It’s always been an experience I’ve wanted to scratch off my bucket list for some time now. Who wouldn’t want to grab their best girlfriend and go on a cross-country road trip in an amazing car?
Over the course of several weeks, Chevrolet’s hosted media influencers and journalists on a drive throughout the 48 US contagious states. Driving behind the wheel of the 2016 Chevy Camaro, we were encouraged to #FindNewRoads and discover points of innovation throughout the country. We visited landmarks and discovered the roads less traveled during our drive from New Orleans, LA to Dallas, TX (with plenty of exhilarating & unforgettable moments to spare!)
Check out a few of my favorite moments from our cross country Camaro drive in search to #FindNewRoads below!
Crescent City Connection
If you’re familiar with the Denzel Washington flick “Deja Vu” chances are, you’ve seen the iconic twin cantilever bridges that carry U.S. Route 90 Business over the Mississippi River in New Orleans before. Formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Bridge (GNO) – it’s the widest and most heavily traveled bridge on the lower Mississippi; instrumental with the Hurricane Katrina evacuations in 2005.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and the Crescent City Connection – two iconic symbols of mobility and strength all rolled into one #FindNewRoads moment.
Mardi Gras World
What’s the next best thing to visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras? Taking a trip to one of the happiest places on earth – Mardi Gras World. We were looking for a real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras and boy did we find it!
At Mardi Gras World, guides take the mask off Mardi Gras with an all-access Mardi Gras tour, winding through the massive studio where these magnificent floats are built from the ground up. Guests learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition and go beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the real Mardi Gras.
One monkey don’t stop no show: The massive Mardi Gras World experience is a MUST during your next New Orleans visit. Make sure you bring plenty of camera storage because there are plenty of picture perfect moments you’ll want to capture during your visit.
Bayou Dinning And Aligator Bites
After a 15-mile drive outside of New Orleans, we stumbled upon the beauty and bounty of the Restaurant des Familles. Nestled along the waterway home to alligators, turtles, egrets and other wildlife (Bayou des Familles) – we were in search of authentic Cajun and Creole bites and the Alligator Stuffed Mushrooms with Alligator Sauce Piquant more than delivered.
Good Eats: We enjoyed the best of the best from the Restaurant de Familles including the grilled Shrimp & Grits with jalapeno-cheddar grits with scratch gravy, Caesar Salad and Catfish strips.
The Alligator Stuffed Mushrooms with Alligator Sauce Piquant was amazing – and the views of alligators just a few feet away were even better.
Swamp Tour Through Gator Country
I’ve never been in an airboat before, let alone on a tour through the swamps of the bayou. So of course finding the road less traveled lead us to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Trained guides escorted us into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where we came face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature.
Driving The 2016 Camaro
The 2016 Camaro more than handled the road, it commanded it. Driving from New Orleans to Dallas as a Camaro road warrior was beyond amazing. As the most efficient and powerful Camaro SS ever it’s equipped with improved handling, performance, technology and kept heads turning throughout the entire drive.
Discover where the 2016 Camaro SS is headed next! Keep up with all the spectacular sights and see how others #FindNewRoads by visiting FindNewRoadsTrip.com
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Tis the season for merry thoughts and holiday cheer at one of my favorite stores in one of my favorite cities ever – Chicago! Join Macy’s for an afternoon of family fun with lots of activities for the holidays. Get creative at their crafts table where you can create holiday ornaments, color, and more. There’ll also be balloon twisting and more Macy’s holiday family day fun to enjoy! Of course, this weekend is a great time to get the jump on your holiday shopping – why not submerge yourself in an abundance of sweet holiday cheer to fuel your shopping at Macy’s?
Who doesn’t love getting the jump on a good holiday tradition? Join me at Macy’s (State Street) this Saturday, November 7th at 2pm for plenty of jolly holiday fun!
