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Meet Jasmine Crowe @ The ME Experience :: Atlanta

Compassionate, Zealous, Visionary and Inspiring are just a few of the words that describe Jasmine Crowe, an HBCU alumna who is working to make the world a better place. In 2011 she founded BlackCelebrityGiving.com (BCG). The idea for the site came from the vivid awareness of a lack of media coverage for black celebrities doing positive things to impact our communities. BCG was frontier in providing content of celebrity philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and causes that directly correlate with the black community. BCG partnered with celebrities across the nation in a host of cause campaigns to ensure their star-power was being used for good. Today lead by Jasmine, BCG has hosted activations in more than 20 US cities and the UK, South Africa and Haiti and has has collected and donated over three million items to causes worldwide and fed over 80,000 people through the Sunday Soul Homeless feeding initiative. Jasmine also served as the creator and executive producer of ChangeMakers a half hour docu-series profiling how celebrities use their star power for social change which premiered on Magic Johnson’s network ASPIRE!

In January of 2017, she launched Goodr, a sustainable food waste management company that leverages technology to combat hunger. Today Goodr redirects surplus food from convention centers, hotels, airports, and businesses to the millions of people who are food insecure. Under Jasmine’s direction the company now has clients that include: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Delta Airlines and more.

She has been featured in Huffington Post, The HARRY Show, Blavity, Upworthy, NBC, Black Enterprise, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and featured as a Hero of Hunger in a Brawny Paper Towels commercial.

Jasmine recently wrote her first children’s book series titled “Giving is Good” which teaches youth the importance of giving back thru a variety of causes. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, working out and spending time with friends and family.

 

Jasmine will be presenting an Impact Session at The ME Experience :: Atlanta

If you are being called to serve (and we all are), and want to understand how you can do so while being profitable, then you need to be front and center at this session! Impact Sessions will require an RSVP to maximize your experience, so grab your ticket now to ensure your seat in the workshop that will change your game.

Your FAQs about The ME Experience, Answered!

We’re loving all of the questions flooding in about The ME Experience! To make it easy, we thought we’d answer the most popular Qs right here. Have a question about something that we didn’t cover? No worries, we’re just an email (info@beblogalicious.com), tweet, IG DM or Facebook message away (@beblogalicious).

Q: What exactly is The ME Experience?

The ME (Media and Entrepreneurship) Experience is a multi-city tour with intimate and immersive 1-day workshop intensives and inspired experiences geared towards high-engaging influencers and impactful enterprises who are prepared for holistic business and interpersonal growth.

 

Q: What is the goal of The ME Experience?

The ME Experience will focus on providing an elevated event experience, with an emphasis on ‘surprise and delight’. We’re creating intentional spaces for business development, networking, immersive experiences and the most requested feedback we get from our community: more breaks and downtime to connect, collaborate and share.

 

Q: Which cities will you be traveling to?

We’re stopping at a new city each quarter.

March 24th – Atlanta, GA 

May 6th – Quebec City, Canada

August – Chicago, IL

October – San Francisco Bay Area, CA
 

Q: Who is the ME Experience for?

We’re welcoming all media professionals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses and influencers. Our 1-day tour stops are meant to be highly intimate and intensive.

Q: Just how intimate will this event be?

Unlike the Blogalicious Weekend conference that usually caps at 300-350 attendees, The ME experience will be limited to 50-75 attendees.

Q: What is the agenda for the event?

The agenda for each stop will be unique to that location, but you can get a sense of the Atlanta schedule by taking a peek at this:

 

 

Q: What time does the event start and end?

The ME Experience will start at 8am and end with a wrap party, ending at approximately 9pm .

 

Q: How can I apply to be a speaker?

Rather than open up a call for speakers, our team is hand-picking the speakers for The ME Experience for a carefully curated lineup. Visit our Presenters page for ongoing speaker announcements.

Q: How many speakers will you have at each city tour?

There will be about 4-6 speakers per event. Impact Session presenters, a keynote and several business mentors.

 

Q: I don’t see information about hotel reservations on the website?

Blogalicious is not hosting The ME Experience at a major hotel venue. Instead we’re partnering with brands and businesses that will help us achieve that intimate atmosphere that we’re working hard to provide. If you’re traveling from out of state, you will be responsible for locating your lodging.

 

Q: The ticket price is higher than what Blogalicious Weekend usually costs. What’s the reason for the change?

