Black Bloggers and a Nigerian Connection
The influence of Chinua Achebe
Father of Contemporary African Literature
on Black Bloggers and the power of reading
by Malcolm X with educational emphasis by
Carter G. Woodson
My interpretations of the power and diversity
of Black Bloggers in the 21st century.
At this moment Negroes must begin to do the
very thing which they have been taught that
they cannot do. Carter G. Woodson
As Black Blogger month comes to a conclusion
I want to share my passion for writing, the
purpose of engaging those of like mind
sets, talents and intellects. Black Bloggers are
not the rarity that they once were, there are millions
of writers either published or unpublished. Each
valuable in their talents and abilities to tell a
story, share a thought and express passions.
Sharing my passion of Blogging and understanding
how studying other writer’s allows a growing
Blogger to be a better writer, a better reading.
Bloggers no matter how long they have been
writing still need a mentor. Someone that shares
literary guidance that helps to develop not only
a writing/blogging style, but some form of ethics
that reinforces the goal and mission of writing.
Ironically my three writing /blogging mentors
are of great generational distance from the current
bloggers of today. My mentors did not rely on the
digital engagement of the Internet; they used the
strength of written words on traditional paper.
Their words are no less powerful and poignant;
their works later on were forged onto digital
manuscripts where they will forever be alive.
My mentors are Malcolm X, Carter G. Woodson
and Chinua Achebe.
Chinua Achebe displays a unique and engaging
passion for writing that many Black writers/bloggers
should know and understand. Born in Nigeria where
passion is frowned upon, as Achebe states. Achebe’s
writing creates the aroma of life in situations and
circumstances that invoke emotional responses
that cannot be contained. The African spirituality
that conquers even the distance of oceans and seas
that separate America from Africa.
When blogging it is important to have a passion for
what you are writing. A writer is sharing a part of
themselves with their readers. They are exposing their
soul, their essence to the world through words. Using
intellectual tools that are important even for children.
Blogging is a process that can expand in multiple directions
or focusing on a specific course, it helps to guide the
discussion that develops when bloggers write. The best
way to build momentum for a blogger is to give power
for continued dialogue from blogging, a dialogue that
empowers the reader. This is a symbiotic relationship,
that can perpetuate a undying connection between the
writer and the reader.
Bloggers are not just writing for themselves they are
writing for a developing and growing family of followers.
Chinua Achebe has stated that “no one can tell your
story but you.” Our experiences in life help guide a
person’s writing, their style, their content and their story.
Each person has a peculiar story that has connections
for others. Once a person writes and then publishes
(blogs) they lose ownership of their content. It is taken and
absorbed into the lives of others. The power of a person’s
content is that no matter another persons’ color, culture,
race, creed, gender the reader can identify as a whole or in
part with the blogger. Whites are now reading Black
bloggers to learn how passion is infused in the cornucopia
of words that Blacks are able to assemble into knowledge.
A person’s story is best told by the author first, because that
first person experience sets the tone and tempo of the voice
of the blogger. Black Bloggers are passionate, emotional and
blends personal experiences of family, culture and the power
that writing has to make people think, ponder and reflect.
Not to take away from White or European writers, but Black
writers continue to fight for authenticity, and value even
from their own people. The responsibility of Black Bloggers
is to accurately depict their people.
Chinua Achebe states that as a writer it is his ambition to
“seeing a human being as human.” Black Bloggers face several
challenges that sometimes are a roadblock to entering into new
marketability and branding. The perception of Black Bloggers
producing valuable content that does make a difference. Black
Bloggers should question what is their ambition for writing,
what is their purpose and mission, whom is their audience.
Each blogger has a purpose and that purpose will determine
who follows them not just on a temporary basis, but for a long
term relationship. Writing is a relationship, the bond that
joins souls in a unique embracing through words.
Writing /Blogging creates relationships that transcend the physical
and digital pages of their works. This is from as Chinua Achebe
states that a writer “has a unique story ready to come out.” There
is a literary birth just as the birth of a infant.
Good writing requires work to accomplish the goal of educating
and inspiring. Bloggers in many cases have a captured audience
because their writings will never go away. When posted online
they are always available, capturing the attention of millions.
This availability can allow each generation the opportunity to
lay a foundation that they can follow only if they read the words
of the past.
Parents have a responsibility to lead their children to read
the words of the past. If they fail to inspire readers and fail
to encourage writers that lead to the growth of a new generation
of Bloggers they maybe creating historical literal genocide.
Meaning that parents are the first teachers, the first literary mentors.
Teaching children to read, to develop a thirst for the written
word. The challenges of schools and the educational down turn
can be attributed to Black parents not emphasizing the importance and value of reading.
Black parents that do not teach their children to read are
creating generations of literary assassins, Black children
that are not taught to read are being placed into slavery
(mentally and physically).
The mental slavery of Black children unable to know they can
grow from their current perceptions of poverty and ignorance.
The physical slavery is the ignorance of not valuing education
and learning. Girls growing into the governmental system of
slavery of birthing machines, manufacturing the future tenants
of prison cells. Black boys relying on athletics not academics
to market and brand themselves as scholars and producers.
Chinua Achebe has stated that, “children can fly, everything
is possible.” To create this perception and important
ideology of flight Black parents must teach their children
before they get into school they can fly by reading and thinking.
“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed
by one book.” Malcolm X
Children are their own storytellers, they have an important part
in keeping Black writing and storytelling alive. Black children
are the paths from remembrance. Past writers will remain alive
and flourish if Black parents allow Black children to read about
Black authors, allowing them to be inspired to write and tell
their stories to the world.
My Alma mater was books, a good library. I could spend
the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
When will Black parents take their children to the libraries
and museums of this nation. When will Black parents take
their children to the science centers and cultural centers
to learn of past and current glories in science,
technology, engineering, arts and even mathematics.
African’s are the originators of STEAM, but without reading
and preparation Black children will not learn of the literary
giants of the past, present or become our future.
#Blerd #Blerdchat #BlerdNation #blkintechnology #MyQuestToTeach
@Blerdology @JoinBBC @blackmediascoop @urbanexpressive @NatlBlackPages @TVOne