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Meet The Social Media Ambassadors for Blogalicious 9

Social media is an important component of our business and promotional strategy. It’s one of our favorite ways to interact with and learn about our growing community. So when the time came to curate a strategic and creative social media team for Blogalicious 9, the ultimate conference for multicultural bloggers and influencers, we knew we needed the best talents in our community.

The selection process was no joke! Seriously, you guys didn’t make it easy on us simply because so many of you have great brands and even better personalities. But after a few weeks of peeling back the layers, we selected candidates we’re confident will represent our mission, #TribeUp theme, and overall Conference with love and respect.

With only two short weeks until we reunite with you in sunny Miami, Florida, now’s the perfect time to introduce you to this year’s Social Media Ambassadors for Blogalicious 9, or #SMAB9s for short. Show them some love in the Social Suite and on their social channels, guys!


Tennille Martinez

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Tennille Martinez (@msvirtualmaven) is an Online Business Strategist helping busy entrepreneurs with Social Media Management, Virtual Assistant services, and Digital Marketing. Her passion is tweeting social media tips, blogging about entrepreneurial hacks, and pinning great content on Pinterest.

“I am so excited about being part of the Blogalicious conference in Miami. What better hospitality than to welcome you and my tribe to the Miami Blogalicious experience!”

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Ashley Carter is the creator of FabEllis, a beauty, life, and style blog.  She is passionate about encouraging women to look and feel fabulous.  She loves sharing godly, go-getter inspiration and of course, wearing great lipstick.  Ashley lives in North Carolina and will always be a country girl at heart. Follow her everywhere at @IAmFabEllis.

“I am excited to be a #SMAB9 because Blogalicious is my favorite conference!  I attended for the first time in 2013 and it was truly life changing for me and the direction of my blog.  I can’t wait to share highlights of the conference online and I hope it inspires others to see the amazing opportunities in blogging.”

 

 

 

 


Samantha Broxton

samantha-broxton-social-media-ambassadors-b9Risk and Analytics professional, Social Butterfly, and Life-Long Learner living in Southern California—Samantha has a laundry list of goals and aspires to try her hand at everything from penning a work of fiction to launching socially impactful entrepreneurial ventures. She loves narrative and believe in the power of personal narrative to heal, bridge gaps, and build stronger community. A nomad, amateur chef, DIYer and natural living advocate. Sophia prefers to grow my own veggies and make my own deodorant. She blogs a bit, has been known to back-up sing, and loves having long conversations with complete strangers about their lives and passions. Sophia has a healthy obsession with period and obscure films, as well as science fiction everything (let’s discuss the multiverse)! Follow her everywhere at @raisingself.

“Funny story, I got married at Blogalicious ’10 in Miami, so it’s nice to come back to Blogalicious as a part of the team and celebrate my 7th anniversary after.”

 

 

 


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Renee Matthews

Dr. Renee (@askdrrenee) hosts The Ask Dr. Renee Show, a weekly YouTube show to motivate and inspire viewers to “Live the life they deserve”. She also hosts a daily Periscope show, #ReneesRemedies where she gives helpful health, business and life tips. Dr. Renee has been a contributing health writer for MadameNoire.com, BlackandMarriedwithKids.com, BlackDoctor.org, DiaryofaFirstTimemom.com and GoodEnoughMother.com. She is also a sought after speaker for various health organizations and schools. In addition to writing about health, Dr. Renee is a social media coach, conducts speaking engagements on social media, branding, motivation, and becoming an entrepreneur.

“I am excited to be a #SMAB9 because it is an amazing conference and I want to make sure I share the awesomeness of this conference with my community. There are many people that wonder what happens at these conferences and I want to let them behind the scenes of all the FUN!!”


Joi Light

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Joi Light is a lifestyle blogger that makes being a working mom look easy. She shows moms that they were women first and can still have a life after creating one. Follow her everywhere at @itsjoitomyworld.

“I can’t wait to be a Social Media Ambassador for Blogalicious 9 and share all the inside scoop on such an amazing conference.  Being around so many like-minded creatives and soaking up sun and knowledge is the ultimate weekend for a lifestyle blogger like myself.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Lees Garcia

Lees Garcia owns Glossy Grape (@Lees.Garcia), a product review blog complemented by beauty and lifestyle articles, finding the best of the best products to enhance your daily routine! She is based out of Tampa, Florida and has been blogging since 2015. She also owns a chain of e-commerce brands, from affordable lashes to trendy beauty products online via www.shopluxlashes.com.

