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‘Go With the Flow’: Lessons in Fatherhood From Brotha Tech

Being a great dad isn’t always easy but it doesn’t have to always be hard. Our resident father of 3, Terrance Gaines, a.k.a. Brotha Tech, has 8 practical and inspiring tips for dads who want to get it right. Check out this list and share it with all the awesome dads in your life.


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Something that used to irk me as a new-ish parent is all the people who come up to me and ask “Are you getting any sleep?” OF COURSE I’M NOT. I have to remember that there are way more important things to worry about as a father than silly questions, so I fake smile and keep it moving.

 

Enjoy Every Moment.

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As a new-ish father, I look at my two other kids and can’t remember them as babies, so I try to enjoy every moment with a newborn, because before you know it, they will be bothering you to death when the home WiFi goes down.

 

Take that extra “L”.

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It’s probably easy to say “let’s divide everything down the middle and share all the duties”. What fathers sometimes don’t realize there are things that mothers deal with that we simply can’t relate to. So even though it’s “her turn” to stay up with the baby, it’s okay if you step in and take over every once in a while.

 

Get Your Self-Care In.

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It’s easy to get into that daily grind and forget that self-care is important for Dads too. So when you get a chance, even if that chance is super small, sneak in that 30 minutes of Xbox.

 

Send Mama Some Love.

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As new mothers, with a baby stuck to their boob, hair all over the place, crusty eyes, and a never-ending wardrobe of baggy pajamas, that sometimes double as errand clothes, they may not feel all at desirable. It’s up to you to remind her why (and how) y’all had the baby in the first place.

 

Go with the Flow.

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Everybody who claims to be a parent will try to drop a laundry list of things you need to do before, during and after the baby arrives. Sure, there are some essentials, but with babies you have to learn them just like they are learning you. So don’t get bent out of shape if that feeding/changing/sleeping schedule isn’t followed to a tee.

 

Tribe Up.

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It’s hard for me to ask for help, so when we had our first child, I was hell bent on letting the world know “I got this”. But as I’ve grown, I’ve learned that it’s okay to be vulnerable and admit that you need help. So take the time to build up a strong support network of people who are more than willing to pitch in and take a load off your shoulders when it gets to be too much. The BEST way to do that is to be that support system for somebody else. “Do unto others…”

 

Do You, Bro.

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It’s easy to always put the baby first. But you have to make sure you don’t lose yourself in the process of just being “Daddy”. It will be hard at first, but make sure you simply grow into adding the role of father to your arsenal, versus letting fatherhood completely change who you are.

Happy Father’s Day!

See What Influencers Are Saying About ‘Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta’
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Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta is lit, according to our bloggers and influencers! For the past three weeks, they’ve watched, recapped, and live tweeted every episode, making us anticipate what will happen next with the explosive cast. The show comes with the right amount of suspense and drama to keep the masses (ahem, and us) thoroughly entertained. So to share with you what we’ve all come to love, here are some of our favorite recaps and snippets about WE tv’s newest drama Growing Hip Hop Atlanta.


Xenia from Raised by Culture says,

“I was looking for a juicy new show to get into on Thursday nights and Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta is it. I was sucked in on the cast alone. Lil’ Wayne’s daughter Reginae. Bow Wow. Zonnique – T.I. & Tiny’s daughter. And a few I wasn’t familiar with: Ms. Deb’s son Brandon, DJ Hurricane’s daughter Ayana and Jermaine Dupri’s daughter Shaniah. Was that first episode enough to keep me tuning in every Thursday tho? OH YES. THE DRAMA IS REAL.”

 

Our friends at Black Celebrity Giving on what GUHHATL revealed about career stress:

“Addressing issues like stress in one’s career is something we all can relate with. Last nights episode of the new WeTV series Growing Up Hip Hop ATL (GUHHATL) showed a different side of the glamorous life. As I watched the daughter of Tiny and step-daughter of Hip-Hop star TI cry while reflecting on the state of her career, something in me connected. I was immediately drawn in because the truth is we all have been there. Stressed with our careers, wondering when it’s going to happen for us and all we’re left with is a few tears. As Brandon Barnes asked her on last night’s episode -“What has being the daughter of famous people got her,” she couldn’t answer. The truth is no matter who we are, some of the blessings we’ve been given, you still have to work for your dreams and you have to manage your stress.”

