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#BYOE15: PJ Power Hour Shout Out

PJ Power Hour Shout Out

A few Empire Builders joined us for PJ Power Hour during Blogalicious Weekend. We had an intimate conversation with the help of two sweet shops, The Best of Luck and Popped! Republic. We’re taking a second to shout them out for their amazing treats and presence at #BYOE15! The community loved them and should add them to their personal snack collection . (Seriously, who doesn’t love ice cream and pop corn?)


About The Best of Luck:

The Best of Luck Candy & Ice Cream is a premium candy and ice cream parlor located in the heart of Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. Offering bulk candy by the pound– with unusual, vintage, and hard-to-find varieties– we encourage customers to mix and match to create their own delicious assortment! We carry old-fashioned candy bars, specialty chocolates and truffles, gourmet pretzels, freshly popped popcorn, hot coffee from local roaster Zeke’s Coffee, fun gifts, tasty soft drinks, and more– plus fresh, cold, hand-scooped ice cream and milkshakes by local creamery Taharka Brothers!




Grab the Raven’s Football Bucket for your dad or a the Iconic Candy Lovers Dream for your best friend.


About Popped! Republic:

Washington D.C.’s popcorn revolution went mobile in May 2012.

This is when the very first Popped! Republic® food truck rolled into the Nation’s Capital – delivering the tastiest, hot air-popped popcorn in bold flavors with a D.C. twist.

In addition to traditional favorites like America’s Favorite, Capitol Caramel™, Congressional Cheddar™, K Street Kettle Korn™ and White House White Cheddar™, we offer a constantly changing selection of specialty flavors.




Stock up on your favorite Popped! Republic flavors! 


If you enjoyed the PJ Power Hour at #BYOE15, tweet Popped! Republic and The Best of Luck a special thanks, Blogalicious style.

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Thank You, Kikkoman!

Kikkoman was one of our Blogalicious sponsors at #BYOE15 and the response from our community has been great! Thank you, Kikkoman, for showing up and connecting with all of us on a deeper level. Here’s a quick roundup of  #BYOE15 Empire Builders who loved what Kikkoman had to offer.

“Kikkoman also had some soy sauce ice cream in their suite. It sounds strange but so good!” — I’m Not the Nanny blog



“And then Kikkoman was there.  You know the soy sauce people?  I was like, what the heck!  Soy and blogs, do they even mix?  But then they hit me up free soy sauce ice cream (tasted kinda like coffee) and some soy chocolate milk which was pretty awesome.  The people at the suite were pretty awesome too so I’ll accept it as normal.” — Uncle Walter’s Rants blog


“I even gotten to meet the founder who created the Blogalicious. I even met the Chef of Kikkoman Soy Sauce through a dinner sweepstake!” — In the Mix Bakery blog


“Thanks for the ice cream !! ” — @avshawPR



“Soy sauce and brown sugar ice cream? It’s sooo delicious! ” — @laflowers



“Enjoying Chef Helen’s sriracha spiced popcorn in the suite ” — @NaturallyGlamTV



“A little brought us amigas together tonight… Love! ” — Cristy Clavijo-Kish

“Not only were our minds fed with awesome speakers and content – but our tummies were blessed as well! Maryland lump crab cakes, beef short ribs, salmon and let’s not forget the desserts – mini-pineapple upside down cakes, peach cobbler and the brown-sugar/soy-sauce flavored ice-cream suite sponsored by Kikkoman (I know what you’re thinking, but it tasted much better than you think!)” — Finer Women Rising blog


Most importantly, Kikkoman brought us together!


Wonderful evening making new friends at the Kikkoman dinner at#BYOE15 #justaddkikkoman” — Piera Jolly of @TheJollyMom



To learn more about Kikkoman, visit, where you will find their creed story, recipes, food services, products and more. You can also find more Blogalicious + Kikkoman stories on social media with hashtags #JustAddKikkoman and #BYOE15.


