Talk about kicking the summer off on a high note! You can’t imagine how happy I am to be selected & actually kicking off Black Enterprise Magazine’s Black Blogger Month Celebration!
Dress by: Calvin Klein (Marshall’s $49.99)
It has been a hard road & it couldn’t have been done without loyal & faithful readers like you! Make sure you check out the full Black Enterprise Black Blogger Month Interview HERE and if you’re in NYC – join me and the rest of this month’s inductees as we celebrate Black Blogger Month in style at the 40/40 club at 7pm.
BUICK WELCOME DINNER: Fellow Journalists and Bloggers accompanied by the gracious GM Management Team. (Photo: Rachel Roe)
What does Buick, Black Enterprise Magazine and Divas & Dorks have in common? A phenomenal three days of inspiration, empowerment and much, much more! The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo 2011 in Atlanta, GA was a phenomenal event that went beyond my expectations!
It all began with an evening of getting acquainted with fellow bloggers, media and Buick/GMC staff during the Buick Welcome Dinner…and somehow ended with Nina, Rachel and I getting the party started participating in a line dance….”The Hustle” to be exact at the Black Enterprise Welcome Reception!)
Nina, Rachael and I, “walking in out” on the dance floor! =====>
After an evening of getting acquainted, it was immediately time to get down to business! The opening keynote speaking, Dr. Dennis Kimbrough kicked off the conference with a remarkable and thought-provoking keynote address reminding attendees that “...Our problem isn’t that we don’t have money, it’s what we do with the money that we have!” Other gems of wisdom that Dr. Kimbrough shared regarding entrepreneurship included:
- “Whatever you do, do it so well that no one can take their eyes off of you!”
- Four Key Factors in every Millionaire’s Mindset (Dream BIG, Be Different, Dedicate to Continued Education, Refuse to Fail!)
There were so many more inspiring thoughts and stories shared throughout the conference and sessions that I couldn’t possibly list them all, but I will be sharing how I’ve implemented them in my daily journey through entrepreneurship soon.
The excitement immediately jumped into social overdrive with the very first BEEC Session of the day: “Go Digital or Die Trying!” featuring Torrence Boone, James Andrews, Wayne Sutton, Marshawn Evans & moderated by Patricial Cesaire, Director of PR for Black Enterprise Magazine.
Are you a website owner that would like to learn how to quickly monetize your numbers (traffic, analytics, etc.)? Then this was the course for you! (If you didn’t make it, don’t worry – in the next 30 days I will share all the knowledge learned from this session and more!
I had the chance to meet with Earl Graves Sr. founder and publisher Black Enterprise Magazine.
Having the opportunity to chat with Vivian Rogers Pickard -President of the General Motors Foundation and Director of Corporate Relations and Grassroots Initiatives for General Motors Company. Her responsibilities encompass overseeing GM’s community relations, grassroots and charitable giving strategies and efforts. Vivian excitedly shared news of GM’s programs which include scholarships for first generation college students, K-12 education programs and more! GM is not only a vehicle manufacturer, it’s a corporation that takes education, entrepreneurship and diversity seriously – and proves it by re-investing in the community.
Three days of empowerment, networking and entrepreneurial fun! The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo featured unforgettable moments and words of wisdom that will completely impact Divas and Dorks over the next 30 days and beyond…
STAY TUNED within the month of June for important announcements from DivasandDorks.com which could lead you to major giveaways, insightful business opportunities, fashionable makeovers and more!
Special Thanks to General Motors (BUICK) for including Divas and Dorks in this opportunity of a lifetime.
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan and highly anticipated all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan. Buick is the fastest growing major brand in the U.S. and remains a best-selling brand in China, with continuing record growth. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or at www.facebook.com/buick.
Last night (May 1), BlackEnterprise.com had its first Preview Tweet Up to celebrate Black Blogger Month 2012. Held at Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s 40/40 Club New York with an open-bar sponsored by Ciroc, the event attracted many of the Tri-state’s loyal supporters, bloggers and tastemakers. Among special guests in attendance were media personality AJ Calloway, twin designers Coco and Breezy, and Black Blogger Month honorees past and present—Claire Sulmers of The Fashion Bomb, Yoli Ouiya of Yoli’s Green Living, Patrice J. Williams of Looking Fly on a Dime, Abiola Abrams of AbiolaTV, Melinda “The Small Biz Lady” Emerson of Succeed As Your Own Boss, Christian Law of Fresher Than Chris, Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com, and Slim Jackson, Mr. Spradley and Streetz of SingleBlackMale.org.
