As a little girl, I never imagined that my love for style and technology would lead me to where I am today. In celebration of Black History month, Verizon Wireless has kicked off it’s “Potential Of Us” initiative highlighting the accomplishments of diverse digital trailblazers from around the country. Including the Bronx Academy of Promise – where six students from the Bronx entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, they never imagined their hard work and dedication would pay off as much as it did. Discover how they accomplished their life-changing feat and created history Here. Verizon highlights digital leaders making a difference in communities, not just by celebrating black history but by creating history.
Verizon Wireless even shows a behind the scenes look at how I created the digitial lifestyle site based off the need for a hub that combined style and technology. In addition to DivasandDorks.com, Verizon follows me as I mentor young girls and women to help them get involved with technology from a young age. Check out the story behind DivasandDorks.com and what fuels my passions below.
What’s your passion? Music? Science? Fashion? Sports? Whatever moves you, Verizon can help take it to new heights. Explore more exclusive content and keep coming back for updates showing you how technology can help power all your passions with VerizonWireless.com.
This weekend Verizon x REVOLT TV joined forces for NBA All Star weekend NYC to bring some of the biggest names in music together for an exclusive and unforgettable concert experience. The concert was the foundation of the REVOLT TV nationally televised special combining top performances with compelling stories of NBA athletes and their connections to music and technology. Uniting Verizon’s use of innovative technology with the revolutionary brand that is REVOLT, Verizon kicked off an immersive atmosphere connecting with consumers’ passion for music during an epic music moment in NYC.
The “Above the Rim” show featured explosive performances by Elle Varner, Bridgette Kelly, Questlove, Raekwon and more! I got the chance to catch up with my favorite performers backstage before the show to talk everything from technology to All Star Weekend survival and so much more!
Check out the Above The Rim experience:
Did you check out the NBA All Star Weekend excitement this weekend? What were your favorite moments of the weekend? Share your thoughts below.
During a recent trip to California, I was invited to attend the NAACP Awards and after glow and had no idea what to wear. I had only packed for two other events and didn’t have time to go shopping (let alone find a dry cleaners in the area.) With no time left, I needed to find a laundry mat with a dryer and find one fast! As a Dryel Ambassador, I always pack cleansing cloths and a dryer bag with me at all times. Not only does it come in handy when you need it, the bag also doubles as a soiled laundry bag that you can use when you’re on the go.
With one spin of the dryer, Dryel’s quick steam cleaning made my dress look and feel fresher than ever. Without any fading or fraying the gentile cleaning technique was comparable to a dry cleaning PLUS it was quicker and cheaper than a typical dry cleaning bill! Thanks to Dryel, this all day look took me from a mid-day LA brunch to the NAACP Awards Show and after-party all night long.
Dryel is the at-home dry cleaner that uses the power of steam to clean and deodorize clothing – all in your own dryer. The patented Dryel cleaning system truly fits my on-the-go lifestyle! From last minute travel, to dressing for a special occasion Dryel quickly refreshes and renews clothing in as little as fifteen minutes. Dryel safely and thoroughly cleans clothes, protects colors and preserve shape without using any harsh chemicals.
Not only is Dryel is easy to use, it’s also cost effective and is necessary for the last-minute style moments. Repeating styles on clothes look newer, longer, with no fading, shrinking or stretching. It’s an absolute must-have for any traveling girl on the go and you can find Dryel At-Home Dry Cleaner at retailers like Walmart and Target today! Want to learn more about how others use Dryel to save the day? Get social and connect with Dryel on Facebook and Pinterest today.
If you love unique smartphone cases that protect your coveted devices stylishly, but object to paying upwards to $50 and $100 for mere plastic – I’ve found the DIY project for you to try out this weekend! While pursuing Ebay.com, I found DIY blogger Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, and discovered a pretty cool DIY Marble case tutorial that’ll cost you just a few dollars and could make a great personalized gift for others too. I plan on trying out variations of this smartphone case DIY project this weekend …and so should you!
Check out the step by step instructions below:
- marble print contact paper
- craft knife
- metal ruler with cork back
- clear cell phone case
1. Place your cell phone case on top of the backside of the contact paper. Trace around it.
2. Cut out the cell phone shape using your craft knife. Use the metal ruler for the straight edges. Be sure to find a metal ruler with a cork back to be safe (the ruler should not slide around as you are slicing).
3. Peel off the backing of the contact paper. Then, carefully place the sticky side of the cut contact paper onto the cell phone case. Press well to prevent air bubbles.