 

Ariel from Slay Culture introduces the Brandon-versus-Reginae blowout:

“Like Shad, Zonnique Pullins, daughter of T.I. and Tiny, also wants us to know that she’s grown. “Nique Nique” scheduled a revealing photo shoot with intentions of shattering the baby girl image her former girl group the OMG Girls gave her. She invited her vocal coach Brandon Barnes and his cousin and fashion stylist Ayana Fite to the photo shoot, which turned out to be a bad idea later on. Brandon’s outspokenness and criticism of Zonnique’s look upset her best friend Reginae, who was there for moral support. The two fake introduced themselves and almost came to blows moments later. For shows like this, that’s a standard formula for good TV, but the problem here was their 9 year age difference.”

 

Arnitris of Blessed be the Tie sympathizes with Joie, Shad Moss’s ex-girlfriend:

“I felt the heart of this young woman who loves a man who just isn’t equipped to love her in the way she deserves now. I also heard the words that were unspoken as she explained that their daughter misses him when he is on the road. Joi misses him. She is longing for the comfort and security of having the love of her life present – in mind, body and spirit. I heard the words that were unspoken as Shad expressed that he was ready for the family life because she was the mother of his daughter;  while all the while neglecting the three words Joi needed to hear most I LOVE YOU. The truth of the matter is, even if he had professed his love -his actions say the opposite. When your actions and words aren’t in alignment, your words mean nothing. As the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words.”

As you can see, Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta has sparked dozens of nuanced conversations. It seems like this show has triggered something different in everyone and that’s an awesome characteristic. Here are a few more recaps to get into:

 

We hope you enjoyed these recaps and previous episodes of GUHHATL as much as we did. Join in the conversation tonight on Twitter as Episode 4 airs at 9 PM Est. Use the #GUHHATL hashtag and watch only on WEtv!

‘We See You Being Great’ Every Month
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Pictured: Aaronica Bell Cole and Jessica McFadden at Blogalicious 8 in Atlanta, GA. 2016. Photo by Maurice Bland.

Having your work acknowledged when you’ve gone hard in the paint is a gratifying feeling. So when we see members of our community kicking butt in their businesses, brands, and creative projects, we love telling them “we see you being great”.

Several months ago we encouraged our online family to share their wins, or the wins of other community members, in the Social Suite, our exclusive Facebook group. These posts were well received and increased morale. It felt great to cheer on our peers while they work so hard to turn passion into profit.

We’re taking that same enthusiasm to bring you We See You Being Great, a monthly series to highlight awesome nominees, powered by the Blogalicious blog. Each month at least one Blogalicious family member will be “called out” for being featured in the press, resolving an issue in their local community, receiving an award, consistently profiting in business, or making history of any kind. You’ll have the opportunity to nominate yourself and others so we can continue celebrating and supporting our own.

All you have to do is email us the following information with subject line “WSYBG Nominee”:

  1. Name
  2. Brand or Business
  3. Location
  4. Why is this person being nominated?
  5. How can we best support them?
  6. Social handles + website
  7. Photo

(Send emails to: info@beblogalicious.com)

Let’s keep this fun, family! Continue to be great in all you do.

9 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

There’s nothing more special than having the support of your friends in life. When it comes to business, creative ones, in particular, the lines of support become blurred. Friends who aren’t in the creative realm often don’t know how to stand with their artistic, sporadic, entrepreneurial pals who seem to always be working on something new. With so many mediums available to promote projects and businesses, it’s understandable that supporting a creative friend might be difficult or even stressful. We get it and we’re here to show you how to support your creative friends through their never ending hustles!

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9 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

Listen to their struggles. Your creative friend loves having the freedom to do their work but that doesn’t mean struggles don’t appear. In fact, they’ve probably doubled. While you might not be able to relate to their problems or even give them advice, offering a listening ear helps more than you know. You’re giving them the opportunity to be heard and reveal that their struggles are valid. That’s huge!

