They’re Back! #WhoRunTheWorld Twitter Chats

Happy Women’s History Month!

Next to January, March has got to be one of my favorite months of the year. Not only are we anticipating the turn of winter into spring, (seriously Old Man Winter, you’ve GOT to go) but it’s a time to honor the achievements of amazing women around the world.

I had the awesome opportunity to visit the White House yesterday for the President and First Lady’s announcement of #LetGirlsLearn, a new global initiative that will ensure young girls and women have access to an education. Aside from being in awe of the leader of the free world and his beautiful wife standing just feet away from me, it was quite astonishing to learn that there are 62 million girls around the world that aren’t in school. This could be due to girls being forced to marry at an early age, lack of resources in their communities, and many other factors. But I definitely applaud the First Lady for raising awareness about such an important issue, and taking steps to making sure that number drops significantly.

But onto the good stuff — #WhoRunTheWorld chats are back! I’m so excited to celebrate Women’s History Month yet again with important discussions on how millennial women are navigating their lives both professionally and personally. This year, the chats will begin at 2 PM EST and last for an hour. I’m so excited to chat with these ladies about their achievements, lessons they’ve learned and what they’ve got coming up next.

See you there!

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Millennials On A Mission: The Link Up

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

This week’s “Millennials on a Mission” are doing just that — using the power of their voice to not only speak their minds, but to encourage their peers to do the same. With their podcast based out of the Nation’s Capitol, Amber, Jazzmin, and Ka’Lyn discuss social and cultural issues with a unique comedic flare. I had the chance to sit down with the ladies recently to hear more of their story.

Meet the ladies of The Link Up.

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CC: Tell me about yourselves: Where are you all from? Discuss you college experience — where did you complete your undergraduate/graduate degrees? What did you study, and what are you all doing in your careers now?

TLU: We  all attended schools in Virginia, and just happened to cross paths. Amber is from Philadelphia and attended VCU where she studied Fashion Merchandising; Ka’Lyn  is from California and attended Old Dominion where she studied English; and Jazzmin is from Richmond, VA and attended Old Dominion as well and studied Spanish.

Amber is currently building her own personal brand and the beginning stages of her own business. Ka’Lyn is currently a graduate student at Bowie State University and a pre-school teacher at a charter school in DC. Jazzmin is a preschool teacher and spanish language program coordinator at a pre-school in arlington. We all attended PWI’s, (predominantly white institutions)  so we all dealt with owning our blackness, learning when our voice was needed, and how to make an impact on campus in our own special way.

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#TechTuesday: Apple Announces More Diverse Emoji

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Let #TeamiPhone rejoice! 

According to a number of reports,  Apple announced yesterday that it is expanding its beloved Emoji offerings to include much more diversity. From an array of skin color options, to more flags representing countries from around the world, Apple users shared their excitement on Twitter at the sight of the new icons that are allegedly to appear in the next version of iOS and OS X.

While there isn’t an exact date for the new update’s release, rumor has it that the new iOS update is supposed to drop in late 2015.

Personally, I think its great that Apple is showing that they do acknowledge how diverse our society is, but I wonder — will the lady in the red dress be represented in different shades too? What about the ‘Single Ladies’ twins? I’m clearly asking for a friend. 

Are you excited about the new emoji? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or send me a Tweet!

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Millennial on a Mission: Damon Lawrence

Today’s “Millennial on a Mission” is not only a budding entrepreneur, but he’s blazing his own trail in the hospitality industry. Currently, he is working on a project to revive his own culturally rich community, all the while empowering millennials to change the way in which they experience travel. His company, Homage Hotel Group, aims to become the first Black-owned boutique hotel management company in the world.

Meet Damon Lawrence.

