Atlanta, GeorgiaIn Atlanta, GA we had the unique opportunity to experience a guided Civil Rights tour with Tom Houck – driver and personal assistant to Dr. Martin Luther King from 1966-1968. Tom Huck worked with the NAACP, SCLC and VEP across the nation and highlighted stops included the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Georgia State Capital and Dr. Martin Luther King’s home. Did you know: Martin Luther King, Jr. was born Michael King, Jr. and his father says it was a mistake. So in 1931, when his father became Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, he adopted the name Martin Luther after the famed Protestant leader. When he was six-years-old, his father legally changed his name on the birth certificate to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Montgomery, AlabamaIn Montgomery, AL our first stop on the tour included the Dexter Parsonage Museum Tour where we walked the same steps as Dr. King where he and his young family lived between 1954 and 1960. Dr. King was the youngest and the twentieth pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott from his basement office. Did you know: When King married his wife Coretta, their honeymoon left a lot to be desired. Since they could not stay at a white-owned hotel, the newlyweds bunked up at a black-owned funeral home on their wedding night. But the wedding almost never happened! In the beginning, Coretta was reportedly not interested in King because he wasn’t taller than her. From Montgomery to Selma we drove over an hour the same path that activists marched to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators to the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama, where local African Americans, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had been campaigning for voting rights. King told the assembled crowd: ‘‘There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes’. Did you know: If you think Main St. is one of the most comment street names, think again. There are over 900 streets named after King spanning over 40 states in the U.S. Over the course of his life of 39 years, Dr. King was arrested 30 times. One of his arrests was for driving 30 mph in a 25 mph zone with three friends in the car after which authorities put him in jail.
Selma, AlabamaWhile in Selma, we discovered the true roots of the Civil Rights Movement and the foundation honoring the attainment of Voting Rights for African-Americans at the National Voting Rights Museum. The battle for voting rights and equality did not begin or end on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. That struggle continues today through various efforts to remove barriers of voting in America and internationally. Foot Soldiers, members of the community, civil rights leaders, and survivors of the “Bloody Sunday” attack on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, founded the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama in 1991. Did you know: Adding to his accolades, King was the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. (That record was broken in 2014 by a 17-year-old activist named Malala Yousafzai.) He received the award at age 35 in 1964 and donated the $54,000 he received to a civil rights cause.
Jackson, MississippiTo culminate our Black History tour experience, we had the opportunity to participate in the launch and celebration of The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and adjacent Museum of Mississippi History featuring music, Civil Rights activists and more. Did you know: Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by a single bullet fired at a Memphis hotel by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 but he wasn’t only one who died that night. After King’s assassination, one of the hotel workers, Lorraine Bailey (who was also the wife of the motel owner and who it was named after), upon seeing King get shot, had a heart attack and later died as well. Thank you Toyota for driving the narrative and ensuring that many of us are reminded of our rich black history all year long. For more on the Toyota Black History experience or the all new Toyota Camry follow #LetsGoPlacesBHT2017 online or visit Toyota.com today.
I'm ready for my Harman Insider experience, but first, let me take a selfie...From visual in-store experiences powered by Samsung delivering unwavering value to retail partners like Under Armour to JBL super systems upgrading audio and visual delights in churches, nightclubs, theaters and beyond. The Harman experience introduced the variety of ways they can upgrade how you enjoy entertainment beyond headphones.
The JBL Charge 3 family of accessories offers waterproof, booming sound on the go.
The Harman Experience highlights products from JBL, Harman/Kardon and beyond.
Chatting it up inside the Harman Experience with Christa and Tam.
AKG headphone installation was audible and artistic.
All smiles with Dawn!
The fleet of 2018 Kia Stingers were ready to roll out on the road...While in Southern, California - I had the chance drive the winding canyon roads in the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger. The Stinger comes equipped with the Harman/Kardon premium sound system with Clarifi sound technology that fills the cabin with rich sound throughout its 15 speaker system. Not only was the Kia Stinger a technologically solid ride with Kia Wise Drive drive-assist systems like Blind Spot Collision Warning and Driver Attention Warning -- it was absolutely stunning and a fun ride to drive.
Guess who's excited to hit the road?In a world of new year, new you - now's the time to upgrade your listening experience and enjoy music and entertainment they way it was meant to be. It's easy and efficient to upgrade your audio experience with bluetooth speakers. I'm currently loving my Harman/Kardon Traveler and JBL Charge 3 bluetooth speakers. Both provide similar benefits, including superior sound and smartphone charging capabilities - but I use both speakers practically daily, for two different uses. The Traveler is chic, stylish and the dual-microphone is perfect for daily conference calls use. It's also a great compact speaker to enjoy streaming music or audiobooks. The JBL Charge 3 is my favorite shower companion! It's waterproof, boasts booming sound and by pairing additional JBL Connect enabled speakers, you can create your own ecosystem of sound, which really makes this one of my favorite pieces of tech to date. Maybe one day, I'll upgrade my in-home entertainment sound system to the pricer Harman/Kardon systems, but for now my audio experience has a major upgrade -- thanks to the Harman Insider Experience. For more on Harman/Kardon and JBL audio experience visit harmankardon.com.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is chic, tech-savvy and the most efficient eco-friendly ride on the road.
