BlackFacts.com endeavors to become the premiere online repository of black culture both nationally and internationally.
We do not just aggregate content, we index, catalog and cross reference our content using machine learning to link related content and enrich our visitors experience. And while we do use some third party tools and APIs, the core of our technology is conceived, architected and programmed by us, using our over half-century of professional I/T experience visioning, building and deploying technologies.
At our heart, the founders are nerds and we want to showcase the fact that there are Black technologists out here building and creating real solutions.
The BlackFacts.com platform provides an opportunity to showcase these skills while providing a resource by, for and about people of color with the following 3 Tenets as our mission:
- INFORM: We want to become the virtual Black Wikipedia – aggregating verified content from around the globe and building original content related to our culture. To achieve this, we need to inform our audience that we are here as a resource and to use our platform to provide knowledge about our history and culture and guide them to other resources and repositories that they never knew even existed.
- ENGAGE: It is not enough for Blackfacts.com to be an archive or repository of information for the reference of our visitors. We want our visitors to become Contributors! We are celebrating our culture, our black pioneers, executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, and achievements. We need others to provide content we may not even know about – to submit their own facts in any category: Whether it be Grandma’s recipe for Mac and Cheese, highlights from their Fraternity/Sorority Step show, or some new award or achievement by a black professional or some scholarship or grant we did not know existed. At the end of the day, BlackFacts.com has content ABOUT US that is delivered BY US. We have the backend infrastructure to validate, manage and approve crowd-sourced content. We are engaging students to submit videos of their “Black Fact of the Day” moments. Blackfacts.com is an educational tool as well as a collaboration platform, and the more engaged our audience is, the better.
- INSPIRE: Finally, Blackfacts.com will inspire people of color across the globe, as well as friends from any culture, to strive for more ambitious goals, by showing them that we have Black Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Scientists, Technologists and others in droves! When you see how many others have done it, it becomes far easier to believe it is possible for you! We invite HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) to not only showcase their educators/professors, but also to introduce new programs that they are offering and highlight their best and brightest so that we can highlight them on the site. We want to put a focus on Black Businesses with our recommended readings and recommended products and services – to inspire our people to purchase products and services and book from our OWN people. We want to leverage our technology platform to make tools available to other Minority Associations who often cannot afford quality technology solutions and get left behind simply because they do not have the in-house expertise to leverage technology to grow their business. And we want people to come up with New Ideas and New Ways of thinking and New suggestions that we will do our best to highlight and/or implement into the platform, or provide technical assistance to our visitors in implementing their own dreams.