Brace yourself. ESSENCE FEST is coming! ESSENCE Festival is going digital…and I’m excited for the fourth year in a row to be apart of it all! Watch ‘Live from the ESSENCE Festival’ digital shows come to life as an all-access digital and social media experience for fans featuring 24 hours daily of streaming video, as well as real-time newsroom and social media reporting across ESSENCE platforms Essence.com, EssenceFestival.com and YouTube.
In addition, ‘ESSENCE Live’ powered by Samsung will stream a one-hour special each day from Center Stage on the floor of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; featuring celebrity guest segments, musical performances, live audience games and interaction, and much more. Each night, select musical performances will be live streamed from Superdome stages.
It’s only right that you get as close to the action as anyone else, right? That’s why I’ve called in reinforcements and have teamed up with my girls to bring you the exclusive Digital Sorority ESSENCE Fest experience!
We’ll be capturing all of the entertainment, style and substance of the Festival with wall-to-wall coverage all weekend long. Join myself (@DivasandDorks), and co-founders Kela Walker (@KelaWalker) and Ty Alexander (@GorgeousInGrey) as we get into all the ESSENCE Fest fun, host a bevy of event experiences and share amazing giveaways! Follow #DSEssenceFest for up-to-the-minute highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the artists, performers, speakers and influencers in attendance through videos, photo galleries and exclusive celebrity interviews all week long!
Digital Sorority will be on the ground and on the air via Instagram, Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat bringing you all the fun from the festival to the concerts and beyond!
Are you heading to New Orleans? Join in the fun by following @DigitalSorority and get social using #DSEssenceFest today!
We’re on the road to the biggest musical event of the year and I’m honored to partner with Verizon to share all the electrifying music moments, celebrity fan-fare, technology and more leading up to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans?
As a major partner of the ESSENCE Festival, Verizon is proud to be a part of the largest celebration of African American music and culture. Even if you’re not heading to New Orleans, Verizon’s got you covered with the best celebrity guests and latest technology with the Now Playing Tour. Discover why staying connected is so important when every moment matters when the Now Playing Tour delivers a taste of the ESSENCE Festival to cities around the country leading up to the big weekend July 3rd – 5th in New Orleans.
Did you miss the fun last week in the DMV? If so, you miss this!!!!
— DivasandDorks (@DIVASANDDORKS) June 20, 2015
— DivasandDorks (@DIVASANDDORKS) June 20, 2015
But don’t worry! You have one last chance to join in all the fun before ESSENCE Fest 2015!
Meet me in in LA as Verizon’s Now Playing Tour shuts down the city of Angels with FREE performances by Wale and more and it’s all hosted by Terrance J!
Verizon Now Playing Tour
Saturday, June 27th
Verizon Wireless Inglewood
3419 W. Century Blvd
Come out for a chance to be a part of fun, cool music trivia games and chance to win cool tech powered by Verizon. You’re also encouraged to take action against domestic violence by donating old phones and accessories on-site to HopeLine from Verizon. HopeLine is a program that supports domestic violence organizations across the country and has set a goal to reach 1 million phone donations by the end of the year. Get ready for ESSENCE Festival music and fun with the Verizon Now Playing Tour finale – Saturday, June 27th!
See you there!
Verizon is showing appreciation for customers and those who have attended their recent City Session panels with the “Big Pay Off” event where they can experience a special performance by Melanie Fiona and hear from entertainment experts in a dynamic panel discussion. The concert is part of Verizon’s “Potential of Us” campaign which empowers the African American community to leverage technology in pursuit of their passion and take hold of their futures.
Verizon has brought together some of the most influential personalities in the entertainment industry to share insights on building a lucrative career by tapping into one’s genuine interests. Hear from NBC Apprentice star Kwame Jackson, Director of Publicity for Entertainment at CBS, Noelle Llewellyn and other influencers as they unveil their strategies in building a personal brand and accomplishing success in an ever-changing industry. Following the panel, attendees will enjoy Verizon giveaways and performances by Melanie Fiona, Syesha Mercado, Vin Keatin and DJ KayB.
