Blogging While Brown announced the first ever Black Social Media Weekend in Los Angeles, July 8-10th, hosted at the Sheraton Gateway LAX and the Los Angeles Airport Marriot. The event, announced on the second annual Social Media Day, celebrates hundreds of Black bloggers representing over 20 million readers, the very community of Blogging While Brown.
First launched in 2008, Blogging While Brown is today the largest blogging conference dedicated to collaboration, education, and innovation among bloggers of color. Participants at the conference get the chance to share their blogging story, experiences, tips and advice with other bloggers of color, as well as to close friendships and establish business relationships. At the first ever Black Social Media Weekend in Los Angeles, July 8-10th, there will also be a boot camp for beginning bloggers, an Online Activist Summit to train bloggers how to leverage their online influence to advocate for worthy causes, and sessions providing beginning and advanced training in digital content creation and social media.
The three days event will be attended by hundreds of black social media experts, speakers and independent content creators, whose aim is to educate, inspire, and expand their influence in new media. A major highlight to the 2011 Blogging While Brown Conference is its collaboration with the Black Weblog Awards, which will hold the first live ceremony in their seven-year history. Actress, comedienne and blogger, Kim Coles and author and journalist Rene Syler will host the awards ceremony.
The Blogging While Brown Conference featured speakers include Angel Laws, Founder of ConcreteLoop.com and Joel Dreyfuss, Managing Editor of TheRoot.com, and a host of other social media experts. The 2011 Blogging While Brown Conference is sponsored by the John S. Knight Fellowships and BlogHer.
Below, a video reportage from the Blogging While Brown Conference in 2010, that gives an idea of what follows in the upcoming Black Social Media Weekend.