“I’m excited to be a #SMAB9 because I can put my years of hosting and event coverage skills to good use! Blogging is my passion and I am excited to learn, network, and communicate through this awesome event!”

 


Briana Ford

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Briana Ford is the Managing Editor of Awesomely Techie. At her day job, she is a Digital Marketing Strategist, helping small businesses with their web, social, and search marketing strategies. She loves Apple products, is leary of smart houses (thanks to Disney), and is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs.

“I’ve been going to Blogalicious since 2012 and there is no other conference like it. I always come back home full of information, love, and awesome new friends! Being a Social Media Ambassador for Blogalicious 9 is awesome because I go hard on Twitter during the conference anyway, haha. I just want people to know all the awesome stuff they’re missing.”


Ariel C. Williams

ariel-williams-social-media-ambassadors-b9Back for the second year in a row, Ariel Williams is leading this year’s Social Media team for Blogalicious Weekend. She joined #TeamBlogalicious in 2014 as a Digital Media Events Intern and has since been promoted to Digital Content Manager, where she oversees blog content creation. Additionally, she owns and operates Danzy Bird & Co, a digital media agency that treats creative entrepreneurs to social media management, fun activations, content curation, and more. Follow her on IG and Twitter at @Ariel_CWilliams.

“B9 can’t get here fast enough! I’m so excited to work with this year’s team of ambassadors. These women are qualified, hungry, and ready for Miami. Just interacting with them thus far has been a pleasure so I know October 5-8 is going to be, dare I say, lit! Blogalicious is love, for real.”

 

 

 


Can’t you feel the energy popping off this post? Its so sweet! We can’t wait to see you all in Miami for Conference Weekend. Register while there are still tickets left.

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#Blogalicious9 Keynote Speaker Announcement :: Myleik Teele

We’re so excited to announce that Myleik Teele is coming to Miami!!

 

She’s inviting you inside her world to talk business, personal branding, and women’s empowerment! This self-made businesswoman and #MyTaughtYou podcast creator (can you say 2 million downloads in 2016??) will be in the house for a keynote spotlight Q&A at Blogalicious 2017. Tweek Myleik Teele at @Myleik and let her know that we can’t wait to see to her!

 

About Myleik:

An astute businesswoman who unapologetically pursues excellence in all she does, Myleik Teele is the
founder and Chief Experience Officer of curlBOX, the first monthly subscription service for naturally curly
hair. Through her notable career as a public relations executive, Myleik’s ability to instinctively identify
and market popular trends to the masses, garnered her opportunities to work with brands such as Calvin
Klein Cosmetics, The Grammy Awards, Nike, and a stellar roster of clients across the entertainment, tech,
and beauty industries.
Since the launch of curlBOX in 2011, L’Oreal, Procter &amp; Gamble, Unilever, Target, Walmart, and
SheaMoisture is a short list of brands that have trusted Myleik’s vision of making the lives of black women
easier by providing them with the high-quality selection of products they deserve.
A teacher at heart, her wildly popular, #MyTaughtYou podcast has become her global classroom where
women from all walks of life tune in for guidance and a healthy dose of motivation to live life on their own
terms. In 2016, #MyTaughtYou saw over 2 million downloads and the listenership continues to grow.
Based in Atlanta, GA, Myleik Teele is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.
She regularly gives inspiring talks around the country centered around business, personal branding, and
women’s empowerment. When she’s not working on building her empire, you can find her exploring the
world through travel, hidden behind the pages of a good book, or nurturing her future sommelier
ambitions.

 

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The #Blogalicious9 Agenda is LIVE!!

That’s right, it’s finally here! Thanks for all of your patience as we played our monster game of Tetris; making sure all the moving pieces fit ‘just so’ into our agenda puzzle. And we’re excited to finally release it to you.

A few key items to note:

  1. Our Agenda this year begins on Thursday, October 5th and ends on Sunday, October 8th. We’re taking it back to the early years of Blogalicious where we spent 3.5 days together! Adding back in a half day allows us to accept more of your fabulous speaker pitches, offer up more fun sponsor activations AND build in the downtime that you want.
  2. The General Conference starts on Thursday afternoon. Starting at 3:30pm on Thursday, October 5th, the General Conference will kickoff with a series of Masterclasses. These sessions ARE included in your Influencer Registration and are NOT a part of the VIP Day program. Note: Registration for the General Conference and Early Bird Sessions opens up at 1pm on Thursday.

Rest assured we will be giving you a TON more details about the agenda over the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure that you are connected via our newsletter, Social Suite on Facebook, and of course across social media @beblogalicious.

