For the first time ever, Samsung brought the always entertaining Samsung Galaxy Experience to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival.
The Samsung Galaxy Experience served as a hub of activity celebrating entertainment and music with special performances, appearances and more. Celebrities like Kelly Rowland and Mary J. Blige stopped by to talk new shows, the importance of staying connected though music and their favorite ESSENCE Festival experiences with hosts like Angela Simmons, Dana Blair and Adrienne Bailon.
Close to half a million festival fans visited the Samsung Galaxy Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to get hands on with Samsung’s full suite of products including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Many fans were excited to check out the extensive line of Samsung products and see how the features could benefit their everyday lives. Check out a quick introduction to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge here.
While at the Galaxy Experience, festival attendees engaged with products in a variety of interactive experiences and enjoyed the immersive world of virtual reality using the Samsung Gear VR – powered by the new Galaxy S6. Samsung’s Gear VR is the first consumer-grade virtual reality available for purchase. Guests checked out a 360° immersive world of virtual reality using the Samsung Gear VR – Powered by the new Samsung Galaxy S6, discover new music and the latest online videos through Samsung Milk Music and Samsung Milk Video. Festival fans also indulged in complimentary Nail Art, Galaxy Virtual Shots using the Samsung Galaxy S6, and more.
ESSENCE Festival fans got the chance to tap to win Friday and Saturday for the chance to win tickets to an exclusive Samsung screening of MARY J BLIGE: THE LONDON SESSIONS in the Convention Center Screening Room. Winners who attend the screening will also had the opportunity to win a Samsung VIP package to Mary J Blige’s Main Stage performance and meet her on stage the Superdome on Sunday evening.
Throughout the festival it paid to be a Samsung Galaxy smartphone owner. With sweet upgrades and super prize packs festival goers got the exclusive ESSENCE Festival treatment and Samsung will surely be a highlight of ESSENCE Fest experiences for years to come!
In today’s society, there’s no shortage of women who seek validation though beauty trends and societal standards. Tara Paige, the “Inner Glamorcist,” and author of “The Book Of G.L.A.M” wants to fix that. Kicking off Essence Fest weekend, Tara teamed up with Digital Sorority to host a FREE GLAM lounge in New Orleans. As an author, Tara is committed to empowering her readers to focus on the inner as well as outer glam. With the help of Kela, Ty and I – The G.L.A.M. Lounge is kicked off the 21st Annual Essence Festival experience, Thursday July 2nd at Magnolia Makeup Studios.
Author Tara Page and Digital Sorority at The G.L.A.M Lounge experience in New Orleans.
Tara’s new book has her traveling the world empowering women and teaching 4 Requirements of Your G.L.A.M. SQUAD!
G-Give constructive criticism. You cannot have a team of people who only tell you what you want to hear. They have to tell you the hard stuff. Those weaknesses and blindspots that we don’t like to see in ourselves.
L-Like you. Yes. There is a difference. Your family pretty much loves you. But your glam squad has to be made up of people who not only love you…they LIKE you. They want to be around you. Your bad off day does not stop them from being in your life. They are rooting for you to be the best you can be.
Guests enjoyed makeovers, custom color applications, freebies and more!
A-Articulate your strengths, not just your weaknesses. You need people who can spot your strengths, your stellar traits that you don’t see in yourself and root for you as you play to your strengths.
M-Move you into action. They will not allow you to play small. They will not allow you to dim your light They will be there to pick you up when you are knocked down. They will move you into being your best and greatest self.
Check out Tara L. Page via her latest tv news segment here.
Tara Paige isn’t just an author of this insightful knowledge, she’s also a student as well. Once a single & depressed mom of five, she’s now happily married with 8 children and travels the world empowering and enriching the lives of women by asking one simple question. WHO’S ON YOUR G.L.A.M. Squad?
I can definitely shout to the world that the ladies of Digital Sorority (Kela and Ty) are apart of my G.L.A.M squad. They keep me sane, encourage me and support me unlike any other team a girl could ever imagine. So who’s in your G.L.A.M squad?
For more information about the author Tara L. Page and the new G.L.A.M movement, visit FixYourGlam.com today.
