So itâs my birthday here on Earth as it is in the kintĂ© space. The kintĂ© space? Yes. This website is the very, very likely oldest, continually-running, Black/African cultural force on the Internet. I think there are about two ways to look into this: my kintĂ© hits page and the Internet archive, its Wayback Machine.
The Blog in which these words appear, the rasx() context, dates back to 2005âso, again, one of the oldest Black/African voices on the Internet. âWhy all of this âbraggingâ when my attendance at the last Blogging While Brown conference in Los Angeles went completely unnoticed?
When I turned 21 (in the 1990s), I was âbraggingâ about how the LAPDâor some other gangâhad not murdered me. I knew the statsâthe leading cause of death for Black menâand I was openly proud that all the wise ancestors that produced me survived all of the obstacles deliberately put in place.
My people perish for lack of knowledge. We all need to know the stats and we need to âbragâ more and more about how we survive and sometimes thrive in what Chuck D called the âanti-nigger machineâ or deeper still âintellectual Vietnam.â
The reason why a project like the kintĂ© space would go unnoticed (especially here in the Americas) is because it is not a business. In Black Enterprise terms, the kintĂ© space is like a very, very badly run 1980s bookstore with a dusty display in the shop window that looks abandoned but every now and then the neighborhood kids noticed a few display items moved around on the slatwall as they skateboard to the bus stop (okay, to be fair: lately, itâs been about 50,000 âneighborhood kidsâ a month).
Another way to look at the kintĂ© space is like a really, really obscure house of couture. The house is run by seamstress that does work-for-hire sewing for other peopleâother more famous, financially wealthy people. Yes, I am that couture seamstress. I even have my own website with notes about threads. But I donât own an overpriced fragrance that can make up for the money spent on runway shows.
âWhat is he talking about?â
Hereâs my point: yes, itâs my birthday and I am older than most Black people who care to use the Internet properly. I understand that sometimes I am treated like âthe old man at the clubâ in that Chris Rock joke. Instead of staying in my little world I research what is going on in other worlds. My research encourages me to continue badly-running kintespace.com until I am unable to do so. I have a few new ideas on the way and would like to try them out in near future.
When the kintespace.com is as popular as netnoir.com was or bossip.com has recently been then you know there has been foundational shift in Black world culture. The balance of power between the political/aesthetical poles of Haiti and the Dominican Republic has shifted back to Haiti, you dig?
Next stop: Kwame TurĂ©. He died when he was 57. I look forward to my 57th year, âbraggingâ about not being murdered by kale stalks in a kintĂ© space futureâŠ