Earlier this year, I was blessed to find out that I would be speaking at THE Blogging While Brown Conference in Washington D.C . This two day event was a safe haven of high level blogging information, camaraderie and bonding among the best and brightest brown bloggers in the nation. I had a strong inkling I would find my Greek Life family there. I mean, really, when you think of a group of leaders, NPHC members are not far behind. And my inkling was dead on. Here are a few of the amazing Divine Nine bloggers and leaders I ran into at the conference:
dr. jamie hardy – entrepreneurship master class -alpha kappa alpha
Jamie’s energy was just as contagious as her business ideas. I bumped into this pretty lady during one of our breaks. This fire cracker refers to herself as the “Lifestyle Pharmacist” as she brings her enthusiasm for business and healthy living into her clients every day life.
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maica fleming – finer women rising – zeta phi beta sorority inc.
Words cannot explain how ecstatic I was to meet Malica. The fact that I spotted her across the conference hall before she even saw me can give you an idea of my excitement. I have been following Finer Woman Rising for over a year now. As a member of Zeta, I appreciate Malica’s attention to detail in spearheading new narrative of Zeta by refining and defining what it means to be a Zeta despite the stereotypes that might come our way. (I don’t need to explain…aint nobody got time for that). Her addictive personality and sharp thinking is just as captivating in person as it is online. If you haven’t checked out her blog, newsletter, or apparel line, do so…right now. You won’t regret it.
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kalilah c wright – i am kalilah – zeta phi beta sorority inc.
Kalilah’s aura is dynamic. I only got to speak with her for a few minutes, thanks to Malica. And in those few minutes, her Jill Scottish vibe permeated the room. That vibe translates onto her website I am Kaliah. If you’re a fan of fun, vibrant and sometimes lewd language for all of you sophistoratchets like myself, make sure you check her out. As a fellow creative, I love her vibe, her spirit and most of all, that she’s my Soror!
If you want more information, click the picture to check her out!
yao tyus – frank love – omega psi phi fraternity inc.
Mr. Love. Or should I say Mr. Tyus is a trip. His hilarious and candid conversation was welcoming and enlightening. We and a few other bloggers talked about a round of topics including business, Black Lives Matter, and of course, blogging. So when I found out that he was a relationship guru, I was kind of surprised no one had brought up the topic when we had our little pow wows. Now, before you go, “Omega…………Love……Relationships?”, get out your stereotypical feelings. You might learn something. With a successful marriage and 5 kids under his belt, he has a a few tips that might be helpful to you.
For more information on Yao Tyus, click on his picture.
ebony jackson maddox – black women losing weight – sigma gamma rho sorority inc
If you could combine smarts, comedy and beauty in one….it would pretty much look like Ebony. I met her at lunch (thanks to the plug Malica) and we talked tech, weight loss, relationships, and Greek Life among other things. But what’s more impressive is her ability to bring out the best in other woman nation wide in their journey to weight loss and physical freedom. With over 1000 plus weight loss stories and counting on her roster, she’s not slowing down any time soon.
To find out more about Ebony and her movement, click the picture.
nicaila matthews – side hustle pro podcast – alpha Kappa Alpha sORORITY iNC.
I met this ray of sunshine….aka (no pun intended) Nicaila, after my “Think Small, Create Big in 30 Minutes” presentation. During my session, she posed engaging questions to attendees that made my Q&A segment lit. After we wrapped up, we were still rapping about social issues, side hustles, writing and a plethora of other topics. So much so that we almost missed lunch lol.
And there’s plenty more to talk about on her podcast “Side Hustle Pro”. As with many of us, we work our 9-5s and turn around and burn the mid-night oil to invest in our dreams. Well, Nicaila picks the brains of these dreamers on her podcast.
To check out her podcast, click the picture above.
I had such a great time at the Blogging While Brown Conference and I was blessed to have gotten to know so many amazing bloggers! And I’m sure there are many more opportunities to come. Until next time, be easy!