About

The origins of “AfroSpear” started from a discussion a group of us had in regards to developing a community of African/Black progressive minded bloggers (click here). From further discussions it developed into an idea to create a diasporic-wide think tank type blog comprising of 6 bloggers: 3 women and 3 men. This original 6 were: Sylvia, Aulelia, Kizzie, thefreeslave, the Field Negro and Asabagna. The vision was that it would focus on discussing issues, exchanging ideas and creating strategies, with the objective of developing concrete and viable solutions to tackle the concerns relating to those of African descent worldwide.   

The 6 we initially started with had developed a relationship by exchanging ideas and having discussions and respectful debates on each others blogs. We didn’t always agree, but what we had in common was our love for our community and a commitment to the progress of those of African descent, both near and far. We came from 4 different countries on 3 continents. We brought a variety of experiences, perspectives, ideas, beliefs and values in an effort to foster understanding, wisdom, knowledge and strength.    

So we are currently and forever will be a work in progress. Standing still is not an option! When one stands still, you actually start moving backwards, you get left behind as others move forward. We don’t claim to have all the answers but we are searching. We want to be a part of, connected to and add our collective voice to the variety of other Afrocentric/Black individuals, cells, conglomerations and collectives out in the AfroSphere. To the best and the brightest for the progress of our people.

47 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’ve been working on a meta blog site for African American blogs. It is a work in progress. The functionality is nearly complete, long way to go on look and feel.

    To avoid confusion, I guess I’ll call it something else. check it out. Tell me how I can improve the way it works.

    http://afrosphere.afronary.com

    Phil

  2. I want to applaud all of you on this venture. I have added Afrospear to my blogroll

  3. Great Launch!

    I have linked and placed the AfroSpear logo on my blogs.

    For those members of the AfroSpear/AfroShphere who don’t have AfroSpear logo code I can send it to you. Just drop me an email.

    Looking forward to our continued growth and development.

    Peace
    AAPPundit

  4. Outstanding. I’m encouraged and challenged by the quantity and quality of content put out by us on the web. I’m linking to the site and will get up with AAPPundit for the code and logo.

    Much respect.
    B.

  5. Congratulations to another cog in the wheel of black intellectual thought. Keep up the good work.

  6. Greetings all,

    I came to this blog through “six degrees of separation” (a friend of a friend, etc.) I am enthusiastic about the mission, and I look forward to seeing/helping to shape through discussion how the mission is implemented.

    I commend the author on his conflict resolution approach, and I like his Bruce Lee analogy (I probably would have put it more simply: “don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing”. But the author’s express is more strategically evocative).

    Also for Phil, I checked out Afronary and my feedback is that the black background is hard on the eyes. What about using the red/black/green colors in your blog header on a white or lighter background)?

    Cheers all

  7. Hello, I just heard about this site and all I have to say is… finally. I will definitely link this site to my Black Planet. Peace and blessings.

    - Shanay

  8. How do I join?

  9. We have a forum and a Google group that you can join. If you look on our sidebar, you should see a link to the AfroSpear forum, where you can set up an account and view the ideas and initiatives some of our members have thought up.

    The Google group requires sending your e-mail address and a link to your blog to me at sylviasrevenge [at] gmail [dot] com, and I can add you to the listserve, where we talk about new additions to the AfroSphere and discuss our individual projects with one another via e-mail.

  10. The revolution will not be televised, but it appears that it will be blogged about!

    Great site! Keep up the good work in connecting the children of Africa.

    • A revolutionary web-a-thon?

      Yes! Find out about the Movement for Revolution in this country by participating in a dynamic “Put Revolution on the Map” web-a-thon on Sunday, August 8, 2010 from 4PM to 10PM EST.

      This web-a-thon is both a fundraiser and a means to introduce people to “The Revolution We Need… The Leadership We Have” Campaign; and the leader of the movement, Bob Avakian, a tremendous revolutionary leader and thinker.

      We are at http://www.revolutiononthemapwebcast.blogspot.com

      On June 20, several hundred people participated in the campaign’s first webathon. 160 people donated and we surpassed the goal. $10,048 has been raised with almost $1,000 in pledges yet to come in. This was a success and showed the potential of “giving people the means to become part of this revolutionary movement, and organizing into this movement everyone who wants to make a contribution to it, who wants to work and fight, to struggle and sacrifice, not to keep this nightmare of a world going as it is but to bring a better world into being.” [From Message and Call. http://www.revcom.us/a/171/statement-en.html

      We are aiming to raise $12,000 by getting to a larger body of new people to check out the web-a-thon and the movement behind it. Find out about this!

