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Verizon’s #YouDontKnowMe Initiative Puts A Spotlight on Racial Stereotypes

July 25th, 2016 by Christen

Stereotypes are real. And although in recent days, they’ve seem to be too real, causing terrifying reprocussions – Verizon is doing something about changing the narrative with it’s newest #YouDontKnowMe initiative.


Baltimore middle schooler Loden Harris became an inventor at age 13 when he turned his vision for a mobile phone charging stand into a real working product with a 3D printer. By bringing his idea to life, he shared a message to his African-American peers: “There are young black males who are preparing to make a difference in the technical world!”


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Loden’s phone charging stand is just one of the more than 500 technology products including apps and 3D inventions, that African-American boys have brought to life in the last year – with the help of a new program that’s focusing on minority middle school boys. This group is often “forgotten” when it comes to programming for technology skills, despite the fact that African-American males remain one of the most underrepresented groups in STEM professions, and the “boys club” of Silicon Valley is stiflingly monochromatic.



The Verizon Innovative Learning program for minority males is a new initiative that is making sure these boys have a chance to succeed, by investing in them with marketable tech skills, mentors and access to classes on college campuses. Even more than skills, it’s helping these boys get a new picture of how they too can MAKE IT, even if they aren’t a rapper or professional ball player.


To date, the program’s reached 450 boys so far and is now expanding to 12 cities, where it will engage more1,200 young men. New data also shows the program is making an impact – increasing minority boys’ interest in STEM careers and subjects.  Verizon is also hosting 100 young men from July 27th – 30th in San Francisco at an event where they will receive hands-on tech training, hear insightful lectures and experience behind-the-scenes workshop at Lucas Films and the Levi’s Stadium Gridiron Engineering & Design Lab.


Want to do your part in sharing the new narrative about our community in STEM?  Check out the video and share it socially on Facebook and Twitter using #YouDontKnowMe today!

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How are you changing the narrative and stereotypes in your community?  Sound off and share on social media using #YouDontKnowMe today!

4 Reasons Why The Samsung S7 Powered By Verizon Is The Best Phone For Socialites

April 5th, 2016 by Christen


Samsung Galaxy S7



These days, everyone’s a blogger, social media “expert” and a socialite, right?  So shouldn’t you have a smartphone that keeps up with you, the way you live and what matters most?  That’s where the new Samsung Galaxy S7 comes in.  As a proud Galaxy user, I’ve been tasked to compare the S6 Edge vs the S7 and uncover why the new S7 is the best smartphone for social trendsetters below!


s7More storage in the S7 means, more capacity to save your favorite memories!

What’s new with the S7?

Samsung brought back the “water-resistance” feature, which was a no show in the S6/S6 Edge.  The newest phones can be submerged in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. That’s right! Get ready to take your new S7 underwater for Spring Break and Summer vacation!


s7 waterproofGet ready for Spring Break and vacation fun with this water resistant smartphone.


If you’re wondering about battery power, batteries have been supercharged, boasting 3000 mAh for the S7.  But the crucial difference between the S6 Edge and S7 devices is the Galaxy S7 supports microSD cards!  You know what that means? More space for selfies, music, downloads and more!


S7 2The battery is still non-removable, but it has been supercharged with 3000 mAh.




The S7 Screen

The Galaxy S7 engages an Always On display, like that seen on other newer devices, but not on the S6. The S7 uses an AMOLED screen, which allows individual pixels to be illuminated. This feature allows a small number of pixels to remain illuminated, even when the device is asleep, displaying the time, the date and notifications. Which is perfect for getting a jump start on your day!  (Those calendar alerts keep me on my toes for daily calls, meetings and important events.)  The S7 also packs a beautiful 5.1-inch QHD screen, the detail is outstanding and has the highest display standard. The device is still readable from the latest of late nights to even the brightest sunlight.


S7 1The screen is brighter and more vibrant than ever! Day or night!


The S7 Camera

The Galaxy S6 has a impressive camera.  It’s capable in low light, perfect for capturing late night shenanigans for the gram.  It’s rarely overexposed in daylight and somehow manages to capture natural, vibrant colors and bring photos to life. Galaxy S7 camera has reduced the number of megapixels on the main camera from 16 megapixels to 12 megapixels. Both devices have a 5 megapixel camera. While the new camera may produce a lower number of pixels, it makes up for this with dual-pixel technology; a feature that increases image clarity.


S7 6The smartphone for social photographers!


For the true photography junkies, the camera’s aperture is also lower, at f / 1.7, which means better low-light performance. Together, these enhancements mean that the Galaxy S7 focuses up to four times faster in low-light conditions and twice as fast in daylight.  Are you catching a theme here?  It’s a superior smartphone for capturing late night fun indoors/outdoors, nightclubs and more!



