Building Our Black Twitter Community

Since April 2020, I’ve been scouring Black Twitter for “activists” to help build our online community. As of now, we over 6,000 followers. My goal is for us to come together and vote on things that we think are important to focus on. I’ve found hundreds of people and pages that desire to “support Black Businesses” but, unfortunately, we seem to be scattered.

When I first started the page many people suspected (and probably still do) that I was some White guy pretending to be Black. It was very frustrating but I realized that it pointed to a real issue that our community faces- we don’t know who to trust. Black is the new trend and the wrong people are making bank off of us.

The beauty of the Black Twitter Union is that you don’t have to trust me. I don’t want you to trust me because I don’t trust you either. When we fundraise for Black businesses/people, they will create their own GoFundMe campaigns so the money will go directly to them- no middle man, no funny business. The Black Twitter Union will only serve as a center of focus. The only way I could make money is if you shop at the store or donate.

Right now, I am raising awareness of the impeding vote. When we are ready, don’t hesitate to nominate a business by tagging their Twitter page in the post. After the nomination process is finished, the next step will be to vote on which business we will direct our funds to.

Thank you for reading and we appreciate your support.

– XOXO RW

Oakwood Farms – A Farm to Table Experience in Huntsville, Alabama

The student population of Oakwood University and, by extension, the community of Huntsville, Alabama have been gifted with endless fresh produce. In the fitting words of Ms. Shirley Caesar, “they got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, you name it!” The Oakwood Farms, which was officially opened in June 2020, has a little over 5 acres cultivated with plans to expand to another 40 acres over the next few years. The plan for the farm is to offer seasonal fresh produce which the public can “self-pick,” weigh and pay. They operate on a spiritual premise and are guided by scriptural encouragement to pursue good health. This makes up a core part of the farm’s daily activities.

The farms which form part of the vision 2020 of Oakwood University President Leslie Pollard are integral in the health of the black community. In an interview with local news, Pollard stated that, “Black lives matter, Black health, so does Black finances, so does Black families. All of these elements that make a person whole, they all matter. And so, this is our part of holistic engagement with our community.”

The Oakwood Farms are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays. In keeping up with current world events, customers can also make purchases online by visiting the farms website.