Want to go? RSVP to this exclusive invitation today: http://bitly.com/1IbtvH1
Join Strength of Nature and hundreds of tri state area women as we power walk for Dress for Success this weekend! Dress for Success empowers thousands of women around the world with suiting, employment retention, training programs and more – and this weekend you can join Beautiful Textures, African Pride and more amazing beauty brands in one of the biggest fundraising efforts of the year!
Strength of Nature Global, LLC one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of premium quality, affordable hair care products for women with textured hair, has announced a year-long partnership with Dress for Success. Founded in 1997, Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of needy women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Getting involved is not only easy but also is an opportunity for you to make a lasting difference directly in the lives of women in your community. Please join Beautiful Textures, African Pride and more as we support and encourage women who are developing their careers and striving to achieve economic independence, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that every woman who walks through our doors comes to thrive both in work and in life. Discover how you can get involved and sign up by clicking the flyer below!
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 140 cities in 18 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.
About Strength of Nature Global, LLC
Strength of Nature is one of the fastest growing companies in the multi-cultural hair care category, driven by its strong commitment to consumer understanding and innovation. Strength of Nature is committed to providing consumers with innovative treatments and styling aids that recognize and honor their right of styling choice. The company’s portfolio of brands includes a range of products that celebrate the diversity of its consumers and their hair choices. These include: Profectiv MegaGrowth®, African Pride®, Dream Kids®, Beautiful Textures™, Elasta QP®, Soft & Beautiful®, Soft & Beautiful Botanicals®, TCB® and Pro-Line®. Strength of Nature products are sold primarily at beauty supply stores and leading food, drug, and discount retailers, including Walmart, Sally Beauty, Walgreen’s, Family Dollar and Dollar General. Strength of Nature is based in Savannah, Georgia.
It’s amazing the amount of friends that I’ve amassed through this little blog! Some of DivasandDorks.com biggest supporters, I’ve known for years, while others I’ve never met IRL…that’s about to change! In an effort to thank supporters and meet up with new and old friends, DivasandDorks.com hosted it’s first Bytes and Bites Meet Up, March 27th at Morton’s Steak House in Chicago!
What is Bytes and Bites exactly? It’s an evening filled with influencers of fun, laughs and good conversation over great food! Hosted by yours truly, I got the chance to talk tech, chat about love, life and the pursuit of happiness with ChicagoLand peeps over great bites like mini crab cake BLTs, tuna tacos, prime cheeseburgers and sweet drinks! Special thanks to the amazing staff at Morton’s (Wacker Place) in Chicago!
I had such an incredible time, connecting and reconnecting with old and new fans, supporters, colleagues and friends that DivasAndDorks’ is taking this show on the road! We’re hosting Bytes and Bites Meet Ups all over the country! Who knows where we’ll pop up soon. Will your city be next?
Do you have an exciting brand, restaurant or venue and want to host Bytes and Bites your city soon? Contact email@example.com for sponsorship opportunities available.
The stars aligned and brought the best vocal talents to the main stage GRAMMY Weekend in Los Angeles as the BET Music Matters showcase. Featuring GRAMMY nominees Mali Music, Luke James, Antonique Smith along with Avery Wilson and special guest Kierra Sheard – the annual showcase kicked off the biggest weekend in music at H.O.M.E (House of Music and Entertainment) in Beverly Hills.
Kierra Sheard and Lelah Hathaway attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Kevin McDowell, Debra Lee and Martin Ludlow attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
GRAMMY nominated – Antonique Smith performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Mali Music performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
Jazmine Sullivan performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase
BET Music Matters initiative highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour. Music Matters has helped propel the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, J. Cole, K. Michelle, Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Elle Varner, Eric Roberson, Big K.R.I.T., Emeli Sande’, Luke James, Stalley, Mali Music, Astro and more.
In celebration of the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards, long time supporter Chevrolet hosted an exclusive media brunch honoring NAACP President’s Award winner – Spike Lee. During the intimate luncheon hosted by Jocelyn Allen and the General Motors Diversity team, media learned about the unique creative connection between Spike Lee and General Motors (the Academy Award-nominated director also serves as CEO of Spike DDB, Chevrolet’s ad agency of record).
