The Snob has a story up on The Root today calling for the death of the very panels she sometimes sits on. (They can be a little dull. One-on-one workshops would be better.)
Here’s a taste of my most recent panel experience:
Robert Townsend bounded around the room trying to sell me on his Web-based show “Diary of a Single Mom,” including dragging out the slightly less enthusiastic looking cast, including be-shaded Billy Dee Williams, a thoughtful Richard Roundtree and a bored-out-of-his mind looking Leon. It wasn’t for a lack of people. Each panel was filled to the brim with experts, hosted by author/scholar Farai Chideya.
Unfortunately, they were all up against the same thing that dooms all panel discussions—they’re boring.