Much like business, media and marketing industry events that carry a four-figure price tag, the ME Experience is a high-end event targeted towards media influencers and entrepreneurs who are serious about their brand and business. The still-modest $497 investment lets us know that you’re not here to play around. You’re here to network and elevate.

 

Q: My brand/corporation is interested in partnering for this event. Where can I find more information about sponsorship?

Please send a note to: info@beblogalicious.com and we’ll provide you with our sponsor deck.

 

We hope that these FAQs help! See you at The ME Experience.

Meet Nona Jones @ The ME Experience :: Atlanta

 

Nona Jones leads Facebook’s global work with faith-based, nonprofit, youth, and multicultural organizations to help them build community around their mission on the world’s leading social media platform.

Prior to Facebook, Nona served as Chief External Affairs Officer for PACE Center for Girls, the Florida-based, statewide network of 19 Centers where she led Federal and State Legislative Advocacy, Program Expansion, Resource Development and Brand Strategy. Immediately prior to PACE, Nona served as Public Affairs Director for Gainesville Regional Utilities where she received the American Public Power Association’s Robert F. Roundtree Rising Star Award as national peer recognition of her leadership while under the age of 35.

Nona has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch,” Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars,” and Business in the Heart of Florida Magazine as a “40 Under 40 Community Leader.” The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council named her a “Woman Who Makes a Difference” and she is a Presidential Leadership Scholars Program Alumna, a national leadership development initiative jointly led by President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

She earned her Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida where she has been recognized as a University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus. She serves alongside her husband, Pastor Timothy Jones, Sr., in leading Open Door Ministries church in Gainesville, Florida. She counts her two young-sons, Timothy, Jr. and Isaac, as her greatest joys and is a proud puppy mom to the family’s Goldendoodle girl, Shiloh.

Nona will be presenting an Impact Session at
The ME Experience :: Atlanta

If you’ve been dreaming of an engaged, empowered and growing Facebook community for your brand, this is a session you don’t want to miss. Impact Sessions will require an RSVP to maximize your experience, so grab your ticket now to ensure your seat in the workshop that will change your game.

Don’t Get Caught Empty Handed on Valentine’s Day 2018

Yes, it’s a commercial holiday.

Yes, you have to get a gift.

Yes, you should wrap it.

Yes, You should order it… now.

Stuck on ideas? We got you covered.

 

Birdie Slippers

This is not your Auntie’s house slipper.  A regular house shoe isn’t cute and street shoes are out of the question, Birdie is an awesome and stylish compromise. The plush shoe comes in many colors and prints to compliment any style. If it’s good enough for princess-to-be, Megan Markle, then it’s good enough for the leading lady in your life.  Birdies $140

 

Date Night In Gift Box 

If you’re a parent with small kiddos and no access to babysitters, it’s hard to plan a date night out. The perfect solution to some quality time? A curated date night box. Date Night In includes fun projects that you and your boo can do at home to keep the romantic sparks going. The box includes everything to jump start a romantic date from ambiance, activity cards, playlist and more. Monthly or yearly subscription starts at $34.99

 

Bacon Bouquet

A dozen roses? Sooo boring. A dozen bacon roses? Yasssss, honey! This savory gift will score you extra bonus points. Bacon is a love language. Enuff said. Order by February 8th. Bacon Roses $72.00

 

Beard Guard

Speaking of food, it’s so sexy when your bearded bae cooks and brings you breakfast in bed. What’s not sexy? Finding a stray beard hair in your scrambled eggs. Prevent losing your appetite by gifting your fellow #BeardGang member with a fitted beard guard. The satin lined beard guard provides double duty to keep the beard moisturized and soft to the touch. This popular item sells out fast. Grab yours quickly. $25.00

 

Talley & Twine Watch

“The best gift you can give someone is your time.” For the dapper gentleman in your life that appreciates high quality accessories, a luxury timepiece that won’t break the bank is a thoughtful gesture. Talley & Twine is known for their “aesthetically-pleasing watches that resist the status quo.” We love this black on black watch. Very sleek. Very… black panther-ish. Shop here: $205

 

Wakanda Strong Shirt

Black Panther, the long awaited Marvel film premieres on February 16th. Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, your social media timeline is a buzzed with chatter about outfit choices for what is the most anticipated film in 2018. Don’t be left out. Show your Wakanda Pride by sporting this cozy sweatshirt by Rah Creates. $35.00

 

52 Lists Book

For some of us, writing a list is therapeutic and inspires a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Yes, lists is a love language. Especially for some of us here at Blogalicious Headquarters. We love this 52 Lists projects by popular blogger, Moorea Seal. “This gorgeous undated journal of weekly lists will help nurture self-expression and self-development. Each seasonal section includes list prompts, with plenty of space to write your own lists, and challenges to help you take action and make your dreams a reality.”  This is the gift that keeps on giving. $16.95

 

Emily McDowell Studio Stationary 

Sometimes Hallmark doesn’t quite say what we *really* want to say. Here’s comes Emily McDowell with gorgeous, eye-catching, illustrated cards for the relationships we really have. The company has cards for every occasion from sappy to down right sarcastic. Cards and other gift items start at $4.50 each.  

