What is Black Media Mine?

Black Media Mine is a collection of hundreds of bits of information related to the people of Africa and the African diaspora, which I have been collecting and posting over the past several years. It's referred to as a mine because if you're willing to dig you will find many useful morsels of information. A lot of it is in the form of audio or video files which you can watch or listen to. These A/V type files are often lectures or recorded radio, TV programs, podcasts, tech, educational or youtube videos, of, by or about African ; historians,  scholars,  musicians, social organizations, individuals, ethnic groups,  etc. It really is too varied to detail with any precision. There are also very many text, PDF and image files that I believe many will find to be very interesting and informative. Some of these referencing back to the 18th century and beyond.
   If you're interested in information concerning African people then you're sure to find something that you didn't already know.  I try to keep the history balanced by contemporary info that's useful now sometimes it's even on the leading edge of today's technology.
  All this is presented in blog form because I discovered that for no money, it is possible to use facilities that are made available to the public, with little interference and relatively tasteful advertising on the part of the site owner, in this case blogger or google.
  On the Home page you'll find the current blogposts, popular blogposts or nuggets which are the 8 posts with the most recent visits,  the Blog Archive or Mine Shaft  which currently contains over 500 items, the Blogroll or Claims which contains several dozen links to other African related sites. There are other elements on the blog but I'll let you explore those on your own.

   Up until recently, I have been blogging more or less in a vacuum just researching and posting things that I found to be interesting. Now I'd like to encourage more interaction with people. Please don't be shy to offer comments or feedback. If there is something you'd like see on the blog let me know and I'll try to make a post. If you see any errors let me know. My favorite activity on the web is researching so if you're looking for some info related to Africa or her people all over the globe contact me and I'll get back to you. In the near future I would like to expand by a large number the links that I have to African or African related spaces on the web so do keep watching or contact me via email if you know of some of these.  For the sake of clarity, when I say African this includes all people who acknowledge having some kind of African ancestry no matter where you reside or were born.

I Am Sandra Bland
“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed... It means facing a system that does not lend its self to your needs and devising means by which you change that system.”
Ella Baker (December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986) 

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AALBC.com said...

Web Prospector I appreciate your work. Do you have a sense of how the number of websites that contain the type of information that you capture here has changed over time? How has the relative breadth and depth of these sites changed over time?

In my 20 years of looking at this stuff, I find that there are fewer websites with content that uplift Black folks. I know for certain there are fewer sites that deal with books.

Have you checked out http://www.nathanielturner.com/ the site's design is old school, but the content is excellent.

Prospector said...

I do know "http://www.nathanielturner.com/ " it is a remnant of a an old Geocities site from back in the 1990's. We just have to hang in there and keep trying to engage and inform folks. There are a lot of Black folks reaching out (more than ever, IMO). We can just hope that one day, some motivated, creative and talented AAs will put their skills together and build the spot that enables us to work as a unit to pull the community together.