Attend an event when you can. More than likely, your creative buddies regularly host or attend meetups, events, or parties. If there’s one in your area, surprise them with a visit. Putting these kinds of things on are difficult — there’s an excruciating amount of time, energy, and money that goes into them. Anxiety and adrenaline run hand in hand! Seeing your face in the midst of all that would do their heart some good.

Brunch it regularly. There’s something cathartic about just being with your good friends. Doesn’t chillaxing with your tribe after a long week (or two) over grits and mimosas sound amazing? Of course, it does! You both need the break and time to catch up, so put this event in your G-cal now!

Use harmless language. Erykah Badu’s disclaimer still holds true years later: We’re artists and we’re sensitive about our ish! One of the struggles, if you will, with creative entrepreneurship is trying to explain (or live up to) your vision with others. It’s hard to do and when the other party doesn’t understand your daily tasks, struggles or why you can’t “just get a 9 to 5,” harmful language is inadvertently passed around. As unfortunate as this is, it happens and it hurts. If you don’t understand your creative friend’s why in all of this, that’s okay. Instead, mindfully express that and ask for help navigating the waters.

Share your struggles, too. Please don’t treat your buddy different because they’re different! Share your goals and desires with them. Share your struggles at the office or home with them. Share with them the way you would anyone else. Believe it or not, things like this keep up grounded and present in reality. It’s easy to grind and dream for days on end. Knowing that our friends actually need us is helpful. :)

Nail at least one of their titles. We get it. Dope, creative entrepreneurs have one million jobs because #TheGrindDontStop. On the outside, it looks like we’re all over the place. But the truth is, we’re multihyphenates in a 9 to 5 kind of world. You don’t have to understand all we do because again, we get it. However, knowing just one of our many titles is friend care. My friends (and mom) refer to me as ‘writer’ and it works for all of us!

Accept the crazy hours. Balance is something humans are always trying to achieve, no matter their profession. Your creative friends, at least when starting out, might have this especially hard. Accepting that their work hours exist on a sliding scale will help both of you maintain a great friendship. This speaks to the importance of using Gcal to schedule those brunches we mentioned earlier!

Give honest feedback. Sometimes your friend will ask you for feedback on what they’re offering. They’re asking you because they trust and respect your opinion will help them achieve something new. Use your position wisely, dear friend! Be honest and thoughtful. Share what you liked, why you liked it, what elements didn’t appeal to you, what could make them appeal to you if tweaked, and what you didn’t like. These things are helpful and valuable.

Ask how you can help. Whether it’s being a listening ear, product tester, beta reader, sample taster, or providing comic relief, your creative friend needs you in one way or another. See how you can fill in and be ready to receive the same good vibes when you’re in need, too.


Ariel Williams is the digital content manager and part-time social media support at Blogalicious.com. She also runs SlayCulture.com. Send your pitches and questions to ariel@beblogalicious.com. 

Watch ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’ With Us Tonight!
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Are you a fan of hip hop? Then you should join us tonight as we chat about the season premiere of Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta on WEtv.

This season will feature some of our favorite artists — Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne — and their children. Shad Moss aka Bow Wow is the host who’ll be guiding young moguls in the making like Reginae Carter, daughter of Lil Wayne and Toya Wright, and Zonnique Pullins, daughter of T.I. and Tiny, through the industry. We caught a sneak peek of the first episode and can tell you know that this season will be wild!

Take a look:

About Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta

On this season of Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, a tight-knit crew of friends will reveal the perks and perils of being born into Hip-Hop royalty. But as they hustle for independent success, a toxic rivalry unfolds. Unforeseen danger marks Shad Moss aka Bow Wow’s return to ATL when he decides to release his first album in six years. The hip hop child star, now 30-years-old and a father, is ready to bow out of the music industry gracefully with one last hit, but will he make it out unscathed? With a toddler and an on again/off again baby mama in L.A., along with a bad-boy track record and a long rap sheet of women, Bow Wow struggles to stay focused. But his Atlanta family forces him to face the music as they push him to make the ultimate comeback. It’s time for Lil’ Bow Wow to re-enter the music industry as Big Bow Wow under the tutelage of his surrogate fathers, legendary rapper and mega-producer Snoop Dogg, and the “Godfather” of Atlanta hip hop Jermaine Dupri, along with the guidance of Da Brat, the first female solo rapper to sell over 1 million records.

