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Girlfriend Adventures With Essence Magazine (Ep 4) #GirlfriendAdventures

July 29th, 2013 by Christen

 

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, learned some salsa moves AND stepped up our game in the kitchen – so our next stop?  High flying adventures at Trapeze School New York!

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What is Trapeze School New York?  Trapeze School New York (TSNY) is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Located atop Pier 40 at Chelsea Piers, TSNY offers flying trapeze classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.  girlfriend adventures

Remember that Sex And The City Episode? (SATC Season 6 Episode 82 to be exact…) – let’s face it, if you’re a woman and a writer in New York, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Carrie moment in your life… and this was my moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Trapeze

 

 

Check out the entire experience via Essence Girlfriends series below…


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Girlfriends Adventures w/ Essence Magazine (Episode 2) #EssenceGirlfriends

July 15th, 2013 by Christen

Summer In The City

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve already gone salsa dancing, so our next stop?  Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders.

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What is Brooklyn Boulders?  Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym and one of the East Coasts’ largest.  With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner.  So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for. (Located at 575 Degraw St. in Brooklyn – visit BrooklynBoulders.com for more info.)

Check out what happens when we take on the rock wall for the first time at Brooklyn Boulders in Brooklyn, NY.


For a behind-the-scene look at all the up the wall action, visit our travel channel at DivasOnDestinations.com.

 

 

Check out more of our NYC Girlfriend Adventures all month long on Essence.com.

Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage: Social Media, Apps & Parties In The Caribbean

April 17th, 2013 by Christen

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The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage finally docked in Miami on Sunday and I’m just now ready to relive my first cruising experience with you!  Remember a few weeks ago when I announced that I’d be speaking on the cruise?  Well, I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I’d be.  (As a matter of fact, my first words to Tom Joyner right before boarding the ship were “I don’t think I’m prepared for this…”, Tom’s response?  “You’re not.  Nothing can prepare you for the next week on sea.” No truer words have ever been spoken about this cruise than those…)

 

Fresh off my Caribbean high, here are a few highlights from the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage aboard Carnival Cruise April 7th – 14th in Nassau, Bahamas and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Concerts

With more than 20 concert performances throughout this seven-day cruise, the celebrity star-power was not lack-luster by any means.  Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim, Jamie Foxx, Trey SongzTyler Perry, Earth, Wind & Fire, Too Short, Avant, Tyrese and more packed out concerts from sunrise to sunset.

 

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Seminars

This cruise was not just a huge party on the sea, it also host a bevy of informational workshops, seminars and more.  During my stay on the cruise, I hosted two seminars focusing on the power of social media (Social Media Basics II:  Discover Which Top Social Media Apps Are Right For You) and a co-hosted seminar with financial apps to build your investment wealth.
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Sea Side Fun

Themed parties anyone?  From a Harlem Nights/Roaring Twenties inspired theme night to the Super Hero party night – the Fantastic Voyage was filled with non-stop partying.  (I can admit that 95% of the people aboard the ship out-partied yours truly.)   I saw the more creative and imaginative costumes on that ship than I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

 

Overall, if you’ve never been on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage (or a cruise for that matter) before, you should definitely check it out.  As a premier “Party With A Purpose” – the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage has raised millions for scholarships of Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. – and there’s no better cruise to sail on than this cruise catered to suit your taste in food, music and overall celebrity entertainment.

 

 

For more details and a gallery of celebrity photos from aboard the cruise visit DivasOnDestinations.com.

(Photos courtesy of BlackAmericaWeb.com)

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 4

August 1st, 2012 by Christen

 

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Earlier this summer, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the final installment of ‘Escape To New Orleans’ airing on Essence.com this week – below.

The Luxurious Style Of 2013 Cadillac XTS & The Art For Life Gala (Celebrity Pics)

July 31st, 2012 by Christen

 

This past weekend, Cadillac invited DivasandDorks.com as guests for a weekend in the Hamptons! Chauffeured in high style, we got the chance to enjoy the premium style of the 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum. With the debut of the touch sensitive CUE (Cadillac User Experience) system – this posh driving experience makes it difficult to go back driving anything less luxe. CUE combines advanced technology with a simplistic user interface that makes any driving experience a joy – no matter if you’re driving down the street for errands or off for a getaway weekend. My favorite attribute about the Cadillac XTS include the Driver Awareness Package which uses the Safety Alert Seat (with vibration) to alert you of lane departure, Blind Spot & Collision warnings. It also comes equipped with Remote start, SiriusXM satellite radio, OnStar and its own iPad application (as part of the customer experience, each 2013 Cadillac XTS buyer will receive an iPad with their new car.) 

While in the Hamptons, we got the opportunity to take advantange of all this countryside had to offer. From walks on the beach, faboulous seafood and extravagant shopping. In addition to daytime fun, we attended Russell Simmons’ Art For Life Gala at his private estate in the Hamptons. The event geared towards raising awareness and funds to encourage creativity and arts for children in schools. Hosted by Soledad O’Brien the Art For Life Gala was the toast of the Hamptons with celebs in attendance including Star Jones, Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Grant & Tamia Hill and more! The evening concluded with memorable performances by Diggy Simmons, Melanie Fiona, Anita Baker and Salt N Pepper and overall raised more than $200k for the Art For Life charity program.