Celebrating the launch of Black Blogger Month featuring DivasandDorks.com the kick-off was a viral success with over 2.5 million impressions around the #BlackBloggerMonth hashtag leading up to the festivities. Continue reading up on BlackEnterprise.com’s 20 best Black bloggers throughout May at BlackEnterprise.com/BlackBloggerMonth.
Check out a few candid shots & photos from Black Enterprise below…
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Since spending time a few weeks ago at The Young Women’s Leadership School for Cool Women, Hot Jobs career day – mentorship has become more important than ever before.
Recently, I got the chance to sit down and talk with Demetria Irwin of BlackEnterprise.com about the importance of mentorship from a unique mentee’s perspective. Normally, most mentor/mentee relationships derive from school or business relationships – mine, however derived a little closer to home, with my mom. Check out BlackEnterprise.com for details about my mentor/mom and how a career at Playboy, CBS and more influenced DivasandDorks.com today.
It’s not too often women of color get compared to titans and trailblazers in business. That is, until 200,000 people download your app within fourteen days of launch – and then, people take notice.
Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people downloaded it to their smart phones and tablets within just two weeks of it’s launch. Even more, Forbes has named her “The Next Steve Jobs”.
Remarkably, the app has been named the “best financial literacy product in the country” by the Office of Michelle Obama, the “best learning game in the country” by the Department of Education, and the “best solution in the world for reducing poverty” by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition and the Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition. All in all, Angel has won more than $50,000 in business grants.
Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
After winning Prudential’s annual National Case competition for her marketing plan to reach millennials, she worked briefly as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies.
She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory.
Angel’s ultimate goal with her company is (and has always been) to develop financial literacy edtech games that empower and educate both students and adults. And she has been very successful at doing this! In fact, her company has been so impressive that the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools named it the ninth best ed-tech company of 2015.
Her company’s Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries, and is quickly approaching 1 million downloads.
Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to contracts, including one that she already has with the Dept. of Health and Human Services. She also already has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.
In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well.
A major challenge for Angel has been that women are still heavily discriminated against in the business and techhnology sectors, and their companies are not equally funded. In fact, less than 20% of venture capital dollars go to women-owned companies. And, for Black women, the numbers are even lower.
According to a report by #ProjectDiane, Black women represent only 4% of all women-led tech startups in the United States.
Angel told Forbes during an interview, “My competitor raised $75 million. I won best financial product and best learning game. My company raised only $200,000.”
Let’s rally behind Angel and share her story and quest for funding with everyone you know. Don’t forget to download Credit Stacker and share with students, family and friends today!
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As if the fiasco that was the supposed BBM launch that was supposed to happen this past weekend (we were excited for it), the company known as Blackberry may have just found a company to buy them out. The Canadian investment company, Fairfax Financial, lead the consortium of investors and who is also the company’s largest shareholder leads the charge. Blackberry just signed a letter of intent agreement for a sale as they have been looking for a buyout offer since last month.
With the deal pending on a November 4th approval, this would bring the company back to being a private company. The deal is valued at $4.7 billion at $9 per share as BB can still shop around for other potential buyers before the deal is done. Of course, they would still be subjected to a termination fee if they find one.
If this goes through, not sure what this means for the company’s future. They could sell BBM and its patents for parts to its competitors or try again on a smaller scale. Only time can tell. It seems that this started taking place soon after Q1 and the release of BB10. What changes do you hope the buyout brings?
- BlackBerry shareholders would receive U.S. $9 per share in cash
- Transaction valued at approximately U.S. $4.7 billion
- Consortium permitted 6 weeks to conduct due diligence
- BlackBerry entitled to go-shop during due diligence period, subject to payment of a termination fee in the event alternative offer accepted
Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BB) today announced it has signed a letter of intent agreement (“LOI”) under which a consortium to be led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”) has offered to acquire the company subject to due diligence.
The letter of intent contemplates a transaction in which BlackBerry shareholders would receive U.S. $9 in cash for each share of BlackBerry share they hold, in a transaction valued at approximately U.S. $4.7 billion. The consortium would acquire for cash all of the outstanding shares of BlackBerry not held by Fairfax. Fairfax, which owns approximately 10 percent of BlackBerry’s common shares, intends to contribute the shares of BlackBerry it currently holds into the transaction.
The BlackBerry Board of Directors, acting on the recommendation of a special committee of the board of directors (the “Special Committee”), approved the terms of the LOI under which the consortium, which is seeking financing from BofA Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital Markets, would acquire BlackBerry and take the company private subject to a number of conditions, including due diligence, negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement (the “Definitive Agreement”) and customary regulatory approvals.
