Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, Omarion and More Team Up With Verizon Against Domestic Violence #HopelineJuly 13th, 2015 by Christen
Over the July 4th weekend, Verizon’s HopeLine program teamed up with celebrities Terrence J, Justine Skye, Omarion and Morris Chestnut to debut a powerful PSA at Essence Festival 2015 to raise awareness about an important issue that affects our communities, friends, and family members – domestic violence.
Verizon’s HopeLine program, together with Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, Omarion and Justine Skye, are asking people to take action against domestic violence in a very simple way – by donating a used wireless phone. Verizon is aiming to reach 1 million phone donations to their HopeLine program by the end of 2015. These phones are turned into vital resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Now we can all make change and give hope to domestic violence victims and survivors by helping HopeLine, a phone donation and grant-giving program, reach its goal of 1 million phone donations by the end of 2015! For more information, please visit www.verizon.com/about/hopeline.
Kevin Hart kicked off an epic Essence Fest weekend here in New Orleans, celebrating a sold out super dome What Now tour concert, a 3-year partnership with Verizon Wireless and today he celebrates his 36th birthday!
I caught up with Terrence J and Kevin Hart at the grand opening of the Verizon Live Experience booth at Essence Festival, where Kevin shares his thoughts on the moment he realized he’s achieving his life long dreams. Hart sat down with E News! correspondent and actor Terrence J to discuss some upcoming projects and how his fans have played a role in his success.
“I now understand that the one thing that people need and that we love is laughter. That’s the one thing that puts everybody together. That’s the one thing that takes any worry away. I provide that…I’m thankful, I’m blessed, but more importantly, I’m apart of a group — the fans that are doing this with me. We’re making history together.”
“It’s not just a Kevin Hart thing.” Looking onto the audience Hart continued. “You guys have been riding with me for so long so as I grow I share the success with my fans.”
Check out the exclusive chat with Kevin Hart below:
Kevin Hart officially opened the Verizon booth during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed fans with an exclusive meet and greet plus activations, games, prizes and more kicking off the 3-day Essence Festival weekend.
Verizon Wireless is all about keeping you connected to capture, share and relive your favorite moments from Essence Fest weekend forever. I’ve been keeping up with all of Kevin Hart’s behind the scenes fun on Periscope (If you haven’t watched yet, you’re missing out!) To keep up with all the Essence Fest fun and Verizon Live moments, stay connected by checking out #VerizonLive online!
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: http://bitly.com/1IbtvH1
Have you ever felt like you would have a greater impact on your community – or the world – if you could just amplify your voice, scale your business or hone your technology skills? Women hold less than 25% of our country’s STEM careers – it’s time to change that. During the 21st Annual Black Women’s Expo in Chicago – Verizon gave consumers insight into the opportunities awaiting them in tech (while celebrating the final days of Women’s History Month featuring trailblazing ladies of technology) with the “Unlock Your Potential” women in STEM panel.
An event designed for women by women, the Black Women’s Expo celebrates women’s aspirations and achievements and provides a platform for women to discuss solutions to the issues they confront in daily life. In its 21st year, BWE is the nation’s longest running empowerment exposition for the African American consumer, garnering attendance of more than 29,000.
Leading the conversation on innovation, the “Unlock Your Potential” panel included Lisa Laws – Engineer/Deputy COO for City of Chicago, Luvvie Ajayi – Blogger for AwesomelyLuvvie.com, and Abby Knowles – Executive Director of VZW Network in Midwest Area. During the event, panelists generated compelling conversations that inspired the audience and informed how technology is being used and STEM opportunities available. Guests left the panel with knowledge on how vast STEM truly is – whether it’s helping the lives of citizens in a community, building a nationally recognized blog, or operating the nation’s largest wireless network.
Check out live tweets from the #PotentialOfUs inspired panel via Storify below:
Most people today have a cellphone that rarely leaves their side. In fact, cellphone usage is at an all-time high, with 91 percent of adults owning one, reports the Pew Research Center. While the technology has drastically improved many aspects of daily life, the cost of devices and service plans – as well as the complex contracts – leaves many people feeling like they’re being hustled.
We believe you have a right to know about the commonly believed misconceptions about the cellphone industry that are causing people to spend more than necessary. Get the facts by learning the truth about the most common cellphone myths below!
