Do You Have A Question For Tina Brown of The Daily Beast, Donna Byrd of and Ilene Chaiken of The L Word?

BlogHer Original Post

I've gotten so many private emails from BlogHers who want to meet these women that I decided to open a conversation about the BlogHer '09 Saturday keynote I'll emcee with Tina Brown, Donna Byrd and Ilene Chaiken.

Given that each woman has made media history offline, I plan to ask about their experience -- so far -- bringing their creativity and strategies to social media. What do they love about it? Or hate? Can they tell their stories on the Web better than in traditional media -- or are they limited by the medium? And is there any profitable business model in sight for online news and culture, news and culture from an African American perspective, and mainstream storytelling that happens to include lesbians? (Don't throw eggs on that last one, I want us all to learn from the brilliant arguments these women clearly know how to make for quality content.)

I simply kick-off the conversation -- in the BlogHer tradition, many of the questions are up to you. What will you ask Brown, Byrd and Chaiken? If you're not going to join us in Chicago in person, what can I ask for you? As always, if I use your question, I'll credit you and your blog if you have one. Please leave your question in the comments below. Thanks.

Do NOT be shy: I can confirm they are writers first, famous second, after this week's conversations. They are looking forward to meeting you as much as you look forward to getting to know them. Brown, Byrd and Chaiken all plan to attend sessions at BlogHer and to learn more about this community.

Here's a little more on the speakers, including links to their extended bios.

Tina Brown is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Daily Beast. She is the author of the 2007 New York Times best seller “The Diana Chronicles.” Brown won many awards for her leadership of three magazines -- Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She has written for numerous publications including The Times of London, The Spectator, and the Washington Post. >More

Donna Byrd is Publisher of, a daily online magazine that provides thought-provoking commentary on today's news from a variety of black perspectives. As publisher, Byrd leverages her expertise in marketing, strategic business planning and digital innovation to lead one of the top African American-focused daily magazines on the Web. >More

Ilene Chaiken has been a pioneer in the portrayal of lesbians on television, with a penchant for storytelling and a passion for her community. Chaiken has worked openly as a lesbian in Hollywood for over 25 years and is internationally known for her creation of the groundbreaking series, “The L Word.” Chaiken spearheaded the launch of, a fully-featured social networking and media site on the Web for lesbians and their friends. >More

Okay, bring on your questions!


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