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January 24, 2005

Black Self-Help Info

Ed Brown, one of my colleagues at Vision Circle and a long time Internet personality is putting his time and money where everybody else's mouth seems to be at. He is gathering together an online resource directory of black self-help organizations.

His new website, appropriately named Black Self Help, is just underway. Nothing fancy today, but you just wait.

It's interesting that this idea is not a new one but it doesn't seem to have been fulfilled after a whole generation of Internet technology. When I first started on the net back in '93, and built The Cool Zone, I wanted to do something like this. Surely Carter Bing had the same idea when he got The Drum rolling. Ed has been around since those days and I'm sure has learned his lessons well, so I expect that his efforts will far surpass those, given the tools and technologies he will have at his disposal.

Back in the days of The Drum, it was unthinkable that blackfolks would own their own webservers. Now it's trivial. Hmm. Maybe it's time to have a second look at some of the concepts we considered impossible a dozen years ago. Just recently over at Prometheus 6, the old impetus raised its head. So I suspect that inevitably there will be some stunning resources available to us - far beyond the realms of the old hackneyed Fedix and Molis.

Posted by mbowen at January 24, 2005 08:14 AM

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