Myth: One late payment won’t affect your credit score
Reality: It doesn’t take much for your credit score to take a hit. One late payment can stay on your record for up to seven years. Because most of the top wireless carriers use your credit score to judge whether they should give you the best deals, that means one bad decision can haunt you years later. First, always make it a priority to pay your bills on time. Second, look for a carrier that considers more than a credit check to obtain the best deals.
Myth: The advertised deals from carriers are for anyone
Reality: Wireless carriers spend $4 billion advertising their “best” deals on smartphones, yet in reality, more than half of Americans cannot get the deals because they are reserved only for those with the “best” credit. According to the Consumer Federation of America, credit score plays a “vital” role in many purchases.
Myth: Almost all American adults have a smartphone
Reality: At a time when mobile connectivity is sweeping the globe, the United States ranks 13th in the world in terms of smartphone penetration ? behind a dozen countries including Australia, Israel and Saudi Arabia. There are more than 100 million American adults who don’t have a smartphone according to Pew Research and the U.S. Census Bureau. A smartphone paired with the right plan for your needs can keep you connected and benefit your budget. Furthermore, many people choose to eliminate land lines and sometimes even Internet service at home to save and then solely rely on their smartphones to stay connected.
Myth: You pay more for smartphones with no-contract plans
Reality: Consumer Reports states it’s cheaper to buy a phone through a no-contract plan. Why? Because you finance the phone separately from your wireless service and therefore once it is paid off, your monthly bill can decrease. You will not continue to pay a higher amount after that time – unlike an annual service contract plan. Research popular no-contract prepaid and postpaid plans, like Simple Choice from T-Mobile, Verizon or WalMart Family Mobile. Loyal customers can immediately qualify based on their relationship with each carrier making the best wireless deals more accessible.
It’s always super cool to get rewarded for doing things you’re supposed to do anyways, RIGHT? With so many reward-based loyalty programs around, it’s easy to forget who has the best rewards that’ll give you the biggest bang for your buck! I’ll admit, I remember signing up for Verizon Smart Rewards last year, but totally forgot that I’ve been earning points towards discounts on vacations, smart accessories and more. (I mean, accumulating 79,000 points in a few months ain’t too shabby – if I do say so myself. New gold iPad Mini, I’m on my way!)
Verizon Smart Rewards, a unique loyalty program that offers a wide variety of rewards in exchange for points, just got even better. Need more data to get you through Spring Break? Now, Verizon Smart Rewards participants can use points to get data, discounts on select devices and accessories, and more. In addition to popular discounted merchandise, travel deals, gift cards and local coupons, Smart Rewards customers can take advantage of new limited-time Verizon-specific offers:
- 1GB of MORE Everything Data for 5,000 points (for qualifying Smart Rewards customers on MORE Everything data plans; valid for one full bill cycle)
- Thousands of weekly discounts on select devices and accessories, including iOS tablets, through Daily Deals and Auctions
- Early upgrades to Verizon Edge (for qualifying Smart Rewards customers within 6 months of their upgrade date)
Earning points is easy – and they add up fast. Millions of customers already take advantage of the Smart Rewards program by earning and redeeming points for their everyday activities and interactions with Verizon Wireless.
As a reminder, Verizon customers who sign up for Smart Rewards will find at least 10,000 points waiting for them after they register (that’s more than enough for 1 GB of MORE Everything data). Activities, including signing in to the My Verizon online account management tool, paying your monthly bill, and other transactions like using the Verizon Trade In program or choosing paperless billing, will generate more points every month.
With gift cards from TJ Maxx, GAP, vacation packages and more waiting on you, what are you waiting on to sign up? It’s free, easy and Verizon Wireless Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/rewards to learn more and register.
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.
Looking for love in all the wrong places? Why not let technology do the work for you! Nearly 97% of consumers will use tech to find the right gift for their loved ones. Technology is more important to our love lives than many of us think! Recently, Verizon conducted a study that explored how our use of technology affects how we celebrate on the biggest holidays of the year – Valentine’s Day! According to the survey, more than half of those surveyed communicate via technology on Valentine’s Day and the majority of folks (79%) will send some form of electronic wish rather than the old-fashioned paper card – I know, kind of sad.
And when it comes to romancing your Valentine, technology puts it all at our fingertips. In fact, this year on Valentine’s Day, 82% of those surveyed are likely to get a restaurant recommendation or make a restaurant reservation using their electronic device and 97% are likely to use their electronic device to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. But what will they purchase? A whopping 80% are likely to surprise their loved ones with some form of technology this year.
Discover more details and let us know how you’ll show someone you love them using technology in the comments section below!