 

Fetti Wrap

What you’re not going to do is present that gift in the store bought packaging that it came in. Create a sense of awe and anticipation with a trendy and eye catching gift wrap. Fettiwrap has got you covered. You can choose from a few options such as “You’re my #WCW”, #Bae or #GirlBoss wrapping paper. $15.00

Happy Shopping!

xoxo

We’re Doing a New Thing…The ME Experience by Blogalicious!

We’ve always been pioneers and innovators, staying ahead of the curve…Period! Most importantly, we’ve always stayed attuned to our community’s voice and needs; providing a space to create impactful connections, interactive educational atmospheres and immersive brand experiences.

Well, guess what? We’re doing it again! As our collective continues to thrive and evolve. We’re leading the charge by continuing to provide the tools and support needed as bloggers become brands, entrepreneurs become empire builders and creatives become captains of industry.

In this newest chapter we’re bringing you The Media & Entrepreneur Experience or, as we lovingly refer to it…The ME Experience.

So, what exactly is The ME Experience? We’re so glad you asked. The ME Experience is a multi-city tour with intimate and immersive 1-day workshop intensives geared towards high-engaging influencers and impactful enterprises who are prepared for holistic business and interpersonal growth.

We’re on going on tour and we’re stopping in a new city each quarter of 2018. Here’s what our tour stop looks like:

March: Atlanta, GA

May: Quebec City, Canada (we’re going international, baby!)

August: Chicago, IL

October: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Who is The ME Experience for?

We’re welcoming all media professionals, entrepreneurs, and successful small businesses and high-engaging influencers. Our 1-day tour stops are meant to be highly intimate and intensive and will be limited to 50 – 75 attendees. Keep an eye out for registration for our Atlanta stop, opening up soon!

We hope that you’re as excited as we are and we can’t wait to see you at The ME Experience!!

The 2017 Blogalicious ‘Tribe Up’ Holiday Gift Guide!

In just a few days, Black Friday will be sounding retail alarms everywhere! Luckily for us, our community is filled with sounders who have amazing products and stores, ready for purchase. In this exclusive guide, we’ve included more than 30 gifts for him and her, for the home, and for the culture. Take a dive into this year’s official holiday gift guide presented by Team Blogalicious. And if you find something you’re dying to have, share this guide with your audience. Happy Shopping Supporting!


Trendy Fashion

Entrepreneur is a Lifestyle sweatshirt from Respect the Grind

Reclaiming My Time t-shirt from Essential Tees

Naturally Fit apparel & accessories from Naturally Fine 

Minimalist feminine clothing from Shop Ifill

Handmade Huarache sandals and jewelry from Ix-Style

Pumps, boots & wedges from ShuEsq

Caribbean clothing & accessories from Merch Carnival

Specialty shirts & boots from Steele Divine, Inc.


Accessories & Trinkets

The Anthem Keychain from Pin Living Color

Blessed & Hydrated makeup bag from Shop Slay Culture

CROWN enamel pin from Christa David Art

Afro-Caribbean jewelry for him & her from Baaba’s Jule

Tea is My Love Language mug from Ven & Rose

Laptop decal from DecalDeez 

Phone cases from The Dyna Smiles

Stylish, budget-friendly jewelry from Gold Rush Boutique


Journals, Planners & Books

Whose Shoes 2018 Transformational Planner from Purpose Driven Media

FitPossible Planner & Journal from Fit Fly Fab

Detox the B.S. Journal by Vernetta R. Freeney

Free Your Mind Journal by Be Free Project

Find Your Fierce Book by Nicole Roberts Jones

Galaxy Visionary Journal by Keep Chasing the Stars

Walks of Inspiration photo journal from TP Events

Manifest Your Passion, Power & Perseverance by Lakitia M. Woodard


Skin, Beauty & Hair

Hello Gorgeous Hair Care System from Naturalicious

Liquid Matte lippie from Couture Cosmetics

Matte lipsticks in various colors from Liquid Courage Cosmetics

Makeup for Latinas Holiday collection from Vive Cosmetics (pictured)