111 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60602
The holiday season is upon us! Tis the season for Rudolph’s red nose and cookies for Santa! What are some of your favorite family traditions for the holiday season? Do you watch Charlie Brown all cuddled up in the living room or decorate sugar cookies to give out to friends? Does the whole family wear matching clothes and go take pictures with Santa? This is the time to share your traditions and favorite aspects of the holiday season. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/MacysFamilyFun15
Walgreens and the National Urban League have joined together for the ninth year for The Walgreens Wellness Tour community outreach program dedicated to providing free preventative and early detection health services to at-risk communities. Over the last eight years, The Wellness Tour has administered more than 570,000 health tests valued at $12.8 million in communities throughout the United States.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to partner with Walgreens and The National Urban League for the Walgreens Wellness Tour throughout the tri-state area. As a huge champion of Walgreens health and wellness initiatives, I’m thrilled to help spread the word about The Walgreens Wellness Tour and share my experience during the latest stop in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Walgreens and the National Urban League want to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources for the prevention and early detection of today’s leading chronic diseases. Together Walgreens and the National Urban League are committed to providing urban and at-risk communities access to valuable health tests that deliver key insights and assist individuals in the pursuit of happier and healthier lives.
During my visit, my brother and I were able to get a quick check up measuring key health indicators including total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, visceral fat, real body age and more. This quick and easy 20-minute testing and consultation concluded with a certified wellness technician to discuss results and tips for creating healthier living habits.
Discover more of what’s in store for The Walgreens Wellness Tour as it rolls to a city near you by visiting Walgreens.com/Tour. It’s your life, it’s your health and testing is absolutely free!
Disclosure: This previous article has been sponsored in part by Walgreens and The National Urban League, however all thoughts and opinions shared are unbiased and based on my personal view.
I have some very exciting news to share, I’ve been asked to grace the stage this weekend at the largest women’s empowerment expo in NYC. That’s right, join me this weekend for the highly anticipated Circle of Sisters Expo at the Javits Convention Center!
Circle of Sisters is the largest expo for women of color in New York City. Hosted by WBLS, HOT 97 and WLIB, Circle of Sisters hosts a variety of panel discussions, seminars, inspirational services, R&B and gospel concerts, fashion show, plus over 200 vendors and small businesses selling unique items and services all weekend.
Each year, participants can attend informative and empowering panel discussions led by authors, field experts, political figures and some of the biggest names in entertainment. In it’s fifteen years of operation, Circle of Sisters has welcomed names such as Rev. Al Sharpton, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Steve Harvey and the sounds of Faith Evans, Eric Benet, Fantasia, Tank, Jennifer Hudson and Gospel powerhouses to bring the message home like Smokie Norful, Karen Clark Sheard, Kiki Sheard, Vickie Winans, Tye Tribbett, Deitrick Haddon and more.
Join me Saturday, October 17th (5:45pm) Main Stage
I’ll be talking biz, blogging and #ActLikeABlogger entrepreneurial tips!
Circle of Sisters is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Join us on October 17th and 18th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City for Circle of Sisters 2015. Tickets are still available at circleofsisters.com – HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! #COS2015
As a blogger and entrepreneur, it’s so easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of popularity, celebrity and the ever changing definition of “success”. Growing up in Southwest Detroit, I was definitely considered an “at risk” student enrolling at Michigan State University in 1998. As the eldest of seven children, the first of my generation to ever attend college and being a product of a one-parent household, you could imagine the amount of cards stacked against me becoming a college graduate – so you can imagine my surprise when I got the call to return to my alma mater 15 years later to share my journey.
Spartan Innovations complements the work being done now by MSU Technologies, the university’s technology transfer office organized in 2007, and Business-CONNECT, created in 2009 as MSU’s portal for engagement with the business community. All three units are part of the MSU Innovation Center. The MSU Foundation, which serves as fiduciary and trustee for MSU’s charitable annuities, trusts, and gifts of property, provides major funding for the initiative.
(*Breaks out my vision board from 2012….) Working with Spartan Innovations and sharing my journey from a 1st generation college graduate to career media professional, entrepreneur and STEM advocate is a great opportunity that I’m truly honored to share. If there’s at least one student or entrepreneur empowered by my words then I know that I’ve done my job…and that expensive tuition bill was worth it! (LOL) [Get your tickets here.]
