So, today's the day, folks.  The PanelPicker for SXSW 2010 is live as of today.

The music conference is doing something new this year: They're letting fans and attendees have a say in the programming.  Here's how it works:

Fans get to vote on which of the nearly 300 music panels ideas that were submitted prior to July 10.  Fan voting accounts for 30% of the vote for a particular session.  SXSW staff votes count for another 30% and the SXSW music advisory board weighs in with another 40%.

Voting closes at 11:59PM on Friday, September 4.

Here's the session idea I submitted:

The Role of "Black" Rock in the Age of Obama

Is the term “Black” rock still relevant in the 21st Century? Does an Obama presidency change how we talk about the music? This panel tackles both sides of this issue and makes a prognosis about the future and viability of movements like Afro-punk, Ghetto Metal, URB Alt and beyond.

Questions this panel will address:

  • What is Black rock?
  • What's changed with Obama's election and what hasn't
  • What's the historical context behind the term "Black rock"?
  • How does the Millenial generation view terms like Black rock and/or Afro-punk?
  • Can you separate the political from the artistic?
  • How does the term help or hinder the growth of community?
  • How can Black rock matter in the marketplace? Does it? Will it?
  • What does Black rock's viability say about the viability of Black alt music/culture in general?
  • Who's the audience for Black rock today vs. years past?
  • Is the term off-putting to white audiences?

So, should this panel make it into the SXSW Music lineup for 2010?  I think so, but it's really in your hands.

TO VOTE: Go to the panel's page on the SXSW Panelpicker.

Thanks for taking the time to review this and cast your vote.

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