The Special Committee, chaired by Director Tim Dattels, was formed in August 2013 to review strategic alternatives for the company. J.P. Morgan and Perella Weinberg are acting as financial advisors and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Torys LLP are acting as legal advisors.
Diligence is expected to be complete by November 4, 2013 (“Diligence Period”). The parties’ intention is to negotiate and execute a definitive transaction agreement by such date. During such period, BlackBerry is permitted to actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals (“Alternative Transactions”).
If (A) during the Diligence Period (i) BlackBerry enters into any letter of intent or definitive agreement providing for an Alternative Transaction, (ii) BlackBerry ceases to negotiate
with the consortium in good faith with a view to entering into the Definitive Agreement by the end of the Diligence Period, or (iii) an Alternative Transaction is publicly proposed or publicly announced and is consummated within 6 months following the end of the Diligence Period, or (B) during the 3 month period following the end of the Diligence Period, BlackBerry enters into any agreement providing for an Alternative Transaction with a person with whom discussions were held before or during the Diligence Period, then BlackBerry shall pay Fairfax a fee of U.S. $0.30 per BlackBerry share, provided, however, that no such fee shall be payable if the consortium shall have reduced the price offered below U.S. $9.00 per share without the approval of the board of directors of BlackBerry. In the event that a definitive agreement is signed with Fairfax the termination fee will increase to U.S. $ 0.50 per share.
Barbara Stymiest, Chair of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors, said: “The Special Committee is seeking the best available outcome for the Company’s constituents, including for shareholders. Importantly, the go-shop process provides an opportunity to determine if there are alternatives superior to the present proposal from the Fairfax consortium.”
Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax, said: “We believe this transaction will open an exciting new private chapter for BlackBerry, its customers, carriers and employees. We can deliver immediate value to shareholders, while we continue the execution of a long-term strategy in a private company with a focus on delivering superior and secure enterprise solutions to BlackBerry customers around the world.”
In addition to the consortium and its lenders being satisfied with all aspects of the due diligence to be carried out by them during the Diligence Period and the negotiation and execution of a binding definitive agreement approved by the board of BlackBerry, completion of the transaction will be subject to other customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. There can be no assurance that due diligence will be satisfactory, that financing will be obtained, that a definitive agreement will be entered into or that the transaction will be consummated.
BDT & Company, LLC, BofA Merrill Lynch and BMO Capital Markets are acting as financial advisors, and Shearman & Sterling LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP are acting as legal advisors to Fairfax in connection with the transaction.
As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, it’s only right that I share one of my favorite annual events from the epicenter of all things fly and fashionable in NYC. Harlem’s Fashion Row events powered by Pandora kicked off fashion week fun with a Blogger’s Breakfast (sponsored by McDonald’s) as well as an editors luncheon offering a preview of the designer collections that would be gracing the runway during the 7th Annual HFR Runway Show and Style Awards.
Designer Kianga “Kiki Kitty” Peterson (K. Milele) seen with models at HFR Editors Luncheon Sept. 4 in NYC.
After media previews throughout the week, celebrities near and far gathered to NYC for the 7th Annual Harlem’s Fashion Row Runway Show And Style Awards. A show filled with designers from near and far, the HFR show is one of the anticipated runway events of each season. In addition to K. Milele designs, models dominated the runway in Harlem Haberdashery, Josh and Nicol and kept fashion fans in awe during the entire show. Discover moments from the show and surprise model appearances below.
TV personalities Miss Lawrence and Bevy Smith attend Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Iconic model Beverly Johnson attends Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show And Style Awards
A model wearing K. Milele during HFR Fashion Show
Model wearing Harlem Haberdashery Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Model wearing Josh and Nicol during at Harlem’s Fashion Row 7th Annual Fashion Show
Model Bree Scullark wearing K. Milele during during HFR runway show
Recording artist Fat Joe walks the runway wearing Harlem Haberdashery during HFR runway show
Brandice Henderson, CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row, has over 12 years of experience in fashion ranging from retail, buying, costing, and production. In May 2007, Henderson created HFR and produced the first fashion show which received critical acclaim and a mention in Women’s Wear Daily.
In just 5 years, Brandice moved Harlem’s Fashion Row from a small restaurant venue to the striking Allen Room at Lincoln Center. She’s gained corporate support from companies such as Target Stores, Iman Cosmetics, Sprite Green, and BET. Harlem’s Fashion Row has also been covered by NY Daily News, New York Time Out, and Jones Magazine as well as NYC TV “That’s So New York”, The Cut, NY Racked, Black Enterprise, and Centric.
