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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.
Brother King Tubbs ... thank you so very much !!! :jumping: :jumping: :jumping:

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! :grouphug:

Thank you Brother King Tubbs ... our INTERNATIONAL Premium Member! :toast:

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Destee
 

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re: hi

good-morning destee,


i hear what u are saying loud and clear... could you remove my link please?

in all i shall once again become a premium member before the month is up...


sincerely,
c.t.adams-///
:em2300:
 

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mrafrica said:
good-morning destee,


i hear what u are saying loud and clear... could you remove my link please?

in all i shall once again become a premium member before the month is up...


sincerely,
c.t.adams-///
:em2300:
Brother MrAfrica ... i've removed your link, as you requested. Bless your sweet heart. Thank you for being willing to help. It's an especially heartwarming experience, to have the help of fellow web site owners. Thank You.

Much Love and Peace.

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Peace and Blessings Family,

If you are frequenting Black Owned Web Sites, you should help financially support them too.

With talk of the National Black Out Day, and supporting our own, this would be a great time to turn your words into action. We frequent these sites, communing with each other, talking about the condition we live in, and the challenges we face, while the majority won't help the site stay alive.

Don't let any more Black Web Sites die due to lack of financial support ... please.

:heart:

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FaithSoulSistah

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Destee said:
Peace and Blessings Family,

If you are frequenting Black Owned Web Sites, you should help financially support them too.

With talk of the National Black Out Day, and supporting our own, this would be a great time to turn your words into action. We frequent these sites, communing with each other, talking about the condition we live in, and the challenges we face, while the majority won't help the site stay alive.

Don't let any more Black Web Sites die due to lack of financial support ... please.

:heart:

Destee
You are absolutely right sister. I just became a premium member. I can't add an avatar yet though.
 

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FaithSoulSistah said:
You are absolutely right sister. I just became a premium member. I can't add an avatar yet though.
aaaaaawwwww Sister FaithSoulSistah ... Thank You Sooooo Much !!! :love:

It is really hard. If i weren't doing it, hadn't been doing it for so many years, i could say something different maybe ... but whew ... it's just not easy catering to our own people, and staying alive at the same time! This is a major area that we need to work on, supporting our own. If i hadn't witnessed myself, all these years, i might wanna cuss someone out, if they said some of the things i think on occasion, or have been told to me over the years. It's just hard.

We wonder why a Sister or Brother ultimately ends up catering to white folk, or working for them, or doing something that makes it appear as though they have "sold out" ... when all the time ... they were holding out as long as they could, ignoring the hunger in their own bellies, denying themselves, in hopes that our people would respond positively and lovingly in kind.

We want to fuss at the Sisters or Brothers like Oprah, or anyone in the media, that appears to be catering to white people, yet we won't even help the ones that we know are out here working for us. It's just got to stop. We've got to do better. We've got to give our children an incentive to work for us collectively. They have to know that they will be able to eat, and have a roof over their head, if they dedicate their life, to their own people. These are basic necessities, yet we will walk right by them ... encouraging them to continue, thanking them for a job well done, and never reaching in our pocket to help keep a light on, or deliver a page, or pay a bill, or do anything. Ohhh, but we'll talk about it all day and night. We'll talk about what needs to be done, but don't dare ask for help ... or you'll be marked with a scarlet letter.

It's just terrible. We've got to do better, and we can do better. If everyone does just a little bit, it can go such a long way.

Thank you Sister for being one of those willing to help financially. It means the world to me. Only God knows the sacrifice this has been, to keep alive, and i worry every single day, that this may be our last day. It's a krazee existence. I question my own sanity, making the choices i do.

We've got to make the talk, action. There's just no two ways about it.

Thank You Thank You Thank You Sister ... i am honored! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

You should be able to add an avatar, do everything! If not, let me know.

Much Love and Peace.