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The Emmy’s, Marriage & More :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

The Emmy’s, Marriage & More



Before 2015’s last quarter approaches, it’s a must that we talk about this year’s Emmy’s, a little more #BYOE15 fun and how to build an empire while nurturing your marriage. Get into this week’s roundup and share your favorite moments with us, too.


The Emmy’s & why you [should] care. Viola Davis made history at the 67th prime time Emmy Awards when she won an Emmy for best actress in a drama, a first for an African-American. It was obvious that the How to Get Away with Murder star was taken aback when her name was called. Thankfully, that didn’t stop her from delivering a speech worthy of a lifetime of replays. In less than five minutes, Davis highlighted the plight of actresses of color [in Hollywood], paid homage to Harriet Tubman, whom she’s rumored to portray in a future film, and reminded us how important sisterhood is as she thanked several other amazing Black actresses worthy of an Emmy.

In case you missed it, watch it below:


Another first went to Regina King on her first Emmy nomination and win! In true King fashion, she was humble, funny, beautiful and inspiring. We’ve been fans of this long time actress since 227, but to see her own the role as Aliyah Shadeed in ABC’s American Crime made us proud to no end. We’ve got her acceptance speech, too:


Play Time is Over Conference 2015. We’re conference people, but even more, we’re tribe-supporting people. We want to congratulate our friend Cheryl Wood on her upcoming women in business conference, Play Time Is Over 2015 (#PTIO2015)! To add to this excitement, our friends Lamar & Ronnie Tyler will be speaking on Nurturing Your Marriage While Building an Empire. Register for #PTIO2015 HERE!



#BYOE15 Social Media RoundUp. Blogalicious Weekend was great this year, but don’t take our word for it. Check out our recent compilation post highlighting some of our community’s favorite moments. Catch up here!



TAKE THE SURVEY! What you think matters to us. Please take a moment to give us your #BYOE15 feedback in this survey. It will be closed on Friday, so if you haven’t shared your thoughts with us by now, do it as soon as possible. TAKE THE SURVEY!



The Emmy’s, Marriage & More | Be Blogalicious

#BYOE15 Social Media Buzz + Round Up

#BYOE15 Social Media Buzz + Round Up

#BYOE15 Highlights :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

#BYOE15: Blogalicious Highlights



So, was Blogalicious Weekend the place to be, or was it the place to be? We already know the answer to that, and like you, we’re still gleaming with excitement and passion on what #BYOE15 truly was. For this week’s round up, we’re going to highlight a few fun things that went down in Baltimore. Share your favorites with us, too.


All-Star Empire Building Panel. Talk about an all-star panel! Blogalicious co-founder Stacey Ferguson (@justicefergie) moderated a live panel with guests (from l to r) Natasha Eubanks of The YBF (@theybf), Ana Flores of Latin Bloggers Connect (@anaflores), Paul C. Brunson of Brunson Holdings (@PaulCBrunson) and Mahisha Dellinger, CEO of @frizzfreeCURLS. Each panelist shared stories on how they began their empires, advice on how to stay focused and what to do when the going gets tough. Like most of #BYOE15 happenings, you just had to be there.



Blogalicious Shirts. We were a force in our #BYOE15 shirts! Like last year, we partnered with Tees in the Trap to bring you three custom shirts suitable for every empire-building personality. In case you missed them, we still have a limited amount in stock in the Blogalicious Store! Grab some for you and your tribe!




Perfect Pitch Finalists. The #BYOE15 stage was used for many things last weekend; one being the Wells Fargo Perfect Pitch III contest. Finalists Vicki Sylvain, Sonia Kang and Rhonesha Byng confidently owned the stage as they presented their business’ missions, achievements and needs for the $5,000 grand prize. Each woman’s story was inspiring and a true testament of courage and faith. Congratulations to you all for making it to the finalist round.



Remember Why You Started. Our goal was to load Blogalicious Weekend with actionable tools, education and resources to help you build and grow successful empires. We hope that you’re able to take what you need from that training and turn profits in your blog business. Right now, your brain may be on #BYOE15 overload. Take a moment to breathe and remember why you started this venture in the first place. Write down your reason that makes it all worth it and forge the entrepreneurial journey with confidence. You got this!



