marketing firm using data driven digital marketing to grow companies and brands. PopSocial; social media software company founded in 2016, with over $2 million in revenue within its first year.

Everette Taylor has been recruited by many heavy hitting companies in technology, from being named Marketing Officer at online printing giant Stickermule, to doing growth strategy work for Microsoft, as well as serving as Chief Marketing Officer for on-demand car rental delivery company Skurt; since acquired by Fair. Taylor’s time and attention is in demand.

Aside from being termed a  “visionary businessman” by The Huffington Post, & “an innovator changing the consumer marketing game” by Black Enterprise. Everette has also secured his place on the Forbes 30 under 30. No brakes on this machine, Everette also sits on The Root 100 most influential African Americans list.

Now let’s dive into Taylor’s latest endeavor: ArtX.

ArtX is positioned to disrupt the art world. Why does the art world need disruption you ask? With headlines like: High-end art is one of the most manipulated markets in the world; & Do You Have to Be Rich to Make It as an Artist?, it is clear what’s been going on for quite some time in the art world. In an industry where artists are constantly being forced to justify their existence, social prejudice is hard at work as another layer of opposition.

How the art game works:

  • An Artist will usually spend massive amounts of time working with a medium of choice; water colors, charcoal, acrylic, clay, recycled plastics or even animals preserved in formaldehyde. After the artist has gained a mastery for the medium, said artist may create a piece or collection of pieces to then share with the public.
  • Traditionally this is when the artist will link up with a curator. A good creator has developed relationships with gallery/ display spaces & a rolodex of clientele & knowledge of their specific taste.
  • This is more or less the go to market strategy for many Artists.
  • Artists produce the product; Curators sell the product; Galleries/ display spaces serve as the physical location for these transactions to take place.

Now let’s review this process with a bit more realism.

  • An Artist will have to create time in an already fast paced world to develop and refine their art. Said artist will also have to purchase or acquire whatever materials needed in the creation of their art. Limited funds = Limited materials = limits
  • After creating a piece or collection of pieces, the artist will usually contact a curator to assist them in showcasing their work. Curators charge a percentage for every piece of art sold. This means, an artist success often depends on the quality of Curator they have access to. The better the Curator the better the access -to gallery spaces and art collectors-, the better the access, the more a curator can charge for every sale.

It’s not what you create, it’s who displays is, & where its displayed. 

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. 

We can easily project how things may work for an artist with affluent means. They usually have easier access to supplies, curators, & galleries. A look at any institutional art gallery will show the names accredited to the creation of these pieces are those of extremely wealthy producers.

Where does that leave creatives living in other varieties of circumstance? Thankfully there is now:

ArtX

ArtX is composed of three branches: Media Platform, Software/ Technology Solutions, & Community Development.

Media Platform

As a media platform, Artx.net; will serve as a virtual gallery space for artist to share their creations, connect or collaborate with other artist, meet curators and collectors. Artx.net is also positioned to destroy the “exclusive” connotation the art world currently holds so dearly. Making art inclusive is a pillar to the vision Everette has for Artx & the culture as a whole.

Software/ Technology Solutions

The ability to easily scale from 10 users to 10,000 users is what makes the software as a service so valuable to our society. There are often conversations in the tech world about how an app, or program has made tools exclusive to the rich accessible to anyone with a computer and internet connection. The whole; “you have a computer in your pocket more powerful than the computers first used to send astronauts into orbit” sort of thing. ArtX is proud to offer paid and free software tools created specifically for artist, in such a disenfranchised space. Through ArtX Amplify artist and creators alike are given access to the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This tool will allow artist to promote their work like never before. A virtual curator of sorts that will help artist find their niche, grow social followings, & better target collectors.

Community

“I see it as a community first above everything. We want to give back to the art community, rather than taking from it”

Everette Taylor

The community branch of ArtX will assist artist financially. Scholarships launching soon will give artist much need support for studio space, art supplies, or travel to art related events around the globe. The goal is to create an ecosystem of local art events, exposing people to various art collections while providing space for artist to showcase and sell their work.

“I want people, specifically the black community, to realize how important it is to invest back into our creativity and artistry,” he said.

Everette Taylor

Talk about a solution!

