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20 Questions with Francis L. Holland

"We are not simply going to lay down while they pour the wet cement of bigotry over our heads."

Thus is the byline of this week's blogger. To say that he is a genius is not an exaggeration. There's not one of his blog posts I've read that I haven't learned something from. He's involved with several blogs through the AfroSpear blogging group and has been featured in several top blogs inluding The Huffington Post.

My words don't do him justice; if you are not familiar with his work, I'm sure you will find his blogs a treat. Now, I'm only linking to his main blog here. If you want an idea of the number of blogs he's associated with, see his Blogger profile. Enjoy this week's blogger in the spotlight...


Francis L. Holland

1. When did you start blogging? A year ago.

2. Why did you become a blogger? I wanted to counteract white bloggers' attempts to determine the outcome of the 2008 presidential race. Unlike most of them, I am determined to end the 43-term white male monopoly of the American presidency.

3. What do you hope to accomplish through your blog? I am determined to end the white male monopoly of the presidency and to build the AfroSpear Black blogger movement, to promote the political, social, financial and cultural betterment of our people.

4. Which blogging platform do you use? Blogger

5. Mac or PC? PC

6. How many hours per day do you spend on your blog? 5

7. How frequently do you post to your blog? Twice daily

8. How many hours per day do you spend reading other blogs? 3

9. What's your best blogging experience? My best blogging experience was being cited as one of the originators (or at least one of the clearest proponents) of the intellectual arguments against the John Edwards' 2008 candidacy.

10. What's your worst blogging experience? Being called a "monkey" at DailyKos.

11. Why do you think there are not more black bloggers? It is a myth that there aren't a lot of Black bloggers. It is a self-serving myth propagated by white megablogs that have only 2% Black participants and don't want any more than they already have. They don't want to acknowledge Black bloggers by linking to us or quoting us, and so they simply say that we don't exist. But, I have over a hundred Black bloggers on my blog list. Our organization has identified over six hundred nationally that blog about politics.

12. How would you go about increasing the number of black bloggers? We have increased the prominence of Black bloggers by starting the AfroSpear with over a hundred Black blogger members, with one bloglist that includes all of us and is posted at virtually all of our blogs. By starting AfroSpear in the News (which compiles links to all mainstream news stories about AfroSpear bloggers), we document the success and prominence of AfroSpear Black bloggers. And by organizing major national events that are directed toward achieving AfroSpear goals, like organizing the Jena Six March, we work toward equal justice for Blacks in America and throughout the Diaspora.

13. What's your favorite color? Red

14. What's the last book that you read? "Lay My Burden Down: Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis Among African Americans," by Alvin F. Pouissant, M.D. and Amy Alexander.

15. Who's your favorite author? E. Lynn Harris and Walter Mosely.

16. What's your favorite type of music? Jazz

17. What famous person, living or dead, would you like to have a conversation with? Alvin F. Pouissant, M.D.

18. Who are three of your favorite bloggers? The Field Negro, African American Political Pundit and Black Women in Europe.

19. What one piece of advice would you give to new Black bloggers? Post every day, because there's always something you can write about that affects the lives of Black people.

20. What don't we know about you that we should know? Sometimes, I feel attracted to other men.