Join me for a full circle moment this Wednesday, September 23rd as I kick off the Innovate State Speaker Series and share my story of corporate ups, entrepreneurial downs and valuable lessons learned along the way.
Michigan State University
Wednesday, September 23rd 6pm – 8pm
Did you miss one of the most insightful blogging conferences of the year? The Blogalicious “Build Your Own Empire” Weekend 2015 was action-packed three days in Baltimore, Maryland. Armed with a 3-day itinerary filled with the who’s who in the Blogosphere – Blogalicious “Build Your Own Empire” offered a weekend of learning, building and gathering resources to become better businesses as well as better bloggers.
As a sponsor for two years, Toyota recognizes multicultural bloggers as the voice of new media and partners with these social media influencers nationwide to build lasting relationships, promote the brand and help grow the multicultural blogging share of voice in the automotive space.
Upon the announcement of my participation as a speaker, I was also selected to serve as a Blogalicious 2015 Toyota Brand Ambassador. I’ve become very vocal about my passion to empower bloggers to think beyond “influencer status” and act as a brand. So partnering with a brand like Toyota was a dream opportunity that pushed my Blogalicious experience to new heights.
On Friday, September 11th my “Billion Dollar Branding” panel co-hosted by Maya Elious, and Kailei Carr, empowered bloggers on the necessities needed to brand themselves for success. Attendees learned about the importance of professional photos, personal branding statements and the art of cold calling, pitching and closing the sale.
During my portion of the presentation, I made reference to some of television’s modern day heroines like Olivia Pope, Cookie Lyon, Mary Jane Paul and Analese Keating. Each popular television character has different characteristics that are necessary when cold calling, pitching, handling objections or closing a sale. It was the perfect opportunity to introduce proven “Act Like A Blogger, Think Like A Brand” sales techniques and actionable tips to an audience that’s ready to empower their brand at one of the most impactful blogging conferences of the year.
In addition to sharing selling tips on the “Billion Dollar Branding” panel on Friday, I had the illustrious pleasure of hosting Toyota “Help Desk” (office hours) where I assisted bloggers with one-on-one information, brainstorming and input on how to build, brand and monetize their blogs. During the “sold out” session, I spoke with bloggers of all skill-levels and industries to define areas of branding and improvements. It was an opportunity to assist others, but it also helped me in so many ways too!
Brainstorming, problem solving and creating solutions has always been a part of the entrepreneur journey that I’ve enjoyed most. So the opportunity to help so many others, while sharpening my skills and applying the same ideas to other areas of my brands was definitely a bonus!
From identifying revenue streams, creating partnership target lists, developing sales calendars and structuring weekly/monthly budget goals – we got to dig deep into the business of blogging. There was so much sharing and building during the Toyota “Help Desk” that we extended the hours to accommodate and ensure that everyone walked away with a plan and action steps on how to “Act Like A Blogger, Think Like A Brand.” [Sign up for your FREE eSales Guide HERE]
As a veteran entrepreneur and experienced blogger, it’s easy to fall into a blogger conference rut. But thanks to the A-List of speakers, activations and experiences that Blogalicious 2015 “Build Your Own Empire” cultivated in Baltimore, this was an amazing and re-energizing experience that I’ll never forget! Thanks Blogalicious and Toyota!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Toyota. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are unbiased and based on my personal view.
You’ve waited all summer, and now the Lyons are loose! Luscious, Cookie, Jamal, Hakeem and Andre are back at it again and season two promises to be filled with more excitement than ever before. Empire Season Two is just around the corner and thanks to Lincoln Motor Company, select vips, fans and journalists got the chance to experience the EMPIRE Season Two Premiere in NYC.
Cast members Taraji P. Henson, Terrance Howard, Jussie Smolett and more graced the stage inside NYC’s illustrious Carnegie Hall where guests were treated to an exclusive sneak peek at EMPIRE Season Two premiere episode on the big screen. Following the screening, Director Lee Daniels and the entire cast spoke about character development and just how they landed the role of their dreams on the Fox hit show!
Of course an EMPIRE NYC Premiere party wouldn’t be the same without a huge musical performance of “You’re So Beautiful…” by Jussie Smolett and Yazz. With major star power, music and more. This season promises to be the biggest yet!