Sound like an entertaining way to spend your Thursday nights for the next 6 weeks? We think so too! Help us kick off the season tonight on Twitter with a fun, engaging chat at 9 PM ET. Joining us will be our partners WEtv, selected bloggers for our six-week campaign, and hopefully, members of the cast.

Chat with you tonight!

Kim Hawk on Women In Travel Summit: ‘Create Your Own Path to Entrepreneurship’

Blogalicious was a proud media partner for this year’s Women in Travel Summit. That partnership spawned a content that travel blogger and entrepreneur Kim Hawk won. Kim is the founder and editor-in-chief of Work Hard Travel Well, a blog and digital resource designed to help entrepreneurs, creatives and aspiring bossed build an empire and travel the world at the same time. 

It goes without saying that Kim had an amazing time at WITS! Here’s a snippet from her time at the summit:

“This year I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the Women in Travel Summit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Women In Travel Summit (WITS) connects travel influencers and travel industry members. The summit is filled with events and sessions that provide influencers and bloggers with tools to increase digital presence and achieve business goals. The summit was brought to my attention from a contest announcement email from the online community, Blogalicious, who was also a 2017 WITS sponsor. Blogalicious is a digital community that elevates women multicultural social media influencers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. Blogalicious also has an annual conference that connects social media influencers, leading brands and industry leaders. This year it is in Miami on October 5th-8th.

“It is good to attend a conference related to your field and audience because it will help you learn how to best monetize your blog and content, connect and build friendships with other bloggers and get the word out about your blog, product or projects. As a blogger and social media influencer, you can never learn enough. Technology and best practices constantly change. Here are 5 things I learned from the 2017 Women in Travel Summit (#Wits17).”

We know — this is a tease! Kim shared some amazing tips. To get the full article, read it here.

Congratulations on your win again, Kim. A special thank you to Women in Travel Summit.

#TribeUp! Blogalicious Weekend 2017 Call for Speakers is Now Open!

Application deadline: 8PM EST, June 2, 2017

Our 2017 Conference Theme is…

#TribeUp

Everywhere we turn, we’re seeing the spirit of Tribes make its presence known. Whether in the form of an Instagram pod or a Facebook community; a podcast audience or a Slack group, the desire to form a circle of like-minded individuals with a common goal and respected leadership is everywhere. And here’s the secret that us influencers have known all along: the level of engagement within a well-led tribe is through the roof. This is exciting, not only for content creators, but for media and marketers, too.

As so keenly put by Seth Godin almost a decade ago:

“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.”
(Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us)

We want to take that notion one step further and highlight your ‘how.’ What are some of the smartest, most fun, and most powerful ways you’ve gone about building your tribe?
For our 9th annual Blogalicious Weekend, we’re celebrating the importance of tribes — the trusted communities that each of you has built and are so expertly leading. In doing so, we’re paying homage to our tribe of multicultural, social media enthusiasts who continually build and foster platforms; destinations, resources, collaborations and connections that bring to light movements, information, life-hacks and social issues to the world around them. From where we stand, “Tribe” is not just another “it” word, but a way of life and sense of kinship that elevates everyone and everything around us. With an inspired tribe, the ability to make change and leave a legacy is beyond limits

It’s time to #TribeUp!

 

Interested in speaking? Great! Here’s what you need to know about the call for speakers:

Click Here to fill out the application.
Please read the instructions carefully!

Event date is October 5-8th, 2017. When applying, please be available to speak that weekend.

We read/view every single submission. You will receive an email notice notifying that your application has been received.

Application deadline is Friday, June 2nd! We’re on a very tight deadline so for this reason, absolutely NO exceptions.

