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Afrosphere Bloggers Association

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We are a group of concerned African Diaspora bloggers who discuss problems that affect people of African descent, create solutions and action plans to solve those problems, and enact the plans using internet resources. We want to change the world and we can do it with your help. Everyone has a value in this project whether it be contributing ideas, finding resources, doing research, connecting with bloggers, contacting the media, recruiting other members, spreading the word, connecting us to other organizations, or signing petitions. Every African Diaspora blogger is IMPORTANT and VALUABLE to our cause. No one is a leader and everyone is a leader here. We are all independent bloggers here and we want to stay independent. Participate as much or as little as you want, when and how you want. We hope that together we can improve all of our lives and CHANGE THE WORLD! If you would like to join The ABA please visit our forum at http://afrospear.jconserv.net/


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The Solutions Blog http://solutionsforourpeople.w ordpress.com/

Black Bloggers Are Sick of BET and 'Gangsta Crap' Music

(New York): Black Bloggers have united to battle mainstream music and entertainment fat-cats who profit off the stereotypical, sexist, and racist exploitation of African American people. Their main targets are Black Entertainment Television (BET), who they call 'Black Exploitation Television', and gangsta rappers such as 50cent, Snoop Dog, The Game, and Cam'ron. These artists produce music bloggers have branded 'gangsta crap'. Gangsta rap regularly glorifies sexism, the n-word, profanities, violence, drug use and dealing, sexism, and the dehumanization of Black men and women. Gangsta rap videos and stereotype-filled shows are the programming staples of BET.

"BET and hip hop have gone down hill. They were once inspirations. Now they purvey some of the most harmful anti-Black sentiments you will ever see or hear, and this has become a representation of mainstream Black culture," says Bronze Trinity of the Afrosphere Bloggers Association (ABA). ABA is coordinating the Afrosphere Accurate Images campaign against BET and gangsta rap.

ABA member, Wayne Hicks criticized, "BET was an inspirational idea when it was first created. Tremendous shows providing news and information for the Black community. Today, BET is an embarrassment for the Black community. It is something that we hide from our children. Enough is enough".

ABA bloggers want widespread changes in the television and music entertainment industries. They want BET to stop airing videos where half-naked women are objectified, Black men are shown as 'thugs' and 'pimps', and street violence, illegal drugs, and gang activity is glorified. The want the n-word and sexist epithets to be be censored when children under 18 are likely to be watching. ABA also wants radio stations to stop playing racist, violent, and sexist music, for mainstream record labels and artists to stop producing such music, and for positive/conscious hip hop to become the mainstream. "It's time to rise above the corrupted caricatures painted onto the Black community, and reach within ourselves with self love and respect", says ABA blogger Daz Wilson.

However the bloggers understand the fine line between artistic expression and free speech. Carole took a pledge against racist and sexist hip hop on her blog but stated, "I believe that artists and performers are free to speak their own minds. I'm not against free speech. But honestly, I wish there are folks who were a bit more responsible in their speech to kids because most kids are pretty undiscerning".

The non-profit blogger group is battling media executives and multi-millionaire artists using internet activism in the form of blogs, message boards, email, and online petitions. On the ABA website http://solutionsforourpeople.w ordpress.com, the group suggests taking a pledge against sexist and racist hip hop, buying conscious hip hop from artists like Common, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, advertising conscious artists on blogs, and requesting more radio play time for these artists. They also provide anti-BET stickers, instructions to boycott radio, television, and website sponsors, and numerous petitions so bloggers can show their support.

This is not just an American concern according to ABA member Adrianne, "Living overseas allows one to see how influential American pop culture is. Even in Sweden I see the young kids listening to and emulating the hip hop performers. Black artists do not need to import negative images of Black women around the world". Other international members have reported stereotypes and negative behaviors caused by gangsta hip hop and television programming that is broadcast around the world.

ABA strongly supports recent activism of other groups such as What About Our Daughters blog, the Enough is Enough Campaign, and the National Action Network's Day of Outrage Against the Music Industry. "The time has come for us to take back our image and for Black people to accept responsibility for the role they play in denigrating our own image," proposed Bronze Trinity.

