Africana.com Being Sold to AOL-Time Warner

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Africana.com Being Sold to AOL-Time Warner


In a candid 1999 interview with editors of Black Issues in Higher Education, Dr. Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr. described himself as "an intellectual entrepreneur." The term certainly applied then, because in addition to being the architect of the renowned "Dream Team" of Black scholars at Harvard, Gates had already launched ambitious publishing and Internet ventures.

Now, almost two years later, Gates' foray into the Internet is paying off handsomely in the sale of Africana.com, a Web site based on a Black encyclopedia project originally conceived by the late Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, to the AOL-Time Warner company. The sale was announced earlier this month.

Gates has "been very successful at attracting large corporations to his projects," says Ethelbert Miller, director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University in Washington.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the negotiations place the purchase price at least $10 million. Gates could make a profit of at least $1 million in the deal -- a noteworthy boon for a professor who claimed earlier this year that he didn't expect to get rich off his Internet efforts.

The sale comes as other high-profile Black-content Web sites have fallen on hard times during the dot.com recession of 2000. BlackFamilies.com, a site backed by Cox Enterprises Inc., recently was closed down. Other sites have laid off workers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Gates told reporters that Africana.com would have eventually folded without the sale to a deep-pocketed investor.

Selling Africana.com, whose very existence can be traced to the intellectual pursuits of the legendary DuBois, may prove controversial among Black scholars, who have been quite willing to criticize Gates for what they perceive as his intellectual transgressions. …

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