A Better No Treble
It has taken me weeks to write this post. It’s been several weeks of deep reflection, due in large part to where we are – specifically in the United States – on the racial injustice happening far too frequently, and for far too long.
As I’ve shared before, I started No Treble over 11 years ago in a quest to support the global bass playing community. In many ways, we’ve been successful in doing that. I’ve always taken enormous pride in how we’ve shared the work of so many diverse bassists around the globe.
But during this time of reflection, I realized I’ve fallen short in an extremely important category. Taking a deep and honest look at our platform, I’ve failed to apply the same diversity with our contributors as I have with the people we feature. While this was never intentional, I realized this was a huge oversight on my part.
I sincerely apologize for that. I vow to make that better.
Part of the plan moving forward is to enlist a Board of Advisors. To start things off, I asked my good friend Vuyani Wakaba to be the first member of this board. Many of you know Vuyani because he’s an incredible human being and a connector of people. For those who don’t, I look forward to you getting to know him better and seeing his positive influence here. Vuyani and I have met and messaged each other quite a bit recently, and I’m so grateful for his thoughtfulness, love, and support. We will be adding others to the board in the near future. The first step is to focus on our contributors. After that, there are a lot of ideas in the works to expand beyond that important step.
I have a lot of ideas on my own, but I thrive on collaboration. I’m going to have my ears open more than my mouth because I want No Treble to continue to be a place where all are welcome and to make sure our platform is doing the right thing. I know I can also rely heavily on Kevin Johnson, who has been by my side on this for almost as long as we’ve been around.
I’ve never shared this publicly, but I’ve covered a good part of No Treble’s expenses over the course of 11-plus years to keep the site running. I’m only sharing that to make the point that this really isn’t a business – or if it is, it is a bad one! I’ve always sided with doing the right thing over profits.
To my white friends and fellow business owners, I encourage you to go through a period of reflection in your own businesses. It isn’t enough to say “I’m not a racist.” We need to make sure we’re doing our part to make this world a better place and to actually say “I’m against racism and will do my part to end it.”
Thank you for being here, and again, I apologize for not seeing this sooner.
Most importantly, welcome Vuyani! I love you, and I’m so honored to work with you on this.