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Baltimore, Maryland: Baltimore!!!!!! I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We cannot thank everyone enough for helping to make the 2017 Baltimore AIDS Walk a huge success! We raised nearly $100,000 to expand HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and testing services! More than 600 attendees gathered at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Sunday, May 7 to take steps to end HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. They were welcomed to the event by Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, Chase Brexton Health Care President and CEO Patrick Mutch, and emceed by your truly!

 

In addition, 30 vendors offered information and resources at a finish line health fair.

More than 12,000 people are living with HIV in Baltimore--1 in 43 city residents--but 16 percent do not know they're infected. Among Chase Brexton's HIV patients, 90 percent have suppressed viral loads, compared to 71 percent of HIV patients city-wide. 72 percent of Chase Brexton HIV patients have undetectable viral loads!!! AMAZING!!!!

 

Thank you to all those who came out and ran and walked and cheered and volunteered! Thank you to everyone who donated, to our corporate and individual sponsors! Without you, none of this would have been possible! Donations are still going on, up until June 30th at BaltmoreAIDSWalk.org!

Washington, DC: Happy Wednesday, Kings & Queens! Can you believe Memorial Weekend is just around the corner??? I have your list of the HOTTEST events in the DMV and two words comes to mind… HUSH WEEKEND!

 

So here is the deal! Hush Weekend is set to draw thousands of patrons to the Nation's Capital over the course of Memorial Day weekend! With a wide array of 5 fun-filled activities that span 4 days, Hush Weekend will offer you a unique lifestyle experience! A perfect fusion of fun, adventure and culture!

 

Check out the line-up:

Weekend International Launch Party SHHH!!(May 26).

Bikini Tops and Flip Flops Pool Party (May 27).

Absent Minded All-White Party (May 27).

Foam and Glow Party (May 28).

Beer and Buns Block Party (May 29).

 

To close the festivities, I’ll be hosting Beer and Buns Block Party! Join me at Aqua Lounge for live performances, food, music and good vibes! A portion of proceeds go to Prince George's Community College Caribbean Students Association! You know I’m all about the community!

 

Early bird tickets are gone but we still have great deals for each event! On the real, consider the Ultimate Weekend Pass for $99 that gets you into all 5 events! It’s definitely worth it! If you’re like me and you’re looking for an adventure without leaving the DMV, add Hush Weekend to your calendar! This is the PERFECT way to kick of summer 2017! Get your tickets at http://www.hushweekend.com.

Woodlawn, Maryland: Fitness lovers! Here we go! I have a really exciting event to share! I’m the feature guest speaker at The Blackout Fitness Party hosted by National Fitness Instructor Coach Taryn… AKA Coach T! The fun goes down Friday, May 19th from 9:00PM-12:00AM at Soca’Robics Fitness Center in Woodlawn!

Join us for a night of fitness, music, food and good vibes! Zumba, SocaRobics, Cranked Up Cardio, Bootcamp, Aerobics, and TFit will all be in the house! Alongside some of the dopest instructors in Baltimore!!! Plus, DJ No Id on the 1s and 2s!

 

So let me tell you about my girl Coach T! This queen is AMAZING! Since 2014, she has provided effective weight loss tools to thousands of men and women from across the country! Her program helps you to maintain a lifestyle of fitness without the cumbersome burden of dieting. That’s what I’m talking about!

 

If you have black colored fitness gear wear it, if you don't still come through! It’s going to be lit but definitely be prepared to break a sweat! Get your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blackout-a-coach-ts-fitness-party-tickets-33981420343?aff=efbevent.

 

To learn more about Coach T, check out her interview below on BMORE Lifestyle!

Washington DC: Hey Kings and Queens and Happy Tuesday! Your girl has been super busy and behind on my blogging! So it’s time to get you guys up-to-date! So a few weeks ago, I had the honor of serving as a speaker at The Blog Code Brunch held at the gorgeous Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Washington D.C. The purpose of "The Blog Code" [Brunch Series] is to empower, engage, educate, individuals with a sparked interest for, or existing online publications with the necessary tools needed to MAXIMIZE exposure for their brand.

The panel included Chey Parker [EGL Editor In Chief], Joshua Baker [Dash Radio/Hot New Hip Hop], Victoria Waller [Travel Vlogger/ CEO Of 'Venture With V'], Ronke Raji [Beauty & Lifestyle Influencer/ Youtube Sensationalist] and your truly!

The discussion concluded with a special Q&A, allowing guests to seek first-hand tips from the panelist! I had a blast sharing my story and connecting with my fellow bloggers! Plus, the food was BOMB! Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is definitely a culinary experience!

Huge thanks to Raro Lae and Kierra M for curating an incredible event!  Make sure you catch the next Blog Code Brunch Series when it comes to a city near you! Photo Credit: Kween Photos.

Beltsville, Maryland: Happy Saturday folk! How are you guys spending your Saturday? I’m blogging away! I’ve been super busy hosting and speaking at various events and I promise I'll keep you up to date on EVERYTHING! So, let’s start with last Saturday!

