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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:
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.
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.
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.
Ken Granderson is an MIT almunus and tech pioneer who has been driven by a vision of establishing a black presence in the hi-tech industry since the 1990s. After teaching himself to program for Windows 3.0 in 1989, by 1992, Ken sold enough copies of a shareware desktop utility he wrote via the dial-up bulletin board systems that preceded the Internet to quit his I/T job to do progamming on his own full-time.
Inspired by the achievement of building global customer base out of his basement apartment with nothing but a computer, a second phone line and a lot of ingenuity and hard work, Ken viewed the up and coming Information Age as a singular opportunity for historically disadvantaged communities to 'leapfrog' into parity with those who had created wealth in earlier industries that had high barriers to entry due to high capital demands and 'old boy networks,' and named his new company Inner-City Software, (a euphemism for Black Software Company), with an initial slogan “Brainz in Da 'Hood,” which played off the title of the popular 1991 film “Boyz in the 'Hood.”
As computers started gaining traction in society, the term 'Digital Divide' was used to describe concerns about certain demographics getting left behind as society became more digitally oriented, and with the mission of 'Bringing Communities of Color Into the Information Age,' Inner-City Software embarked on a mission to help make computer technology approachable and relevant to communities of color by creating ethnically-oriented software products (1995), launching online urban communities (1996), and launching the Internet's first database-driven black history web site, Blackfacts.com, in 1997.
Over the next half-dozen years, Ken and Inner-City Software did technical literacy workshops, built social networks, online publications and business applications, and provided web hosting for many businesses and organizations, both locally and nationally, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Ken shut down Inner-City Software in 2004 to work on a series of startups, and BlackFacts ran on automatic for over a decade. However, in 2017, Ken and longtime friend / collaborator Dale Dowdie decided that recent societal and political events compelled them to reactivate BlackFacts.com and use their combined expertise to make it the largest and most credible source of information about the history, achievements and events of people of color accessible to anyone, anywhere, any time, on any device that can access the Internet.
Welcome to BlackFacts.com!
Dale Dowdie founded Intellitech Consulting Enterprises in 1993, the 3rd company he had started since his first company started while still in college. The goal of Intellitech is to provide intelligent technology solutions for business and educational institutions. Over the past 20 years, Intellitech has provided Software Development, Management/IT Consulting, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity and Consulting Services for organizations, banks and institutions including Liberty Mutual Insurance, Citizens Bank, TJX Companies, Staples and McCormick, to the Government of St. Lucia and Harvard University.
The company has weathered many storms and adjusted its services to meet the ever changing technology demands of the industry. Intellitech continues to grow its customer base in a market that demands effective computing via local/wide-area networking, custom software development database customization, Internet/Intranet services, and systems integration services.
Mr. Dowdie studied computer engineering at Boston University, with a successful track record working for organizations such as the Goddard Space Flight Center(NASA), Lotus Development Corporation, Wang, IBM, and MCI. Over time, that client base evolved to including major banks (Bank of Boston, USTrust, Citizens Bank), Insurance Companies (Liberty Mutual), Healthcare (University Hospitals of Cleveland, Hoffman LaRoche), Biotech (Genzyme) and Retail (Staples, TJ Maxx Companies) organizations. Intellitech has also developed a core vertical market software development team that designs industry specific web/mobile enabled solutions.
One such solution is BARBinc.com. This idea started in 2009 when Mr. Dowdie was frustrated with having to wait when he arrived at his barber for his scheduled appointment. It seemed that his barber had no tools for tracking or managing appointments, nor did he have a web presence. Given Mr. Dowdie’s background, he thought that maybe there was a way that technology could be used to address these issues. However, nothing really progressed with this kernel of an idea until 2011, when Mr Dowdie decided to make the idea a reality.
BARBinc.com was implemented as a Service (created and powered by Intellitech) which would provide Technology solutions for the Hair and Beauty Industry. In the space of a few years, BARBinc.com went from a simple idea to the #1 source of Barbering News and Information on the internet. In 2014, the BARBinc Newswire Service had a following of 19 people and a social media reach of less than 100. By 2017, it had over 50,000 followers and social media reach of over 30 Million. The industry specific services include online and mobile scheduling and shop management, a national directory of barbers/shops/salons/schools, a marketplace to buy and sell industy products, a mobile portal for news, information and event management with more services coming soon. BARBinc.com has customers from the National Association of Barber Boards of America to Bronner Brothers International Hair Show. BARBinc Educators include some of the top Trainers and Educators in the Industry. BARBinc Total Event solutions have been utilized to sell tickets and manage events for some of the biggest hair shows and barber battles in the industry.
Another Solution is BlackFacts.com. Blackfacts is the brain-child of longtime friend and collaborator Ken Granderson, and over the past 20 years it has been running and providing historical facts-of-the-day to our community. Mr. Dowdie was brought in early on to help husband the idea to the next level. However, for years the site remained just a source of black history facts, and in time it grew to be the #1 source for Black Facts on the internet. That all changed in 2017, as Mr. Dowdie and Mr. Granderson finally gave the project the focus it deserved and thus began the process of turning Blackfacts.com from just a historical reference site for Black History into the 'Black Wikipedia' and a showcase of the cultural contributions of people of color and a showcase of the type of technology solutions that can be provided by and to people of color. Those efforts can be seen in this, the latest evolution of BlackFacts.com. There is so much that can be done with the platform, and we hope that you stick around to enjoy the journey with us...
“We are here to alleviate any issue the client is having with new technology, whether that be training, web site development, or networking,” says Mr. Dowdie, who takes pride in understanding the delicate balance of working with people and technology. “Technology may be our future, but people are making the decisions on how it will best benefit their business needs. Our primary focus is to bridge the gap between technology advancement and realistic solutions for companies.”
As a leading edge business based in Boston, MA, Intellitech has a diverse staff of team members with the background and expertise to satisfy clients from around the world. “Human connection is not lost in the Internet, it is only expanded. Our solutions always keep that fact in mind and in the forefront of the minds of our customers.”
Intellitech Website: www.intellitech.netBARBinc.com Website: www.barbinc.comBARBinc.com Newswire: news.barbinc.comBlack Facts Website: www.blackfacts.com
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