Also this season, Lincoln’s latest lineup of vehicles will be integrated throughout the show including the all-new Lincoln MKX, which will be featured in Episode 6 airing early-mid November.
Lincoln has a longstanding relationship with Fox and has extended that partnership with EMPIRE for a second season in a row as automotive exclusive sponsor. EMPIRE serves as an additional platform to communicate Lincoln’s new and exciting Lincoln product portfolio including a new class-exclusive Revel sound system on show like EMPIRE, which is built around music.
Check out more exclusive photos from the celebrity-studded EMPIRE NYC premiere below.
EMPIRE returns Wednesday, September 23rd 9/8c on FOX – Are you ready?
Are you a blogger, online influencer or someone that wants to learn the real world practices of becoming a career blogger? Want to learn how to research, pitch and close six-figure deals for you and your brand? Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk the business of blogging at Blogalicious!
As a top media marketer for companies like CBS and iHeart Radio for over 10 years, I’ve learned a thing or two about monetizing influence. [How I Learned To Master Consistency And Become Profitable – MadameNoire.com] Discover how I’ve amassed relationships that span beyond blogging with Fortune 500 companies like Coca Cola, Verizon and Ford Motor Company and learn how to pitch and get paid for your brand online and beyond.
Join me at Blogalicious 2015 and learn step-by-step strategies to creating your Billion Dollar Brand and Empire Thursday, September 11th at 4:30pm! Learn from blogging and branding strategists @Kaileicarr, @Mayaelious and myself to uncover branding secrets and apply proven techniques to monetize your influence and blog better than ever before.
What You Can Expect
Practical answers, illustrations and solutions to your sales questions. How to create the demand for partnerships? How to initiate the sale? What makes a billion dollar brand want to work with bloggers? What does a six-figure influencer proposal look like? How do you find the right brand with the right budget?
Register for Blogalicious 2015
Blogalicious 2015 Build Your Own Empire | September 10 – 12 | Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Blogalicious Weekend conference – the first and only event of its kind – is THE go-to destination for influential multicultural women social media enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate, connect and uplift one another. Whether you are a blogger interested in connecting to a welcoming sisterhood or a brand looking to engage with a robust network of social media influencers, the Blogalicious community is rich with meaningful relationships and limitless opportunity. [Register today!]
Let’s Talk Now
How do you make the most out of a blogging conference experience? What are the conference essentials that every attendee needs? What are conference mistakes to avoid? What’s the best way to prepare for a conference that could change your life? Join blog conference veterans Terrance (@BrothaTech), Ty (@GorgeousInGrey) and myself as we discuss the Do’s/Don’ts and what to pack for Blogalicious 2015 – on Blab! Subscribe & check out the replay! http://techb.ro/techstyleblab
Meet smart people. Hear success stories. Discover what’s working. Discuss ways to create smarter creative content, impactful web-based marketing, as well as new programs, people, and platforms that engage your audience and build relationships. Want to learn more about Blogalicious? Visit BeBlogalicious.com.
Apple’s Unveiling The New iPhone RIGHT NOW! (PLUS 5 #AppleEvent Innovations The World Will Be Talking About) [LIVE BLOG]September 9th, 2015 by Christen
Let’s go! It’s September 9th and there’s no better day than our (6th year anniversary) than to spend our afternoon salivating over today’s Apple Event announcements. This could be one of the biggest Apple events ever, happening right now in San Francisco. Apple CEO Tim Cook may introduce as many as three new phones (including an iPhone 6S), a redesigned Apple TV set-top box and a 12.9-inch, business-friendly iPad tablet.
While rumors abound, do not expect a radical redesign of the iPhone. We’ll learn release dates for iOS 9 and the OS X update El Capitan; the Apple Watch is getting some stage time, too, with WatchOS 2.
Follow along with us below. You can also watch Apple’s live stream online.
Discover the live updates below!
The Apple Watch Sport is currently available in silver and space gray. It didn’t really make sense not to have a gold option for gold iPhone owners. For those who want a matching watch, rejoice! Apple heard you. You can now buy a gold Apple Watch Sport in its full aluminum glory.
