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February 2, 2021

Hello, Black Future Month!

In the midst of the fire and chaos that was 2020, we dared to dream of a future for Black folks - one where we are free to be our true selves.

Welcome to Black Matter! We're so excited to share this journey with you.

Our journey starts with Anisa and Jordan, two free spirits who found each other, fell in love, and began asking themselves;

<body-quote>"What will our future look like?"<body-quote>

A seed in the palm of our hands became bigger and bigger as we extended it to our families and greater community;

<body-quote>"What will the future look like for our families? Our communities? Our diaspora?"<body-quote>

These visions and questions are what inspired Jordan and me to create Black Matter. In the midst of the fire and chaos that was 2020, we dared to dream of a future for Black folks - one where we are free to be our true selves. A future where Black folks collaborate and co-create futures that center our own well-being, as well as the well-being of other humans and of the planet as a whole.

We thought about our ancestors, what they've seen, endured, lived, and loved through. And yet, how they still could find joy, still created, still loved. And we realized, through memories and stories of our ancestors, that we too are somebody's ancestors. That, just as we are in constant communication with our ancestors (through DNA, collective memory, and consciousness), we are also in constant communication and conception of our descendants - of our futures.

And so, our digital space was born, manifesting itself at the start of Black History Month in the Americas and in the middle of a very crucial time in American history. We purposefully chose this special time as an opportunity to not only venerate our ancestors but to also imagine and share a vision for Black Futurity.

Black Matter is a digital safe space for Black folks to radically imagine better futures for ourselves and manifest these futures through technological exploration. It is a communal seedling, containing the hopes and dreams of our ancestors and the shared vision of Black futurity.

Above all, it is a project conceived from love.

We chose the name "Black Matter" as both an ode to 'dark matter' in astrophysics as well as an analogy for our ancestors' legacies.

Dark matter, thought to account for approximately 85% of the matter in the universe, is our cosmos' backbone. And yet, it cannot be seen or measured (by western science, that is). Its presence is implied in a variety of astrophysical observations that could not otherwise be explained by accepted theories without dark matter being present. For this reason, most experts think that dark matter is abundant in the universe and that it has had a strong influence on its structure and evolution. Many galaxies would not exist if not for this abundant, yet unseen matter.

Our name takes this phenomenon and uses it as a metaphor for how Black folks have served foundational (yet largely unacknowledged) roles in nearly all areas of human evolution - from math and science, to technology, art, and philosophy. Today we acknowledge these contributions our ancestors made to our world and continue to honor their legacy.

This month, and all year round, we choose to celebrate Black Futures Month.


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