Chelsy and I have known each other for over 10 years, which is more than half my life. Now that I sit here typing this, it feels like I’ve known her my entire life.
Now i’m not going to talk about our twisted friendship because i know you’ll sit there judging us, and that would not be good.
So back to the website we started.
Sometime earlier this year, my best friend chelsy had the idea to make short interview videos about what it means to be black and posted them on her YouTube Channel. She covered different topics and interviewed a variety of people. She called her Channel Ubuntu Talks.
Now Ubuntu (Pronounced “Oo•boon•too”) is an ancient African philosophy that involves compassion, human virtue and community. Loosely translated, it can be defined as: “I am what I am, because of who we are”.
During the Summer I took a class in digital imagery. In that class one of my assignments was to make a website about something I care about, and for some reason, Chelsy’s videos came to mind.
I left class super excited and called her up and asked her if I could use her videos on my website. I did tell her that it was only for class and I would delete the entire site once I got my grade.
I got an A in that class but that’s beside the point 🙂
The website included the videos that she created, some images I took, and some controversial article that I wanted the public to discuss. Naturally only about 20 people in total saw the website including the professor and the other students in my class so I did not get the discussions I was looking for but it didn’t matter.
2 weeks after my class was over, Chelsy brought up the site and asked if I still had it up because she wanted to see it. I didn’t think much of it at first then a light bulb went off.
What if we did this site for real? Not for a class project but an actual site that people would actually go to and get involved.
Now because she was the brains behind the idea of Ubuntu Talks, I decided to let her have the creative aspect of it. Her job was to make the videos; we got 3 of our friends to be writers, to write poetry and articles, and an illustrator to illustrate all the content. My job was to bring everything together. So with the little knowledge I have in web designing from that summer class, I called myself the web designer.
We have been live for 2 weeks now which has been a struggle because we are all college students with assignments up to our necks and now we have the website to work for as well.
But do check out our website UBUNTU TALKS
We post a video, an article, a poem and a book review every Mondays.
Be a part of the conversation.