#BYOE15 Blogalicious Highlights | Weekly Round Up

Meet Team Blogalicious

In just 3 days, the Blogalicious community will (re)unite in Baltimore’s Marriot hotel to learn the latest and greatest strategies on how to build successful empires. We’ve jampacked your inboxes and news feeds with our awesome speakers, their sessions, our sponsors and where to eat good local food. The one thing we haven’t officially introduced you to yet is our team, affectionately known as #TeamBlogalicious.

While it is easy to get stuck behind our devices, we don’t want that to stop you from connecting with us. So, take a moment to Meet Team Blogalicious — learn who we are, what we love to do and where you can find us in this fun team interview.


Meet Team Blogalicious




Name one thing you wish you knew about entrepreneurship before you started.


I wish I knew it was possible to invest more (too much) in other brands than your own. When I started my entrepreneurial journey, I found myself believing in my clients’ projects more than my own. I cared more about representing my client and neglected my business goals.

Ashlee Laughlin, Executive Assistant (@AshleeLaughlin)





That it would be lonely. I am a people person so this is something I struggle with daily. I’m thankful for all the ways to connect with my team and my community and for my mastermind group and communities like One Woman Shop.  — Stacey Ferguson, Co-Founder of Blogalicious (@JusticeFergie)







One thing I wish I knew… and I mean really knew about entrepreneurship before I started is that you carry it with you always. It’s always on your mind, you even feel it emotionally. And it never stops; you’re always on the hustle. I thought I knew balance, but it seems I’m constantly learning and re-learning what that means as an entrepreneur.

— Cara Paige, Marketing Director (@CaraPaigePR)



What do your surroundings look like when you’re most productive?



Sitting in my bed with my laptop with just work material around me. Pandora is playing my ‘Let The Church Say Amen’ radio station or Tyrese’s Black Rose CD is on repeat.

— Pamela S. King, bLink Marketing Network Manager (@DatingMySpouse)






In my office with a candle lit, coffee and/or tea, a little jazz or R&B playing, and my phone in another room.

Jana Player Pauldin, Blogalicious Social Squad Coordinator





Rank your Top 3 favorite brands. Why are they your favorite?


Terrance Gaines Tech Advisor

1) Apple. I’m impressed by how they control all aspects of their ecosystem (hardware, software & and services) and their branding/marking is very personal and appeals to your emotions.

2) BMW. A company that has stayed on task after all these years when it comes to their brand and message – “The ultimate driving machine.”

3) UberThey did exactly what you’re supposed to do as a tech startup – Identify a problem/need, and create a product/brand built around solving that specific problem/need.

Terrance Gaines, Blogalicious Technology Advisor (@BrothaTech)



1) Humans of NY (HONY) –  This page gets me in my feelings every time. A daily reminder to never judge a book by its cover.

2) Tieks & Talenti is KILLING the social media marketing game. I’m in awe of their creativity and social strategy. Bucket list: I’d love to spend a day shadowing their community manager and learning a trick or two.

— Jazzy Jones, Operations & Logistics Manager (@JazzyJ0nez)




1) Sephora because they make women of all colors believe in beauty and self-care again. Their customer service is amazing and the place feels like Never Never Land. Plus, the variety is astounding.

2) Honda. My first car was a Honda Accord and it lasted for years! I don’t know what their engines are made of, but those cars will rock forever. Also, my local Honda dealership has a full kitchen, chef and computer lab inside while you wait for repairs. What better service can you get than that?!

3) Publix. Price wise, Publix racks up. But when you consider the cleanliness of the store, perfectly placed products, phenomenal customer service and the fact that they have almost everything you’ll ever need, the extra is worth it. Shopping truly is a pleasure there.

— Ariel C. Williams, Digital Media & Events Intern (@ArielSaysNow)


Fun Questions for #TeamBlogalicious


Music goes hand-in-hand with entrepreneurship! What’s your favorite song?