4. That’s it! You now have a creative and stylish smartphone case that doesn’t cost you a ton of cash!
Are you inspired by this stylish DIY project? Would you like to see more on DivasandDorks.com? Share your thoughts below!
When I was asked to be apart of the follow up to the critically-acclaimed “Dark Girls” documentary – I felt completely honored to share my two cents as a brown girl living in a light vs dark world. Produced by the legendary Bill Duke, I joined Keke Wyatt, Erica Hubbard, Lisa Raye, Chante Moore, Kym Whitley, Essence Atkins, Claudia Jordan, Raven Symone and more featured in Oprah Winfrey’s new ‘Light Girls’ Documentary which aired on OWN kicking off the #Selma50 celebration and Martin Luther King Day (January 20th) earlier this week.
From the creator and director of the critically acclaimed documentary Dark Girls, award-winning filmmaker Bill Duke continues the conversation on colorism with Light Girls. Sharing the untold stories and experiences of lighter-skinned women, Light Girls dives deep into the discussion of skin color, preference, privilege, pain and prejudice. The documentary features interviews with Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien, Diahann Carroll, India Arie, Iyanla Vanzant, Michela Angela Davis, Kym Whitley, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and more.
While I can’t identify with the plight of the dark skin girl or the light skin sista struggle, I felt the duty to share my insight in hopes that it incites a different perspective on the colorism conversation in America (specifically in the youth of America.) Did you catch the much-talked-about “Light Girls” documentary that aired on OWN? View the full episode below…
After watching Light Girls, what are your thoughts? Is this just another documentary or do you believe that these conversations on colorism are past due? Share your thoughts below.
Have you ever wandered what makes McDonald’s french fries so darn good? I mean, they’re borderline addicting! Well McDonald’s has opened up the dialogue with customers like you and they’re answering questions about their food online! Want to know the secret to what makes McDonald’s food America’s #1 fast food chain? Check out the video and connect with McDonald’s online today!
Looking for the answers? Check out an in depth look at McDonald’s fries and ingredients here. Still have more questions?
Why are the fries so good?
How do you make your fries?
What kind of oil do you use to cook your fries?
.@McDonalds is still answering your questions about their food. Why are their fries so good? Does @McDonalds use real potatoes in their fries and hash browns? Have more questions? Send to them and tag me. #ad
More than 45 years after his death and 50 years after his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr.‘s stirring words and writings remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he lived. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day today with fifteen of his most poignant quotes—some you may have heard already and some you probably haven’t—but all of them worth repeating and contemplating on this holiday of remembrance, service, and equality.
1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
2. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
3. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”
4. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
5. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
6. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
7. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”
8. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
9. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
10. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
11. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
12. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
13. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
14. “Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
15. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Now that you’re inspired, how do you plan to honor the life, legacy and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today? Share your #MLKDay plans and activities in the comments section below.
Why travel the globe in search of the chicest wearables that any girl would love, when you can find it all at CES 2015! We walked miles of exhibit floors and searched high and low to find functional and fashionable wearables filled with innovation and equipped with style to match. What we found was a mix of fitness, entertainment and chic beauty all wrapped up in four fashionable favorites found at CES 2015 below:
Stellé Audio Earbud Locket
Giving headphones a major makeover, Stellé Audio launched a new smart necklace that includes Bluetooth technology to double as earbuds and a hands-free phone device. A set of headphones nest within a crystal locket necklace, which also features a built-in microphone for hands-free calling and wireless premium sound to listen to your music on-the-go. The necklace hits the market in February and is availble in two different styles: onyx and seabreeze. Stellé Audio Earbud Locket, available in February, stelleaudio.com.
Healbe GoBe automatic body manager
Taking fitness tracking to the next level, Healbe is launching a watch that monitors your body health in real-time. The watch measures calorie intake, calories burned, heart rate, stress level, hydration level and sleep status all through FLOW technology, which measures the glucose in your cells through your skin. Say goodbye to tracking those calories on your own. Healbe GoBe automatic body manager, $299, healbe.com.
B&O Play H8 headphones
B&O debuted the first-ever noise cancelling and wireless headphones at CES this week. The stylishly-designed headphones feature a touch interface to control music and volume that even works while wearing gloves. An active noise cancellation feature that can be turned on or off to better listen to your music. B&O Play H8 headphones, $499, beoplay.com.