When it comes to the new bands, Apple is partnering with Hermès on a new collection. It starts with a new hand-stitched leather “double tour” band. This band is going to be available in select stores in October.
It looks and feels like a bigger iPad Air, with an aluminium casing, thin bezels and curved edges. It features a 2,732 x 2,048 display that lets you display more stuff. For instance, you are now able to take advantage of the recently announced split-screen multitasking to run two apps side by side with very few compromises. It’s also a great device to take advantage of the picture-in-picture video playback feature in iOS 9. Starting at $799 – it’ll be available online and in stores come November!
iPad Pro – Apple Pencil
Apple also announced a smart keyboard accessory, which looks a lot like the Surface keyboard cover. You connect it to your iPad Pro thanks to a new smart connector on the side, as well as the Apple Pencil, a stylus. Priced at $99 it’ll be available online and in stores come November!
iPad Pro with Microsoft Office
Today’s Apple Event wouldn’t be complete without guests! And Apple invited Microsoft executive to talk productivity on the go! Microsoft’s goal is to make the best apps it can and to get as many people using them so that it can sell them some of its more specialized services. Office has long been the go-to suite of productivity tools, and — while they debuted on the iPad a bit late — Microsoft is still pushing for Office to take that role in the tablet world as well. So far there’s no obvious winner in the tablet productivity world, and having a great choice will be important once the iPad Pro is released.
One of today’s most anticipated Apple event announcements is the new Apple TV. Apple Tv is making it easy and exciting to watch tv again. From exclusive digital content to the unique remote – the Apple TV may become your favorite entertainment device later this year. Apple TV Pricing: 32gb $149 64gb $199
iPhone 6s / 6s Plus
So what’s new with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus? It responds to the pressure of your finger and totally changes the way you use your device. It shoots 4k video. Now your screen is the flash. You can get it in rose gold. Your photos move now and the price is the same as the original iPhone 6 and 6+… starting at $199 and offering installment plans – it’s pretty much a great new deal on a new iPhone and all available September 25.
Stay tuned for more in depth details on today’s Apple event announcements including the new Apple Watch colors/accessories, iPad Pro, Pencil, Apple TV and iPhone 6s / 6s Plus later today.
Are you excited about the latest Apple announcements? What are you looking forward to buying first? We want to know what you think! Let us know in the comment section below!
Are you ready for a Power Twitter party unlike any other?!?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you (like most of America) have been watching this summer’s hottest show on TV – Power starring Omari Hardwick and 50 Cent on Starz. Each Saturday we’ve been blown away by the drama and scandal that follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick during his quest to transform his drug business into a legitimate nightlife empire.
This Saturday, we’re fired up and ready for the anticipated season finale of Power and there’s so much left to be answered. Will Ghost and Angela have their happy ending? Will Kanan & Dre get the best of Ghost? What about Tasha? All of these questions will be answered and more during our Power Twitter Party and Digital Sorority will be right there tweeting all the juicy goodness LIVE!
Join Digital Sorority and Rosa Regale on Twitter for a Twitter party like no other! Filled with plenty of trivia, live commentary and Rosa Regale gift packs this #PowerTV #RosaWatchParty is one you don’t want to miss!
A twitter party is only as fun when you’re tweeting with your favorite Power starz and super fans too, right? Catch up and keep up with the action with some of our favorite #PowerTV commentators below:
@Power_Starz | @OmariHardwick | @JosephSikora4 | @CKAgbohOfficial | @NaturiNaughton
@HelloBeautiful | @MadameNoire
Follow @DigitalSorority @KelaWalker @GorgeousInGrey and @DivasandDorks for all the fun and join us Saturday, August 15th at 9pm for the #PowerTV #RosaWatchParty.
<BONUS> Before the #PowerTV Finale and #RosaWatchParty at 9pm on Twitter BLAB with @DigitalSorority and chat all things Omari, Curtis and Power. Using Google Chrome, Log onto Blab.IM at 8pm and take the open seat with us! http://bit.ly/PowerBlab