Conditioners & cleansers from Koils By Nature 

Bombshell Beauty Box Deluxe Set from Life of a Bombshell Cosmetics

Non-toxic, fast drying nail polish from EA Polish

Plant-based skin care from Zandra Beauty


Health & Wellness

Honey & Sage luxury soy candle from Alikay Naturals

Waist burner belt from Kish Power Fitness

Black Girl Magic workout apparel from Natural Fit Designs

Self-care gift package (2 books, tote bag & sleep serum) from The DocSwiner Store

Joy to the Box from Bawdy Bookworms


Happy shopping, family. Be sure to follow these awesome brands on social media and join their newsletters. The sales don’t stop!

#Blogalicious9 Social Media Buzz Roundup
9 Tribes We Can’t Get Enough Of Online

Since wrapping up this year’s annual conference, one thing is for certain — holding space in a tribe is everything! Our weekend in Miami confirmed what we’ve always known about tribes, that they are necessary for next level growth and support in our personal and professional lives. The Tribe Up theme allowed space for the tribeless to find affirming circles and for others, to reunite and love on their friends from afar. Our official hashtags #Blogalicious9 and #TribeUp are external proof of just how important such convenes are.

While our community is the bee’s knees, we know there are multitudes of invigorating tribes out there waiting for you to join and participate. We have a short list of amazing online tribes we can’t get enough of, but before adding them to your roster, here’s a quick question. Have you checked in on your existing tribettes?

If you found like-minded women to connect with at Blogalicious Weekend, you have to stay connected with them. Your time together meant something, and with genuine, consistent communication, it still can. Consider scheduling weekly or monthly check-ins or accountability calls that will assist and affirm you both. Engage with them on social media with likes and authentic comments. Join their newsletters and support their creative projects. Be the friend you came looking for! These small tasks will deepen your relationships and hopefully, open you to more fulfilling opportunities and connections.

When one tribe isn’t enough, spread your wings in these 9 online tribes.

9 online tribes to know and join this year

 

Black Bloggers United

Black Bloggers United, Inc. was created February 20th, 2014 with the intentions of highlighting Black content creators worldwide via social media. Fast forward to 2015, we established a website to act as a hub for our content creators, had our first event in South Florida and expanded to a worldwide community of over 800+ strong. To date we are the only network that continues to highlight Black content creators, promotes their work and connects them locally with our Regional Directors.

The Diosa Tribe: A Virtual Sisterhood Tribe of Like-Hearted Women

The Diosa Tribe™ Facebook group is a virtual Tribe for liked hearted women. It is a sisterhood and a tribe of inspiring, soulful, change-making women, Diosa’s, that join together in the name of transformation, growth, and community. We are here to support one another, inspire one another, and share resources to support our sister’s out.

Get Bullish

Bullish is feminism- and justice-minded work talk. Bullish advocates working harder and smarter now so you can have “balance” when you’re wrinkly and covered in diamonds. We believe in starting businesses on zero dollars, selling expensive things to rich people, and doing real things in the world rather than trying to “manifest your dreams.” Bullish explores class and gender issues in business, assertiveness, sexual ethics, “gentlewomanly living,” multiple income streams, and the value of women talking openly about money, careers, privilege, and influence.

Mocha Moms

Mocha Moms, Inc. is the premier voice for mothers of color. Through chapters and online, Mocha Moms, Inc. provides support for women of color as they journey through all phases of motherhood while advocating for them nationally. Mocha Moms, Inc. also encourages the spirit of community activism and service among its members.

The Unfit Christian Congregation

Lead by D. Danyelle Thomas, The Unfit Christian Congregation is a digital space that believes it’s time to change the way we do faith. This community encourages real talk about faith, sex/relationships, culture, and intersectional identities of gender, class, and race. 

Sister Power Hustlers

The brainchild of Michelle Y. Talbert, the Sister Power Hustlers community was birthed out of a deep desire to help women entrepreneurs get the information we need to create and sustain our businesses. Talbert believes, “Through shared resources and relationship building aka how we network we can go much further in business than we ever could alone.”

DW Life Coach Network

Short and to the point, this community is an exclusive professional membership for life coaches nationally and internationally. Join here.

The Self-Care Suite With Tara Pringle Jefferson

Jefferson believes in the power of self-care and so does her intimate community. The Self-Care Suite is an online community for women ready to experience growth in their careers, relationships, and in self-love + acceptance.

