The holidays are quickly approaching and all the industry reports are
pointing to an up year in online sales and purchases. Last year =
the Monday after Thanksgiving, as officially the Internet's best online
shopping day of the year...Cyber Monday! Web shoppers are expected to =
holiday spending online to $18 billion this year, a
25 percent increase from 2004, according to Forrester Research.
Unfortunately, Black websites have not experienced similar e-commerce
activity. It seems the only way an ethnic site can exist (or should I
profit), is if its owned by corporate America (think white man).
You would think with all the emphasis this year on the growth of Blacks
minorities online, that things would be different. So this year, =
your traditional "Best Of" holiday shopping list, I'm encouraging all
you, to purchase at least one item from my "Best Black Shopping Sites"
We as an online community must support our own. I've said this a =
times, if I've said it once; If you claim to support Black Business; If
want to see more Black products and services; If you want to see your =
reach social and economic parity on the Net .... Then Purchase
from, Subscribe to, Volunteer or Visit a Black online website. WE NEED
SUPPORT NOW!!! Between Christmas, Kwanza, and the customary office =
you will be spending money anyway...why not spend it at websites that =
enriching your life, all year long.
We (meaning Black America) are the creators of pop culture. We start =
trends and America follows. For example, look at the music, fashion, or
automotive industry (even corporate executives are bouncing on Doves =
rims) that don't stop spinning). With the advent of the Internet and
acceptance of it, as a valid distribution channel for digital products,
no longer have any excuses. I used to say, that the powers-that-be =
let me put my screen saver products on the shelves of the mass =
(Sears, Circuit City, etc.) but that excuse is no longer valid. =20
There are 18.4 million Blacks online (according to eMarketer.com) and
only agreed to purchase one Black product online during this holiday =
we could change the face of the Black community. Think about it! ...
million people spending an average of $20 in a targeted time period. =
would this say to corporate advertisers?=20
How many new jobs would be created in our communities? Think about the
products and services this type of community self-empowerment would
generate, not only online but in neighborhoods all across this country.
Corporate America has always taken the Black dollar for granted. For
example; There are more Blacks online than there are Hispanics, and =
spend more money online then Hispanics. But according to a survey =
by the American Advertising Federation, advertising executives said
marketing to Hispanics is a more important goal, than marketing to =
Americans. If that wasn't bad enough, studies also indicate that we as
people, are our own worst enemy! Blacks would rather buy at a
site then shop at Black web sites.
Twice as many Blacks say they primarily use mainstream web sites than
ethnic sites, according to research on ethnic media by Bendixen &
Associates...The White Mans Ice Is Always Colder! Why can't we use this
electronic distribution vehicle called the Internet, to generate new =
of revenue, new markets, and new opportunities for Black America???=20
below are some examples of the jewels of knowledge, opportunities, =
and products that can be found in this treasure-trove of information, =
the Black online Diaspora. I strongly recommend you support the
organizations and people below. All of them have given more to our =
community in time, and energy, then money can ever repay. Delores =
of AfriCreations is famous for positive news and service to the Black =
community. Lee Green founder of the NBBTA, is an inspiration to =
Drummers" all over the world. He truly embodies the saying; Share The
Knowledge, Share The Dollars.
Roger Madison, creator of iZania, is a living example of the spirit of
Ubuntu... I am because you are! I can not say enough about Yvette Moyo
MOBE. She has generated millions of dollars for Black business.
Her RealMenCook.com promotion is quickly becoming a new national Black
Please forward this messages to your network of online friends and =
them to participate in this unique Black online shopping campaign to =
Black dollars, and empower our Black online community. Thank you for =
support in building our local online community. We Must Share The =
To Share The Dollars.
Peace & Gods Blessings,
Need some great ideas for corporate or personal gift-giving?
Then go to City Lights Software(http://www.citylightssoftware.com)
and see some of the most unique afrocentric gifts available online!
We Deliver ONLINE - Direct To Your Desktop for just
Please take the time to purchase one our afrocentric screen savers =
Don't Just Talk the Talk...Let Your Dollars Walk the Walk
If you have any problems with purchasing online contact me direct email@example.com or call (323) 294-1755
"BEST BLACK SHOPPING SITES"
MadVoice - http://www.madvoice.com
MadVoice is the Internet's only Black owned e-Commerce shopping mall.
