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Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 4

August 1st, 2012 by Christen

 

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Earlier this summer, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the final installment of ‘Escape To New Orleans’ airing on Essence.com this week – below.

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 3

July 23rd, 2012 by Christen

 

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Earlier this summer, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the third installment of ‘Escape To New Orleans’ airing on Essence.com this week – below.

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 2

July 17th, 2012 by Christen

 

Missing all the fun, excitement, music & entertainment of Essence Music Festival?  Don’t worry.  Escape To New Orleans episode 2 is here!  Recently, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. From the Pralene Connection to the French Market and the haute nightlift of Frenchmen street – Check out the second of four webisodes airing on Essence.com this week – below.

 
 
 

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 1

July 5th, 2012 by Christen

 Divas And Dorks in New Orleans

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Recently, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the first of four webisodes airing on Essence.com this week – below.

 

Divas On Destinations (Sneak Peek): My Great Escape To New Orleans!

May 30th, 2012 by Christen

Recently, I was afforded the opportunity to explore the great, resilient city of New Orleans, Louisiana with Essence Magazine.  Throughout my week-long experience, we  canvased the entire city in the 2013 Ford Escape in search for an authentic New Orleans experience!  No matter if you’re headed to Essence Music Festival in July or you’ve experienced all the tourists attractions that you thought New Orleans has to offer, we got deep into New Orleans from the history, shopping, food & more – and trust me, you’ve never seen New Orleans like this before!

Next month, Essence.com will be airing weekly webisodes where my favorite guide Worldwide Nate & I share tips & tricks to enhance your escape to New Orleans.  But you know I couldn’t wait to share my experience first hand!  Check out a few of these behind-the-scene pics of our fun times in the Big Easy, you’ll never guess all the places we explored (but you can take a few guesses in the comments section below) & stay tuned for the official webisode release on Essence.com soon…

 

A New Sleeker, Sexier & Sophisticated Ford is Here!

July 13th, 2012 by Christen

As a fan of fly, fancy & sophisticated vehicles on the road – I have a bit of a admiration that goes a little “further” than the Ford you may know and love. Recently, I got the opportunity to experience Ford’s multicultural marketing at work — from the red carpet to community events with the Essence Music Festival. While each experience was unique, they both focused on the same type of consumer, the hard working, get-it-done, Divas Drive In Heels type of gal. From my experiences driving the 2013 Ford Taurus & Ford Escape in New Orleans to checking out the sleek & sophisticated 2013 Ford Fusion in Los Angeles – these aren’t your grandpappy’s Fords. Check out what some of your favorite celebrities had to say about the new look of Ford & the 2013 Ford Escape Giveaway on BET below…

The Brand New 2013 Escape hosts the Red Carpet Pre-Show at the BET Awards. Don’t miss this year’s celebrity arrivals and fashion. Watch it here!

I’ve had so much fun experiencing the new lines of Fords coming to a showroom near you soon. Stay tuned for the Divas Drive In Heels: Ford Edition series where we’ll put each vehicle to the test & let you know which one is best for you!

 

 

Get Ready To Ride Shotgun On The Road To Essence Fest With Ford Fusion!

June 28th, 2016 by Christen

Disclaimer:  I have partnered with Ford Motor Company and have been compensated to share my Ford Fusion and Essence Festival experience.  All opinions are my own.

 

There’s just something sweet and sacred about the city of New Orleans, Lousiana.  It’s been four years since I first made my way to NOLA and Ford has been there every step of the way!  Remember way back when? I partnered with the Ford Escape and Essence.com to share my discovery of authentic cuisine and Cajun fun in the 4-part “Escape to New Orleans” series.

 

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Since then, year-after-year I’ve experienced epic ESSENCE Fest moments, performances and local NOLA faire.  From the shopping, museums and all the magical moments in between, an ESSENCE Festival experience should be on everyone’s bucket list.  It’s 2016 and we’re back again with the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid on the Road To Essence Fest!

 

Ford Fusion

 

There’s so much more to New Orleans than Burbon Street and Beignets!  There’s a rich history of culture that you can smell, see and taste around every corner.  Over the past years, I’ve found a deep love and appreciation for a city that I would have never known if it wasn’t for the Essence Fest experience.  Now I’m getting ready to take on my 5th year at ESSENCE Fest and I’m more excited than ever before!

Essence Festival: Escape To New Orleans

 

All this week, I’m taking you behind the wheel on an epic ESSENCE Fest journey unlike any other.  I’ll be sharing beauty and style tips for easy holiday travel, tips on navigating Essence Fest and NOLA like a pro and more – all powered by the 2017 Ford Fusion!

 

 

Ford Fusion

 

 

 

Check out my first impressions of the all new 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium and see just why this hybrid sets the bar for style and sustainability!

 

 

Ford Celebrates ESSENCE Fest With Sevyn Streeter And Mustang Giveaway #FordUp

July 10th, 2014 by Christen

 

You can’t mention then 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival without mentioning Ford Motor Company.  The automaker took over New Orleans throughout the entire ESSENCE Fest weekend!

