I read an interesting article the other day about a young lady who created a new site called SistersSpace. Nona C. Jones created the site after finding a lack of positive black female images on the web.
By Brianti Downing
University of Florida graduate student Nona C. Jones was doing research for a class one day in September. She sat down at her computer and typed in a topic she thought would be easy enough to find research on: “black women.”
She clicked on “images,” unaware that this moment would change her life.
What she saw shocked her.
Jones, who is not only a UF student but also works in community relations management at Gainesville Regional Utilities, saw nothing of herself in her search results. There were no black women professionals dressed for a day at the office.
Instead, she saw photos of strippers, video girls and prostitutes. She remembers thinking, “these are the images that define black women.”
Jones resolved that she had to do something about the images that defined not only how people of other ethnicities saw black women, but how black women saw themselves.
That same day, http://www.SistersSpace.com was created.
“I put it together for black women, so we can define who we are in a place where we are positively uplifted,” Jones said. “Whereas, in another social network, they would perpetuate the idea” seen in the Google search results.
Jones created her Web site, she said, not only to help give black women a positive image of themselves but to bring them together.