The virtual diaspora

The worst thing that happened in the Middle Passage was that people of African descent were cut off from each other.  Values that were transmitted through drum beats and fabric patterns were distorted through other people’s forms of communications.

In 1827, John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish published Freedom’s  Journal, with the motto “We Wish to Plead Our Own Cause.”  It is worth noting that the fight for abolition only took about 35 more years after African-Americans began publishing their own views, as opposed to the two hundred years of slavery prior to that point.

Black newspapers, magazines and radio continue to be important as well as our two new cable channels, the Africa Channel and TVOne.  We encourage subscribing to all of them during National Black Business Month.

A new way of eliminating barriers is online.    When CNN aired its Black in America documentary, two young entrepreneurs in Columbus, Ohio demonstrated how important having our own channel is.  They created, which means the dialogue continues and grows among its 300,000 participants.

The Connect Platform ( is a unique tool that enables minority individuals, groups, and organizations to create their very own social networks. The cost is 100% free to do so, but the site owner will not own their available advertising inventory. If they are interested in selling ad space on their social network, they can sign up for the premium option that does require a monthly fee.

The Connect Platform was created and founded by William Moss of Moss Interactive in Columbus, Ohio. Moss is best known as the founder of HBCU Connect – the largest online social network for Black college students and alumni.

Partners of the Connect Platform include Dante Lee of Diversity City Media also based in Columbus, Ohio. Lee is best known as the founder of and, as well as PR tools such as,, and

Together, Lee and Moss own – the largest online encyclopedia and social network for African American history and culture.

They’ve not only put the Internet to work, but make it possible for thousands of others to grow intellectually and entrepreneurially.  In our State of Black Business series, we’ve discovered that black technology businesses gross an average of ten times more than the typical black business and employ 20 times more workers.  Lee and Moss demonstrate how easy it is to spin off additional enterprises from technology, on almost a moment’s notice. Pay them  a visit.


2 thoughts on “The virtual diaspora

  1. Mr. Templeton…Thanks for this insightful piece.

    The work of these men will help those of us working with youth entrepreneurs. As technology oriented entrepreneurs and business partners , we now have two great business role models to present to our black youth.

    George Waters, CEO
    EDTEC, Inc.
    Camden, New Jersey

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