(BALTIMORE – December 7, 2018) – Sixteen years ago, I had a vision of being the publisher of my own news outlet that could help tell the story of the unique and peculiar people of the darker hue right here in North America. It is no secret that no one has endured what the African in America has. In any event, these same people have overcome obstacle after obstacle, time after time after time while reaching higher heights and deeper depths.
And, day after day, Bmorenews.com has been committed to capturing this journey to the best of our ability and to unveil the many hidden truths about our collective history – truths that can enrich and help empower an otherwise forsaken, undervalued and ostracized demographic. It is our aim to be a voice for the voiceless, to illuminate key facts others do not, and to tell the story of the people of African descent with a keener focus using a more balanced lens than our mainstream counterparts.
Yes, ours is the task of telling the story more accurately and with more humanity and more precision than others because all too often an insensitive storyline is put out there in the atmosphere where African Americans are repeatedly demonized as culprits, criminals, accessories to murder, drug dealers and drug abusers, inmates, absentee dads and single mothers, descendants of slaves … despite our collective contributions in every discipline and realm imaginable from science to medicine to law to inventions to astronomy.
Instead of embracing victimhood, we instead choose to be victors, heroes, soldiers, first responders, physicians, lawyers, judges, and even president.
Like any other community on earth, we have our good and we have our bad. Nonetheless, Bmorenews.com is dedicated to holding the line, just as our predecessors in the industry have done since the early 1800s. It is our hope to carry on the tradition of the Black Press which began in New York City with individuals like Peter Williams, Jr., William Hamilton, John Brown Russworm, Samuel Cornish, and others as they established and produced this country’s first black newspaper, Freedom’s Journal, in 1827.
In time, others would pick-up the torch and carry it to all corners of the United States. Names like Frederick Douglass (The North Star, Rochester, NY, est. 1847), John Murphy (Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper, 1892), Robert Sengstacke Abbott (The Chicago Defender, est. 1905) and Marcus Garvey (Negro World, New York City, est. 1918) come to mind.
Back then, these newspapers collectively advocated for the black man. Without a shred of doubt, the abolition of slavery was a top priority. After slavery ended, the Black Press continued to serve as an advocate for black people – relentlessly pushing the envelope of fairness and equality.
Thus, it is my joy to be a part of this continuum of service on behalf of people of color. I also understand that I have a duty – a duty to tell the truth. Frankly, telling the truth can come with a price. However, our faith in God has consistently brought us through the most difficult of times. Further, we are reminded that our ancestors went through even worse. It is our belief that only ‘those who have been to the deepest depths of hell can best appreciate the limitless heights of heaven.’
So, here’s to another 16 years of toiling in the vineyard for righteousness’ sake – no matter the odds. Further, we will continue to advocate for black issues when others remain silent, and also, we vow to continue to master usage of the ever-changing 21st century internet technology before us.
Last but not least, a very special word of thanks goes to our viewers/readers and our advertisers. Without you, there is no us!
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