 Ford Celebrates Essence Ford Ride And Drive

 

As the automotive-exclusive sponsor for the sixth-consecutive year, Ford activated on-site at the Earnest N. Memorial Convention Center providing fun giveaways including the chance to win the keys to the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang in addition to continuing its support of breast cancer awareness within the community.

 

As a premiere sponsor of the weekend, Ford partnered with SiriusXM Satellite radio for a live broadcast with celebrities all weekend long.  Ford also took R&B Songstress Sevyn Streeter on a road to ESSENCE Fest journey celebrating her birthday weekend with dinner and a live streamed power-packed performance from the ESSENCE Festival Ford Superlounge.

 

Ford Celebrates Essence fest with Sevyn Streeter

 

MUST READ:  ESSENCE Festival:  Escape To New Orleans in the Ford Escape

 

Ford Celebrates Essence fest with Sevyn Streeter

 

MUST READ:  Escape To New Orleans in the Ford Escape:  Frenchmen Street

 

Ford Celebrates Essence fest with Sevyn Streeter dinner

Ford celebrates ESSENCE Festival with Sevyn Streeter and dinner in New Orleans.

 

If that wasn’t enough, Ford’s philanthropic arm was in full swing donating $20,000 to ESSENCE Communications for local community use, a million-dollar donation to the African American Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and a 2015 Ford Mustang giveaway to an ESSENCE Fest attendee.

MUST READ:  Escape To New Orleans in the Ford Escape (TREME’)

 

Ford Celebrates Essence fest

Ford celebrates ESSENCE festival with a huge million dollar announcement at the SiriusXM satellite radio broadcast.

 

This past weekend, I got the chance to get behind the wheel of the 2014 Ford Mustang in New Orleans, check out my ride and drive experience below.

Ford Celebrates Essence fest with Ride and drives

 

 

Discover more of how Ford celebrates ESSENCE Festival all weekend long below…

 

photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks

We’re Counting Down Our Favorite Moments Of 2012 #My2012Moment

December 31st, 2012 by Christen

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It’s true! This year has had truly been an amazing year of highs (and even higher highs) for DivasandDorks.com. From going to 2012 London Olympics to speaking at the National Black MBA Conference and everything in between. While looking forward to a better year than ever before – 2013, we can’t help but to look back at our favorite moments of 2012. Check out below to discover why this has been an unbelievably phenomenal for DivasandDorks.com.

 

 

Black Women in Music / Black Women in Hollywood

Thanks to Lincoln & Essence Magazine, we had the chance to rub elbows, talk tech and mingle with some of your favorite starlets, musicians and Hollywood celebrities. Kelly Rowland, Nene Leakes and more checked out the new 2014 Lincoln MKZ during Essence’s Black Women in Music, Grammy weekend in California. Just a week later, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross supported and uplifted fellow thespian sisters during the Black Women in Hollywood event during Oscar weekend in L.A.

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In The Press – Essence.com, RollingOut.com, BlackEnterprise.com, TheRoot.com, Pose Magazine

This was an incredible year for DivasandDorks.com in the press. As a contributor for Essence.com, I was featured in RollingOut & Pose Magazine highlighting the business behind the blog. BlackEnterprise.com even interviewed an unconventional mentor, (my mother) to reveal the secrets behind successful mentor/mentee relationships. Before the summer was complete, TheRoot.com listed DivasandDorks.com as one of the best blogs of 2012.

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Induction in Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Of The Blogosphere’s Best

One of my favorite moments by far included kicking off this year’s Black Bloggers Month as being revealed as the first inductee in the 2012 Blogosphere’s Best for BlackEnterprise.com.

 

 

Kayaking in the Pacific Ocean

During an exciting west coast excursion with Toyota, I had the best time camping and even kayaking, (yes, I really kayaked) in the Pacific Ocean all by myself.

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Diva, Dork and Actress?

This year marked a year of firsts in front the camera, as I starred in Ford’s Escape To New Orleans web series and Samsung’s SmartTV informercial series.

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Panelist, Host & Keynote Speaker

“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama

This year has been filled with a lot of hard work, blessings beyond belief, and I was more than excited to share my experiences as a speaker/host/keynote speaker at the Financial (App)titude seminar, Style Bloggers of Color Conference, National Association of Black MBA, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.

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Mentorship & Inspiring Young Lives

As an active mentor for The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC and host of D&D’s first “Social Girls Night” – we at Diva And Dorks believe in investing & encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, passions and more (and because of those beliefs, the Divas and Dorks Foundation was officially formed.)

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Global Ambassador at the 2012 London Olympics

As Samsung’s official ‘Global Ambassador’ – I was privileged to represent Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. I got the chance to meet Olympians, take in a few of the Olympic games and experience all the unique sights of London, England.

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Last Train To Paris…

For the first time ever, I experienced a dream getaway to Paris, France from the United Kingdom (during the Olympics). The Effel Tower, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysée all were seen and conquered by the diva!

 

 

Divas Love To Travel & Love Their Cars!

This has been an amazing year of travel and automotive adoration on DivasandDorks.com. So much so, that our sister sites DivasOnDestinations.com and DivasDriveInHeels.com were born and slated to launch January 2013!

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Here’s to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013!!!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

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