Disclaimer: The content below including WalMart giftcard giveaway has been brought to you by P&G. However, all opinions shared below are my own.
Anytime I prepare for an upcoming trip, I always find myself feeling a little more adventurous than usual. There’s just something about re-creating yourself in a new space, it’s like being an artist and vacationing in a new city is your blank canvas. As I prepare for my fourth Essence Festival in New Orleans, I’m excited to debut a new bolder, brighter do’ and usher in my experiment with a little extra color all summer long!
I definitely don’t believe in a face full of makeup in the sweltering heat of summer (New Orleans will average 92-degrees days all week long) – but I do believe that little pops of smudge free color can go a very long way. Recently, I’ve been anxious to experiment with adding bright blues, greens and purples into my beauty mix. From lash-enhancing mascaras to eye-popping bright liners – My summer beauty mantra is “Less is more!” My summer color arsenal is filled with a variety of mascaras and colorful pencils that will create and summer-time fun look in 10mins or less!
When experimenting with color, it’s never a good idea to grab expensive department store brands first. That’s why I make Walmart my one-stop shop for beauty buys that won’t break the bank! Walmart helps you save on beauty items that you love and that keep you looking your best. Walmart provides products, such as those from CoverGirl and Olay, that help you feel beautiful. Find beauty items from P&G brands like Olay and CoverGirl at your Walmart’s everyday low prices.
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara is designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look. Who has time to fumble with falsies, glue and extensions when you want to get out and go? With LashBlast Volume Mascara’s patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic formula, you can achieve the perfect, big, bold lash look with only a few brush strokes.
Every girl loves a great cat eye, however, creating the perfect shape starts with the perfect pencil. CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencil is self-sharpening and glides on easily so you get the perfect line every time. It includes a smudger tip and IT’S WATER RESISTANT! (Hello? The best way to beat the heat is with sweat-proof makeup!) With colors like chestnut, plum and midnight blue, CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencils gives you the control and versatility that you want, at a price that you can afford.
And with unbeatable prices that you can only find at Walmart, why wouldn’t you want to upgrade your summer beauty routine with a little color? How would you like to upgrade your beauty closet with a variety of bold colors from CoverGirl®?
Enter to win a mix of your favorite CoverGirl prize pack from Walmart (Value $25) below.
Disclosure: The following promotional giveaway and content has been sponsored by State Farm®.
Spring is in full swing, Summer is right around the corner and you know what that means? It’s time to get ready for ESSENCE Festival®! This year makes it extra special, while I’ll be attending again as my fourth year – I’ll also be celebrating a very special milestone in my career and I’ve partnered with State Farm® to share the celebration with you! This year, I’ll be celebrating FIVE YEARS as a entrepreneur and publisher of DivasandDorks.com! Can you believe it? Five years ago, I took the leap of faith to walk away from my 10+ radio career to pursue my passion of style & technology and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ll admit, the road to entrepreneurship hasn’t been easy, but it’s been well worth it. I’ve had my fair share of doubt and moments where my confidence wasn’t at it’s best. Through it all, it’s been a roller coaster ride of highs and lows, but I think I’ve finally found my groove. Some of my greatest accomplishments include attending the 2012 London Olympics, traveling across the country as a professional speaker, working as a television correspondent and more. They say, the moment you choose a job that you love, then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. I’m finally living my dream daily and found a groove that was meant for me.
To celebrate, I’ve partnered with State Farm® and we want to know how you celebrate your life milestones for your chance to win a trip to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® in New Orleans. Want to enter? It’s easy! Share moves on Instagram using the hashtags #StateFarmGroove and #ContestEntry, for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival® in New Orleans. These moves should be inspired by special moments that make you want to get up dance. Weddings and Graduations, are just a few milestones that’ll make me show off my groove moves – what about you? Check out the two-step entry process below!
How to enter:
First, upload your photo/video to Instagram using #StateFarmGroove and #ContestEntry in your description.
Second, upload your photos through the official #StateFarmGroove website.
