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Podcast, 23 minutes. Introduction to Black Software origins, fea. Professor Charlton Mcilwain, author of the book BLACK SOFTWARE: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the Afronet to Black Lives Matter” on ScienceFriday.com

Black Software fits into the Ethnic Software category lineup. It originated in the Black American market when Africans and African Americans sold titles they made at home. Black Software and the software titles coded in localized languages constitute the complete product scope of Ethnic Software. It had humble beginnings. A DOS application software title named SELECT ( approximately 1985 ) was the first bilingual word-processor we knew. Popular with college professors and much more elegant than the LaTEX and WordPerfect apps they were using. SELECT could display panels of Spanish or French menus when you didn’t want the default English.

book released

The Motorola Envoy Personal Wireless Communicator was a personal digital assistant released by Motorola in summer 1994.
Motorola Envoy, 1994

The book Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, From the AfroNet, to Black Lives Matter, shipped Nov 1st from Oxford University Press. Author and Professor Charlton MciIwain, the Associate Professor for Media, Culture, and Communications at NYU, is on tour with book now and may coming to a city venue near you. Dr. Mcilwain is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at NYU’s Steinhardt School in New York City. When the definition for “Black Software” makes its debut in Oxford Dictionary we can let you know when you subscribe.


Dear early adopters, 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

You responded with your support and orders when we asked “Who wants more software choice?” as the blackSoftware genre was getting its legs. Your response hastened our move away from the multicultural software category to establish blackSoftware space and name in society.

You said blackSoftware is great!  You ordered games, screen savers, multimedia CD ROM titles, and clip art for your homes, schools, churches, battleships at sea, universities and small businesses and other locations.

We enjoyed reading your testimonials.

Acknowledgements
We also give thanks to Kamal Al Mansour of AfroLink, Inc. for trotting out to meet us with the world’s first blackware product in your hand, Keith Coleman of AfroCentrex, Mike Holman of Holman’s World software  and Arthur Crump who were our first mail order vendors ever,  Ken Granderson of  ICS Boston for introducing us to the AfroNet BBS network,  artist Paul Goodnight and Color Circle Art Publishing Company  of Boston for granting us permission to distribute your unique fine art screen saver, Jim Neusom of City Lights Software for your product supply, and  the Black Enterprise magazine Tech Watch editor and the Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) newsletter publisher for your kind remarks about our product.

Thank you all for joining us in the 1990’s on the journey to make black software and embrace ethnic software around the world from all people.

– William R. Murrell, III
Founder / Producer
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