Held at the Langham Huntington Resort Spike Lee; Jocelyn Allen, the director for Regional, Grassroots and Diversity Communications and director for Diversity Marketing and Communications Center of Excellence for General Motors; Martin J. Davis, design manager of Exterior Lighting, North American Exterior Design for General Motors; Vivian Pickard, president of the General Motors Foundation and director of Corporate Relations hosted the candid conversation where Lee shared his thoughts on his ad agency’s partnership with both Chevy and Cadillac as well as the special honor recieving accolades from the NAACP.
Lee discussed the importance of highlighting diversity and the accomplishments of African-Americans citing his directorial debut of the “I Throw Like A Girl” documentary / :60 second Chevrolet commercial featuring 13-year old Little League phenomenon Mo’ne Davis. Lee also addressed his start in the ad industry citing NBA legend Michael Jordan’s Nike commercials as his first steps into the world of ad creation.
In addition to creative conversation, media guests were treated to an exclusive walk around tour of the latest Chevrolet vehicles, including the haute candy apple red 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 and all-new 2015 Chevy Tahoe.
From highlighting the illumination of Chevrolet’s latest designs to African-American leaders paving the way honored at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards – the Chevrolet / NAACP media luncheon shined a light on leadership, creativity and the advancement of industry trailblazers that will inspire the next generation of game-changers for years to come.
From New York to California – Harlem’s Fashion Row brought haute styles and celebrity fun during the inaugural Style Beat fashion show Grammy Weekend in Los Angeles. Held at the spacious Palazzo Beverly Hills estate, the red carpet event hosted by Quincy and Vanessa Simmons highlighted emerging multicultural designers – powered by Verizon Wireless. Featured designers included L.A. – based designer Kevan Hall, custom menswear designer Waraire Bosell, and emerging designers, Joseph Bethune and “Project Runway” finalist Kimberly Goldson.
Style Beat hosts Quincy, Vanessa Simmons and HFR CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
“I’ve dreamt of expanding Harlem’s Fashion Row to Los Angeles and now it’s become a reality. It’s our first-ever event on the West Coast and we’re excited to introduce our brand to the entertainment community and continue to present diversity in fashion.”
– HFR Founder/CEO Brandice Henderson-Daniel
Celebrity style usie with Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson and Tamala Jones
Celebrity guests included VH1’s Basketball wives Laura and Gloria Govan, Vanessa Williams, AJ Johnson, Tamala Jones and more. Influencers got the chance to take their unique style online with Verizon’s 360 interactive glam cam. The 360-degree photo/video experience captured head-to-toe shareable looks that guests shared on social media using #VZFashionMoment tag. Check out my 360 glam cam Verizon VZFashionMoment …and more from the Style Beat event below…
The Verizon 360-glam cam was the haute spot for the Style Beat show
Designs by Kevan Hall ruled the poolside runway
These flowing florals had everyone ready for spring…
Discover the pulse of what’s new and next in designer fashions with Harlem’s Fashion Row all year long. Connect with Harlem’s Fashion Row on Twitter, Instagram and Verizon on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook today!
Lincoln Motor Company was the presenting sponsor for ESSENCE’s 6th Annual Black Women in Music Event in Los Angeles at Avalon Hollywood.
The 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music took both celebrity attendees and consumers on a journey through four decades of music with performances by Chaka Khan, MC Lyte, Brandy and Lianne La Havas. The event honored Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, Jill Scott.
The all-new Lincoln MKX shared the red carpet with celebrity arrivals, alongside the 2015 Lincoln MKC, Black Label trim.
2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music kicked off Lincoln’s “The Music Selfie Experiment,” that allows users to upload a selfie and have it set to a music track based on their facial features.
The ESSENCE Black Women in Music Event, now in its sixth consecutive year, is noted as one of the must-attend events during Grammy week.
Check out more arrivals from last night’s haute event below!