The Socialite Smartphone

Overall, Samsung has made major improvements in  the return of microSD card support, noticeable improvements in the design, low-light camera improvements and a larger battery all make the S7 an improvement over the S6 and if you’re on the social scene, you’ll love making the most of your experience with the S7 device!  Grab a great deal on the Samsung Galaxy S7 here and for more information on the device visit



Samsung Galaxy S7

Can You Believe It? The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Is Practically Indestructible!

January 20th, 2016 by Christen

There’s no such thing as an indestructible smartphone is there?  After all, when you think about smartphones, you think delicate, precious and prone to cracks and scuffs thanks to unpredictable slippery fingers.  If there were a such thing as an indestructible phone – the Droid Turbo 2 could be it!


Droid Turbo 2



Say hello to the Droid Turbo 2 armed with the world’s first shatterproof display from Verizon Wireless!  The Moto ShatterShield is the world’s first smartphone display guaranteed not to crack or shatter and it’s exclusively found on the Droid Turbo 2.   So what makes Moto ShatterShield so special?  The display technology is an integrated system with five layers that absorb shock from impact and are proven not to shatter.


Droid Turbo 2 Black



In addition to the shatter proof screen, the Droid Turbo 2 is power packed with more features than ever before.  Long lasting battery?  This Droid Turbo 2 has it!  With a high capacity, 3760 mAh battery, you’ll power through today and tomorrow without giving battery life (or plugging into a power source) a second thought.  But just in case you find yourself low on power, Droid TurboPower charging’s feature has you covered.  Get a quick burst of energy when you need it most with the world’s fastest charging smartphone. TurboPower charging provides up to 13 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging and on a full charge goes up to two full days without needing a recharge.




Droid Turbo 2 Black


The Droid Turbo 2 camera features a sharp lens that captures your best moments in a flash.  Leave the shutter lag behind with beautiful, true-to-life images in any light with the 21 MP camera. You’ll get the best results every time thanks to rapid focus with zero shutter lag and a color-balancing dual LED flash.  For those who love a good selfie, the front facing camera is just for you.  The front-facing 5 MP camera includes a wide-angle lens, which is great for fitting friends in the picture. And thanks to an extra flash on the front, everybody looks their best—even in low light.  The Droid Turbo 2 camera is even smart enough to recognize QR codes, barcodes, business cards and automatically read them without a separate scanning app.




Droid Turbo 2



The Droid Turbo 2 has been designed from the inside out.  Play games, stream video, and multitask at the speed of life. The ultra-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 2.0 GHz octa-core CPUs, paired with 3 GB of blazing-fast memory, gives you all the performance you need.  Bring your photos and videos to life in ultra-sharp detail with 77% more pixels than a 1080p display (2560 x 1440 resolution, 540 ppi). Even capture and playback amazing 4k video all on the same screen.


Droid Turbo 2


Droid Turbo 2 gives you all this in a sleek design with your choice of genuine pebbled leather, ballistic nylon and soft grip. That’s why Droid Turbo 2 is designed with a water-repellent coating to protect it from the inside out.  Plus Droid Turbo 2 works with your favorite charging pads, so you can power up free from wires and clutter.  With a smartphone jammed packed with goodness like this, why would you want any other device?


Droid Turbo 2


Discover more from the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 from Verizon Wireless by visiting and get social with Motorola Droid on Facebook and Twitter today.

Today Is The Last Day To Discover If Sprint & Verizon Owes You A Refund!

December 30th, 2015 by Tech Staff

The Sprint and Verizon refund deadline Is here!  The clock is ticking for Verizon and Sprint customers to apply for their share of a $158 million dollar refund.  If you have or have had service with either mobile carrier at any point since July 2010, you are eligible to apply.




The Federal Communications Commission reached an agreement with both wireless carriers after they were investigated for “cramming ,” or charging customers without their knowledge or permission for premium third-party text messaging services for things like horoscopes, sports scores, flirting tips, celebrity gossip, and so on. Customers were typically charged about $10 per month for the unwanted services, which were buried in their bills.


AT&T and T-Mobile were part of a similar settlement last year but the deadline has passed for refunds from those carriers. Verizon has agreed to refund $90 million to customers, while Sprint is paying back $68 million. How much you’ll get back depends mostly on how many people request refunds. As part of the agreement, from now on, Verizon and Sprint must get your permission before placing extra charges on your bill. They must also provide a free service to block third party charges from your account.


To claim the refund, customers must file a claim on the refund websites – click here for Sprint or Verizon. But you must act fast – the deadline is this Thursday, December 31st.