 

I had the honor of moderating the 2nd Annual Brunch Fit for A Queen hosted by The Lead Girl Foundation! So here is the deal! We got REAL at this brunch! Attendees were treated to a candid panel discussion featuring dynamic leaders who are doing all kinds of amazing things across many sectors:

 

Dr. Marylin Sephocle: Professor at Howard University, Writer, Activist, President of the Women Ambassadors Foundation.

Dr. Kristian Henderson: Health & Wellness Expert, Professor, Yoga Class Instructor, Blogger.

Jotina Buck: Best-selling Author, Unconventional Teacher, Huffington Post.

Monica Kang: Creative Educator, Founder of InnovatorsBox, Organizer for Startup Weekend DC.

Rahama Wright: Founder & CEO of Shea Yeleen, Presidential Advisory Council on doing Business on Africa Appointee, Social Entrepreneur, Speaker.

Mr. Erwin Asamoah-Boateng: Attorney, Founder & President of Quality Health Africa (QHA).

Yes, I know, talk about POWERFUL!

 

I made sure the panelists did not hold anything back! Giving us the real deal about their journey not just a highlight reel! We chatted about the times they faced struggles, challenges and questioned their purpose and guess what folks??? Everyone spoke candidly about their experiences, which made the brunch more memorable and enjoyable!

 

The discussion concluded with a special Q&A, allowing guests to seek first-hand insight from the panelists.

 

I can’t tell you how important it is for both women and men to come together at events like this! Nothing but beautiful vibes! Thanks for having me!

 

 

 

 
 
 

Washington, DC: Happy Monday Kings and Queens! So here is the deal! I’m hosting #AfropolitanDC! The Ultimate J’ouvert Fete this Friday at Cities in Washington DC! We invite you to experience a Carnival celebration like no other!!! We’ll be taking over Cities Restaurant & Lounge for you to fete the night away to the hottest Afrobeats and Caribbean anthems.

 

Join us on for another amazing evening of connections and culture over cocktails, Carnival style, at DMV's largest & most diverse Afro-Caribbean mixer for over 600 Diaspora professionals!

 

We have partnered with American University Washington College of Law for their Africa Legal Conference https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to network with other successful professionals.

 

Come early to network, stay late to party.RSVP at www.AFPDC1704.Eventbrite.com. Check out the promo video below!

Beltsville, Mayland:  This Saturday, I’ll be partnering with The Lead Girl Foundation to moderate The 2nd Annual Brunch Fit For a Queen! We have crafted this gathering out of our firm belief that the leadership of women is key to forming a better tomorrow! The panel will feature a dynamic lineup of female trailblazers and influencers from various industries. Brunch Fit for a Queen is not your typical brunch outing! To ensure everyone's involvement in crafting the conversations, only 70 tickets will be available! So, grab yours TODAY! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-brunch-fit-for-a-queen-celebration-of-womens-history-month-tickets-31219257640

Washington DC: Oh Hello Kings & Queens! Just wrapped up another incredible event and I can’t wait to share the experience with you! I had the pleasure of hosting the March edition of #AfropolitianDC The Blueprint held at Cities Lounge in Washington DC!

 

If you have ever been to an Afropolitian event, then you KNOW they are off the chain!

Afropolitian is a global platform that connects professionals through unique, social and cultural events across the country! It’s impossible not to have an AMAZING time at their events! I mean, who doesn’t love to network, get informed and turn up ALL at the same party!

Attendees were treated to a unique networking experience, trivia games, fine cuisine, live performances and banging music! We also kicked off Women’s History Month and celebrated the independence of Ghana, Namibia, Tunisia and Mauritius!

What a fabulous night and I can’t wait for the next event! Make sure you catch the next Afropolitian event when it comes to a city near you! Check out the video below! 

 

 
 

Hey Kings and Queen! I can’t wait to see you guys at the 8th Annual B’More Healthy Expo! Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center!

 

The B’More Healthy Expo offers something for every age and every interest and engages, entertains, educates and empowers families to take actions and make choices to be more healthy! Best of all, The B’More Healthy Expo will connect you with community resources to help you reach your health and wellness goals!

 

The B’More Healthy Expo features:

Screenings for all ages

Healthy Food and Cooking Zone

Fit & Fun Kids Zone

Financial Fitness

Healthy Homes and Healthy Neighborhoods

Health and Wellness Careers Expo

Let’s Play Zone

Celebrity Appearances

Vendors, Product Demonstrations, Sampling, Couponing… and more!

 

Plus, it’s FREE! I’ll be hosting and signing autographs! See you guys soon!  For more info check out http://bmorehealthyexpo.com.

 

Washington, DC: Ready to take your brand to the next level? I’ll be speaking at #TheBlogCodeBrunchTakes On The District DC on March 25th from Noon-3PM at Cuba Libre Restaurant! This is your chance to learn about branding, marketing and blogging from industry experts! Mix and mingle with other dynamic trailblazers, entrepreneurs and other creatives of diverse backgrounds, to be encouraged by their stories and take your brand to the next level!

 

We will be providing guest with a brunch, FREE digital master classes [over $300 value], networking/job opportunities, DTLR swag items and SO MUCH MORE.

SEATING IS LIMITED! So make sure to purchase your tickets ASAP!

Tickets ON SALE NOW! We hope to see you there! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blog-code-brunch-series-tickets-3261182885