It's been said, that MadVoice is to e-Commerce, what Google is to
engines. You can find all major brands and special values from great
merchants you know and trust.
MAD is an acronym for Making A Difference! Making A Difference doing =
you might ask? Creating WEALTH for individuals, churches, groups, =
institutions, schools, non-profits and businesses. Through their unique
approach to collabrative empowerment, MadVocie provide funds to allow =
do, what it is you love...so that you too can Make A Difference in our
"National Black Business Trade Association" (NBBTA) =http://www.nbbta.org/
The NBBTA is the virtual network for Black Entrepreneurs and business
owners. You'll find timely and informative postings by, for, and about
business people and professionals.=20
They are committed to being the preeminent online destination for
information regarding Black entrepreneurship, investing, wealth =
personal finance, business, and career information. NBBTA's ongoing
promotional campaign stresses the idea that "every month is Black =
awareness month". =20
=13iZania=14 - http://www.izania.com/
iZania's mission is to create a =13Virtual Black Community=14 that =
networking tools for entrepreneurs and professionals, and links to
e-commerce enabled Black businesses. The result is greater choice and =
for consumers who desire to choose Black alternatives for their =
Martin Luther King Jr. said that if a man won=12t stand up for =
will fall for anything. iZania promotes the philosophy that we as a =
need to stand up for the Back values, Black culture, and Black =
-- independence from the whims of our oppressors and other economic =
We can take control of our destiny simply by choosing to do business =
each other whenever possible.
AfriCreations - http://www.africreations.com/ Is an informative, =
web site dedicated to African Art, Culture & Language. There you will =
Handmade Items & Hats, Educational Pages for Kids & Youths, Online =
Business Opportunities, Black History and News Links, Kwanzaa, Poetry,
Positive Black Music, Videos, Books and Much More. AfriCreations
Best Viewed With Your Speakers on.=20
Cushcity.com - http://www.cushcity.com/
Cushcity.com is named for the Biblical individual Cush, who was the =
of many African nations around the world. This is the oldest
shopping portal on the Net. It was established in Dec. 10,
1998 as a major e-commerce location where African-Americans and others
interested in Afrocentric stage plays, books, videos and other items =
go to purchase many of the products that they seek. =20
The founders Willie and Gwen Richardson, have been featured in Ebony, =
Enterprise and Essence magazines, as well as The New York Times, CNN
television networks. Cushcity.com is now the most highly-trafficked
African-American e-commerce site in cyberspace, receiving more than 2
million impressions per month. Cushcity has more than 30,000 customers
the U.S. and worldwide.
BlackSoftware.com - http://www.blacksoftware.com/ Low priced Black Art
Screen Savers, Games and Black Clip Art. This link carries you to their
online store featuring the Black Business Clip Art CD, the Black Church
Clips CD, and the newest addition-- the Black Clips "Library" CD with =
and White images. Not to mention, news and current events taking place
the east coast Black community.
*************** (Advertisement) *****************
So You Want To Be A Dot.com Millionaire
We are developing a new mobile entertainment concept "live" and in =
color online! Think of it as a mix between a Reality TV show and a =
course on "21st Century" business development.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to Start, Fund, and Market a Dot.com
Company ... then this is the opportunity for you.
Join Us, by simply following this link to eMobilehttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/e-Mobile/
This Online Journal was brought to you by InterServe Networks. Feel
Forward To Your Network Of Online Friends
We Practice Responsible E-Commerce Marketing and Privacy Policies. We
indulge in or encourage Spamming. We never send unsolicited emails. You
receiving this message as part of our opt-in subscriber mailing list or
are a member of an affiliated newsgroup.
For comments or suggestions please contact us at the following;
InterServe Networks/City Lights Software, Inc.http://www.citylightssoftware.com
(702) 348-2041 Las Vegas
(323) 294-1755 Los Angeles
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping
at Merletta J Martin Gallery - Art In Harmony
The author/submitter alone is responsible for
opinions expressed on TheBlackList.