MOST IMPORTANTLY…

Buy Your Ticket!!!!!

 

 

View the Blogalicious Weekend 2017 schedule & directory.

Blogalicious is Proud to Present the Perfect Pitch V Event sponsored by Wells Fargo #Blogalicious9

 

Calling all Small Business owners: Blogalicious is back with the fifth edition of The Perfect Pitch contest, providing the small business owners with an opportunity to pitch their business ideas in the big leagues!! Not only is the $5,000 cash prize at the end of the rainbow a major incentive,but you’ll also be able to craft a pitch, business plan summary and case study. Feedback from the accomplished judges’ panel is icing on the cake. Think about the information and advice that you’ll be able to take back and use to better your brand.

Ok! Ok! I’m sold! What do I need to know?

We’re glad you asked :-) Here goes!

The Perfect Pitch V
Small Business Pitch Event

Saturday, October 7th @ 10am

Pitch your business to our expert panel of judges for a chance to win $5,000

Contest Eligibility: No more than five years in business. View Official Contest Rules Here.

Submission Criteria:

  1. One-minute video introduction (published to You Tube)
  2. Business plan overview (PDF)
  3. Case study of a successful project (PDF)
  4. Headshot and bio to be provided with the submission (Hi-Res)

Submissions will be accepted via email to: info@beblogalicious.com and your contest entry should contain a link to the video on YouTube, a business plan, a case study,  and your bio and headshot. Please ensure consistency in naming across all files: business name_first and last name. (ex: Blogalicious_Stacey Ferguson)

Submission Due Date: Friday, August 25th @ 11:59PM

Scoring:
Submissions will be judged by our expert panelists/judges based on the following:

 20% Originality of Business Concept

o  Demonstrate that you have a unique and innovative business concept that differentiates you from other businesses

 60% Business Pitch

o  Clear articulation of your business plan and model

o  Clear explanation of financials

o  Concise explanation on why your business should be selected

 20% Package Quality

o  Submission is visually appealing and creative

o  Demonstrates professionalism

Scoring Guidelines:
Submissions will be rated in each category on a five point scale.

Finalist Selection:
Three finalists will be selected based on highest cumulative scores as determined by the scoring process. Blogalicious will notify both the finalists, and those not selected, via email on Monday, September 25th.

Click here for official contest rules

Ready? Set? Gooooo!

Opportunity: Become a Social Media Ambassador for Blogalicious Weekend

 

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Blogalicious is seeking dynamic individuals for this year’s Social Media Ambassador team. Influencers, bloggers, and content creators of all backgrounds are welcome to apply for this position as long as they are qualified, passionate about social media, and ready to work with our brand.

As a Social Media Ambassador, you will help us promote the conference and sponsors authentically to your audience and ours through engaging content and social media. In exchange for your diligence, you’ll receive one free ticket to Blogalicious Weekend during Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Miami, Florida. (If you’ve already purchased a ticket and are chosen for this opportunity, you will be fully reimbursed.)

Here’s what you need to know:

 

Age Requirements:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

Requirements & Eligibility:

  • Must be able to perform the duties of the job. This is not an on-the-job training experience, so please do not apply if you’re not knowledgeable or skilled in how social media works.
  • Must have an engaged following on social media. While your audience doesn’t have to be large, it must be one that is influenced by you.
  • Willing to attend an orientation that may be held virtually one week before the conference and/or in person on Thursday, October 5 at the hotel.
  • Available to work every day during conference weekend, October 5-8 for a minimum of 10 hours.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with ease such as live tweeting, regular postings, mandatory blog posts, attending mandatory scheduled conference workshops, etc.
  • A love for beasting online!

Responsibilities & Perks:

As a conference Social Media Ambassador, you’re representing the Blogalicious brand.

We ask that you please conduct yourselves with integrity and professionalism. It’s also a requirement that you have fun, be flexible and ask questions whenever necessary!

Ambassadors will receive one complimentary ticket to Blogalicious Weekend, which includes admission to official conference social events, workshops, keynotes, breakout sessions, meals, and awesome swag.

Travel & Time:

Ambassadors must work a minimum of 15 hours during conference weekend. (5 hrs daily) You will receive a conference schedule beforehand detailing sessions that will need social coverage and interaction. We will do our best to place you in sessions that will satisfy both your needs and the needs of the Conference. While in attendance, we ask that you follow the guidelines that will be emailed to you in advance as it pertains to social sharing, proper hashtags, sponsor content, and more.

A meeting, virtually or by phone, will be held with the ambassadors and Coordinator a week before the Conference to discuss details. Please plan to arrive by Thursday morning, October 5, 2017, to go over any last-minute changes in the schedule or questions as needs may advance.

