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All Roads Leads To #EssenceFest With The Verizon Now Playing Tour #VerizonLIVE

June 17th, 2015 by Christen

The 2015 ESSENCE Festival is ALMOST HERE! And guess who’s honored and excited to be partnering 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.


Verizon Now Playing Tour

Verizon Now Playing Tour


Meet me in the DMV for Verizon’s Now Playing Tour with FREE performances by Omarion, Justine Skye and hosted by Terrance J.

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 – Saturday, June 20th!

Saturday, June 20th 


Verizon Wireless

9021 Snowden Square Dr.

Columbia, MD


Verizon Now Playing Tour


Join me as I’ll be in the heart of all the music, technology and more!  Find me at @DivasandDorks on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Periscope and more with behind the scenes look at the road to ESSENCE Festival with Verizon Wireless!  For more information and to see which city the Verizon Now Playing Tour is hitting next, visit
Keep checking in for updates, exclusive content and more, and you’ll see why this year’s Verizon ESSENCE Festival experience will be one to remember!

Join @Verizon’s “Big Pay Off” Today With @MelanieFiona in NYC #PotentialOfUs

May 15th, 2015 by Christen

BPO NYC Social Flyer


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:

Team Up With Strength Of Nature And Power Walk for Dress for Success NYC

May 6th, 2015 by Christen

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!


Power Walk for Dress for Success


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!

Power Walk for Dress for Success



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 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.

Bytes And Bites Meet Up Kicks Off In Chicago! #BytesAndBites

March 31st, 2015 by Christen

It’s amazing the amount of friends that I’ve amassed through this little blog!  Some of 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, 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 for sponsorship opportunities available.

The Stars Align For BET Music Matters [GRAMMY Edition 2015]

February 10th, 2015 by Christen

Music Matters Mali Music


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.


BET Music Matters Kierra Sheard and Lelah Hathaway

Kierra Sheard and Lelah Hathaway attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase


BET Music Matters Debra Lee

Kevin McDowell, Debra Lee and Martin Ludlow attended the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase



BET Music Matters Antonique Smith

GRAMMY nominated – Antonique Smith performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase





BET Music Matters Mali Music

Mali Music performed at the BET Music Matters Grammy Showcase





Jazmine Sullivan 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.

Chevrolet Hosts NAACP Media Luncheon Honoring Spike Lee

February 9th, 2015 by Christen

Chevrolet Media Brunch with Spike Lee


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.


Chevrolet Media Brunch with Spike Lee



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.


Chevrolet Media Brunch with Spike Lee


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.


Chevrolet hosts NAACP


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.

Harlem’s Fashion Row Takes LA In Style – Powered By Verizon Wireless

February 9th, 2015 by Christen

Harlem's Fashion Row Style Beat In LA


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.


Harlem's Fashion Row Style Beat In LA

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

Harlem's Fashion Row Style Beat In LACelebrity 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…

Verizon Glam Cam

The Verizon 360-glam cam was the haute spot for the Style Beat show



Harlem's Fashion Row Style Beat In LA

 Designs by Kevan Hall ruled the poolside runway





Harlem's Fashion Row Style Beat In LA

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!



Essence Black Women In Music Kicks Off Grammy Weekend Honoring Jill Scott

February 6th, 2015 by Christen

Black Women In Music


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.


Chaka Khan Black Women In Music


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.


Jill Scott Black Women In Music

Check out more arrivals from last night’s haute event below!

Chrisette Michelle Black Women In Music



Discover The Best Black Friday Shopping Deals Worth Camping Out For

November 26th, 2014 by Christen



Black Friday Shopping is single-handedly the biggest shopping day of the year!  It’s no wonder why major retailers are doing their best to wrangle shoppers in with tempting deals available as early as Thanksgiving day.  After searching through countless circulars, frequent shopper emails and my favorite destination for all things Black Friday Shopping ( I found some of the best black Friday shopping deals from Best Buy, Target and more worth every moment of camping out and waiting in line for below.

black friday best buy

Best Buy

Known as one of the premier shopping destinations for Black Friday shoppers – Best Buy is where the hardcore shoppers camp out for the exclusive deals.  Shoppers won’t have too much time to be thankful on Thanksgiving with family since the lines for the big box store will probably wrap around the corner early morning prior to store doors opening on 5pm Thanksgiving day.

Panasonic 50″ tv ($199)

Microsoft Surface ($299)

Macbook Air 11.9″ ($779.99)




[Must Read:  How To Get An Exclusive Intel Experience (Only At Best Buy)]


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#StealAMoment From Monday Mayhem With POPSUGAR And fruitwater

November 24th, 2014 by Christen

Mondays suck.  There I said it.  There’s no way to get around it and you’re better off accepting it, right?  WRONG.  Monday is just like any other day of the week – it’s what you make it.  So why not do what you can to make the most of it?  Recently, I’ve challenged myself to make the most of the “most hated day of the week” by creating amazing Monday-only moments to kick off the start of the workweek right!  Amazing moments aren’t simply created.  They take considerable time, efforts (sometimes, you have to find ways to steal moments for yourself) or just the guts to let a little spontaneity have its way.





Recently, I found a way to steal a moment for myself and kick of the workweek at POPSUGAR’s Seriously Distracted Launch party, presented by fruitwater!  A night of great food, great drinks and great fun was all a girl needed to kick off a Monday night right!



Seriously Distracted


With my blogger boo Danielle (TheStyleandBeautyDoctor) in tow, we were ready to get seriously distracted and steal a moment away from the Monday blues to enjoy what NYC nights in the city are all about.  Delicious treats like tuna tartar, crostini and refreshing fruitwater mixers were just what my palate needed for a fulfilling weeknight out.




photos courtesy of DivasandDorks/Getty Images


We even got a sneak peek preview of POPSUGAR’s new scripted series – Seriously Distracted starring Amy Sedaris as well as Greta Lee from HBO’s Girls. Seriously Distracted is a hilarious new show that highlights how everyday women steal moments in pop culture. fruitwater also encourages women to steal more moments with refreshing sips of its flavored beverage everyday!  

Want to check out the hilarious new show for yourself? Check out one of my favorite episodes below…


Tune in to Seriously Distracted Tuesdays on


How do you find ways to steal a moment during the week?  (A stolen moment is a sliver of time you find and take for yourself during your busy, on-the-go day. It’s the perfect occasion for a tasty, zero-calorie fruitwater.)  Follow fruitwater on Instagram at @fruitwaterbev and submit a photo showing the world how you make the most of your day by stealing a moment for yourself for your chance to win a $1,000 prize towards your next stolen moment! Make sure to include #stealamomentsweeps and #fruitwater in your Instagram submission.


Steal a moment for yourself this week and discover how taking a little time for yourself each week could lead to a happy and healthier you in the future!


DISCLOSURE:  This post was sponsored by fruitwater through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about fruitwater, all opinions are my own.



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