We wish Everette Taylor, and ArtX much success in their journey to disrupt institutional art. This ends today’s Tech Talk. We leave you with this quote from Taylor:

People have to understand that art isn’t only something you can love and appreciate, but a way to invest and build generational wealth. Many people from marginalized and underrepresented communities haven’t had the opportunity to be educated. ArtX is going to change that. This is only Phase I of a much bigger plan,” 

Everette Taylor

Remember, #wetoldyou

Tech Talk: Iddris Sandu

What does the collaboration of technology, diaspora and the culture look like ?

If you hit run on that code you will get:

Iddris Sandu

Design Architect

Iddris is a one of a kind Crea+iv.

Born into a Ghanaian father while living in Compton & Harbor City, Iddris, has always lived a dual reality. That, & the fact at a young age his father sent him to Ghana where he stayed for nearly 9 months; an experience many first generation African children can relate to. During his experience in Ghana Iddris learned to distinguish the difference between “Real world problems” & “First world problems”.

Shortly after returning to the US from his extended trip abroad, the first ever Apple Iphone was released. This inspired Iddris to begin learning code.

He spent 2 years studying at Torrance Public Library and later to applied for a Google internship at the tender age of 13. At the age of 14, Iddris received the Presidential Scholar award from President Barack Obama himself. The year after, Sandu, 15, was analysing data for Twitter. The explore page on instagram? 16 year old Iddris did that. He even has influence on the development of Snapchat’s Spectacles. Shortly after at age 19 he worked on an autonomous driving software at Uber. By the age of 20, Iddris was the technology powerhouse behind the late Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon Smart Store, the roads in which the culture and Tech collaborated to create a new retail experience.

 

“I see a young dude that is, one of us. Obviously from the culture. “ –

Nipsey Hussle

Design is a topic near to Iddris’ heart. He takes his influences from the likes of Steve Jobs, who was arguably the godfather of consumer electronic design, Jony Ive, the lead designer at Apple. And the 10 Principles of good design by Dieter Rams is his code to life.

 

“I believe we can change the world through good design.“

Iddris Sandu

Often described as Kanye West X  Elon Musk, Sandu has a desire to develop brands that use technology as a blueprint.

As a humanist, Iddris uses himself as a vessel for the underprivileged and under-informed or misinformed. He seeks to educate others on the topics of tech, the digital revolution and how it affects the culture. An aware individual taking actions against the digital divide.

I am a humanist.

I want to see everyone thrive.

I don’t like classism.

I don’t like gaps.

I want everyone to have equal experience.

Iddris Sandu

In Gen Z: Plan A

In Gen Z: Plan A, Iddris gives us a real time notification to upgrade our operating system.

“As a minority growing up in this era we risk the chance of losing a seat at the table.”

Iddris Sandu

Sandu speaks on the digital divide and suggests an exposure centered approach to education.

Here’s some of information Iddris offers up to the cloud.

Diverse infrastructure is necessary. …period.

Any software not developed by a diverse group of humans from the ground up automatically renders the software biased. Simply put, any software developed by one group of humans will only work for that group of humans.

The importance of teaching good design.

Guidelines on how to design for a better world will improve overall human experiences. Guidelines that takes into account the values of the culture will allow for the design of a technology to meet the needs of the culture.

A new design ethos: Aspirational Necessitation

Aspirational Necessitation is the idea of taking principles usually applied to aspirational products and applying them to products necessary for day to day life. Imagine if the same care and attention to detail invested into the iphone was applied to street lights.

 

Iddris Sandu: The AfroFuturist

“If I am going to do anything next in tech it’s going to be on the basis of infrastructure, everything for me goes back to infrastructure.”

Iddris Sandu

I feel like the most impactful thing we can do is to build an experimental prototype community in Africa, which is going to be where the next generation of global leaders come from, because they’re exposed to a lot of problems that no one else wants to fix.

https://www.surfacemag.com/articles/iddris-sandu-is-going-to-change-the-world/

 

This, Ladies and Gentleman is a collaboration of the diaspora & technology.

 

An invitation to collaborate & execute with the dopest humans possible?

We Accept!

The dream, drive, and vision to develop Africa with a design ethos never before practiced by man is alive and growing within the culture. Now is a time unlike never before to take action. The barrier to entry has been digitally dissolved. Tools previously reserved for those who own infrastructure now exist within the cloud. The tech is here to build the future Africa we desire and deserve.