“‘Grown Woman’ by Beyonce!”Ashlee

“Ever! oooo this is a hard one. I’ll say Real Love by Mary J. Blige or Love Sponge by Buju Banton. Or Renee by Lost Boyz. Or…ok, I’ll stop!”Stacey

“‘Higher Ground’ by Stevie Wonder is my theme song.”Terrance

“‘Meet Me On The Moon’ by Phyllis Hyman” — Jana


You’re going to a social media conference. What’s the one thing you must bring?

“Phone, of course!”Cara

Travel phone charger!” — Pamela

“iPhone & charger. (I know that’s two but seriously, they go together)” — Jazzy

“Laptop.” — Ariel 


Name your favorite app.

“Instagram!” — Jazzy, Ashlee, Jana, and Ariel

“Evernote.” Terrance

“I live for Canva & Harvest!” — Cara



If you could design a t-shirt, what would it say?

“Boss Bae!” — Ariel 

“Checks or it didn’t happen!” — Jazzy

“Loving Me allows me to Love YOU” — Pamela

“Hire Me!” — Ashlee


Session Spotlight: [PEOPLE] Masterclass with Kevin Curry, FitMenCook

Masterclass with Kevin Curry, FitMenCook



Kevin Curry’s Master Class on empowering your brand by storytelling & community building is one we all can benefit from! RSVP for one of two sessions STAT!




Meet Your Speaker!

About Kevin
Kevin is a health and fitness “ninja” and the creator of the popular healthy food blog and @fitmencook social communities across Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. He is also the creator of the extremely successful FitMenCook healthy recipe app for Apple devices, as well as the author of the book “No Cheats Needed,” based off his most viral recipes shared in social media. Kevin’s work has been featured on countless websites and in magazines such as, Train magazine, BuzzFeed, The DailyBurn, STRONG the magazine, and Black Enterprise to name a few. Kevinbelieves healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly one by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen to undergo his own body transformation, he learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making some adjustments, anyone can design a delicious diet that can help them achieve wellness goals.

Speaker Sessions:

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Masterclass with Kevin Curry | Be Blogalicious

Session Spotlight: [RESOURCES] Masterclass with Regina Anaejionu

Masterclass with Regina Anaejionu, byRegina



OK. ok. We DON’T think you all know just how gangsta it is that we will have Regina Anaejionu in the house at Blogalicious 2015!! She has been a blog crush for many of us *cough* Justice Fergie *cough* for some time because of her straight up talent for creating eProducts, magical content for bloggers and transparency in all that she does. Regina will be presenting: How to Build Killer eProducts (and the “perfect paths” that lead your audience to need your resources).


From Regina:

This 90-minute, high-intensity Masterclass will get you fired up to act on your eBook and eCourse ideas.

We will work through the concept of a customer interest spectrum (and help you identify the various “levels” of interest your audience members exist at).

We will walk through brainstorming products and resources for potential clients at each place on the spectrum.

We will go over a list of several types of eProducts, both common and uncommon/underutilized.

We will talk about building “perfect paths” (free email courses, webinars, online workshops, case studies, etc.) to convert audience members to raving fans that “need” your resources.

Finally, we will address in great detail how to build multiple types of eProducts–from tips to actually getting the outlining and creating done to the tools that will help you stay scrappy but be legit.

I’ve developed a business (after much trial + error) where resources and information products make up 99% of my income, and I want to share ways that you can incorporate authentic, helpful info products into your business model. These will help free up some of your time and grow your business profits and reach tremendously.




Meet Your Speaker!



About Regina
Regina is an author who creates books and courses for information entrepreneurs, creatives, and bloggers who want to establish and grow profitable presences online. She believes in the power of helpful content, effective designs, and bold words that require action. Regina is also a former competitive skater and avid consumer of chocolate treats and wine. You can find her on her blog and on Twitter, often quoting old movies and Drake lyrics–in the same sentence.


Speaker Session:

Saturday, September 12, 2015

10:30am & 12:00pm


Masterclass with Regina Anaejionu | Be Blogalicious

Session Spotlight: [PEOPLE] Fashionpreneurship at #BYOE15

Fashionpreneurship at #BYOE15



Are you a ‘fashionpreneur’? Or maybe you want to become one!