Verizon Is Ditching Two-Year Phone Contracts…Discover The New Plans + How Much You’ll Save!

August 7th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Verizon is dropping the 2-year contracts on August 13th – what does that mean to you? Find out the new plans and if you’ll be saving money below!

verizon new rates

Verizon is revamping the way its customers pay for cellphone service. The nation’s largest wireless carrier announced today that it’s doing away the practice of subsidizing your new phone in exchange for signing a two-year service contract.  The company unveiled new rate plans that offer a mix of discounts and price hikes and that require customers to pay for their smartphone. Under Verizon new rates, every smartphone line is $20 per month.

Then, customers choose from one of the following four data packages:

  • Small: $30/month for 1GB of shareable data
  • Medium: $45/month for 3GB of shareable data
  • Large: $60/month for 6GB of shareable data
  • X-Large: $80/month for 12GB of shareable data

Each data package can be shared among up to 10 devices, including tablets and smartwatches, which will require a $10 and $5 monthly connection fee. Verizon new rates will be available starting Thursday, August 13th. Already a Verizon customer? You’ll be able to keep your current plan or switch to one of the new data packages.


[Must Read: Terrence J, Morris Chestnut and More Team Up With Verizon Against Domestic Violence]


Competition is getting pretty stiff among wireless carriers these days.  Gone are the days of Verizon subsidizing phones in exchange for people signing two-year contracts. Now customers will have to either sign up for a monthly payment plan to pay for their devices or buy them outright.

Is the latest pricing move from Verizon going to save you coins on your current plan?  Share your thoughts below!


Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, Omarion and More Team Up With Verizon Against Domestic Violence #Hopeline

July 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.


The new PSA was designed to empower individuals to take action against domestic violence in one simple way – visit any Verizon store and donate a used wireless phone through their HopeLine program. Each donated phone helps make an impact by connecting survivors of domestic violence to vital resources and fund domestic violence organizations nationwide.

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

Kevin Hart Kicks Off Birthday Weekend With Verizon At #EssenceFest [Video]

July 6th, 2015 by Christen

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!


Kevin Hart Verizon


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.


Kevin Hart Verizon


“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.”


Must Read: Kevin Hart Explains Social Media, Box Office Success & Tech With Verizon


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“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.


Kevin Hart Verizon


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!

All Roads Leads To #EssenceFest With The Verizon Now Playing Tour #VerizonLIVE

June 17th, 2015 by Christen

The 2015 ESSENCE Festival is ALMOST HERE! And guess who’s honored and excited to be partnering with Verizon to share all the electrifying music moments, celebrity fan-fare, technology and more leading up to the 2015 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans?

As a major partner of the ESSENCE Festival, Verizon is proud to be a part of the largest celebration of African American music and culture. Even if you’re not heading to New Orleans, Verizon’s got you covered with the best celebrity guests and latest technology with the Now Playing Tour.   Discover why staying connected is so important when every moment matters when the Now Playing Tour delivers a taste of the ESSENCE Festival to cities around the country leading up to the big weekend July 3rd – 5th in New Orleans.


Verizon Now Playing Tour

Verizon Now Playing Tour


Meet me in the DMV for Verizon’s Now Playing Tour with FREE performances by Omarion, Justine Skye and hosted by Terrance J.

Come out for a chance to be a part of fun, cool music trivia games and chance to win cool tech powered by Verizon. You’re also encouraged to take action against domestic violence by donating old phones and accessories on-site to HopeLine from Verizon. HopeLine is a program that supports domestic violence organizations across the country and has set a goal to reach 1 million phone donations by the end of the year. Get ready for ESSENCE Festival music and fun with the Verizon Now Playing Tour – Saturday, June 20th!

Saturday, June 20th 


Verizon Wireless

9021 Snowden Square Dr.

Columbia, MD


Verizon Now Playing Tour


Join me as I’ll be in the heart of all the music, technology and more!  Find me at @DivasandDorks on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Periscope and more with behind the scenes look at the road to ESSENCE Festival with Verizon Wireless!  For more information and to see which city the Verizon Now Playing Tour is hitting next, visit
Keep checking in for updates, exclusive content and more, and you’ll see why this year’s Verizon ESSENCE Festival experience will be one to remember!

Join @Verizon’s “Big Pay Off” Today With @MelanieFiona in NYC #PotentialOfUs

May 15th, 2015 by Christen

BPO NYC Social Flyer


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:

RECAP: Discover How To Unlock Your Potential With STEM #PotentialOfUs

March 31st, 2015 by Christen

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.


The Black Women's Expo


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, 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:





If you’ve ever wondered how to carve your own unique niche in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) you can discover ideas and innovators celebrated by Verizon by following their stories online and via social media #PotentialOfUs.



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