Decision day is Sunday, June 25, 2017. You will receive an email notification from Blogalicious letting you know if your submission has been accepted or declined with next steps. Please do not email Blogalicious before that date.

Your submission should be focused on serving the needs of the attendees with our theme in mind. Clearly state on what significant offering and takeaways you will be providing our community.

This year we are curating a more streamlined event program. We’re looking for intermediate to advanced level facilitators to guide our community.  Our agenda this year includes masterclasses, siestas and tribe gatherings. With that said, as much as we would love to, we cannot accept every single submission.

Selected Speakers will receive complimentary Influencers registration for Blogalicious Weekend. You will be responsible for covering your own lodging and transportation.

Be yourself! Show your personality! #TribeUP!

 

Part 2: Notable Keynotes and Celebs that Showed Up and Showed Out at Blogalicious Weekend

[Read Part 1, HERE]

Blogalicious 2013: Harriette Cole, Luvvie Ajayi and Elisa Camahort-Page

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2013 was a big year for Blogalicious – it was our 5th birthday! That year we returned to Atlanta and celebrated our milestone with a bang. Life stylist and motivational speaker, Harriette Cole moved participants to tears (literally) in her VIP workshop on Mastering Your Elevator Pitch; while Luvvie Ajayi and Kailei Carr served as the perfect hostesses of the Scandal Premiere Watch Party presented by XFINITY CelebrateBlackTV.com – the Olivia Pope outfits were fiyah!!

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And rounding out our ‘Create.Build.Fund’ theme was none other than Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer, who gave one of our most impactiful keynotes on Funding Your Dream: What to know, who to know, and perhaps most importantly: What NOT to do. Our 5th birthday was pretty awesome, don’t you think?

 

Blogalicious 2014: Derreck Kayongo, Lamman Rucker and Issa Rae

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CNN Hero Derreck Kayongo’s energy was infectious! He shared his story about how his Global Soap Project came to be and then ended the keynote by getting us all to participate in a song. We’re inspired by the work he continues to do through his current role as CEO of the National Center for Human and Civil Rights.

 

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OWN Greenleaf actor, Lamman Rucker visited Blogalicious 2014 and spent quality time with the men at a private luncheon hosted by Toyota. Following the lunch, the meet and greet line to take a photo with Lamman extended well past the ballroom doors. Ladies and babies alike loved having him there! He was gracious, funny and had a heart of gold.

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We had the pleasure and good time of listening to Issa Rae give a keynote Q&A moderated by another media maven, Luvvie Ajayi. Issa gave us insight into the not-so-glamorous work that has gone into her ascent from YouTuber to premium cable TV series producer and actress. We took all the notes.

 

Blogalicious 2015:  Hon. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Paul Carrick Brunson, Natasha Eubanks, Ana Flores and Mahisha Dellinger

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In 2015 we hosted Blogalicious Weekend in Baltimore. It was a somber time because the city was on high alert due to the high profile Freddie Gray case. Baltimore city Mayor, the Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake talked about her rise into politics and how naysayers tried to stop her path to greatness.  “You can’t imagine how a fly haircut and lip gloss can affect some people.” Word.

 

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Blogalicious co-founder, Stacey Ferguson moderated a panel featuring YBF Founder: Natasha Eubanks, We All Grow Latina Founder: Ana Flores, serialprenuer: Paul Carrick Brunson and Curlz Founder: Mahisha Dellinger. They dropped gems about how they’ve built their empires and gave the attendees the encouragement to stay the course.

Blogalicious 2016: Nely Galán and Ramon Ray 

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Nely opened Blogalicious weekend by sharing how one defining moment in her career inspired her to make a shift and start her multi-million business empire. She also emphasized that each woman should be her own Prince Charming. Women should set out to create their own rich life in every way. Another thing she said: “buy buildings, not shoes!”

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Ramon Ray, Publisher and Exeutive Editor of Smart Hustle Magazine closed Blogalicious Weekend sharing his secret sauce for getting the media talking about YOU and your product or service.  The sauce was so tasty, that 45 minutes was simply not enough time for Ramon and Justice Fergie told him to keep talking for another fifteen minutes! The attendees loved his informative talk and his energy was infectious.

