Brother King Tubbs ... thank you so very much !!!King Tubbs said:Well this thread really moved me.
I dont know why its taken me so long as I have been here for a while but after reading this I registered as a Premium Member and encourage anyone who hasnt done so to follow suit; lest we be another website mourning the closure of Destee.
It really does my heart good when a Member of the community, outside of the USA, helps us! I mean, it's like EXTRA evidence, that the Creator and our Ancestors are with us. I remember our first INTERNATIONAL Premium Member, Sister LibertyLady aka AuroraFlower. It moved my heart so, just as your help does. You have entered a very select group of Members here at destee, putting you in the greatest of company. Thank You!
I work really hard not to let us die, but i can't do it alone. I'm truly honored by your show of support and love for this community ... Thank You Thank You Thank You!
As i've continued to respond to this thread, other sites have come to my mind, that i wanna share.
The Black World Today ... www.tbwt.org ... now this site had to have been one of the first Black owned web sites on the net, that catered solely to us. I remember when i first got out here, even before i bought destee.com, TBWT was already here and thriving. After i bought destee, and began to develop her, their site was like a gauge for me. I could always visit them, and look and see what i wanted us to be. They had great, well-known columnists, from the beginning. They had forums, resources, everything. I remember they were probably one of the first sites that made voice video chat available to us. This was back in the very early days of voice video on the net. I always looked up to them, and considered them a leader on the net. Great Great Site. They even offered email services, everything, all at no cost to the user. Then one day, i went to their site and there was a black page there saying they were closing and giving everyone a few days to re-arrange their email services, for they would all be shut down. It was so sad. I was like, what?!! How can this site, that seems to have everything for us, so many Members, so much activity, so much organization ... please ... let me talk about the organization for a moment. That's what really stood out to me. I didn't know these people personally, but i knew it was just me at destee, running the show if you will ... but they looked like they had paid employees, and structure, and all the things i wanted for destee. It hurt my heart to see that black page there (brings tears to my eyes right now). That was some years ago, and since that time i think they've tried to come back, but as i said earlier ... coming back isn't easy ... and a site never regains their true vitality after such a devastating blow. Their original domain, tbwt.com, is some online casino stuff, tbwt.net is something else, and it appears that www.tbwt.org is only a shell of their former self. The work i do here at destee, gives me to know that what they did there was much greater, and yet, they died.
Everything Black ... www.everythingblack.com ... was another great and thriving online community that catered solely to us. They had wonderful discussion forums, that were more active than destee even, back then. I remember wishing that our forums would be as active as theirs. They too were pioneers in this arena, and i looked up to them as well. Hoping one day that we could be as loved as they were. But no matter this, they too had to go offline for some period of time, only to return and find that they couldn't pick right up where they left off, that the momentum had died. It seems to be par for the course, a lesson all web site owners can learn ... if you have to leave, it almost makes no sense to return, for you will lose ground that you can't ever recover.
It's almost as though, if you are depending on (catering to) Black People to support your online endeavor, you're in trouble out of the gate. These sites i've mentioned above, were pioneers on the Internet. They virtually paved the way for destee and other like communities. Yet they were not able to survive. They did not receive the support needed to remain alive.
Family ... we can turn this around. We can support the places we frequent. It costs money to be on the net, to have these types of places for us. It's not free. Like all those sites already mentioned in this thread, much work, heart, love, dedication, and money goes into maintaining us. It can't be done by one or a few, when thousands take part.
I would like to encourage each and every one, to take that giant leap from visiting and sharing, to visiting, sharing, and financially helping. It's the only way we'll be able to maintain anything of our own.
I Love You All!
Thank you Brother King Tubbs ... our INTERNATIONAL Premium Member!