Please note: Ambassadors will not receive travel or hotel assistance or reimbursement to or from the Conference site.

Performance & Termination:

Our Ambassadors must be productive, cooperative, and perform their assigned tasks before, during and after the Conference. Blogalicious accepts the service of ambassadors with the understanding that enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitudes are expected for a well-managed and successful volunteer experience.

In cases of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance, Blogalicious reserves the right to make determinations regarding the suitability of ambassadors to continue in service.

Ambassador positions are limited. Please apply by August 4, 2017. We’ll send notifications by August 18, 2017. Meet us in Miami, morning time on October 5, 2017. Contact ariel@beblogalicious.com for questions.

 

Apply to become a #Blogalicious9 Social Media Ambassador! 

‘Let’s Do Something New’: June’s Monthly Round Up

The gallons of rain from June washed out our expired editorial calendar and ushered in one that is fresh and relevant. One of the changes we made how we distribute our Round Ups. Going from weekly to now monthly recaps, you can expect a rundown of what’s new in technology, social media trends, pop culture + hot topics, and happenings within our community.

We hope you’ll enjoy our ‘something new’. Here’s our monthly roundup for June 2017.


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Jay-Z pulled a Beyonce and silently dropped his 13th studio album 4:44 last night. Fans have been raving since 11 PM and have already dubbed it as Jay’s response to Beyonce’s Lemonade. The power couple recently welcomed twins and are settled in their temporary home in Malibu, California. 4:44 is a clairvoyant recompense of the rapper’s infidelities and pain that he’s caused women in his life, especially his wife and mother to his three children. We haven’t listened yet but according to the overwhelmingly positive reviews, 4:44 will grace our weekend playlists.

 

Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome? In a recent team chat about “living up to potential”, our Resident in Tech, Terrance Gaines shared an article about what it is and 21 ways to overcome it. Here are a few that stood out:

Focus on providing value. From Start Up Bros, “The fastest way to get over feeling like a fraud is to genuinely try to help someone else.”

Stop comparing yourself to that person. Read this, “There’s no good reason for you to be reading what I’m writing. There are world class biographies of Warren Buffett, John D. Rockefeller, and Einstein. James Altucher has had more successes than me. Peter Thiel just wrote a book. Tim Ferriss, Paul Graham, Kevin Kelly… these guys blog! But still, I’m writing this because I think I have something to offer. Actually, when I look at my praise file I have proof that I have something to offer.”

– Nobody belongs here more than you. This sentence resonated: “If you can admit that nobody belongs here more than you (while maintaining the belief that you don’t belong here any more than anyone else) you will find yourself making connections with people in powerful ways.”

Read the whole article here.

 

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Have you been watching Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta? Some of our favorite bloggers and influencers have and they’ve got a lot to say about it. We did a roundup of their early recaps on the show here. Read a few of them before jumping into this week’s episode, which was probably the fieriest of them all. If you’ve been following the show, who’s your favorite cast member?

 

The Serena Williams, arguably the GOAT, showed off her pregnant belly (ahem, naked body) on this month’s cover of Vanity Fair. The 35-year-old icon was photographed by Annie Leibovitz to adorn what Vanity Fair calls a retelling of her and fiancé Alex Ohanian’s love story. From her hair to her beautiful brown skin to the glow that only pregnancy can bring on, Serena looks absolutely perfect and happy. Congrats, star!

 

The 2017 BET Awards have come and gone but we had a little bit to say. In case you missed it, here are 9 entrepreneurial lessons we learned from watching the hip hop ceremony on Sunday. Let us know your favorite parts.

 

Community Love – #TribeUp

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We’ve been gone for a minute but now we’re back in the jump off! On Saturday, July 15, the summer Blogalicious Pop Experience will kick off in Atlanta. The location is under lock and key at the moment, but we can share that the event will take place from 1 PM to 4 PM. We’re sharing details in our exclusive Facebook group and via newsletter, so be on the lookout for more details.

 

A few members of our awesome community were featured in Hacker Noon’s 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow On Twitter. The list is packed with “Software Engineers, Web Developers, Coders, Tech Journalists and Bloggers, and more.” Please take a moment to read, follow, and congratulate your peers! We see you being great, guys.

 

Just when we thought she couldn’t get any more awesome, communications expert Amber Wright penned her debut book Can We Talk?: 10 Life Lessons on Finding Your Voice & Finding Yourselfclick here. The new author is hosting a book launch and signing on July 8 in Los Angeles, CA. We’re so proud of Amber and have enjoyed watching her journey unfold. For more information about the upcoming launch, .