As you can see, we’ve been SO fortunate to have so many amazing speakers grace our stage. Each year, our keynotes bring a different set of perspectives, motivation and energy to our event that we hope stick with your for months afterwards. We’re all about lifting one another up and learning from these captains of industry is so critical to our mission. Oh, and the occasional appearance from a comedian-R&B singer-spokesmodel-rap legend-TV Chef doesn’t hurt either!

Blogalicious 2017: Who would YOU want to see this year? 

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Comment below or tweet us at @beblogalicious with your suggestions!

 

Part 1: Notable Keynotes and Celebrities that Showed Up and Showed Out at Blogalicious Weekend

Selecting a keynote speaker for Blogalicious Weekend is a task we take very seriously. This individual has to bring the energy and set the tone for the entire Weekend. Below, we share some of our notable favorites! 

Blogalicious 2009:  Karen Walrond and Kim Coles 

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Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks lit up our inaugural conference with her powerful message about “The Beauty of Different.” Kimberly Coleman (Mom In The City) shared this reaction: “The message really resonated with me. She encouraged us to figure out what made us different – our “superpower.” That’s the only way that we can be who we are meant to be and to live out our own personal dreams.”

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During Disney Interactive’s The Princess and the Frog New Orleans-style Luncheon, one of us did a double take. Is that THE Kim Coles from ‘Living Single’ tip-toeing into the ballroom?! Turns out she was in the hotel as part of the presenting team for the BET Hip Hop Awards, and saw the fabulous group of ladies entering the luncheon; she decided our event was more fun to attend and she crashed for a few minutes. She said she would be back! Later that night, Kim joined us in the Clever Girls’ Yummie Tummie Suite. We had a ball sipping on bubbly and noshing on tasty cupcakes Good times! We love that, 8 years later, she is still connected with our community.

Blogalicious 2010:  Loni Love, Marc Morial and Kindred The Family Soul

Whew! Let’s talk about Miami, shall we? We had the great honor of having Marc Morial, President of the National Urban League (and former mayor of New Orleans), present our Opening Keynote. We felt inspired as Mr. Morial applauded us for lifting our voices and talked of the important work to be done in our communities. We’ve remained good friends with the Urban League – and Blogalicious family members were invited to live blog President Obama’s speech at their Centennial Conference! A Moment to remember.

And then, there was Loni Love! Presented by McDonald’s – a long-time Blogalicious partner – Loni, a Cafe Mocha Radio personality and co-host on The Real, had us in stitches as she hosted our luncheon AND took the time to interview several bloggers one-on-one.

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A private performance for the Blogalicious attendees by Kindred The Family Soul, capped off an evening presented by General Mills (complete with topless waiters serving Yoplait martinis!) The duo was so down to earth and personable that they blessed us with a repeat, surprise, performance the next day. We’ve kept in touch and have been cheering them on ever since, through their webisodes, Wal-mart commercials and more!

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Blogalicious 2011:  Jessie Jones, Paula Patton, and Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.

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Jessie Jones’, then-founder of U-ology, motivational speech tackledrelationship building.  “We need to develop an “army” with those that want to build with us. If you only have support from 2 people then great, build from there. Don’t waste time with people who won’t support you.” (Quote source: Mommy Factor) We enjoyed having our Canadian brother grace the stage – congrats on your new agency, Jesse!!!

 

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The line for the Cover Girl QUEEN Collection Suite was out the door! That’s because the gorgeous and warm Paula Patton was their brand ambassador on hand to meet and greet with the Blogalicious community. Justice Fergie’s mom was oh-so-tickled when Ms. Patton told her that she should be so very proud of her daughter – we’re proud of you, Paula!

 

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Breakfast for dinner you say? We think that’s a great idea! And so did Aunt Jemima, who brought their brand ambassador, Chef Aaron “Big Daddy” McCargo from the Food Network to Blogalicious. Not only did he perform live cooking demos  and host our Pancake Dinner, but he also took the time to autograph his cookbook: Simply Done, Well Done for everyone in attendance. Keep cookin’ with grease, Chef!