One lucky (1) winner will receive the following:
Round-trip coach airfare for winner and one (1) guest to New Orleans
Four (4) nights, five (5) days hotel accommodations in New Orleans
Two (2) tickets per night to the ESSENCE Festival® concerts in New Orleans
Two (2) VIP Experience tickets (tickets to various VIP events provided by the ESSENCE Festival®)
Transportation to and from the New Orleans, LA, airport
The winner will appear in an ESSENCE and State Farm video on ESSENCE.com
See you in New Orleans!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own.
You can’t mention then 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival without mentioning Ford Motor Company. The automaker took over New Orleans throughout the entire ESSENCE Fest weekend!
As the automotive-exclusive sponsor for the sixth-consecutive year, Ford activated on-site at the Earnest N. Memorial Convention Center providing fun giveaways including the chance to win the keys to the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang in addition to continuing its support of breast cancer awareness within the community.
As a premiere sponsor of the weekend, Ford partnered with SiriusXM Satellite radio for a live broadcast with celebrities all weekend long. Ford also took R&B Songstress Sevyn Streeter on a road to ESSENCE Fest journey celebrating her birthday weekend with dinner and a live streamed power-packed performance from the ESSENCE Festival Ford Superlounge.
If that wasn’t enough, Ford’s philanthropic arm was in full swing donating $20,000 to ESSENCE Communications for local community use, a million-dollar donation to the African American Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and a 2015 Ford Mustang giveaway to an ESSENCE Fest attendee.
This past weekend, I got the chance to get behind the wheel of the 2014 Ford Mustang in New Orleans, check out my ride and drive experience below.
Discover more of how Ford celebrates ESSENCE Festival all weekend long below…
photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks
The 20th Annual ESSENCE Festival attracted a record-breaking 550,000 attendees from around the world to New Orleans this Fourth of July weekend, making it the largest attended ESSENCE Fest weekend in history. As part of its long-standing commitment to touch and improve the lives of African-American women, Procter & Gamble (P&G) is proud to be a title sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Festival for the seventh straight year. This year, P&G’s My Black is Beautiful inspired women to celebrate and share their “Beauty In Action” during the 2014 ESSENCE Festival and beyond by providing signature experiences with its partner brands, CoverGirl® Queen Collection, Pantene®, Clairol® Professional, Olay®, Gain®, Bounty®, Charmin® and Puffs®.
During the day, the My Black is Beautiful booth was the epicenter of excitement as men and women enjoyed fun makeovers, live music, celebrity meet-and-greets with The Braxtons, Mali Music, Lisa Nichols plus many more. Guests also got to meet the six newly crowned 2014 “MBIB” Ambassadors who were on hand throughout the weekend to motivate, excite and galvanize attendees to affect positive change in their local community.
The My Black Is Beautiful – Beauty in Action dinner was a powerful evening of music, inspiration and conversation. Led by empowerment leader Lisa Nichols and WE TV stars – The Braxtons, guests were encouraged to change the way we view and discuss beauty to our family, peers, sisters and future generations. Mali Music performed “Beautiful” off of his latest project “Mali Is…” and guests left charged to celebrate their “Beauty In Action” each and everyday.
For more information about My Black is Beautiful, visit www.myblackisbeautiful.com and follow the conversation on facebook.com/MBIB, Instagram (@MBIB) and Twitter (@MBIB), using hashtags #MBIB and #BIAJourney.
photos by Chris Mitchell / CME 3000 / DivasandDorks
Verizon Wireless Impacts And Empowers Essence Festival With Lance Gross And Regina Hall #VZWEssenceFestJuly 7th, 2014 by Christen
Did you miss out on one of the biggest 4th of July experiences this weekend? Each year, people from across the globe descend upon in New Orleans to see some of the biggest names in the music, empowerment and entertainment at one of the biggest and longest running festivals in the United States. ESSENCE Festival 2014 has barely come to a end but the impactful performances, influences and celebrity moments will be remembered forever!
Now in its 20th year, the event has grown to be more than a series of concerts and performances. It is an opportunity for the thousands who attend to connect with each other and their passions. The ESSENCE Festival also provides an opportunity for Verizon to connect with the community and power the passion of festival attendees. Hundreds of thousands came to New Orleans, Lousiana for the 20th Annual Essence Festival sponsored by Verizon Wireless and got the opportunity to meet and greet celebrities such as R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan, R&B crooner Kem, Actress Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Lance Gross and many more!