Harlem’s Fashion Row is now a movement to increase diversity in fashion by producing events to teach, inspire, and encourage as well as by providing a platform for designers of color during fashion week. Harlem’s Fashion Row is a business with a purpose.
Last year (which was technically only 10 days ago) – I had the great pleasure of teaming up with Verizon Wireless for their #My2012Moment celebration campaign. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with many visitors from around the world – all with one goal in mind – to ring in the new year with over a million friends, family and more in what many call the crossroads of the world – Times Square.
We chatted about everything from accomplishments to milestones and everything in between that made many #My2012Moment for everyone. Some of #My2012Moment (s) definitely included: (Click here for the entire #My2012Moment list…)
- Attending the 2012 London Olympics
- My first ever Parisian escape to Paris, France
- Being Named “Best In The Blogasphere 2012” by Black Enterprise
…and even becoming the host for Verizon’s New Year’s Eve celebration video on New Year’s Eve was beyond a doubt one of my favorite moments of 2012 and it closed out the year with a bang!
Want to check out the #My2012Moment experience from Times Square? Check out the video in it’s entirety below…
What were some of your favorite moments of 2012? What are you looking forward to the most in 2013? Share below…
It’s true! This year has had truly been an amazing year of highs (and even higher highs) for DivasandDorks.com. From going to 2012 London Olympics to speaking at the National Black MBA Conference and everything in between. While looking forward to a better year than ever before – 2013, we can’t help but to look back at our favorite moments of 2012. Check out below to discover why this has been an unbelievably phenomenal for DivasandDorks.com.
Black Women in Music / Black Women in Hollywood
Thanks to Lincoln & Essence Magazine, we had the chance to rub elbows, talk tech and mingle with some of your favorite starlets, musicians and Hollywood celebrities. Kelly Rowland, Nene Leakes and more checked out the new 2014 Lincoln MKZ during Essence’s Black Women in Music, Grammy weekend in California. Just a week later, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross supported and uplifted fellow thespian sisters during the Black Women in Hollywood event during Oscar weekend in L.A.
In The Press – Essence.com, RollingOut.com, BlackEnterprise.com, TheRoot.com, Pose Magazine
This was an incredible year for DivasandDorks.com in the press. As a contributor for Essence.com, I was featured in RollingOut & Pose Magazine highlighting the business behind the blog. BlackEnterprise.com even interviewed an unconventional mentor, (my mother) to reveal the secrets behind successful mentor/mentee relationships. Before the summer was complete, TheRoot.com listed DivasandDorks.com as one of the best blogs of 2012.
Induction in Black Enterprise Magazine’s Top Of The Blogosphere’s Best
One of my favorite moments by far included kicking off this year’s Black Bloggers Month as being revealed as the first inductee in the 2012 Blogosphere’s Best for BlackEnterprise.com.
Kayaking in the Pacific Ocean
During an exciting west coast excursion with Toyota, I had the best time camping and even kayaking, (yes, I really kayaked) in the Pacific Ocean all by myself.
Diva, Dork and Actress?
This year marked a year of firsts in front the camera, as I starred in Ford’s Escape To New Orleans web series and Samsung’s SmartTV informercial series.
Panelist, Host & Keynote Speaker
“When you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” – Michelle Obama
This year has been filled with a lot of hard work, blessings beyond belief, and I was more than excited to share my experiences as a speaker/host/keynote speaker at the Financial (App)titude seminar, Style Bloggers of Color Conference, National Association of Black MBA, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.
Mentorship & Inspiring Young Lives
As an active mentor for The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC and host of D&D’s first “Social Girls Night” – we at Diva And Dorks believe in investing & encouraging young women to pursue their dreams, passions and more (and because of those beliefs, the Divas and Dorks Foundation was officially formed.)
Global Ambassador at the 2012 London Olympics
As Samsung’s official ‘Global Ambassador’ – I was privileged to represent Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. I got the chance to meet Olympians, take in a few of the Olympic games and experience all the unique sights of London, England.
Last Train To Paris…
For the first time ever, I experienced a dream getaway to Paris, France from the United Kingdom (during the Olympics). The Effel Tower, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysée all were seen and conquered by the diva!
Divas Love To Travel & Love Their Cars!
This has been an amazing year of travel and automotive adoration on DivasandDorks.com. So much so, that our sister sites DivasOnDestinations.com and DivasDriveInHeels.com were born and slated to launch January 2013!
Here’s to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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