Contact Information: The Solutions Blog http://solutionsforourpeople.w ordpress.com
Bronze Trinity at bronzetrinity@hotmail.com
Adrianne at http://blackwomenineurope.blog spot.com/
Carole at http://www.darkparables.blogsp ot.com
Daz Wilson at http://www.ultravioletundergro und.com
Wayne Hicks at http://electronicvillage.blogs pot.com/

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INTRODUCTION AND MISSION STATEMENT



We are a group of concerned African Diaspora bloggers who discuss problems that affect people of African descent, create solutions and action plans to solve those problems, and enact the plans using internet resources. We plan to use these methods to network with other organizations, working on similar projects and moving in the same directions, to provide life improving services to people of the African Diaspora. We want to change the world and we can do it with your help.

Everyone has a value in this project whether it be contributing ideas, finding resources, doing research, connecting with bloggers, contacting the media, recruiting other members, spreading the word, connecting us to other organizations, or signing petitions. Every African Diaspora blogger is IMPORTANT and VALUABLE to our cause.

No one is a leader and everyone is a leader here. We are all independent bloggers here and we want to stay independent. Participate as much or as little as you want, when and how you want. We hope that together we can improve all of our lives and CHANGE THE WORLD!

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GUIDING VALUES
These are African values written in Swahilli and English

Umoja (Unity)
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Nia (Purpose)
Kuumba (Creativity)
Imani (Faith)

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OBJECTIVES

To bring about social and pollitical change that benefits the African Diaspora by using Media activism--using media and communication technologies for social activism. Media activism includes publishing news on web sites, creating video and audio materials, collecting online resources, spreading information about issues, spreading information not available by mainstream news, and net-based campaigns.

We plan to use media activism to achieve the following:
Internet activism (using communication technologies such as e-mail, web sites, and podcasts to enable faster communications of campaigns and deliver messages to the African Diaspora and the world);
Transforming every African Diaspora blogger into an internet activist;
Persuading and giving members of the African Diaspora online tools and resources to change their lives;
Teaching for social justice;
Writing letter and email campaigns to organizations, news media, and government;
Online petitions;
Economic activism (e.g., boycotts and preferential purchasing); and
Online community building.
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AREAS OF CONCERN

Civil Rights
Self-Esteem and Self-Knowledge
Education
Crime
Drugs
Media Image
Racism
Sexism
Physical and Mental Health
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VISION

We envision a world where all people of African descent know and have pride in their history, culture, talents, and beauty and have equal opportunity for happiness, health, freedom, and self-empowerment. We envision a world where people of the African Diaspora are motivated to utilize our freedom and feel empowered enough to use the tools of education, enlightenment, technology, online activism and other innovative strategies to create programs and provide services that bring about positive change in the lives of the African Diaspora.
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HOW TO BECOME A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE AFROSPHERE BLOGGERS ASSOCIATION

1. If you are a person of African descent (Black) please fill out the "Want to Join the ABA" form below or on the front page of the forum at http://afrospear.jconserv.net/

2. Your membership request will be forwarded to the ABA Recruitment Committee. After visiting your blog/website the Committee members will announce whether any of them will vouch for your membership. If at least two members vouch for your membership and there is no serious opposition then you will be welcomed as a member of ABA.

3. A welcome message will be sent to your email address with details about how to get involved with the group. The welcome to the ABA e-card will contain a welcome message, instructions to join the ABA Forum at http://afrospear.jconserv.net , and a link to the main section of the forum where new members must go to learn about ABA and how we function. You must complete your profile on the forum especially with your blog or website address.

After these steps you will become a full member of The Afrosphere Bloggers Association! If you are a new member and you have not gone through this procedure then you have probably not registered as a member of ABA.



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How to Join the Afrosphere Bloggers Association
1. If you are a person of African descent (Black) please fill out the "Want to Join the ABA" form on the front page of the ABA Member Forum at http://afrospear.jconserv.net/ .

2. Your membership request will be forwarded to the ABA Recruitment Committee. After visiting your blog/website the Committee members will announce whether any of them will vouch for your membership. If at least two members vouch for your membership and there is no serious opposition then you will be welcomed as a member of ABA.

3. A welcome message will be sent to your email address with details about how to get involved with the group. The welcome to the ABA e-card will contain a welcome message, instructions to join the ABA forum at http://afrospear.jconserv.net, and a link to the main section of the forum where new members must go to learn about ABA and how we function. You must complete your profile on the forum especially with your blog or website address.

After these steps you will become a full member of The Afrosphere Bloggers Association! If you are a new member and you have not gone through this procedure then you have probably not registered as a member of ABA.

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