Smile Okay, I'll start. When I first came online, it was solely for entertainment. My first message board post was on BlackVoices-AOL (at the time) and NetNoir. I was an avid poster particularly to the religious boards. That is why I don't debate religion anymore because like politics it is a no win, never-ending, subject. I bore easily...

Nowadays, my online use is mostly for information gathering. AAorg is the only message board that I frequent for obvious reasons - I enjoy reading the minds of the poster's here. Aside from that, it is a wonderful opportunity to exchange with people from various parts of the world.

In addition, there is a wealth of knowledge out here, and you get to choose what you want to view and absorb. If I don't like something, "click" poof its gone. I love having that option. Sometimes I wish I could do that in real time. Smile Overall, my Internet experience has been what I've made it, rewarding.
I picked education ... but I think for me that and information-gathering go hand in hand. Smile

I originally became an online user because I was told that if I wanted information -- of any kind -- this is where I needed to be!! But, it took me so long to get the hang of getting that info, that I got stuck for a while in the chat rooms ... meeting new people, many of whom I still know and talk to every now and then!

Now, I use it for news, knowledge, and to check the sports scores!! Razz And, of course, for the abundant intellectual stimulation I get here at AA.org! Big Grin
I enjoy hearing the opinions of other African-americans. I have spent the last 10 years in enviroments where I have been devoid of black people who were really interested in topics pertaining to Africans in the diaspora. Places like Italy, West Texas, Downstate NY (which is getting better by the way). I think that through the internet we are free to express our ideas without much restriction. It's liberating.

Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society
Malcolm X, 1965
First came online for the entertainment aspect of the web, since then it has been become a way to stay in touch with issues affecting blacks and our communities. So I guess now it is more for education and the sharing of ideas with other blacks. Used to check into tbwt until it went belly up, this site is definitely my most favorite.

By the way does anyone have any other websites that they would recommend not so much for discussion purposes but just entertaining and enlighting black websites. I already know about BET.com and blackplanet.com and of course this one but any recommendations out there from my people.
Jazzdog, here are a few...

Seeing Black -Entertainment Articles etc.

Everything Black -Excellent Black Website Search Engine -You can find various Black owned websites here. This where I learned about AA.org.

Black Enterprise -Black Business Site -This is not a entertainment site, but its very informative

A Few Radio Stations
New BlackCity -Black Radio

Live365 -Old School R&B Radio Live365 also has jazz radio as well.
for me the internet has become a way of life. i am rarely unconnected...i've found an alternate way of living i guess--you can do, get, see, read, learn about EVERYTHING online!!

during a work day : 85% work -- 15% entertainment

during non-work time :
40% education/information gathering
60% entertainment (dating, shopping, surfing, music downloading, game playing)

if you don't know your options, you don't have any!
I came online for brain food. If I had a choice between the TV and the internet. I would choose the internet hands down. Orignally I came online for the purpose of Ecommerce. Now, I have discovered many more options available to me.

Here are a few websites I like to frequent:

Luvshades.com

Seeingblack.com

Ctadams.com

Blackplanet.com

Blacklovezone.com

Emergingminds.org

And or course the gateway to all of them

Everythingblack.com

Why don't you all pay these websites a visit and give them a look see.

Knowledge is Power
Ignorance is Oppression
Primarily to attack the economics profession. Since Galbraith died there are only two types on economists, morons and liars.

http://africanamericansovereignty.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=29

I consider the internet a new type of terrain for a global mind war. I think a lot of the ways that the world works badly is because people are operating on either incorrect ideas or incorrect information. There are a lots of people deliberately spreading incorrect, complicated bullsh!t.

The internet is the place to shoot down bullsh!t, and of course possibly get shot down yourself. lol

"All warfare is based on deception." - Sun Tzu

umbra
I'm online for a variety of reasons. First, I run a business and work online. I love the internet for its uniting quality.

Second, we, meaning myself and my son, go to school online. I love being a large part of his education and enjoy helping him to understand what he needs to know. I also love having the power to teach him the truth about history. His school takes between 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours each day.

Third, I have many, many, many, many, many, many, many friends and business associates who are ALWAYS online. We do sooooooo much together! I love creating change and I love being able to be a constant support to all who know me. The internet affords me the ability to do that with ease.

Finally, I run several groups and am a member of so many more. It's cool to exchange ideas or just have a place to veg out when I need to.

I don't read message boards too much because I usually don't have too much time, but of the ones I do frequent, I am actively involved. I was JUST able to reply to some posts here; posts that had been put up days ago! LOL...

Wisdom

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