|Woman from Toronto Caribana 2010 / iStockphoto|
I'm leaving for Toronto on Tuesday night and I'm super excited! It will be my first time in Toronto and my first Caribana. (Practicing my Kat de Luna whine up.) Much like an excited child, I have checked my camera battery more than twice (photo opps galore!), have fallen asleep with visions of brightly colored costumes and contagious soca music in my head, and have annoyed my husband with questions about our hotel reservation at the Fairmont Royal York (which is in the center of it all). This is going to be fun! Yessirree.
But as much fun as I know I'm going to have in Toronto, I am looking forward to getting home, settling down for a few days, ditching My Fella, and then catching a flight to San Diego for BlogHer '11, North America's premiere blogging event for women. Not because I anticipate brightly colored costumes and contagious soca music (although you never know), but because I, along with three other rock 'em sock 'em bloggers, will speak on a panel about the business of diversity called When Diversity is Simply Good Business. About why some brands aren't giving diverse niche bloggers the same opportunities as general market bloggers. About how there is a cross-cultural marketing bandwagon that a lot of PR folks and brands might want to get on. About how by 2050, minorities (silly word) will make up the majority of the population. About how I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. Yessiree.
There's going to be some real talk going on at BlogHer '11 and I'm leaving the sometimes-quiet-ultra-PC-Brown-Girl back at the ponderosa. Besides, what's the point of being asked to speak if we aren't going to get down to the nitty gritty of the matter?
I have a lot to learn and a lot to say....so, hey, I'm ready to let my locs down and make some music of my own. Maybe it'll even resonate somewhere. *Shrug*
Anything in particular you think I should bring up? Let's do this.