 

Tech + Social Media Trends

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Instagram now features a Paid Partner Tag? Yes, they do. But what is it? Refinery 29 shared details on Instagram’s newest update this week.

Here’s how the new feature works: If an an influencer is posting sponsored content, they should select “Advanced Settings” along the bottom of the caption screen. These advanced settings, where you can turn off comments for a post, will have a new “Branded Content” section that says “Tag Business Partner.” When an influencer chooses that option, the partner’s name will be added where a location tag normally shows up. The same goes for a sponsored post in an Instagram Story.
This feature could save thousands of influencers from inadvertently violating FTC guidelines. We’ll keep you updated as more information unfolds.

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. 

#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!

 

Blogalicious 2017 Badge Bling Is Here!

Hey now!! Are you dreaming of warm, sunny days and the crashing surf like we are? Since October can’t get here soon enough, we’re doing our best to daydream and these site badges for Blogalicious Miami are helping to do the trick for now! For starters, they’re nice and blue like that Florida ocean, and – if you put your face real close to your laptop monitor – you’ll even feel the sun rays beaming on your face [see what we did there? ;)]

Once you’ve registered and booked your room, make sure to make your friends jealous by letting them know that you’re Blogalicious by displaying a badge on your site, on your Instagram feed, heck, make it your new profile pic!

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B9 Badge GOING FINAL

 

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B9 Badge there FINAL

 

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B9 Badge speaking FINAL

 

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Announcing our #PerfectPitch IV Finalists!

It sounds like a cliché, but it’s the truth: each year the competition gets tougher! This year, 17 business-minded and daring individuals entered submissions to the Perfect Pitch IV contest. Let us begin by saying CONGRATULATIONS to all 17 contestants, because we know that submitting required a lot of courage, preparation and energy. After tallying the scores from our illustrious panel of judges, we are ecstatic to announce the following three finalists:

 

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Chukwudum Chukwudebelu, CHUMZ

In the fall semester of 2014, I had a couple of textbooks that I tried to sell to the bookstores, but they were offering me next to nothing in return—$10 or $20 back for books I bought for about $150 and so on. Feeling discouraged, I decided to try to sell them online as an alternative and a found a website that bought them back for $50 and up per book (still only 1/3 of what I had spent). I then started to wonder: if the bookstores are going to continue to drive prices upwards whilst keeping buy-back percentages low, why can’t we recycle the textbooks and resell them to other college students who would buy at a less expensive and negotiated prices? I immediately contacted Kareem Garriga, our technical writer, about this bare-bones idea and together, we conceived the implementation of a software platform where college students could buy,sell,swap, and rent their textbooks.

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Kalilah Wright, Mess In A Bottle

EVER FEEL LIKE YOU WANT TO GET A MESSAGE ACROSS? BUT YOU RATHER NOT SAY IT OUT YOUR MOUTH? HERE’S THE PERFECT SOLUTION, WEAR YOUR MESS. OWN IT! DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY WHAT YOU’RE THINKING ON YOUR SHIRT.

MESS IN A BOTTLE IS A NEW T SHIRT COMPANY DEVELOPED IN THE HEART OF BALTIMORE CITY BY ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER, KALILAH WRIGHT. BEING A FREE SPIRITED AND SOCIAL INDIVIDUAL, SHE FREQUENTLY SPEAKS HER MIND. SHE DECIDED TO CREATE THIS T SHIRT LINE TO TELL OTHERS WHAT SHE’S THINKING WITHOUT EVER OPENING HER MOUTH. IT THEN CLICKED. THESE SAYINGS ABOUT LOVE, CAREER, AND LIFE ARE WITTY CATCH PHRASES THAT SPEAK TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THESE MESSAGES ARE FEATURED ON YOUR SHIRT AND THEN PACKAGED IN A REUSABLE GLASS BOTTLE.

Instagram: @messinabottle | Twitter: @_messinabottle

 


 

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Victoria Coker, ColoredContent

ColoredContent is the premier source for quality Black web series. The platform was created to amplify the voices of Black media makers by showcasing narratives from a variety of genres, including: comedy, romance, and action. We believe that by creating a place for Black people to share their stories the community will be empowered. ColoredContent.com is a subsidiary of the CLRED Media, Inc.

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Make sure to follow each one of these rising stars, congratulate them and get your seat front and center to see them pitch live next week on Saturday, November 5th @ 10am at Blogalicious Weekend 2016!

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