Letter from the CEO: Eternal Reflekshunz: 20 Yearz
I'm often asked the question of why am I so fixated on Afrikan history. I mean, why even care about history, period?! Even a child adopted by the richest family still wants to know of its birthright. The parents of this child, no matter the circumstances they were not there; the child will still have a burning desire to know of their essence. The same applies to our collective history. Most Afrikan people, whether they've addressed it publicly or kept it inside, yearn to know who we are, where we came from, and in most cases, how'd it get the way it is now (this is what led me to writing the piece, 'When Knowledge Became Kryptonite').
Before I began DGT, I didn't see it as a magazine, it was just me sharing thoughts I needed to get off my chest. Back in the early 1990s, cypher circles were everywhere in the 'hood. Wherever you'd find a group of Brotherz, there was a big chance they weren't shootin' dice, but building on the plight of the Black Agenda.
I wasn't part of any religious group but standing in front solo was still taboo; yet I had somethin' to say; and in most cases, in direct contrast to the usual flow of the cypher. But who had time to stand all day listening? Realizing this, writing became the natural choice.
I was once told by a close friend yearz ago there was no money to be made in sharing Black History. This imposition coming at a time where I was fresh out of an Institution of Higher
In 1993, I hadn't any experience in printing, distribution, nor marketing and from the looks of my college transcript, far from a writer (two D's and an F). Still, I had a burning desire to share what I had begun learning. I was 23 with the truth of the world just unveiled to my eyes. The only natural thing to do was rebel.
See, global white supremacy exists in predominantly all facets of life. With a stagnant growth rate, American-Afrikanz have become third in population numerically while still king of ethnic purchasing power (99% consumer, 1% producer; $1.1 trillion buying power before 2015). I learned early on that in our fight for equality, we are consistently, ounce-by-ounce, losing our identity—a cultural gentrification if you will.
Naïvely, I wasn't thinking about making money, but with Black media resources having sold their soul to white advertisement and distribution dealz, I had to write; I was witnessing our full-mode transgression back to 'Transition 13'—DGT was born...!
Twenty yearz later, we can see a deeper physical manifestation of this attack. American-Afrikanz are watching more television and reading less, possess the poorest eating habits due to lack of awareness of what actually is food versus what isn't, and have ensuing generationz unable to see themselves making it to the wise yearz as an Elder.
As American-Afrikan culture becomes more white-washed, Conscious Hiphop—although in a deep coma with a depleting pulse—has become an urban legend of sorts; gentrification (which is synonymous with colonializm) run rampant throughout Black neighborhoodz throughout the country; and you're more likely to see a white person wearing a Black medallion or Afrikan clothe than an Afrikan—uncontested!
As with the notion of 'Change, Transformation, Rebirth' echoed by Professor Leonard Jeffries, we… are… slowly… changing… and… dying… BUT! After transformation, there is rebirth!
The rebirthing process is what takes DGT into into it's 3rd decade. I welcome you to the Official DGT 20th Anniversary website, commemorating two decades of work! This site features several informative experiences including a Viral Video Verses Vault (V4) montage where you can watch what supporterz have to say about DGT as well as an interactive DGT Timeline.
In addition, we are also offering you to get involved as a Sponsor or Supporter to be included in both our 20th Anniversary Collectorz Edition of Da Ghetto Tymz magazine in print and an App made for iPad that will be out in time for our first of a five-part series, 'NXT: Nubian Generation of Thinkers' Communal Forum this September.
This Forum will use the works of Amos Wilson, and Drs. Neely Fuller, Jr. and Francess Cress-Welsing to acquaint, dissect, and black-wash the 10 Areas of People Activity: Economics, Education, Entertainment, Health, Labor, Law, Politics, Religion, Sex, and War to benefit the future of Generationz Y and Z—detailz inside.
Personally, DGT unknowingly has served as a chronicle of my mental, physical, and spiritual growth, only shared publicly. I humbly thank you all for your dayz, weeks, months, and/or yearz of supporting DGT. You may have read and/or shared one my articles, or purchased one of our many DGT products, just know you're continued interest and support has contributed to the growth of DGT and serves as the driving force behind my F.O.C.U.S. (From Oneself Comes Ultimate Sacrifice) to physically manifest projects that will benefit our collective future.
With continued guidance and protection from our Ancestorz, I look forward to serving the Afrikan Diaspora 20+ more yearz!
Each one teach MANY! A Transition 13 on my watch? Don't' think so!
Enjoy the site, and tell a friend! In fact, tell MANY friendz!!
Abibifahodie (Afrikan Liberation),
April 9, 2013
In 1993, Da Ghetto Tymz magazine — DGT for short, was created by M'Bwebe Aja Ishangi; an Afrikan-centered publication that shares the Historical, Health, and Spiritual experience of Afrikan people. DGT also serves as an outlet to address the ever-increasing muted voice of a generationz cultural and spiritual position unknowingly at the onset of the virtual revolution, the internet.
Ishangi, a representative of the 1970s baby, comes from a generation that embodies the identity of a hybrid, if you will; integrated into the post Civil Rights era, yet not far removed from the Black Power movement. As he humbly ascendz to the rank of Elder, he acknowledges Black America's voice in media still findz itself at the bottom due mainly to the resignation of our own media—thanks large in part to Integration.
M'Bwebe recognized this need, and soon the accessibility the world wide web could offer. The internet provided a new opportunity to engage, one providing direct entry to mass appeal without having to go through the traditional filter of "elite acceptance". From this DaGhettoTymz.com was additionally created. Now, two decades running as of April 10, 2013 and over 800 articles under his belt, DaGhettoTymz.com has compiled more than enough data to begin the next phase: Active Activizm.
Find out here.
Humble thanks for your yearz of friendship, interest, and support in DGT. I hope to continue being a worthy source of your mental and spiritual development, "From '93 'til infinity…"