In Demand Brand Mastermind

Though private, this group is for driven entrepreneurs who are building brands with meaning, emotion, and value. In Demand Brand Mastermind is run by Kate Putnam who loves helping entrepreneurs grow their business through “psychology-driven brand strategy.” 

 

What tribes are you apart of? What have you learned since joining these tribes?

5 Lessons KIA Taught Us About “On Trend” Branding

When was the last time a brand made you feel truly special? For us, it was KIA at Blogalicious Weekend in Miami, Florida.

KIA returned as our premium conference sponsor and totally lived up to the title. Throughout the weekend, attendees raved about their swanky activations and trendy gifts. But what separated KIA from the pack was their staff. As consumers, we’ve all encountered brands who deplete their resources in marketing and branding, while overlooking the intimate ways they can physically interact with their audience. From the warm welcome attendees received upon walking into their Suite to the safety precautions their vehicle operators took, KIA exhibited great customer service. The staff focused on ensuring that our attendees got the most out of their time together, thus engraining brand awareness and for some, loyalty.

When we checked social media, it became clear that KIA was a collective favorite of the Blogalicious tribe. Our hashtags #Blogalicious9 and #TribeUp are embedded with photos of attendees enjoying delectables in KIA’s suite, cruising down Biscayne Blvd in one of their 2017 model cars, or fawning over free curated beauty and skincare products. This kind of response reminds us of how important it is to know your audience, their needs, and how and when to address them.

It’s important to us that we adjoin our audience with sponsors who “get them”. In confidence, we can say that KIA exceeded all expectations! Here are just a few branding lessons we learned from our time spent with the motor company.

5 branding lessons we learned from KIA

  1. Assemble the right tribe for your brand and its activations. Make sure they represent your mission with pride and integrity.
  2. Train your staff. Once you curate your tribe, equip them to serve your audience. With hundreds of attendees KIA’s staff met throughout Blogalicious Weekend, they were knowledgeable and prepared to handle next steps.
  3. Diversify your offering. For each day they were on the scene, this sponsor had something new to offer, which is great for diverse audiences.
  4. Make signing up easy. Consumers want to give you their contact information. Just make it easy for them to give.
  5. Be on trend. Everyone with a smartphone has heard about Rihanna’s new makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Due to the singer’s popularity – and the quality product features – those products are hardly in stock. Imagine the Blogalicious women’s surprise when they walked away with free Fenty products and a chance at a $50 Sephora gift card. This level of “on trend” is what we’re after and KIA provided just that!

 

Thank you, KIA, for being one of this year’s Title Sponsors! We appreciate the lessons, too.

Moving Forward: The Next Chapter in the Blogalicious Story
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In 2005, I was a corporate lawyer who was giving my heart and soul to a company I wasn’t sure cared about my well-being as a person. It was always about the work – staying late, skipping meals, climbing the ladder. I got tired of that and wanted to have more, be more, and do more with my life.
Outside of my corporate job, I was a blogger. Myself, along with some other like-minded women who were in a similar situation as me, created Blogalicious in 2009 as a space to create a community offline, that we had found with our readers online.
Back then, I couldn’t have imagined that we’d still be at this nine years later! Since we got our start, we’ve become the premier conference celebrating the diversity of women in social media. We’ve worked with a stellar family of brands such as KIA, McDonald’s, Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Dove who have trusted us to tell their stories through unforgettable campaigns and initiatives with the help of our community.
From the legendary GAIN party in 2012 to the private movie screening of Beyond the Lights with Gina Prince-Bythewood in 2014, we’ve done and seen it all as a conference. We’ve had so much fun, learning, laughing, and growing together.
Now, however, things are changing.  As an industry, blogging has evolved. Social media has changed. Trends have come and gone, and there’s a new one starting every day! With our 10th year quickly approaching, I felt like it was time for us to evolve along with this industry we love so much.
What we’re anticipating is a series of multi-city events that bring you all the good vibes and great content that you’re used to, but for less time and in a more intimate setting. Imagine all of the deep-diving we do on the conference VIP Day, but more times throughout the year. I will also continue to serve you by bringing brands, influencers, and entrepreneurs together in a purposeful and profitable way, as a coach and consultant.
There’s so much more in store for us in this next chapter of the Blogalicious story. It is my hope that you’ll stay on the journey with us, pen in hand, ready to take your starring role. Learn more about ‘What’s Next?’
With Love,
Stacey
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