Following President Obama’s Inaugural Ceremony and Parade, BET and Centric Networks celebrated in style at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery with dazzling celebs, style influencers, community leaders, and media personalities from across the globe. Live performances included Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh, and MC Lyte. It was clear from the reflections on the red carpet that stars from Hollywood to DC heard the President’s message of diversity, equality and inclusion loud and clear.
Having been in DC for the President’s first Inauguration in 2009, Access Hollywood Weekend Anchor Shaun Robinson found this time to be just as thrilling as the last. She was in awe “this incredible man, who has such a wonderful vision for our country,” gets another chance to continue his legacy. She spoke of being inspired by the President’s words of personal responsibility and making sure that we don’t have a glass ceiling.
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous remarked that Black women and men, as well as white trade unions, turned out in record numbers—defying expectations—to re-elect Barack Obama. Now he says, it’s time that people of color “internalize that we have the ability to determine who is President and we have the ability to determine the direction for this country.” Both MC Lyte and Tatyana Ali felt the same way. MC Lyte calls on us to be “participatory in the outcomes that affect us” and Tatyana wants young women to realize how powerful we truly are.
She explained, “Our lives are political. Politics is human interaction. Politics actually works properly when we all get involved, when we’re all included.” Tatyana urges young women to stay engaged and to speak out because we can be a voice to change the minds and perspectives of the people around us. Awurama Simpson, Miss Universe Ghana (2010), and Sandra Nyanchoka, Finalist on America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 12) work with young women globally to promote education and inner beauty. They want for young women to not be afraid to go after their dreams. “Education can take you anywhere and makes anyone who they want to become in life, and makes their dreams possible,” says Simpson.
Actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, founders of Sophie’s Voice Foundation, a charitable organization serving children and adults affected by the birth defect spina bifida, believe that “it’s important to dispel the myths around Obamacare” during this second term, “for people to really know what the President is offering and what has been put in place to protect and care for people and their families.” Happy parents to two young children, they hope that other families can take the spirit of empowerment, encouragement, and having our destiny in our own hands into the next four years.
Echoing those thoughts was quintessential authority on all matters of beauty and style, Ms. Mikki Taylor. She held the First Lady up as an example that “we don’t have to hope for change, we can be it.” It’s time, she said, for us to “step on stage and own the spot!”
We’re so excited to hang out in Washington DC with so many of our friends that we’re ready to tweet about it, giveaway some great prizes and kick off our Blogalicious Weekend right! Are you going to Blogalicious? Join us Friday, October 21st at the Gaylord Resort in Washington DC for a fabulous time filled with friends, fashions, technology and tweets!
(Did we mention giveaways?)
CLEVERLICIOUS TWEET UP
BELVEDERE LOBBY BAR
GAYLORD HARBOR RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
We have limited capacity so RSVP today!
See you in DC!
The 3rd Annual Blogalicious Weekend | October 21 – 23 at the Gaylord Resort Hotel and Convention Center | Washington DC
Commonly referred to as the Social Media Conference of The Year – Blogalicious 2011 is almost here!
Blogalicious conferences are aimed at celebrating the diversity of women of all ethnicities in social media. Over the course of 3 event-filled days, savvy, influential and talented women bloggers will ignite a sense of unity within the multicultural blogging community as well as educate marketers on the importance of our demographic in today’s marketplace, all while networking, building relationships, and promoting inspiration and success for each other. Thanks to the lovely ladies at Clever Girls Collective – I’ll be attending my first ever Blogalicious Weekend – October 21st – 23rd in one of my favorite cities in the world, Washington DC! *throws confetti everywhere*
Some of my absolute favorite things to do in Washington DC includes:
Shopping in Georgetown
Enjoying fresh seafood from the Wharf
Sight-seeing around the National monuments
Strolling along the National Mall
Driving through Crystal City
Late night eats at Ben’s Chilli Bowl
..and much, much more…
What are your favorite things to do in Washington DC?
If you’ve never been, or haven’t discovered your favorite things to do in DC – let the Clever Girls help you out. Clever Girls Collective is hosting a Twitter Giveaway of Two (2) Blogalicious Weekend Conference passes this week and you could WIN! Simply tweet why you want to “be #Cleverlicious at @BeBlogalicious” for a chance to win a ticket to attend the conference.
1. “I want to be #Cleverlicious at @BeBlogalicious because: ____________________________”
2. Clever Girls Collective will select the winners at random from tweeted entries on Friday, September 30th
3. You must be a member of the Clever Network to be eligible to win. (JOIN HERE.)
Note: The prize is for the conference pass only, no travel expenses are included…
I can’t wait to meet fellow bloggeristas at Blogalicious this year, if it’s anything like my past experiences at the Blogging While Brown or BlogHer Conferences earlier this year than I’m sure to meet some amazing women, brands and have enough outrageous stories for days! DO YOU HAVE YOUR BLOGALICIOUS TICKET YET? Let me know below and keep up with all my Blogalicious updates, preparations & maybe a surprise or two before, during and after Blogalicious Weekend via Twitter (with my ever clever) #Cleverlicious hashtag… SEE YA IN DC!