Swarovski x Misfit Shine set
Swarovski collaborated with wearable tech brand Misfit to design the Swarovski Shine collection, a set of chic fitness- and sleep-tracking jewelry. The collection features nine pieces, including watches, pendant necklaces and bracelets all using Misfit’s activity tracker, which detects steps taken, calories burned, distance walked and sleep quality in sync with the Swarovski x Misfit app. Swarovski x Misfit Shine activity tracking set, $199, and necklace, $149, available for pre-order on misfit.com.
Looking for more breaking news and gadgets, gizmos and more found at CES 2015? Visit DivasandDorks.com all weekend long and even connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more today! You don’t want to miss the action from the largest tech trade show in the world – it’s CES 2015!
This post was sponsored by Sony through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about The Wedding Ringer, all opinions are my own.
Everyone loves weddings, it’s one of those joyous occasions that create cherished memories for the Bride, Groom, family and friends forever! Weddings are steeped in tradition – no matter whom you are or where you live. Plenty of brides and grooms search for ways to make their special day as unique and special as they are. No matter if you’re the bride, groom or the best man, here’s a few ways (inspired by the new movie – The Wedding Ringer) that will help you put your own special spin on your upcoming special day and make it truly unforgettable below.
A guest book you’ll actually use. Signing the guest book is one of the most common traditions found at weddings (you’ve probably signed a few in your lifetime.) Break from tradition by creating a guest book you’ll actually use for years to come. Find a great coffee table book that interests both the bride and groom and claim it as your guest book! Your wedding guests can sign their names in the margins and afterwards you’ll be left with a functional guest book to display for visitors and friends for a long time.
Looking to create a one-of-a-kind wedding experience? Whether you host a reception indoors or out, its all about the dance! You can rent a dance floor from a local rental facility and dance underneath the stars or choreograph an epic dance routine that will live on forever! Check out this hilarious first dance video starring the groom and his best men below.
Treasure the memories. Get your guests involved in the event by placing blank cards and pens at each seat location. Ask your guests to write about their favorite memory of you and/or your spouse. Collect all of these cards and turn them into a scrapbook for a treasured keepsake. Don’t forget that photos make the best treasured memories. You can also practice your best photobomb and create your special “fake”moments with your best man (just like in the movie) with weddingringerphotobomb.com.
Remix The Menu. Ditch the chocolate fountains and opt for unique snack options you can include in your special day. If you’re getting married in the blistering heat, rent a snow cone machine to offer your guests some sweet relief. If you and your spouse are big movie buffs or your wedding has a Hollywood theme, rent a popcorn machine to complete the look. For more foodie ideas you’ll love, from the family dinner to the reception check out the trailer for The Wedding Ringer below:
Synopsis: Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
The Wedding Ringer hits theaters nationwide January 16th 2015.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HappyNewMe #CollectiveBias
It’s been said that when you give a gift, you get a gift in return, called JOY! This holiday season, I was so excited to find the perfect gift for my budding entrepreneur baby brother. Since my brother loves producing music and has acquired a small business for himself, I figured that it was time that he stepped up his productivity with a personalized phablet powered by Walmart best plans useful for work and for play. He loves social media and creating on the go – and with that in mind, I knew the best place to go to find his gift (#HappyNewMe).
When it comes down to putting the power of a smartphone to work for you, you have to know where to begin. The first stop should be at your neighborhood Walmart store to pick up one of many affordable smartphones from ZTE, Samsung, LG and more! With the lowest priced unlimited plans, the prices are just right for great gifts for anyone in the family (or even a nice upgrade gift for yourself.)
Walmart Family Mobile service is $34.88/month for Unlimited Talk, Text, & Web ($29.88 for the second line) and it comes with 5GB of 3G Data. With the ZTE Zmax Smartphone powered by T-Mobile my brother will enjoy a beautiful 5.7-inch HD screen, Snapdragon quad-core processor and 3400mAh battery, this smart phablet is capable of meeting the needs of even the most demanding user at an affordable Walmart price.
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ZTE Zmax phablet $179.00 (Rollback from $199.88) plus the $34.88/month Unlimited Talk, Text & Web service plan paired with the $25 starter pack is a great investment in my brother and his new music production company. I’m certain that this will be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come and that he’ll never forget his gift of a “New Year, New You” from his big sister!
Want to learn more? Check out all the great deals and available devices on rollback at Walmart.com and connect with Walmart Family Mobile online today! Walmart Family Mobile is now on Twitter! Follow @FamilyMobile for up to the minute sales, news and more!
Did you give a gift to help someone achieve their dreams this season? Did you receive the ultimate gift to help you with your dreams? Share your “New Year, New You” gifts below!