Keep in mind this practice of gatekeeping is not exclusive to targeting us African-Americans. This tokenism practice is also used against professional women where the bro culture finally compelled to include women are hiring the cool girls that dress in tight clothes and loves to hang out with the bros versus the bros accepting and understanding the journey of everyday women who wish to be loyal to her partner and give birth and raise her own family.This tokenism practice happens a lot with Asians where you go overseas to do business with Asians - very proud people of who they are and their culture but again Western white bro culture is looking for the china doll docile Asian woman or effeminate Asian guy stereotype to make their corporate diversity photo-ops on their web site look exotic.
The common denominator behind this practice of picking and choosing, funding and giving a platform to non-whites and women the white bros like is the white majoritarian belief system practiced in Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Madison Avenue instead of truly embracing diversity and treating people equally as important contributors.The Blavity AfroTech article titled 4 Companies That Are Creating Our Wakanda and Committing To Advancement in the Black Community is revealing enough by the story headline alone. It is an attempt to establish Blavity AfroTech as the so-called black authority that can pick and choose among us black people in the technology industry who they wish to be notable within the black community. This is a disgusting practice already carried out by another gatekeeping magazine called Black Enterprise that was also corporate-sponsored by Ford and American Express for decades to profile only certain blacks in businesses while excluding other black businesses based on petty like/dislike of the petty Black Enterprise editorial staff.The biggest problem and flaw with the Blavity AfroTech article is obvious none of the so-called 4 companies are based in Africa where self-determined African tech entrepreneurs have made the biggest gains and improvements and progress on creating technology solutions for African locales and nations.Our African family are doing everything from blockchain-based land rights management to establishing solar energy and hydro-electric dams to commercial drone airports but they are not even mentioned in this Blavity AfroTech fluff article because Blavity AfroTech was putting out a self-serving propaganda piece and thats the problem here with the dishonest diversity. If anybody in the world is building anything close to Wakanda its our brothas and sistas in Africa.I want to take a moment to acknowledge all African tech entrepreneurs for the contributions they making for betterment of their homeland and my motherland.I want to give a clear message to Blavity AfroTech quit it and give it up. You are not going to be the authority or gatekeeper of the global Black Digerati and never will be.and let me explain why.Blavity AfroTech Dont Own the Story. African-Americans, Africans, Afro-Latino and Afro-European and our emerging Afro-Asian members of the African Diaspora own their own story and in an Agile / DevOps process the entire tech world is moving towards, the focus is on the stakeholders, not self-appointed gatekeepers trying to write gatekeeping propaganda about 4 companies they think is building Wakanda. That means the story and focus is on black issues, black challenges and black solutions, not black AfroTech people who want their 15 seconds of fame and recognition to impress their former high school classmates.
Blavity AfroTech Dont Deliver Fulfilment of Stories. If corporate-sponsored Blavity AfroTech is writing propaganda articles focused on pick-and-choose politics instead of speaking of black problems and how we can overcome with applied STEM practices and patterns, then obviously they are just bullshitting in the tech space, no other way to say it. Only a fool think the average black person in America gives a damn about 4 companies trying to create Wakanda when black folks are struggling to make ends meet in a system of social/economic inequality and injustice. Real black people cares about cities getting rid of cash bond requirements for misdemeanors that lock up homeless and poor blacks and building grocery stores and affordable housing in areas of divestment, real black issues stuff. And obviously Blavity AfroTech is not talking about them or how to fulfill the needs of black people.Blavity AfroTech Dont Give a Damn About Black People. I personally know Blavity AfroTech doesnt give a damn about black people because Im real tech talent that gives a damn about my black people. Im not seeking no corporate sponsors or white majoritarian validation I want to take ownership as a black man of the platforms, the frameworks and the process to deliver solutions for black people and black communities and any other people that we black people can help by owning the talent, skills and gifts to give and share. Thats the real Wakanda in case you didnt get the message of the Black Panther movie the struggle among us blacks when it comes to offering and sharing skills, talent and resources we possess within ourselves to help others who need our help and support.