      There is also a Facebook GROUP page: “Put Revolution on the Map.” The Facebook EVENT page is Put Revolution On The Map” #2: $12,000 Fund Drive Web-a-thon.”

      The Blog address is: http://revolutiononthemapwebcast.blogspot.com/. You can also join us at Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RevOnTheMap

  11. Great project – why have you kept this a secret:)

  12. I respect the forum that is being built in the Afrospear. Here are some suggestions for us.

    Instill responsibility within our people for our people

    Increase respect and sensitivity for each other

    Document known challenges facing our communities

    Document the impact of these challenges

    Document solutions

    Document possible implementations of solutions

    Shed light on government responsibility to its civilians

    Do not expect your nation to support you (Katrina)

  13. I’ve been looking for something like this for a very long time. This blog and others like it are finally offering those of us in the information age our own unique way to deal with self determination in a way that our parents and grandparents never thought possible.

    We can effect change offline through marches and protests but it feels as though we can do more through the exchange of ideas…all without ever having to meet one another face to face.

    I’ve already added the site to my blog roll and would love if you would do the same.

    I’ll be joining today.

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  15. I am glad to see this, I have added Afrospear to my blogroll, I hope to see wonderful things!

  16. I have just recently opened my blog at asawyerjr@blogspot.com. I look forward to discussions and contacts that will benefit the African Diaspora.

  17. Hi there,
    Are you still accepting additions to your blogroll? If so, are there criteria for placement? I would be interested in having the name of my blog added. Thanks. darkdaugta

  18. A BLACK POLICE CHIEF BLOCKED OUR MARCHING PERMIT
    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Rev. Raymond Brown at
    revraymondbrown@yahoo.com or 504-710-3649.
    FROM: NEW ORLEANS, La.

  19. This is a wonderful resource. I was hoping something like this existed, and I’m glad to come across it. I’m adding this link to my blog, and I’ll be sure to keep coming back.

  20. When I started blogging this is what I envisioned. Black folks discussing the issues that face not only us but the world at large! Thanks for doing it in such a profound and intelligent way. This is why the national media is so afraid. Blogs like Afrospear actually reporting the news and adding commentary to the very things everyone else is trying to hush up. Thanks! Welcome to my blog roll!

  21. I respect the forum that is being built in the Afrospear. Here are some suggestions for us.

    Instill responsibility within our people for our people

    Increase respect and sensitivity for each other

    Document known challenges facing our communities

    Document the impact of these challenges

    Document solutions

    Document possible implementations of solutions

    Shed light on government responsibility to its civilians

    Charles Rey is on point. Even if Obama himself is elected to the White House, it is still the White House.

    Do not expect your nation to support you (Katrina) This is not our nation. In essence we don’t have one and this must be addressed now!

    This is an open invitation to all thinking African Americans to join the pivotal social network for African Americans. The Virtual Nation Of African Americans invites you to join us in creating a working platform specific to addressing these concerns. It has already begun. Join Us.

  22. Go to http://virtualnations.ning.com to join The Virtual Nation Of African Americans. Don’t wait another minute. Time-for us- is now of the essence.

  23. I’m adding this to my blogroll and will be spreading the word.

  24. great site! great concept! great information! I’ve added you guys to my roll as well.

    Peace…

  25. I will definitely add this to my blogroll!

  26. Nice Blog; well written… I just came across it. I am hooking you up w/ some LinkLuv!

  27. Looking forward to sharing in the knowledge, wisdom, and overstanding that made us once and for always GREAT!

  28. Counsel said:

    I hope to make a suggestion that helps everyone rather than just “us…”

    My thought is there is one race…

    The Human Race.

    If you were thinking anything else, you were being prejudiced…

    Admitting we all are prejudiced at some point is good. We all pre-judge things–from fights between friends, etc. where we don’t have “all the data.”

    Therefore, I suggest this site and those posting here don’t make similar mistakes that make many of us feel “left out.” Specifically, let us not exclude others because of their “skin color.” If we do, aren’t we just as bad as “them?”

    Fair is fair. If we don’t shoot for fairness, how are we “bettering” the world for us and our kids?

  29. Great blog/site with really interesting stories and perspectives. Keep up the good work.

  30. Alternative said:

    Great discussions and variety of viewpoints.

  31. Hi, I just found out about your forum and really like the concept. May I be added to your blogroll? My blog addresses the denigrating images coming out of the media against Black women – and the role that many Black entertainers play in aiding and abetting the media-led smear campaign.
    Thank you,
    -STOP the Media Smear Campaign Against Black Women

  32. sablefemme said:

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  33. What a great way to bring awareness and free minds. Awesome post on 2 Black Women and 1 Man.

    Check out my website if you will: http://www.whatyouallow.com

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