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Art For Life guests of honor: Grant & Tamia Hill

MC Lyte, Anita Baker, Soledad O’Brien and Rocsi Diaz attend the 16th Annual Art For Life Gala

Check out more celebrity appearances below…

Photos credit: J. Nunez / WireImage 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: I’m A Samsung Global Blogger Heading To London For The 2012 Olympics

July 27th, 2012 by Christen

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It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that I have been selected as one of four bloggers in the US to represent Team USA in London, England during the 2012 Olympic games!  IT’S TRUE!  As one of the selected Samsung Global Bloggers, I will be heading overseas to London next week August 2nd for two weeks, brining you all the latest Olympic news and excitement from the epicenter of it all!

 

A while ago, I shared that Samsung Mobile launched a worldwide search in 14 countries to find the best video bloggers to send to the 2012 Olympic Games.  (Check out my video here.)  Winners were selected based on a variety of abilities, including reporting & unique on camera presence.  Encouraged by sporting icon, David Beckham and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, hundreds of potential bloggers submitted videos in hopes of winning and guess who’s video landed her a wining spot on Team USA?

 

I am so excited and proud to win a coveted spot on Team USA as a Samsung Global Blogger and can’t wait to share each and every interview, social, sporting and Olympic experience with our DivasandDorks.com readers daily.  In addition to sharing my experiences on DivasandDorks.com, make sure to stay connected via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for up to the minute Olympic updates.  Stay tuned for my Olympic experiences to be shared online on SamsungGlobalBloggers.com, MSN.com and more in the next few weeks.

 

Catch all the Olympic action starting today – The Opening Ceremony, titled “The Isles of Wonder”,  will kick off Friday night in London at 9pm (that’s 4pm EST) on NBC. 

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Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 3

July 23rd, 2012 by Christen

 

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Earlier this summer, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the third installment of ‘Escape To New Orleans’ airing on Essence.com this week – below.

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 2

July 17th, 2012 by Christen

 

Missing all the fun, excitement, music & entertainment of Essence Music Festival?  Don’t worry.  Escape To New Orleans episode 2 is here!  Recently, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. From the Pralene Connection to the French Market and the haute nightlift of Frenchmen street – Check out the second of four webisodes airing on Essence.com this week – below.

 
 
 

Essence Music Festival: Escape To New Orleans Ep. 1

July 5th, 2012 by Christen

 Divas And Dorks in New Orleans

If you’re looking for the genuine New Orleans experience, look no further. Recently, I got the chance to explore the city, alongside Nate from WorldWideNate.com to get a bona fide experience of what New Orleans, Louisiana truly has to offer. As a native (of sorts), my lineage has roots in the Crescent city, however my experience is limited as I’ve only been to New Orleans once before at the age of 9. Thanks to the Ford Escape – I got the chance to escape to New Orleans and experience the rich history, delicious food & a certain je ne sais quoi – that’s authentic, only in New Orleans. Check out the first of four webisodes airing on Essence.com this week – below.

 

Divas On Destinations: Getaway to New Orleans For Essence Music Festival

July 4th, 2012 by Christen

Something Old, Something New, Something for the Spirit & For Your Do’!  The ESSENCE Music Festival is the nation’s largest African American live musical and cultural experience. Every year over 400,000 people from around the world descend upon New Orleans for the only music festival that offers show-stopping performances from top entertainers, free inspiring andempowering conversations and messages from the world’s leading innovators, leaders, and thinkers, plus four days of family and cultural experiences: the ESSENCE Music Festival.  This year, in its 18th year anniversary, the 2012 ESSENCE Musical Festival presents a newly expanded four day weekend celebrating the “Power of Our Voice” on July 5, 6, 7 and 8 with compelling programming featuring the biggest names in entertainment and the country’s most influential speakers, artists, authors and leaders.  Check out a few of the hottest activities to experience this weekend while out with the girls in New Orleans!

 

SOMETHING OLD

Spectacular performances on the EMF stage never gets old, but you can always count on quality R&B acts gracing the stage and this year is no different.  If the spectacular performances of Chaka Kahn, Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige and more aren’t enough maybe the return of the ultimate oldie but goodie – R&B crooner D’Angelo is just the old faithful & soulful sound you’re looking for.  I’m looking forward to seeing his performance & if he has any tricks left up his sleeve after his soulful BET Awards performance on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

SOMETHING NEW

ESSENCE Festival will kick off the inaugural day, Thursday, July 5th, with a first ever Youth Empowerment Concert complete with a full day youth empowerment experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, culminating with the first ever youth empowerment concert on the New & Next stage that night at the Louisiana Superdome.  The New & Next stage will showcase a a group of young musical tastemakers that totally have scream appeal! Among the group include Roshon FeganKaitlyn Nichol, Coco Jones, Diggy Simmons, Atlanta’s OMG Girlz and New Orleans’ band The Roots of Music.

Sponsored by Verizon, Wal-mart and Captial One, tickets for the Next Stage are available at essencemusicfestival.com

 

 

 

 

FOR THE SPIRIT

Sunday (July 8th) will be a great day in New Orleans and a rousing finale to the weekend with award winning journalist, author and “NY1 News” anchor Cheryl Wills hosting the festivities as ESSENCE presents a day of praise and worship during an “All-Star Gospel Salute to Mary Mary and Fred Hammond” with Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Tramaine Hawkins, Pastor Marvin Winans, Byron Cage, Israel Houghton and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR YOUR DO’!

Be prepared for a lot of weave patting & natural do scratching – but no worries, EMF has you covered to keep that do right & tight!  From the Motions Style Suite featuring Rihanna’s stylist Ursela Stephens to the  Essence Music Festival’s title sponsor My Black is Beautiful. Stop by the My Black is Beautiful booth and experience all that Procter & Gamble is bringing to this year’s festivities, including surprise guests, giveaways and access to notable beauty experts.

 

See you in New Orleans!

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