The Light SidePowered by the all new 2018 Nissan Leaf, we left on our mission to explore the way of the Jedi with on our quest to find lost Star Wars sidekick BB-8 in L.A. Our stops included a journey to the famed Griffin Observatory for galaxy exploration and Jedi light saber training at the American School of Martial Arts.
BB-8 greets us outside the Griffith Observatory in Hollywood.
The force is strong with Jawn Murry and I after our light saber training.Nissan offers innovative technologies to help keep you safe on and off the road. Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot warning and ProPILOT Assist with Intelligent Cruise Control are just a few ways Nissan’s innovative intelligence is helping you master the drive. Whether you’re conquering the dark side in the 2018 Rogue or the light side in the 2018 Leaf – Nissan is powering drivers to rule the world (and the galaxy).
A fleet of 2018 Nissan Rogue await to take us on our Star Wars "dark side" journey.
The Dark SidePowered by the all new 2018 Nissan Rogue, we traveled to the top of Los Angeles for an panoramic OUE Skyspace Los Angeles experience which included an alternate universe experience of lights, sounds and even a stunning 360-views of Los Angeles ending with skyslide 1000 feet above LA.
BB-9 showing us how dark and deep life on the dark side can take you at OUE Skyspace.
This 2018 Nissan maxima has transformed into a sinister sedan inspired by Kylo Ren.
The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Red Carpet Premier Powered By NissanImagine the height of all things Jedi coming together in a place where super fans converge for a Star Wars marathon screening event to watch “The Phantom Menace”, “Attack of the Clones”, “A New Hope”, “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Return of the Jedi”, “The Force Awakens” all leading up to the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. The red carpet experience at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood hosted a variety of iconic Star Wars characters and character-inspired Nissan vehicles. I even got in on the action and dressed up as my favorite Star Wars heroine – Princess Leia.
Princess Leia and the 2018 Nissan Maxima inspired by kylo ren’s TIE silencer’
Who says the boys get to have all the Star Wars fun?Star Wars: The Last Jedi was an excellent film for the entire family. (PS: Checking out Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a perfect Christmas Day movie pick for your family outing!) Even if you aren’t a Star Wars super fan, you’ll enjoy the surprising twists, epic fight scenes and familiar faces in the new movie! Plus there are so many applicable themes of hope and perseverance that’ll easily inspire your next vision board party or carry you into 2018 with a vengeance. This immersive Nissan experience was a great way to end 2017 on a high note and I can’t wait to see what the Nissan x Star Wars partnership brings for years to come. For more information on the 2018 Nissan family of vehicles and Star Wars partnership visit nissanusa.com/star-wars-the-last-jedi. Get social by checking out @NissanUSA and the hashtag #NissanAndTheLastJedi online or stop by your local Nissan dealership for some Star Wars ‘See the Unseen’ augmented reality experience of your own!
[2017 BET Awards Bound]
(L-R) Jocelyn Allen - The Allen Lewis Agency, Journalists Jawn Murray and Flo Anthony.One of the biggest stars gracing the BET Awards red carpet was Nissan's 2017 Rogue Sport, and 2017 GT-R where celebrities posed for media photos and highlight their red carpet style!
Yvette Nicole Brown and the 2017 Nissan GT-R at the 2017 BET Awards red carpet.The 2017 BET AWARDS was hosted by comedian and actress Leslie Jones, of “Saturday Night Live” fame, in her first major award show hosting role. The night kicked off with an electrifying performance from Bruno Mars, and featured the highly-anticipated reunion performance of 90s R&B group, Xscape, as members Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle showed that they still have it. Original boy band superstars, New Edition, took home the Lifetime Achievement Award, and were honored with a showstopping tribute performance from the full cast of BET’s smash biopic “The New Edition Story” that brought the crowd to its feet. In a special surprise taped message, former First Lady Michelle Obama introduced this year’s Humanitarian Award to Chance the Rapper, who has raised over two million dollars for public schools in his hometown of Chicago. Additional highlights included performances from Chris Brown, Migos, DJ Khaled, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Future; as well as appearances by Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi, Solange Knowles, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, and Jada Pinkett Smith. For a list of winners, performances and must-see moments visit bet.com/betawards. What were your favorite moments of the 2017 BET Awards powered by Nissan? TWEET me @DivasandDorks #NissanDiversity 🙂