Kevin Hart kicked off an epic Essence Fest weekend here in New Orleans, celebrating a sold out super dome What Now tour concert, a 3-year partnership with Verizon Wireless and today he celebrates his 36th birthday!
I caught up with Terrence J and Kevin Hart at the grand opening of the Verizon Live Experience booth at Essence Festival, where Kevin shares his thoughts on the moment he realized he’s achieving his life long dreams. Hart sat down with E News! correspondent and actor Terrence J to discuss some upcoming projects and how his fans have played a role in his success.
“I now understand that the one thing that people need and that we love is laughter. That’s the one thing that puts everybody together. That’s the one thing that takes any worry away. I provide that…I’m thankful, I’m blessed, but more importantly, I’m apart of a group — the fans that are doing this with me. We’re making history together.”
“It’s not just a Kevin Hart thing.” Looking onto the audience Hart continued. “You guys have been riding with me for so long so as I grow I share the success with my fans.”
Check out the exclusive chat with Kevin Hart below:
Kevin Hart officially opened the Verizon booth during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed fans with an exclusive meet and greet plus activations, games, prizes and more kicking off the 3-day Essence Festival weekend.
Verizon Wireless is all about keeping you connected to capture, share and relive your favorite moments from Essence Fest weekend forever. I’ve been keeping up with all of Kevin Hart’s behind the scenes fun on Periscope (If you haven’t watched yet, you’re missing out!) To keep up with all the Essence Fest fun and Verizon Live moments, stay connected by checking out #VerizonLive online!
Disclosure: The following content has been sponsored by Colgate; however, all opinions shared and stated below are my own.
Did you know your smile is truly your best accessory? This weekend in New Orleans for the Essence Festival fans hundreds of thousands of fans of all ages flashed brilliant smiles at the Colgate Optic White experience inside the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center.
As one of the biggest weekends in New Orleans, Essence Fest was sure to #BringTheLove as well as bring the smiles all weekend long! As one of the key partners for the music, empowerment and entertainment festival Colgate shared a variety of engaging activations, panel discussions and more encouraging fans on their journey to better oral and overall health.
“This year, Colgate has the unique opportunity to engage consumers with two Colgate brands that resonate well with the African American consumer — Colgate Total and Colgate Optic White,” said Carla Kelly, General Manager, U.S. Multicultural Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive. “We are so excited,” she continued,“to be at the ESSENCE Festival — it’s an amazing opportunity to have personal interaction with our valued consumers around such important topics as health and wellness.”
From working out to stepping out, your Colgate Smile is the beginning of a better you. During the 2015 Essence Festival, fans were encouraged to experience Colgate Optic White and Colgate Total brands all weekend long for tips on health & wellness and discover from insight from Colgate Total Conversation ambassadors on how taking small steps can make a big difference!
The “Colgate Total Conversation” was the highlight of the experience as a daily interactive, thirty-minute discussion featuring fitness guru Shaun T, celebrity fitness trainer Mark Jenkins, oral care expert Dr. Catrise Austin and reality TV star Tanya Winfield, from NBC’s Biggest Loser. Covering health and wellness themes from oral care to fitness that affect the African American community.
Essence Fest Colgate fans then got the chance to attend an exclusive meet and greet event with fitness guru Shaun T in the Colgate Total Empower U suite. Fans got up close and personal with Shaun T and asked lifestyle and fitness advice, snapped selfies and more.
Throughout the 3-day festival, consumers were encouraged to visit the Colgate experience booth, where they had the chance to engage one-on-one with Colgate Ambassadors and experts and upload photos from the Optic White red carpet social media booth.
Festival fans received plenty of Colgate Total Daily Repair goodies to help them along their journey towards total oral health. Did you know that something as simple as using the right toothpaste can make a big difference to your overall health? Brushing with Colgate Total is one simple step you can incorporate into your daily routine to help keep your mouth healthy, but it also has a positive affect on your overall health too! Colgate Total Daily Repair helps repair early teeth and gum damage before you my know it even exists. It contains a multi-active formula that kills bacteria, freshness breath and whitens teeth all in one!
By brushing with Colgate Total toothpaste twice daily, you can improve your gum health in as little as four weeks. Colgate Total toothpaste is approved by the FDA to help prevent gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease. Brand ambassadors shared the love and smiles with festival fans while empowering consumers with helpful tips and Colgate Total travel kits filled with goodies to keep up healthy habits while on the road and beyond.
The Essence Fest Colgate experience wouldn’t be complete without a quick photo opp of bright Optic White smiles with tv personality Tai Beauchamp. The Colgate Total experience went out with a bang, featuring “Style Sunday with Tai Beauchamp”. The exclusive meet and greet with inspirational style expert Tai Beauchamp, of TLC’s Dare to Wear kept the convention center fun buzzing! Tai Beauchamp met with fans of all ages on the #BrilliantSmile red carpet offering beauty and style tips, including her stylish secrets to ensure that “your smile is your best accessory.”
Thanks to Colgate Optic White and Colgate Total, more than 500,000 Essence Festival fans received a total health experience that will affect their overall health and encourage healthy smiles from the inside out!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.