This workshop, led by three women who followed their hearts and passion for fashion and built their own empires, will educate and inspire. From the medical field, the law office, and corporate America, Sonia, Leah, and Adebisi speak to the audience about how to take the lead on building their own fashion and style brand. Incorporating their cultural and geographic locations into their respective businesses, these empire builders will speak to the audience and advise them on how to build their own empires vigorously, systematically and how to gain exposure to take their empires to the forefront.


Panelists: Sonia Smith-Kang; Leah Frazier; Adebisi Adebowale | Moderator:Folashade Butler




Meet the Speakers!



About Sonia Kang
Sonia’s multicultural experience is the basis for her brand. She was born in Puerto Rico to a Mexican-American mother and African-American father. She was raised in Hawaii before settling in California and marrying her Korean-American husband. Together they have 4 children they are raising as “mini global citizens”. Being multiracial and raising multicultural children made her realize her life’s mission is to teach her children and others about the multicultural experience. Sonia developed a children’s clothing line, Mixed Up Clothing and a popular blog dedicated to celebrating cultural diversity and inclusion. Her multiethnic children’s clothing line is inspired by the textiles, cultures and people of the world, to develop friendships through fabrics. Sonia and her work has been seen on NBC’s Today show, Huff Post Live, NPR, Latina Magazine and InTouch. She has collaborated with celebrities Taye Diggs and Garcelle Beauvais. Celebrity fans of her clothing line include Tia & Tamera Mowry, Nicole Parker Ari and Boris Kdojoe, Modern Family’s Aubrey Anderson and TLC’s The Little Couple.



About Adebisi Adebowale
Adebisi Adebowale is the creator of the African fashion and lifestyle blog, Beese’s Pieces. Sparked by her love for the Ankara fabric, Adebisi began designing everyday wear using the traditional African fabric and capturing her modernized looks. With a marketing background, Adebisi’s inner entrepreneur flourished with the creation of DeBisi LLC, an accessories line focused on bringing the continent’s fashion style straight to your wardrobe and fingertips. Her companies have been featured in MadameNoire, BET Awards events, and Essence Music Festival. Adebisi is a Speaker, Blogger, Designer, and Consultant.



About Leah Frazier
Leah Frazier is one of Dallas’ leading FashionPreneurs, a multi-licensed attorney, and recently recognized as one of Dallas’ Most Successful Women of 2015. During her span as an attorney she has assisted clients with contract creation and negotiations, mediations, and copyright infringement as it pertains to photography. Coined by the Dallas Young Lawyers Association as the “one to watch,” Leah speaks consistently to bloggers on the legal implications of blogging. In addition to being an attorney, Leah is the Editor of DFW Style Daily, a certified personal shopper, and the recent Founder of The FashionPreneur Institute. Her work has been featured on, CBS Local, Chase TV, Fox TV, and many other media outlets. Because of her influence through blogging, Leah has cultivated top-tier brand partnerships with Belk, Cantu Beauty, Marshall’s, Via Spiga, Lexus, the Vogue Influencer Network, NeoBantu, Clark’s Shoes, Brahmin, Neiman Marcus, Fashion Industry Gallery, and more.




Fashionpreneurship at #BYOE15 | Be Blogalicious


Session Spotlight: [RESOURCES] The Anatomy of a Successful Business

The Anatomy of a Successful Business: Marketing, Law & Finances at #BYOE15



No matter how passionate or creative you are, there are basics that every entrepreneur needs to know! Learn the essential fundamentals of how to manage your business finances, build and market a successful brand, and how to legally protect your brand through copyright and trademark law from industry experts who happen to also be successful entrepreneurs. This is definitely a session that will pay off in spades! This well-rounded panel will present a workshop on The Anatomy of A Successful Business: Marketing, Law and Finances.




Meet the Speakers!



