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Shit Bougie Black People Love: 21. Panels, Conferences, And Conventions



If you ever happened to be in dire need of 300 or so Bougie Black People and had no idea how to find them, go to Kinkos and create a flyer for a panel, conference, or convention. When done at Kinkos, create an Eventbrite page. And make sure to have a registration fee. Then, create a Facebook event page and hashtag for it. And don’t worry about the subject of the panel, conference, or convention. It doesn’t matter. As long as the panel, conference, or convention exists and Bougie Black People are aware of it, they will attend.

Although Brunch remains the fulcrum for the Bougie Black Person’s life, the panel, the conference, and the convention provide the perfect storm for Bougie Black People to exhibit their Bougie Blackness, for there’s no other place for them to display as many markers of Bougie Blackivity.

Business cards being handled out? Check! Bougie Black People talking to other Bougie Black People about thinkpieces written by Bougie Black People for other Bougie Black People? Check! Some type of brunch event before, during, or after the panel? Check! A bevy of women with natural hair? Check! An opportunity to spend hundreds of dollars just to do things with Bougie Black People they don’t know that they already do for free with Bougie Black People they do know? Check! A gaggle of ironic t-shirts? Check! Lanyards? Check! Badges explaining exactly who everyone is? Check! Someone from Black Girls Run holding a clipboard for some reason? Check! Whatever the hell a “tweet-up” is? Check! A chance to finally meet Demetria Lucas ? Check! John Legend somewhere, speaking about mentorship or libido or something while wearing a hat? Check!

Along with the multiple opportunities to peacock, the panel, conference, and convention also tap into the Bougie Black Person’s desire to be thought of as a thought leader. Maybe they weren’t invited to sit on the panel about “Love and Hip-Hop’s Subversive Feminism.” But, when the audience has an opportunity to speak, they’ll make sure to repeat that witty juxtaposition of Erica Mena and Audre Lorde they tweeted two months ago. And who knows? That might even earn them a follow from Luvvie.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at Or don't. Whatever.

  • Melvin D. Clayton

    Heads up, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s ALC is coming up soon AKA The Bougie Black Family Reunion.

    • Wild Cougar

      Lol yes it is.

    • Guesticles

      #Invests in Shea butter stock

  • Let the bougieness wash over you! This is as bougie as going out for Thai with a lawyer while she compliments a sister in natural hair for her romper. :)

    • Muddy Waters

      My natural hair-toting, Thai food-loving, lawyer, wife would cry tears of joy at this comment!

  • And to celebrate, either an “all white affair gala” and/or a “gospel brunch” if it lasts til Sunday. And it probably takes place in Atlanta.

    • Lea Thrace

      This is actually happening in ATL this weekend. Smh.

  • Tish Harris

    As a BGR Leader & conference enthusiast…I approve this message.

  • miss t-lee

    Yeah, ya’ll have fun with that.

  • Lachelle NB

    Haha! So true as I pack for the NBMBAA Conference this week in ATL and I’m wearing my I LOVE Bougie Black Girls Tee.

  • Love this. My fellow bougie black professional friends are circulating this via email and we are all dying because we never thought about the things we do and are drawn to like this before. But it’s so on point. Sidenote…we are also circulating a spreadsheet comprised of all our CBC events and invitations. Bougie Blackness at it’s finest.

  • RewindingtonMaximus

    I really…really…don’t know any BBPs that I hang around. I see them in my neighborhood all the time and feel so left out.

  • Ashley

    This is great. I say that as I make travel arrangements for CBC weekend. Someone contact me about the next hip hop feminism panel, I’ll provide the nametags.

  • SwedeGee

    I only came because you mentioned Luvvue…

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