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Blogalicious 2012: Mario Armstrong and Doug E. Fresh 

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Mario Armstrong kickoff Blogalicious 2012 on a high note. He gave an energizing keynote sharing his entrepreneurship journey, and kept it all the way real by sharing a screenshot of his negative bank account statement to show that the road to entrepreneurship is not always paved in gold. After his keynote, 30+ bloggers continued the conversation outside of the ballroom! Attendees couldn’t get enough to his wisdom and energy. [P.S. Congrats on the launch of The Never Settle Show, Mario!!]

 

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Those of you where were there already know. This is hands down THE BEST closing party we hosted in the history of Blogalicious. Gain took us back to early 90’s and bought Doug E. Fresh to help us relive the nostalgia. Attendees are still talking about this party today! Thanks #GainFresh!!

 

But wait! There’s MORE. Part 2 Up Next!

 

Blogalicious 2017: Who would YOU want to see this year? 

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Comment below or tweet us at @beblogalicious with your suggestions!

 

{P.S. Blogalicious 2017 Weekend call for speakers will open in May! Stay tuned for more details) 

9 Podcasts We Think Are Worth Listening To

New podcasts are popping up in our social media feed daily!  As the web becomes more visual (graphics! video! filters!) it’s refreshing to see growth in a medium that doesn’t require you to have your face beat to share your content. There are so many podcasts worth bookmarking and sharing that we can’t keep up. Here are just a few that are on our radar these days…

 

1. Super Mamas

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Every Tuesday, the Lopez sisters provide a judgment-free space where new, expecting, and experienced mothers can come together to learn from one another; be inspired by each other, and bond over their similar upbringings and cultural background. They’re also super fun and super smart!

2. Myleik – #MyTaughtYou 

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The Founder of Curlbox shares gems she’s learned along the way and interviews rising entrepreneurs. Judging by all of the tweets in our feed, her audience LOVES the knowledge she drops and wait for her episodes like folks line up for the new iPhone.

 

3. Smart Passive Income

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Need we say more? Over 10 million followers listen to Pat Flynn share his entrepreneurship and money making tips. As content creators and influencers with our own platforms, it only makes sense to use our skills to our advantage. We should each have at least one passive revenue stream (if not several!) Tune into Pat’s podcast to hit the ground running.

 

4. Being Boss

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Emily and Kathleen share daily insights they’ve learned along the way about being a boss, putting in work and breaking the rules without sacrificing their true selves. We love that they’ve gone from entrepreneurs to having their own successful branding agency, to teaching us how we can ball too.

 

5. Another Round with Heben and Tracy

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Grab your favorite cocktail! Heben and Tracy  cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show backed by the Buzzfeed brand. We’re hooked. ‘Nuff said.

6. Startup Podcast

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The StartUp is a podcast about what it’s really like to get a business off the ground. Expect interviews, honest stories and tricks of the trade in a beautifully produced format. Season 1 might still be one of our favorites – it’s all about starting up a start up. Meta. Yet brilliant.

 

7. Fare of the Free Child

 

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Blogalicious family member, Akilah S. Richards, and her guests discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising free black and brown children in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them. It’s brutally honest and completely necessary. #RaisingFreePeople

8. Gilmore Guys

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Whether you love the Gilmore Girls TV show or not, everybody has an opinion on it. Including the Gilmore Guys!  Super fans Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe go deep into Gilmore Girls episode by episode with special guests to analyze, praise, mock, and gab like gals about all things Stars Hollow and beyond. We’re here for it.

9. Call Your Girlfriend

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Call Your Girlfriend is a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere, hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman and produced by Gina Delvac. Every other week, eavesdrop as Aminatou and Ann call each other to discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics. It’s inspired at least one blog post by Justice Fergie, and we’re betting they’ll inspire you, too.

 

These are the 9 podcasts we’re into at the moment – in no particular order. What are yours?  Chime in the comments below. We’re all ears! (pun intended) 

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