Iddris stresses the importance of the Iphone for two reasons. This was the first time people could touch software; the relationship between user and tech became intimate. Secondly, the App Store was open for the business, with an accompanying developer program that gave users the potential to program apps. This is important because of ownership. Every app is developed using a coding language. Coding languages are developed by people. If a group of biased people develop code, the code will be inherently biased, biased code biased program. Biased programing results in a less than optimal user experience.

We look forward to experiencing what happens when people of the culture develop a coding language for the culture.

That concludes today’s Tech Talk.

Remember, WE TOLD YOU

“We must not make the same mistakes those before us made, we must remember to be inclusive, diverse & help everyone else around us because we are one race, the human race.

Iddris Sandu

 

Tech Talk: What is Afropolitan?

So What is it?

We are going to dig into that on today’s Tech Talk.

Afropolitanism is a young concept aimed at labeling a growing group of urban African professionals with strong ties to various cultures throughout the african continent & also share experiences with those of other international walks of life.

The term Afropolitanism was first popularized in 2005 by Taiye Selasi, in an essay titled “Bye-Bye, Babar

The modern day diaspora, beginning in the 1960’s, is said to be responsible for the exodus of Africa’s young, gifted & broke. Laying the foundation for this international community; the newest generation of African immigrants.

Taiye highlights the acceptance of complexity in most African cultures. She breaks them down into three categories:

  • National: what part or parts of a national identity do they select to identify with? example: Ghanaian-American, British-Nigerian.
  • Racical: How do we perceive our race; often political within countries with diverse racial populations.
  • Cultural: what is the true essence of their cultural connection to Africa? What parts of their native culture is “passed on”?

Taiye suggest that true Afropolitanism comes with intrinsic multi-dimensional thinking. Often Africans far from their place of cultural birth have adapted & evolved to identify nationally with “foreign lands” & alternate racial identities. The latter adapting from nation to nation.

Today, social media, The internet, & satellite tv allows young Africans a bigger global reach & outlook. More Africans are exposed to much of the same pop culture happening on a global scale.

“An Afropolitan is someone who has roots in Africa, raised by the world, but still has an interest in the continent & is actively making an impact.”

Brendah Nyakudya, editor of Afropolitan magazine, South Africa

“Any African person in an urban environment, with the outlook and mindset that comes with urbanization is Afropolitan. “

Tolu Ogunlesi, Nigerian Journalist

“Afropolitans are a group of people who are either of African origin or influenced by African Culture, who are emerging internationally using African Cultures in creative ways to change perceptions about Africa.”

Minna Salami, Blogger

Remember, #WeToldYou

TechTalk: Dawn Dickson, PopCom & the Future of Fundraising

This one’s for the Culture, this one’s for women in Tech!

Introducing; Dawn Dickson.

Dawn Dickson; investor, serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, & current CEO at PopCom – Black-owned startup– is surfing the diffusion of innovation (a theory that seeks to explain how, why, & at what rate new ideas & technology spread) as the first African-American woman to launch an equity crowdfunding campaign via Secure Token Offering (STO).

Dawn Dickson at at the #WSBAGala

Dawn started her first technology company in 2001. She has since launched 3 other successful companies.

Her most recent venture literally fell in her lap; on a night out in the club. Like every other woman wearing 6-inch heels for a long duration, Dawn was over it! She began to wish she had immediate access to some sensible flats to ease her poor toes. This started her venture into rollable flats for women dispensed via vending machine. However, this shortly pivoted into Pop Com; a software solution to make vending machines more intelligent. Checkout her breakfast club interview below for the scoop.

The 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit laid the foundation for a panel session that would forever alter Dawn’s prerogative on investment. She was drawn to a session on venture capital where she met the speakers who would later become her mentors.

“That was my first exposure to venture capital and black people in tech. I never met anyone black in technology until I met Marc and Tim. They were talking about how they had raised all of this money from venture capitalists and they are venture capitalists. That really lit a fire under me. I said, ‘OK, I want to be on that level. How can I get on that level?”

– Dawn Dickson

Who knew what waiting a little later, being personable & introducing one’s self could do? Dawn Dickson did! Then she made her way to another event aimed at helping black entrepreneurs gain angel investment. & surprise! Surprise! She ran into people from the previous event.

“What I learned when I started taking that approach is that people help you and they’ll make time for you. Showing up, investing in yourself, and buying a ticket to go to a session shows that you are serious,”

– Dawn Dickson

Dickson attributes a shift in her mindset on funding vs bootstrapping a company to attending such events. Funding meaning taking investment dollars from outside sources, bootstrapping refers to a self funded endeavor. She realized the value of securing venture to drive a scalable software as a service business model.

