Best Black Panels at SXSW Interactive 2012

Jay-Z's concert and talks featuring African Americans in tech were highlights at this year's fest.

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(Full disclosure: I stepped in to moderate the panel after the original moderator bowed out. I did not have a role in the planning or pitching.)

Do African Americans need to be the ambassadors for the entire race when moving in white tech environments? While the panel Adria Richards envisioned focused on solutions for folks diversifying tech conferences, the conversation quickly moved on to discussing the realities that professionals of color face in their careers.

Key tweet: Jorge Rivas (@thisisjorge) quotes Anjuan Simmons (@anjuan): "We should always be ambassadors ... I'm always one data point in people's perspective about black people."

Panel audio: Not yet available.

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