The Time Has Come. Finally!

The Time Has Come. Finally!

"What Earl Graves and Black Enterprise did with a publication, I hope to do and surpass with this platform. The time has finally come for the global Black community to put it all together...."

KINZI is the Pan-African content, commerce, and community platform. It's time.


So let’s say I wanted to access a live conversation, right now, with people of African descent, discussing the things we care about - our history and culture, our children, our families, money, investing, generational wealth, supporting black businesses, supporting black colleges, supporting black creators, supporting black organizations - where would I go? Some of you many be thinking, “Well, just go to YouTube and watch some videos.” But that’s not what I’m talking about. I don’t want to watch a video from 6 months or 6 years ago - I want to enter a conversation, right now, that overtly centers around me, supports me, and culturally captivates me. So where do we go for that? Where does the global African diaspora go to get the live, curated content we need? The answer, as you already know, is that it doesn’t exist. Which is a tragedy. Because I believe it’s the one and only thing we need to collectively be who we want to be, and collectively achieve what we want to achieve. Because we have everything else. We already have world-class doctors and lawyers and educators and entrepreneurs and engineers and architects and farmers and filmmakers and managers and mechanics and activists and artists and astronomers and astronauts. We have everything we need  - EXCEPT the conversation. And that is why I am launching KINZI, the world’s first Pan-African content, commerce, and community network, built upon live content, live commerce, and a live, continuous conversation that streams 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The time has come…


First of all, it must be said that not long ago, the idea of an international, real-time, multi-lingual conversation exclusive to the Pan-African diaspora would’ve been dismissed as wholesale lunacy. However, thanks to the power of AI, it is now possible to audibly translate, in real time, a live conversation into a suite of languages that can be understood by the majority of Black people on earth. Consequently, people of African descent now have the opportunity to connect and coordinate, around shared values and aspirations, in ways our ancestors never thought possible. With this in mind, it is not beyond the realm of possibility to see the number of mobile customers using KINZI eventually grow into the hundreds of millions. Here are some quick facts

*At present, the population of Africa is nearly 1.5 billion people

  • Ethiopia and Egypt both have over 100 million citizens, and Nigeria has over 200 million.

*Outside of Africa, the African Diaspora numbers at least 150 million.

  • Over 100 million people can be found in Brazil, United States, Haiti, France, Columbia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Italy, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Germany alone.

*In the next thirty years, Africa’s overall population is expected to double, and by 2050, 1 out of 4 people will be living in Africa.

To be clear, because our content will focus exclusively on the African diaspora, and because our commerce efforts will focus exclusively on products owned and developed by Black companies, we genuinely have the opportunity to achieve the unprecedented.


Approximately two years ago - in the spirit of “Walk Before You Run” - I launched RECOLLECT/Media to begin the march toward KINZI. The plan was to produce a suite of audio podcasts that would eventually evolve into interconnected video platforms that would thereafter merge, on cue, into a new content, commerce, and community platform I would call KINZI.

What I have discovered, along the way, is that this plan, while legitimate and admirable, will not achieve its end in a desirable timeframe. Because of life’s unyielding demands - employment and the priceless joy of fatherhood - I will never ever manifest KINZI until I am truly ALL IN. The good news, thankfully, is that I have zero doubts about the long-term viability of KINZI. What I’ve discovered through our RECOLLECT/Media podcasts is that our unique and signature content focus  - especially the content focus of SKY IS BLACK - is precisely and perfectly on point. The overwhelming and predominant feedback we’ve received from our global audio listeners is that they are grateful for the show, grateful for the priorities and values expressed on the show, and, most of all, grateful for the information and insight they've received from the show - information and insight, as it turns out, that they don't receive anywhere else. Because of this, I have no apprehensions regarding KINZI's imminent market fit and/or lasting foothold. Now is simply the time to finally make it happen and quickly take it to the next level…


Years from now, when the story of KINZI’s “overnight success” is told, I really want to be able to say that KINZI was enabled by people of color. While this may seem irrelevant or inappropriate to some, I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge how important this is to me. As I have outlined already, the most dominant message that will emerge from our nonstop, Pan-African conversation is the conviction - no, not the conviction, the truth! - that people of African descent, and indeed all people of color, are able to secure both independence and wellbeing on their own. It was with this in mind that I recently completed a Financial Accounting class through the Harvard Business School. Thankfully, I'm now cognizant and, for the first time, equipped with the tools, practices, and strategies necessary to financially honor this vision.


If invited to join the 2024 class, I will be immediately and aggressively doing the following:

  • Working with AI tools and colleagues at Apple to build and test the iOS KINZI app, focusing on the efficacy of global live streaming and real-time translation performance.
  • Working with friends and colleagues in the tech community to build and test the KINZI apps for Android, Apple TV, ROKU, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime.
  • Identifying studio space. 
  • Identifying and securing on-air talent. 
  • Constructing the 2025 Conversation Schedule. (This is the document that will show producers, talent, and future investors what 365 days of Pan-African content actually looks like).
  • Meeting with investors. As you might guess, the most overriding and pressing short-term goal will be securing a small venture team (fewer than five) that will invest in the necessary provision of three years of basic operational costs.

Clearly, this is a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time, but this is what needs to happen, and absolutely the only way forward. As I’ve said already, it's not only time for KINZI - it's past time!


As you might surmise, my long-term vision is less about random milestones, and more about mission and meaning. As I suggested earlier, the significance of being able to convene a live conversation that can be understood, in real time, by the majority of Black people on earth cannot be overstated. In keeping with this opportunity, my long-term goal - indeed, my unavoidable, long-term cultural MANDATE - is to make KINZI the most emancipating and empowering Pan-African construct the world has ever seen. What Earl Graves and Black Enterprise did with a publication, I hope to do and surpass with this platform....

“Do not remove the kinks from your hair. Remove them from your brain.” - MARCUS GARVEY

The time has come for the global Black community to put it all together, and I expect KINZI to be the springboard for this evolution. In the not-too-distant future, I truly foresee Black people, all around the world, and all throughout the day - at home, on the bus or plane, on demand, and even as we work, walk, and workout - dipping into an ongoing, live conversation that, in detailed and dynamic ways, is about who we are, where we’ve been, and ultimately where we are going. In some ways, KINZI will be the live, nonstop streaming version of what used to be called Black Twitter. Anytime there is great new book, we’ll be talking about it. Anytime there is a great concert or play or festival, we’ll be talking about it. Anytime there is a new exhibit or conference or expo or opportunity, we’ll be talking about it. Anytime there is a great play in the World Cup or the World Series or the NBA finals or the Olympic Games, we’ll be talking about it. Anytime we get to honor and observe an African holiday or festival or tradition, we’ll be talking about it. Anytime we get a chance to discuss our history and heritage, we’re going to talk about it. And anytime someone iconic like Oprah or Zendaya or LeBron or Obama blasts something noteworthy (as Obama did the other day regarding the conflict in Palestine), we’ll sometimes stop what we're doing in order to talk about it immediately. And through it all, we’ll also be supporting and serving entrepreneurs of African descent as we discuss, every single hour and literally throughout every single day, the great products and services that they are bringing into the world. Wow - what a glorious vision!! I truly can’t wait to get started, and I hope and pray, pray, pray (truly, from the very depths of my soul) that you elect to enjoy this journey with me. One love…  

KINZI is the Pan-African content, commerce, and community platform. It's time.