As we bring 2007 to an end, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and say thank you to one of my dearest friends and brothers Keith Boykin for his contribution not only to my life but to our community via his website

I’ve known for quite some time now of Keith’s plans to end his blog.  While I would love to have Keith’s insight and commentary continue into 2008 and beyond, I understand his reasons for moving on and that with everything on his plate it’s the best decision for him and ultimately that’s what matters the most.  Running a daily blog is a full time job and one that is very time consuming. 

Keith has been a voice for our community when we needed one the most.  His blog is one of the most popular sites in the blogosphere and one that I look forward to reading every day.  Through Keith’s blog, many young people found a role model and were empowered to know that regardless of their race and/or sexual orientation that they could be anything that they set their minds too.  Through Keith’s blog, we learned of issues that didn’t make the evening news but required our attention.  Through Keith, we were called into action to make our voices and opinions heard on the issues that mattered the most, our lives.

While Keith is ending his blog, his work and efforts will continue via other mediums and I look forward to seeing and hearing a lot from him in 2008.

I am also encouraged that while Keith is moving out of the blogosphere, that in 2008 we will see an surge in not only African-American bloggers but more out Black same-gender loving bloggers who will share equally important points of views.

But in this moment, at this time, I just want to say thank you and I love you to my brother who paved the way for many of us to do what it is that we do today.  Job well done.

Keith bravo and rock on!  I’ll be checking for you in 2008.

More About Keith…

Keith is a host of the BET TV show "My Two Cents," a New York Times best-selling author of three books, and a regular political commentator on CNN.

A former White House Special Assistant to President Clinton, Keith is a founder of the National Black Justice Coalition and a former adjunct professor of government at American University. He is also a highly sought-after public speaker.

Keith is an associate producer of the upcoming feature film "Dirty Laundry," (see trailer below). His partner, Nathan Hale Williams, is an executive producer of the movie and of the TV series "Real Life Divas."