I took a course this semester on Career Development. During one class, we played a game called, “What would you do if you had 10 billion dollars?”. I think a better question would have been “What would you do if you never had to worry about money for the rest of your life?”. The idea of this game is the assumption that we hold back on our dreams, because of financial constraints and other things we perceive as obstacles.
In my small group, I spoke about my “crazy idea”. If I had a bottom-less amount of money, one of the things I would do is to get a camera crew together and travel around the world and film a documentary about the African Diaspora. I would seek out dark-skinned people in every part of the world, and document their experience. It would be quite Anderson-Cooper-ish. Along with the documentary, I would compile the stories into volumes of book and donate them to libraries all around the world (After all, I’d have the ability to just give books away for free).
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I was excited to find out via WhiteAfrican.com that a similar project is already being developed. Two TED fellows, Josh Wanyama and Sheila Ochugboju, have taken it upon themselves to show Africa as it is today…at this moment…at this instant…through their use of social networks and digital media. The pictures at AfricaKnows.com are vivid, vibrant and captivating; many of them, followed by a short commentary. Arranged in different categories, they depict life, as it is: raw, colorful, in-your-face. There is the possibility to purchase photos you like as prints, cards or to send them as e-cards. It’s photojournalism; not photos of journalists taking pictures of smiling children.
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I doubt that I will ever have a bottomless revenue stream or that my “dream” will ever be manifested, but just in case it does, I will be perusing AfricaKnows.com, taking notes and learning a few things about Africa through pictures.