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Destee
 

FaithSoulSistah

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Destee said:
aaaaaawwwww Sister FaithSoulSistah ... Thank You Sooooo Much !!! :love:

It is really hard. If i weren't doing it, hadn't been doing it for so many years, i could say something different maybe ... but whew ... it's just not easy catering to our own people, and staying alive at the same time! This is a major area that we need to work on, supporting our own. If i hadn't witnessed myself, all these years, i might wanna cuss someone out, if they said some of the things i think on occasion, or have been told to me over the years. It's just hard.

We wonder why a Sister or Brother ultimately ends up catering to white folk, or working for them, or doing something that makes it appear as though they have "sold out" ... when all the time ... they were holding out as long as they could, ignoring the hunger in their own bellies, denying themselves, in hopes that our people would respond positively and lovingly in kind.

We want to fuss at the Sisters or Brothers like Oprah, or anyone in the media, that appears to be catering to white people, yet we won't even help the ones that we know are out here working for us. It's just got to stop. We've got to do better. We've got to give our children an incentive to work for us collectively. They have to know that they will be able to eat, and have a roof over their head, if they dedicate their life, to their own people. These are basic necessities, yet we will walk right by them ... encouraging them to continue, thanking them for a job well done, and never reaching in our pocket to help keep a light on, or deliver a page, or pay a bill, or do anything. Ohhh, but we'll talk about it all day and night. We'll talk about what needs to be done, but don't dare ask for help ... or you'll be marked with a scarlet letter.

It's just terrible. We've got to do better, and we can do better. If everyone does just a little bit, it can go such a long way.

Thank you Sister for being one of those willing to help financially. It means the world to me. Only God knows the sacrifice this has been, to keep alive, and i worry every single day, that this may be our last day. It's a krazee existence. I question my own sanity, making the choices i do.

We've got to make the talk, action. There's just no two ways about it.

Thank You Thank You Thank You Sister ... i am honored! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

You should be able to add an avatar, do everything! If not, let me know.

Much Love and Peace.

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Destee
You're welcome Destee. I'm sure it is a struggle sister. We have been conditioned to support everyone except our own. Whereas other groups think of themselves first, we do the opposite it seems. We have to plant seeds where we can because we won't make true progress if we don't start thinking and acting differently.
 

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FaithSoulSistah said:
You're welcome Destee. I'm sure it is a struggle sister. We have been conditioned to support everyone except our own. Whereas other groups think of themselves first, we do the opposite it seems. We have to plant seeds where we can because we won't make true progress if we don't start thinking and acting differently.
Yes Sister FaithSoulSistah ... if everyone would just do a little, there's enough of us to make that little be a lot, but so many do nothing but talk, or complain about those that are doing, discouraging folk from helping, that would help ... because of their negative energy and disposition ... i've seen it all ... and i've been reluctant to speak on it because it is so negative ... but gosh ... at some point, we just gotta look at the cold hard facts, and let the chips fall where they may. It aint like the chips not gonna fall anyway.

I've really not spoke to this topic as extensively as i could, and i'm still not doing that. Anything mentioned in this thread, is just a glimpse of what i've seen, up close and personal. I remember years ago, visiting a Brother's site where he talked about Black Folk not doing, not helping, and it seemed so negative. While i agreed with what he said, i felt his approach was lacking. It gave me to know that if we are even gonna speak on this, it has to be done in the best of manners, not in a way that perpetuates the madness, puts folk off, makes them feel even more defensive and protective of the blessing they could be. It's such a balancing act, dealing with our own people. We have the challenge of being forthright and truthful, while knowing that you are dealing with "conditioned" folk who oftentimes are already looking for the worst in you, completely oblivious to the best of you, that's right out on the table, for everyone to see. It's krazee.

We do each other so bad, in so many different ways.

Yes, we have been conditioned to do this to each other, stifling our own growth.

I'm encouraged though Sister, in the midst of the challenge, to have Sisters and Brothers like you. It gives me to know that there is hope, and that it may be possible for us to live, prosper, and grow. Thank You!

Much Love and Peace.

:heart:

Destee
 

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