"Far from a brand new kid in showbiz" - The Roots, Boom!
Jimi Izrael takes our Blogging While Black Revisited panel to task mostly for who wasn't there. George responds but I'll take it even further. As you may recall, there was a pre-emptive strike the day before the panel:
I heard the people talkin' and that there may be some blow back
coming about the same (black) folks being invited to conferences like
these. Most of us were invited back this year. True. The only reason,
however, is because we submitted a panel proposal to the conference in
2004 and they liked it enough to bring us in for the 2005 conference
and wanted us back again. We put in a whole lot of work to make this
happen. We stay connected and invested in the community and, damnit, we
are good at what we do both in this blog stuff and as web professionals.
You wanna get in the game? Get in the game. Step your game up and stop hatin'.
But the point is still valid. A hip-hop bloggers panel during interactive or music at SXSW would be excellent. A discussion of the differences between citizen journalism and MSM that included people of color on both sides of the topic would be hot. If there was more than a smattering of color sprinkled through SXSW and conferences like it both on stage and in the audience, I'd be ecstatic.
Blog[her] did big things for making that happen for female bloggers in just one year's time. If we could put things in place this year for people of color, and I'm a multiculti kinda guy so I'm not just talking black folks, to find their way that's exactly what should happen.
I'm not going to get into the personal jabs Jimi threw this way. There are 4 years of posts here at Negro Please. I stand by everything I said and did on that stage this year and last. My voice, my identity, my self-efficacy, my sense of humor, my background, my education, my paycheck, my bourgeoisie, well, you can take it or leave it.
But don't challenge my right to be there 2 paragraphs after you said you wouldn't even show up in the first place. How you goan ask me to man up when you ain't even in the building?
My squad doesn't sit on the sidelines.