In addition to a star-studded celebrity experience, Verizon Wireless also showcased the power of Verizon’s network with the community by showing how individuals can transform their lives through technology & more. Representatives from Verizon’s HR team were at the ESSENCE Festival hiring talented and driven individuals who share their values of leveraging technology to create a better world. Verizon empowered girls between the ages of 12 and 17 years old to help address teen dating violence. They hosted the loveisrespect hackathon competition in New Orleans, an event that teaches software design and promotes healthy relationships in partnership with Black Girls Code and Break the Cycle.
I got the chance to sit down with Verizon Wireless celebrity partners Lance Gross and Regina Hall to discuss their favorite Essence Festival moments, must have apps and more at the historic Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans. Discover what makes their partnership with Verizon Wireless special and more #VZWEssenceFest moments below.
Photos via Chris Mitchell / CME 3000
For more on how ESSENCE Festival celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary with Verizon Wireless, visit VerizonWireless.com.
Your next business trip or vacation will only be as great as your next hotel stay. A hotel room with alleyway scents and views, bad plumbing or noisy neighbors can potentially ruin an entire travel experience. One of the most asked questions I’ve received is “How to score upgraded hotel stays?” I’ve discovered what travel insiders have known for years, upgrading your next hotel stay is a lot simpler than most people think. From rooms with spectacular views to complementary meals, beverages and more – uncover four insider secrets to upgrade your next hotel stay recently shared on Essence.com today.
Upgrade Your Hotel Room
There are many ways to request complimentary room upgrade, but you’ve got to be smart, stealth and polite about it. Typically, guests checking in later in the day have a better chance at scoring an available room upgrade. One of the best ways to score a complementary upgrade is to greet the front desk agent with a smile and tip up front. By simply walking up with a smile, id, credit card in hand and greeting the front desk agent with a $20 tip you open up a world of upgrade possibilities. Make sure you’re assertive and let the agent know “This is for you. Whatever you can do for me, I’d appreciate a room upgrade, late checkout, wine, whatever…” and watch the hotel experience upgrades come rolling in.
Upgrade Your In-Room Ambiance
Celebrities like Beyoncé, Mariah and Madonna upgrade their hotel room ambiance with signature essences like flowers or candles all the time. Nothing makes a hotel stay feel more like home than adding unique touches that appeal to the senses to ensure a more relaxing stay. That’s where a pre-planed hotel travel kit with lavender bath salts & pillow mists become essential when packing for your next trip. Packing satin pillowcases, scented candles & a Bluetooth speaker for your favorite music are also great additions to include in your hotel travel kit. For less than $20, you can create and pack your essential hotel room kit filled with your favorite scents, sounds and even sweet treats that will make your next hotel stay a great visit.
Looking for more insider secrets? Check out my full article on Essence.com HERE.
Summer music festival season is in full swing! Your favorite artist tour schedules have been announced and after a horrid winter, you’re ready to make this the best outdoor summer ever! I’ve kicked off my summer festival experience in a way unlike I have ever done before camping out a few weeks ago at Firefly Music Festival, but nothing compares to the excitement and anticipation for the 20th Anniversary of the Essence Music Festival (currently known as Essence Fest 2014).
GUESS WHO’S HEADED BACK TO THE BIG EASY?”
Thanks to the official Essence Fest 2014 sponsors McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, Verizon Wireless and Ford, I’ve been invited to get an inside look and exclusive experience of this historical summer event and I’ll be taking you along for the ride! Stay tuned to DivasandDorks.com, DivasDriveInHeels.com for exclusive celebrity interviews, concert performances and more ALL WEEKEND LONG!
From insider beauty secrets for summer from beauty guru Sam Fine, to talking powerful networking with Verizon and Morris Chesnut (I’ll even get some time with the electric lady herself, Janelle Monae to talk Cover Girl status & opening for his purple majesty – Prince!) For all things Essence Fest related, follow the fun online via #EssenceFest and click back here often for updated photos, videos and posts all weekend long!