About Dominique (@msfinancecoach)
Dominique Broadway is an award winning Personal Finance Coach, Speaker, Finance Expert and the Founder of Finances Demystified & The Social Money Tour. Dominique has received various accolades such as the Top 30 Under 30 in Washington DC, the DC Future Business Leader of America Businessperson of the Year and the Top Financial Advisor for Millennials in the US. 
Dominique’s demystified financial advice, has been highlighted on Yahoo!, Pageonce,, USA Today, Black Enterprise,, Ebony Magazine, Levo League, Refinery29 and other media outlets. She has a strong passion for working with young professionals, entrepreneurs and people of all ages to bring their Dreams2Reality.



About Lenise (@mompreneuresq)

Lenise Williams is a Brand Attorney & Business & Leadership Strategist. She works with existing businesses to develop more profitable brands and assure that brands are legally protected. This protection can be found through trademark, proper legal structure, corporate and employee contracts and more. Although she has an extensive list of training and degrees, her expertise is also from personal experiences as an entrepreneur for over 10 years. In order to fulfill her goal to aid businesses, she travels evaluating brands, hosting seminars and public speaking. She contracts her services with business owners and large companies to speak to groups of eager thought-leaders. Lenise has worked with Fortune 500 companies as large as Home Depot to companies with only one member. Her other full time job is in her home as mommy to Marcus, age 10 and Evan, age 8. She and her family reside in Atlanta, Georgia.



About Christine (@momncharge)

Christine St.Vil is a wife, mother of three, speaker, blogger, author and trainer. She is relentless about helping women, particularly moms, take charge of their lives by learning how to feel good without feeling guilty.  Through her work with Moms ‘N Charge™Purpose Driven Media™, LLC (PDM) was created to teach women entrepreneurs how to successfully leverage social media and blogging to start and/or grow their business and brand, without compromising the relationships that matter most to them. Through her transformational book (Whose Shoes Are You Wearing? 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be) live courses, workshops and consulting, PDM walks you through discovering and defining your life purpose, as well as making sure your business message aligns with your purpose. Christine is an instructor in the Steve Harvey RADICAL Success Institute, & her work has been featured in numerous local and national TV and online media outlets (including VOA, Fox 5 DC, Fox 45 Baltimore, WBAL, WHUR,, Sirrius XM, amongst others). She received her BS in Biology from Marymount University.



About Tyra (@BarrisTourista)
Tyra Hughley Smith is an attorney, writer, blogger, and photographer. Her areas of legal practice focus on intellectual property, specifically copyright law. As a member of the Law Office of Carolyn E. Wright, LLC, colloquially known as the “Photo Attorney” law firm, she represents photographers and photo agencies in protecting their copyright rights and obtaining compensation for their work. In addition to representing photographers, she 
represents a number of small businesses, musicians, record labels, artists, writers, media outlets, film producers, and other creatives in the arts. She is a former Adjunct Professor of First Amendment and Communications Law at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Tyra has worked for various newspapers and magazines, including People Magazine, in her journalism career. She now runs her own blog,, where she writes about her experiences in travel and food, while maintaining several online galleries to 
display her photographic works.



About Tammira (@tammiralucas)
The 2015 Small Business Innovator by Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, Tammira Lucas is a Mompreneur who is quickly emerging as a trailblazer among professionals and a powerful voice for women teaching them Business, Balance and Babies. Tammira is the CEO of The Business Dr. Consulting Firm, CO-Founder of Moms As Entrepreneurs, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist and Professor. Tammira realized early in life that helping others launch and grow their business was her passion. After obtaining two business degrees with honors, running her first successful small business and assisting many entrepreneurs in launching and expanding their enterprises she formed The Business Dr. consulting firm. The mission of The Business Dr. is to provide strategic marketing solutions to help business owners turn their challenges into profitable solutions. Tammira Lucas has over 12 years in the business industry. She has worked with businesses as small as your local corner store or online boutique to some of the best colleges and universities helping them all to create solid profitable business models and implement strategic marketing strategies. Tammira Lucas holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Science Masters in Business Administration and is currently at Doctoral student studying Business Administration.




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