Software as a Service (SAAS): is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet. Ex: Google docs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_as_a_service

Dickson pivoted.

“I pivoted the company’s software, what I decided was we got this hardware, it doesn’t really do nothing, I mean you could buy something out of it, but no data collected, no information, I didn’t know who my customers were, I had no idea what conversion rates were, there was such a lack of information.”

– Dawn Dickson


Her kiosks now have integrated facial recognition coupled with artificial intelligence that utilize blockchain technology. Cameras, through facial recognition technology count the people walking verses how many stop make a purchase, producing conversion rate. The sex & age of the user are also assessed to generate possible targeted marketing opportunities. Your user information is stored via biometric hash on the blockchain ensuring your personal privacy, the way only the blockchain can.

Now with a company valuation exceeding over $1million, Pop Social & its socially conscious CEO Dawn Dickson are raising another round of funding in a futuristic and inclusive way. We think she’s socially conscious because prior to 2012 only accredited investors had the legal ability to invest in early stage companies.

However thanks to President Barack Obama & SEC(Securities and Exchange Council) some laws were changed around, allowing Dawn Dickson –& many other minority entrepreneurs– to get funding directly from their communities. 2012 JOBS Act (Jumpstart our Businesses and Startups)

PopCom is currently raising funds through an equity crowdfunding campaign via a Secure Token Offering (STO). Secure Tokens offered in an STO are actual financial securities that are backed by something tangible like the assets, profits, or revenue of the company. They offer legal rights such as voting or revenue distribution. Secure tokens are representative of your ownership in the company.

This crossroads of legislation & technology are now being leveraged to allow a new group of investors into a formerly “exclusive” arena. Raising funding this way dissolves the barrier of entry allowing more African American funds therefore more African American control of African American companies. Dawn Dickson is working extremely hard to show the world what Black people can do when we exercise group economics by making investing in her company as simple as clicking this link. As of today; March 16,2019 there are onlooking 34 days left to get in on the investment !

Talk about switching the game up!

From vending machines & facial recognition to know your customer (KYC) data, & then a blockchain assisted Secure Token Offering. Only to seal it with the alley-oop!Extending an open embrace to the culture.

We stan Dawn Dickson for her efforts, and we hope PopCom the greatest valuations in times to come.

Remberer, WE TOLD YOU


Tech Talk: Micro Finance

We are diving into the world of: Microfinance, Microloans, & Microcredit.

To properly approach this topic, let us start by explaining the concept of financial inclusion.

Financial Inclusion

Financial inclusion is defined as the availability & equality of opportunities to access financial services.

Basically, access to basic financial services like, banking, loans, checking & savings accounts.

Today, over 69% of our global adult population has access to a bank account or some sort of mobile money provider. This is a statistic the world bank is extremely proud of.

“In the past few years, we have seen great strides around the world in connecting people to formal financial services. Financial inclusion allows people to save for family needs, borrow to support a business, or build a cushion against an emergency. Having access to financial services is a critical step towards reducing both poverty and inequality, and new data on mobile phone ownership and internet access show unprecedented opportunities to use technology to achieve universal financial inclusion.”

-Former World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

The World Bank appears to care about world finances. Setting up goals like; end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, & promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country by 2030.

Microfinance

Microfinance is a term used to describe financial services, such as loans, savings, insurance & fund transfers offered to entrepreneurs, small businesses or individuals who lack access to traditional banking services.

Microfinance is an age old concept. In past history, farmers would take loans from banks to purchase supplies for an upcoming season, with an agreement to give payment after goods are sold at market.

In recent times, micro financing has allowed property owners in Uganda update rental properties, aiding in a 30% rise in housing satisfaction. An unintended drop in infant illness was also observed by women who took micro loans to improve housing conditions.

With even more people having access to mobile phones, the availability of mobile banking is reducing the number of “unbanked” people across Africa. As the number of mobile accounts continues to increase, a new type of financial network is beginning to take shape across the continent.

The true value in a financial network as such is in the market opportunity & liquidity that will now be available to Pan-Afro people; black people.

How does Microfinance affect Pan-Afro people?

This new type of financial network will require new service offerings & tailor-made solutions for a new class of customer; a customer that has always been at the table, but is just now getting a service. A financial system that is to satisfy the needs of Pan-Afro people cannot be akin to any currently functioning financial system, although analogous functions will exist.

