Black Owned Clothing Brands
How to Rebuild the Black Community
Why and How I Find Black Owned Businesses
Linux & Free Open Source Software (FOSS)
Web Development and Accessibility
Cybersecurity & Privacy
I am Jacqueem Jt Spratley. I started this blog in 2015 to learn more about web design and share my experiences with free open source software (FOSS), fitness, music production, and the US military. Once I started releasing music, the blog would shift to focus more on marketing my music.
That time came on January 18, 2020.
On that day, I released my first album, 1-Archive-1, on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer, and YouTube Music. And since that day, I've focused more on my art, my personal therapy.
When I'm not working on music, I'm creating content about everything that helps me create music. I write about free software because that's what I use for most of my creative work. Notable examples: GIMP image editor, kdenlive video editor, and CherryTree note organizer.
I write about cybersecurity, privacy, and search engine optimization (SEO) because they all directly affect my creative process, from the software I use to how I title my tracks.
If you want more content from me, check the top of the page for my guest blogs on the Syracuse University iSchool blog and RallyPoint Command Post for military veterans.
Since Leaving the military, I’ve finished my degree at Syracuse University, written over 300 blogs/articles, and learned a lot about music production, website development, and Linux server hosting. This is one the ways I share my knowledge and contribute to my communities.
I enjoy learning and sharing knowledge. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone looked to share what they know for the sake of knowing their knowledge could benefit someone else. I'm trying to lead by example in that case. If you have ideas for discussions and posts, my contact options are at the bottom of the page.
"Knowledge is power. Sharing knowledge is powerful."
It’s your life to live. Go Live Lively!
If you use any of my music (e.g. for background music or bootleg remixes), please link to my website and tweet me.
I change the primary goals of my website every few years to continue learning about Linux system administration and web design. My content reflects that. In 2021, I decided to write about topics I'm passionate about so that blogging doesn't take excessive energy from my releasing one music single a month. This led me to covering more controversial topics that I thought should be discussed more.
By 2022, I had decided to truly prioritize one thing - the Black community. I went from sporting D'iyanu apparel and Blarisms shoes and Luxe Brand Shoelaces (all Black owned businesses) to proactively seeking:
I wrote a blog explaining that the simple answer to the question is simply because it helps the Black community.
Podnutz MRP Tech Podcast, MRP Tech Podcast #35 – Kdenlive vs OpenShot, November 21, 2016 – Podnutz.com
Stars & Stripes, Transition Guide Spring 2017 – Know Your Resources, p.22, May 25, 2017 – Article snippet, Full guide at DVIDS Hub
RallyPoint US Military Veterans Forum