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The Greenlight Project Discusses Literature from an Urban Perspective

Posted by: Portia Rice
“A life lived not in response to the doubts or fears or desires of others, but in pursuit of passions, hopes and dreams that are your very own.”

This quote hails from the mouth and hands of our next guest on The Greenlight Project, Whitney Teal.  You may have seen this name before in works such as: Essence magazine, Business Week, Heart & Soul and Sister 2 Sister.

In addition to these, she has been a featured writer for Clutch and Black Voices.  Ms. Whitney Teal founded her own book blog in 2008 for women titled, UptownLiterati.com, a site dedicated to sharing literature, culture, and creativity to all of her readers.

I can not wait to hear what she has to say on our show Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11 am EST.  So make sure to tune in to The Greenlight Project to hear, editor/writer, Ms. Whitney Teal.

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SXSW in Living Color

SXSW 2010

Tamika, my partner gave an introduction to SXSW in her blogpost yesterday to catch up those, like herself, who were in her words “clueless to the brilliance” of the annual Austin conference that connects, technology, film, and music.

I am continuing the SXSW conversation today bringing you a round-up of diverse people and happenings that took place last weekend. This also helps me feel like I was there. I have known about the conference for a year now. And, I commit to make it in person, maybe next year. But, in the meantime thanks for all those that have allowed me to live vicariously through ustream, video, audio and  blogposts.

Black Blogging Rock Stars and Adria Richards
Thanks Adria Richards of But You’re A Girl for you panel review of the Black Blogging Rock Stars and a bit about your panel on Sci-Fi and Tech’s similarities
 
Black in Tech Meetup
I was able to experience this lively discussion which included a Kanye moment as described by James Andrews’ blogpost.
 
Latinos in Tech Meetup
Inspired by Blacks in Tech, Latinos in Tech decided they would host their own event. See the pics.
 
Baratunde Thurston Tells Us How to be Black
And the ever Informing and Entertaining Baratunde Thurston grabs the SXSW audience according to Venture Beat.
 
Hopefully, I’ll be there next year standing next to these thought leaders reminding these influential new media leaders of their power to connect our buying power with image power on the big screen, small screen, computer screen and everything in between

Was I the Only One Clueless to the Brilliance of SXSW?

By: Tamika L. Morrison

On Friday’s broadcast of the Greenlight Project, our radio show, my co-host, Rochelle brought up the happenings of SXSW taking place March 12th – March 21st.  Prior to that, she’d mentioned it a few months back and it was the first time I’d ever heard of such an event.  SXSW is apparently one of the largest interactive music, film, computer and innovative technology conferences in the United States.  Celebrating it’s 23rd year, it first began in 1987 and is centered in downtown Austin every spring.  This year, media entrepreneurs, techno-geeks and the worlds most innovative minds descend upon Austin, Texas for nearly 10 days of information, music and film previews, making deals, partying and discovering the next Google and Twitter empires.  23 years?  Where the hell have I been?  Am I the only one that has been clueless to the brilliance of SXSW?

In 1994, SXSW added film and interactive conferences making way for brands like Kodak and AT&T to use it as a branding platform while attracting a strong following among web creators and entrepreneurs like Twitter, WordPress, and FoursquareFoursquare took to the conference this year by bringing to life its virtual city and offering the experience in 3-D, how cool is that?  With its popularity growing by leaps and bounds (I recently asked my intern to get on the horn ASAP to inform us what in the devil is this thing called Foursquare), it’s becoming the new Twitter and I’d predict, with this showiness at SXSW, it’s bound to have the Twitter-world all a-buzz about its brand, thereby increasing its value 10xs over.  With its focus on emerging technology, SXSW has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies.  For instance Twitter launched at SXSW in 2007 and has completely revolutionized the way we communicate online as well as has redefined the term “relationship building”.  Twitter has since birthed Twilebrities we follow such as: @skydiver, @keyinfluencer, @corvida, @prsarahevans, @journchat, @ashong, @digitalsista, just to name a few, who if not all, were definitely representing and getting their ‘Brand-game’ on at SWSX.

2009 marked a significant milestone for SXSW as it brought in an estimated $110 million in 2008 to the Austin economy and broke record attendance numbers, going from 700 registrants to nearly 12,000 registrants.  The film division of SXSW 2009 screened 250 films including 54 world premieres.  Among the highlights are the Oscar award-winning film The Hurt Locker directed by the first woman to receive the award, Kathryn Bigelow for Best Picture and the Spike Lee directed Passing Strange among others.  2010 will surely mark for another one in history as social media mavens of diverse cultures make their mark such as Blacks In Tech, Blogging While Black, Digital Urbanites, Black Blogging Rockstars and Africa 3.0.  All this hubbub will surely add to the talk of our own March Madness as many of these names will be upcoming guests on our radio show, so don’t miss out!

Although I’m a little late to this party, I plan to stay abreast and connected because I surely don’t want to be left out on the future of innovation, cutting edge technology and new business development through the connectedness of SXSW.  As a buzzing business unchanging the way agencies work and play (the UnAgency), we can’t afford to be clueless to this brilliance.

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