I try to make a conscious effort not to flood my social media accounts with the same retweeted/reshared content that seems to pop up about every hour on Facebook and Twitter. Mind you, it’s not that I think resharing and retweeting are bad, it’s incredibly important to share to get the information out there. However, because of social media very few of us are actually blogging anymore (as a whole) (especially bloggers of color), it just seems like there is no new unique information or enough diversity circulating. If we’re not writing, people who use social media as a huge part of their daily life, is more than likely to have a very narrow view of things based on what’s not read or seen on social media. We’re not being exposed to diverse information. Let’s face it, a lot of people get their news from social media.
If you need some proof of this, try Googling “Classic Music.” Your results would be of “Classical Music.” If you Google “Old School,” you’d mostly get results in relation to “Old School Hip Hop.” Black people are the one race that historically have always been the most connected to our music culture as well as cinematic history. It is absolutely unacceptable that it’s this difficult to find more historical Black music and movie bloggers. We talk so much about “knowing our history” (usually in relation to slavery) that we forget the other important part of our history, our musical and film history. Guys, our experiences has always been in our music (more than anything)! WTF????? Now, although, I do take in to consideration that a lot of us were poor back in the day, and could not afford a lot of the entertainment we so enjoyed. However, at the same time, there are now FREE and LEGAL digital technologies that allow us to re-experience those moments in high-definition; and we can then write about them!
Unless you already remember many of the albums I write about, you will not easily rediscover them on today’s radio (unless of course you’re watching one of those “Time Life Infomercials,” or one of those Doo-Wop/Disco Specials on PBS (even then, it is usually the same people) (and mind you those shows have become scarce)). For us older folks, our old classics has been replaced with a newer generation of classics. Marvin Gaye has now become R. Kelly; Aretha Franklin has now become Kelly Price; and Teddy Pendergrass has now become Jaheim.
This is one of the many reasons why I mention throughout my blog why seasoned folks have got to learn and use technology; we need you to help write our stories, which are your stories, so that our young online generation have something to read! We need more of the seasoned folks learning technology so that historical Black music is not forgotten, and fall in to a digital black hole forever. This is also unacceptable, since classic music and movies are now easier to find in the digital age; we just need the memories in order to find them. If we don’t search for, or request historical films, eventually licenses will not be renewed, and the content will be lost forever. And what if they truly don’t exist on digital? Then use your memories and your keyboard to create new content to tell that story! There’s nothing more gratifying than creating your own sh**. Do you now understand how powerful Black writing is? Also, not to mention how therapeutic it is?
What do you think Wikipedia has been doing since their inception? What people of color should be doing more of; researching and creating content that previously did not exist online. We need a grand scale “Blackepedia,” that will NOT focus on an abundance of hip hop, urban wear, sports, the woes of “dealing with a Black man or woman,” and articles devoted to obsessions with anti-homosexuality. If you’re a teacher of color that works in a public school, try and start a newspaper and teach some of your ill behaved students a piece of our history! I don’t know how to explain the significant importance of Black presence online anymore than that. There exist a lot of garbage on the internet, and Black children need us to counteract it; but there’s barely anything they can search for (other than a bunch of bad hip hop with bad language, which carries over to their adulthood). Seasoned folk have always complained that young Black children aren’t being educated, yet you’re not helping to create the education material needed; just criticize, that’s all we tend to do. Stop with the ego fueled beliefs and open your eyes people!