Both social networking tools are used to advertise the "Member of the Day" feature, drawing attention to the appearance of the chosen member. Accompanying a link to the member's profile is a short comment such as, "She's beautiful, she's single, she's our member of the day.
Check her out",  and, "Still need proof that we have the prettiest members on the planet? You're welcome. Wasow says he occasionally gets questions about whether BlackPlanet is fostering racial separatism. We found we were not segregating the web. However, niche community tools such as BlackPlanet do host users who wish to promote separatism, such as gangs, and this has not gone unnoticed.
This became noticeable during the s when it became fashionable for gangs to use free webspace from internet service providers to put up their own gang webpage. Gary Dauphin, an original employee of BlackPlanet, argues that while the ethnicity of the site's owners is important to understanding the site, owners of one ethnicity can sometimes serve an audience of another ethnicity.
The ownership wasn't African-American, but it did understand the underlying call to service implied in running an ethnic site, and moreover, they had high ambitions for their company as a Web community platform provider that raised the bar for BP overall. In October , an anonymous model filed a federal lawsuit against BlackPlanet. The two men year-old Lavont Flanders, Jr.
The site's parent company told the Miami Herald it "vehemently" denies the allegations. In , BlackPlanet was featured in the press when the U. Department of Defense or the Pentagon [ which? Other banned sites included: filecabi. BlackPlanet gained considerable publicity when Senator Barack Obama began using the site on October 5, , during his presidential campaign bid. Within 10 days, he had gained nearly , friends. The page continues to be updated with regular blog posts, but does not feature recent status updates.
BlackPlanet Rising is a BlackPlanet users' community project set up by the website to encourage community support and services by its members. As part of their mission they aim to motivate and involve individuals to participate in civic engagement.
Featured authors are highlighted along with their contributions to the site. BlackPlanet Rising works with a charitable organization called DonorsChoose , which connects users to offer donations of critical resources, such as books, supplies, computers, field trips and guest speakers to public schools. The choice of donations and projects to support is available through BlackPlanet Rising and DonorsChoose.
Past events organised by BlackPlanet Rising include fundraisers for earthquake and tsunami relief projects, volunteer drives for causes such as homelessness, and the launch of TelAfric at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, March BlackPlanet Rising's VolunteerMatch site matches user's locations with volunteer opportunities in their area.
They quote Barack Obama 's election as President as a call for users to "bring a new energy and agenda to our country". Volunteer opportunities include educational programs, health programs, social rights programs and other opportunities to support one's community. These are often political and social advocates, and community activists who support the African-American community. The website contains a feature article on the individual chosen each month. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. The browse filters are ridiculous. We should be able to atleast browse by specific city, state or country. The Home page is not even a home page! All I see are peoples posts. What kind of home page is that?
Like who designed this? Its crap. Please do better. I use to think the site was great. I also wish there was a way to restrict certain messages. The developer, Urban One, Inc. The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:. The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:.
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