My SXSW Adventures Really Took Off

I am attending the SXSW Conference this year.  It’s one of the biggest interactive conferences in the world and this is my year to come into my own. So I’m here to learn, grow and be challenged. I felt utterly compelled to be present at this time even though it is not the most convenient. Aside from getting sick – known as Austin allergies – I’m having a blast. It’s been so great meeting people in real life that I’ve conversed with online in some capacity. Some of you who follow me on Twitter may have heard the obfuscation, misdirection and defamation from a disgruntled DBR (damaged beyond repair) black male. It is always the agenda of such obstructionists to misdirect conversation so the focus remains on them instead of the larger agenda at hand.

I will put the same amount of thought into my response to this attack and and character slander of me shortly. Those unfamiliar with the incident at hand may be wondering what prompted such a strong negative reaction. I asked a combo question with a comment during a Q&A session at a panel that they didn’t like.  They’ve proceeded to try to distort and defame me across numerous Twitter accounts nearly every hour on the hour since yesterday morning. Think Teabaggers referring to President Obama as Hitler and you’d get the picture.

As regular readers of this blog can attest  it doesn’t require anyprompt for the DBRs to spew their bile because they HATE black women. Even if they’re married to one  – because their interest lies in self-elevation at the expense of black women – not in protecting and elevating them as a collective. It’s rampant misogyny and self-hate directed at black women. They especially don’t like it when black women ask questions that hit home, have standards, shed light on nefarious activities and expect reciprocity. It’s all about them and their egos and pulling the wool over people’s eyes. In the meantime I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be in Austin and connect with others who are actually doing something productive and conducive to growth.

I will not argue in a public forum with the type of males who seek to do harm and engage in slander instead of allowing for a difference of opinion nor will I stand still while being hacked to pieces. The last time I checked this is supposed to be a free country. Yet those who would continue to deny the existence of destructive forces and evil in certain people can see it all on public display. I advocate for the safety and security and black women and children and for black women to be free agents charting their own destinies. I will NOT back down from that position. This isn’t even about me anymore but about some people’s desire to use us, abuse us and discard us when they’re done. They shall not pass!

Other people from other groups have their own self-interests to seek out and protect and will not be coming to our rescue.  We must save ourselves! I appreciate those who’ve noted my consistency and passion when it comes to this topic and offered immediate support without requiring detailed information. To the rest I will explain more in detail and respond soon.

18 comments to My SXSW Adventures Really Took Off

  • sistrunkqueen


    What exactly did he say about you? What were the personal attacks? You mentioned comments about your personal appearance?

    Did he do a Toure and take down the offensive comments?

  • Sonya Robinson

    Sounds like I missed an interesting panel Q&A session to say the least.

    Ms. Faith, I wasn't there, I'm only looking from the outside in, as I am taking all my information from your blog and his (Mr. Andrews).

    I must say, while I agree with your opinions and input (I don't particularly care for P. Diddy or "Blood Diamond" Russ and I think people of color need to be uplifted and these PR campaigns disguised as social commentary in order to sell sneakers and beverages isn't the way to go), I don't think it was a good choice to stand up in a Q&A session at the conference and state your feelings on the panel(ists) and/or the content of the session. If it was a waste of time, I would've promptly left and found something else to do.

    Even if the session was true to it's description, it still could have been a waste of your time as far as content and what you expected to get out of it. I've attended and have had to plan enough conferences in my career to realize that these "break-out" sessions as described in conference schedules aren't always accurate.

    What PROBABLY happened in this particular instance was the convention company/convention manager(s) ran their conference schedule by the required cut-off date (location, hours, session name, etc)and the folks responsible for the actual session were scrambling at the last minute for their details/logistics (speakers, sponsors, topics, etc) and you got what you got. It's not good or bad…it just is. Hopefully, you got some kind of information and/or entertainment from the session and it wasn't a complete waste of time?

    It doesn't surprise me one bit that the Q&A session was pulled from UStream. You best believe they don't want that out there in the universe. Especially since black women represent one of the fastest growing middle/upper-middle class segments of the population.

    No maam……..that would not be a good look.

  • mesaATLien


    This is my first time posting a comment, but I have been a lurker, quietly reading for almost a year now. This SXSW conference, while I never heard about it until reading this blog, seems like something I would love to go to.

    I just hope I can contribute a little more than this on future posts you make! I was just dropping through to let you know that I am reading and supporting what you do! You really encourage me with your words, and I hope you continue to do what you do! =)

  • Taylor_L

    I listened to the event on Ustream and read the gentleman's blog post regarding it. With all due respect, aren't you too attempting to "misdirect the conversation" by accusing your dissenters of "hating black women" simply because they challenged you on your challenge?

  • Nia

    Hi Faith,

    The SXSW Conference sounds very interesting -- I just had a look at their website. I really hope you have a great and productive time there.

  • it's sad…really.

    This is one of the reasons I avoid panels and if i am asked to be one, I urge the organizers to really make it just Q&A with the audience. there are ALOT of egos on a panel and folks just like to hear themselves talk. Quite honestly, its the same talking points over and over.

    People always want us to "get along" and "come together." but quite honestly, every brother ain't a brother. Some of us need to be checked on our male privilege and sexism.

    We won't always agree, we are human. but we need to check our egos at the door and deal with the issues head on. we need to call out the charlatans, though…

  • Hi Faith this is very longtime lurker and fan of your site Truth p.I completely agree with you and everything you said at that conference.I just wanted to stop through here and show you some love and let you know that you have my support.I'd also like to add that MOSTLY everybody,except the dbr you mentioned, agrees with what you said.Many people however are claiming it's not what you said but when you said.They felt the timing was not right.I disagree because if not then,when?I was just on another site and it is being discussed how black american males are being/have been replaced in MLB by black latino men.People at said site seemed very angry over that yet those same people probably would act like they can't understand where you are coming from on this.Anyway keep up the good work Faith.I'm here cheering for you all the way.Take care of yourself Faith.

  • This comment is being cross-posted on both blogs.

    First and foremost, the name-calling, belittling and disrespectful comments have to stop…in the blogs and Twitter. We are intelligent men and women, who can have a discussion without reverting to our baser emotions. I know and respect you, and I look forward to collaborating and working with you in the future.

    Second, I don’t care who was on the panel, what was said, what the session was called or who sponsored it…it is history and we need to let it go. We can agree to disagree about those points without tearing each other down, this level negativity does not move the ball forward for us a people or for those of us in the space.

    Third, the passion you demonstrated shows a deep commitment for us and the space. It would be nice if you could put this incident aside and work together on a project, leveraging said passion, discovering commonalities and creating something useful.

    We don’t have to like each other and we don’t have to work together; however, we must respect each other, our ideas, our perspectives and our humanity.

    For those reading, I was at the session.

  • Glad to see your response. I know you'll enjoy the rest of your experience there. Come back well refueled and ready to take on the world. We'll be watching.

  • I was there and you made many good points during that Q & A session. You said many things that were on the minds of the people in the audience and echoed in the halls afterwards. It's unfortunate that we as a people can't come together and discuss divergent ideas without attacking each other simply because we don't agree.

  • Faith,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and tweets from the Conference. Keep taking care of yourself as you have been doing. Self-care … self-care … self-care … Affirming your highest and greatest good in all things. Enjoy Austin. Have fun. Shine on.

    Peace. Ananda