Because Im the one staying up 3:35am and got to wake up at 7:00am learning a new code or technique to empower my brothas and sistas and when I write articles, Im discussing how-to and strategy based on research and our own practices. I simply do not have the lightweight mindset to write about 4 companies trying to be like Wakanda when I personal know hundreds of talented African Diaspora tech entrepreneurs around the globe I engage with regularly so we all can collectively better the lives of black people and black communities worldwide with technology.The funny part about all of this is the original AfroTech was started in Africa by a white man living in Africa in the early 2000s who was also a developer who ran a podcast on creating solutions for Africa. The AfroTech scene started in South Africa and merged with both South African blacks and South African whites and published information that spread around Africa. The South African house music scene adopted the term AfroTech from the Latin house music style of tek some of you may have heard of Showtek, thats the style of house music that was adopted in South Africa.The real AfroTech scene pioneered by the white guy in Africa was solution-focused for the people in Africa. This Blavity AfroTech stuff is about trying to engage in petty pick-and-choose, gate-keeping, name-dropping and clickbait nonsense that has nothing to do with identifying real black issues and resolving them with real technology solutions to better the lives of black people and the black community. And the article I referenced above is a perfect example and exhibit of Blavity AfroTech motives.In the 21st Century and the Advent of the Age of Value, it is value-creation, not pseudo-elitist social status that is going to be the exchange of value between people, machines and platforms. Meaning if entities like Blavity AfroTech is structuring themselves to be another corporate-sponsored AfroTurf organization that pretends to be about black progress showing pics of black kids and computers coding stuff and try to leverage simple followers as their clickbait army to believe they can push propaganda as the authority voice, they just plain stupid and let them waste their time.People make me laugh thinking I spent 20 years as a technology expert and Im just this solo nutcase and wannabee that dont know anybody, dont have a crew and allies and no one heavy out here got my back. What makes me sad is when Im working with awesome African women in Africa creating advanced tech solutions and I see some simple African-American smiling in a media piece acting like they done something special playing around with XCode.
As a real African-American technology entrepreneur who is truly immersed in my community and connected to my black people, no one from Blavity AfroTech is going to break my stride or run propaganda over me because Im living out my own story and leveraging the skills, work and techniques I honed over the years on my own accord and my own purpose.My black technology contributions and the work I put in is my journey and I own it and no one is going to provide the narrative for me or exclude me because I dont fit the Blavity narrative I will not allow it.Im not going to allow anyone to tell you these other black tech companies are better than myself no matter how many corporate sponsors or simple followers of entities like Blavity AfroTech have running behind them. Everybody has their own story and this Im doing right now is my journey and Im the one telling my story without any gatekeepers setting rules on me.Real black people and real black communities are going to be the final and authority stakeholders and storytellers in any future black technology topics.Our upcoming Global Urban Collective platform will quickly eliminate nonsense like Black Enterprise and Blavity AfroTech creating these pick and choose gatekeeping elitists listicles like 4 Companies That Are Creating Our Wakanda and Committing To Advancement in the Black Community because the user-stories of real everyday black people is a lot more interesting to read about and hear from and watch videos because those stories are real and authentic. Im confident of that. Beside, Blavity AfroTech YouTube views are pathetic a leading indicator they are not reaching in the black community despite the propaganda they putting out.Black user-story fulfillment wont be black tech faces with photos of smiling black people featured in Techcrunch or Black Enterprise magazine it will be likely a Vietnamese developer in Vietnam using his/her tech talent to deliver a solution for the black community in Toledo, Ohio thats the true direction of the true Afro-Tech ecosystem; no black identity gatekeeping nonsense, just real diverse talent working real story fulfillment for black people just looking for solutions.Second, Im the one with a true Fooky API platform and natural language blockchain platform that will allow almost any person create natural language workflows that will be carried out by microservices developed by talent all over the world. All this stuff is already developed and been in testing for at least 6 months and working fine. I have the platform for Urban-based API solutions, have the platform for media streaming, have the platform for exchanges and have the digital lifestyle platform to perform everyday transactions. I already know my story and what me and my crew is bringing forth so Im just honest.
It is no secret real talent like myself is already flipping real cats out of that Blavity AfroTech group towards our way because at the end of the day, black people recognize real black people like myself who cares about black people and our community. I always flip real talent out of fake black groups, thats what happen when you are better and real because the real recognize real.Beside, black people naturally know fake cats and no amount of white majoritarian sponsorship or funding of people like Tristan Walker and that one drug dealing character selling digital family pics to convicted prisoners (several black non-profits already offer digital pics to incarcerated prisoners at no cost, btw yeah, well call out Kapor and that pigeon crap later) is going to fool the real black community out here anyway.
No one gives a damn about the white bro editorial staff at Techcrunch or in the Silicon Valley VC community sponsoring these sellout-seeking tokens the black folks know whats real. So I was never worried about anything because I know what value creation is and Blavity AfroTech aint delivering it.So as a real pro in this and someone that really doing work for my people, just advising certain people out there dont bother wasting their money and time trying to be elitist black technology gatekeepers when these people are too simple to understand the true global scope and depth of the real Afro-Tech movement.
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