In 2002, researchers documented naturally occuring exchanges in Uganda, Botswana & Ghana. People were using airtime as a proxy for money transfer.

Kenyans were transferring airtime to their relatives or friends who were then using or reselling it as a form of currency.  From this research MCel introduced the first authorised airtime credit swapping – a precursor step towards M-Pesa.

Today M-Pesa is a branchless banking service; customers can deposit & withdraw money from a decentralized network of agents with airtime resellers & retail outlets acting as banking agents within their communities.

It is a real-time decentralized banking system that has evolved to meet the needs of people, not attempting to mold them into “ideal users”.

M-Pesa has been leveraged to create micro credit opportunities for M-Kopa Solar system financing. As we highlighted in a previous Tech Talk, M-Kopa Solar is able to provide micro credit financing opportunities for their solar powered devices, with payments that are similar to  the amount otherwise spent on kerosene or diesel.

This Microcredit model could be applied to other tools needed by those in developing areas.

For example; if farmers were able to purchase electric farm tools that were adapted to be charged by their previously financed solar panels, a strong foundation could be developed to permanently alleviate lack.

If down the line a guild of farmers were able to leverage their numbers & past credit history to purchase a tractor to increase production, shouldn’t they be allowed the finance opportunity?

An Idea

In an age of new financial opportunities in new financial markets, built with tools of this information age, the diaspora needs a Peer-to-Peer lending platform that allows users with a mobile phone connection participate in this new form market.

With the development of blockchain & cryptocurrency technology, currency can now be developed for specific purposes –farm tokens for the purchase of farm supplies can be generated in proportion to amount available for lending for farming supplies.

Debts can be packaged & traded. Funds can be created. Companies could even go public & a stock market can be developed to allow international investment & development, connecting this decentralized financial network to the global financial network like never before.

To Conclude

Last year Nigerians in diaspora remitted $25billion to Nigeria, Senegal & Ghana $2.2billion to their respective nations. Africans already have the funds to fix African problems. A peer-to-peer lending group tailored to the needs of Africans in diaspora with funds to lend, & Africans in continent in need of funding would provide value to Pan-Afro people worldwide.

Afrofuturism pt 2

Just like that!

We are back!

With a part 2,of our series on Afrofuturism.

Quick Recap!

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Afrofuturism is the projection of afro-centered themes in popular culture. This can be achieved using cultural aesthetics like Adebayo Oke-Lawal & Orange Culture; the fashion house. In science & technology like; Dr. Dora Nkem Akinyli or in literature & history; Okot p’Bitek.

We spoke on the digital divide & its relationship with people of African descent; Negros.

Why do so few African Americans write science fiction, when in fact their real lives are close encounters with the other? – the stranger in a strange land” was question posed.

Today, in part 2, we will be discussing the promise of the internet’s ability to connect everyone everywhere.

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The good old Information Agearguably 1970 to present– is often sold as the new frontier in human thought & development. Old prejudices seemed have dissapated, our kneejerk intial skepticism subdued. This digital paradigm shift insists that the hangups of the physical world, would no longer have an effect on us.

People of the world are now free to innovate from the shared knowledge base that is the internet.

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Taking things a step further, if one does not utilize this resource, they deemed archaic or difficult & not trying to keep up the times.

We know that the path to log online is different for everyone, everywhere.

The digital divide oversimplified is simply that; not all wifi connections are created equal. This means an older cell phone that won’t support Apple’s latest software update, becomes troublesome when you need to download the latest security app.

& with most services today;

if you don’t login, then there’s no service.

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One could argue that the general negro population of planet earth has an overall bad information connection?
We think so!

Is this a new problem?

We don’t think so!

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Throughout history there have been several robust systems designed to throttle the exchange of information in negro communities. This isn’t new information. W.E.B. Dubois theory on Double Consciousness even addresses this duality. The truth is negros have been HYPER aware of this gap in reality for some time. The mental space of the negro has been forced to evolve & support various social identities & social norms. While futhermore constantly pressured to share native Afro-BLACK-culture with the world. “Hospitality” –or being taken advantage of– at its finest.

Where does that leave us?

A group of people constantly expected to upload our dances unto youtube, share our songs on soundcloud & sacrifice our stories for appropriation in film at another date?
How do we balance this exchange?

Watch out for Part 3.