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SXSW ’14: St. Louis Natives Take the Stage, Tackle Perceptions

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St. Louisan Simone Bernstein during a session at SXSW. (Photo: Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

St. Louisan Simone Bernstein during a session at SXSW. (Photo: Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

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AUSTIN, Tex. (KMOX) – Simone Bernstein founded VolunTEEN Nation with her brother when she had trouble finding a place to volunteer as a St. Louis youngster. Now she’s tackling the future of what volunteering even means.

The 2010 Clayton High grad was on a panel, called “The Kids Are All Right: Youth Activists Online,” which was billed as a session that would explore how the internet empowers young people to transform their personal ideas into national impact.”

KMOX’s Michael Calhoun caught up with her:

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Adrian Walker, meantime, kicked off the conference by participating in a panel that declared “We Are Not Black Twitter.”

So, what is ‘Black Twitter’?

He described it as the way some people stereotype how African-Americans use the service — the language they use, the topics they discuss, the tone they take.

“It’s about how you use Twitter, and this goes for any race,” he said. ” I use Twitter as a networking tool. Obviously I’m a photographer, so I’m looking for opportunities.”

Adrian Walker shows off how he's representing St. Louis at South By Southwest -- with a Strange Donuts t-shirt. (Photo: Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

Adrian Walker shows off how he’s representing St. Louis at South By Southwest — with a Strange Donuts t-shirt. (Photo: Michael Calhoun/KMOX)

The description for the session, which Walker brainstormed with Kiana Fitzgerald, who lives in Washington, D.C., said they’d “seek to provide people of color with tips for utilizing Twitter to their advantage, personally and professionally, in order to facilitate content originality and audience interaction.”

 

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