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A native of Pasadena, California, Damon is a graduate of Howard University, where he studied legal communications with hopes of becoming a lawyer. “It wasn’t until midway through my senior year that I realized law was not for me,” Damon recalls. “I began working in Hospitality my junior year as away to earn extra money.” Damon had the opportunity to work at the Donovan House Hotel in Washington, D.C. during its grand opening, an experience that truly inspired him to step into the world of Hospitality.  “During President Obama’s first inauguration, The Donovan hosted a party for the Creative Coalition that fostered great networking opportunities. It opened my world up to endless possibilities of where I could go in the field of Hospitality.”

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#TechTuesday: Google Is Coming For Your Tweets (& How You Can Prepare)

Happy #TechTuesday (and #Snowday) friends!

Last week, I celebrated my 6th Twitterversary, and it really got me to thinking about how much Twitter has evolved since its inception. From the explosion of #hashtags, to now the ability to group chat with your favorite Twitter friends, my favorite social network is all grown up!

And of course with growth, comes change. I remember the day that my news writing professor made it mandatory for us to create our own Twitter accounts. In the spring of 2009, I had NO IDEA what Twitter was, and really didn’t understand its purpose. But soon enough, I found that it was probably the best way to connect with new (and old) friends instantaneously, and receive the most timely of news. Additionally, Twitter gives employers of the past, present and future a glimpse into your thoughts, and what type of things you like to share on the daily.

Recently, Twitter announced it has inked a deal with Google, and within the next few month users’ tweets will show up in Google search. According to an article from TIME Magazine, this new partnership will give Google access to the live tweets of almost 300 million followers. There are many reasons for this partnership, but Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo has made this deal in order to increase the number of users, as it looks to compete with Facebook and Instagram.

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2015 Grammy Nominations

Happy Saturday, friends!

Now that I’ve successfully given my first keynote speech, I’m gearing up for the weekend that music enthusiasts like myself have been waiting for! Tomorrow at 8 PM EST, the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will premiere on CBS, and this year’s nominations have been quite the topic of discussion. To bring you up to speed for Sunday’s festivities, I’ve recruited my homeboys Terron Moore and Gerald Obah to share their predictions on who will walk away with the big awards of the night!

And here we go!

Record of the Year (Nominees): ‘Chandelier’ – Sia; ‘Fancy’ – Iggy Azelea; ‘Stay With Me’ – Sam Smith; ‘All About That Bass’ – Megan Trainor; ‘Shake It Off’ – Taylor Swift

TM: This is so loathingly typical. It’s not that these songs aren’t all deserving, but they’re all so safe—specifically “All About that Bass,” “Fancy” and “Shake if Off.” The bolder, more adventurous tracks left are Sia’s “Chandelier” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” which should be battling it out for the year’s title. It’s a tough toss-up, but given the Grammy’s love of underdog Lorde last year, I’ve got a feeling that Sam Smith takes this. Still, would have liked to see “Drunk in Love” or even “Happy” in the fight here.

GO: First thought? All About that Bass can go. Sia started our year off with ‘Chandelier’, and who can say they don’t BELT that chorus everytime it comes on? ‘Stay With Me’ was a great record about something we don’t hear singers singing about too too much. ‘Fancy’ dominated the summer without question and is my pick to win this category.  ‘Shake It Off’ is cute & definitely, but if we are talking about the title of the award being the record of the YEAR? Iggy and Charli XCX will be first time Grammy winners here. No record was bigger and the Clueless themed music video only amplified the success.

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Happy Birthday, Mama O! Ten of Oprah’s Most Empowering Quotes

Today not only marks the return of the best shows on television, (#TGIT baby!) but it also the birthday day of one of the greatest media moguls of our time, and the most epic Mentor-In-My-Head ever.

It’s Oprah Winfrey, y’all. 

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I could write several blog posts on the history that this woman has made, her numerous (and lucrative) business ventures, how she has always SLAYED on the cover of her magazine, or even her acting skills — but today I’m solely going to focus on the words of encouragement that she has given the world ten times over.

Check out my 10 favorite Oprah quotes, and join me in wishing the Queen of Talk a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

1. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” 

2. “What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.” 

3. “I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.”

4. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” 

5. “Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher.”

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