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Yes, The Vmas, Yes Newark

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So it is coming as a surprise that Newark is hosting the MTV VMA’s on September 16th, 2019, and it makes me and the other citizens of the city laugh, our city is an amazing location for the awards show. Prudential is a perfect venue, along with a taping happening at Symphony Hall, our city has an amazing history of breakout artist, Whitney, Queen Latifah, and Naughty By Nature!

So let’s take a moment to showcase the celebrations being hosted across the city by Newark’s own tastemakers and culture builders!

Newark will continues to disrupt entertainment and the traditional paths by being innovative and equitable in showcasing the best the city has to offer, its culutral capital through its citizens.

This is a milestone but its just one of many that the city is leading under Mayor ras J Baraka.

Useful Info

Traffic Advisory via NJPATCH

VMAs Lineup up includes NJ Legends via NJ.com

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TechnologyThe Entrepreneur

Digital Business Cards

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Ok Champs, in this fast-moving world, going from event to event, flying out and making connections, we are always on the go and we never want to miss a moment of connecting to potential collaborators, or clients.

Those moments require us to be prepared with the quintessential asset, a business card, but there is often that dreaded moment when you are on fire and networking your ass off and then you run out of your business card, we can use digital business cards to still make that connection!

A digital business card is just a way for you to connect with more people, in a single simple interface, it also allows you to build your Client Relationship Management database or C.R.M ( ill do a post about CRM’s later)

Let me share some of the platforms I enjoyed:

L Card

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This platform not only allows you to build an e-card to send via text, email, QR code

Also, you can scan cards you engage and build a database, where you can even group by the event or conference.

Haystack

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Love this platform because it is hyper-visual!

You don’t have to have the app to receive the card.

This platform is especially great because it also allows your company to have a uniform digital card to share too! All with a consistent template and brand!

SwitchIt

So Switchit has a really great set of features, of course, you can build your card, and you can adopt it for your whole company.

It also has a free version which is great if you are starting on a budget.

The real key feature here is the ability to add video and content to those that receive the card from you, it also doesn’t make the recipient beholden to using the app, they can still see all the content.

Ok champs, these are the three platforms that I played around with, but if you have any others let me know! I just think it’s a great option to have a digital go to when you are networking, just in case you run out of your paper cards or you forget your cards at home, It happens to the best of us, but we never forget our phones!

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The Style

STYLE Story

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STYLE STORIES. Missing those New Orleans mornings. Where the days are sweeter and the people sweeter. #nola

At the head of the table. Period. #nola

The look was inspired by that Pitti Uomo style of dressing. There is always something in me that loves a sartorial moment but with my urban blend. Oh and yellow pants. That’s a first there.

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The Speaker

The Keynote, Next City Vanguard

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If you would have told me I would be telling a room full of leaders about my passion for Newark and Multicultural leaders I wouldn’t have believed you but that is just what happened. Check out some of the experience.

When I think about all the leaders in this room and talk about innovation, I think your first collaborative project is really yourself. When I first looked at who I was and who I was becoming, I really looked at my tribe who contributed to the man I am today. See, I grew up in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn is so much culturally just like Newark. It’s a mix of black and brown voices, immigrant voices all living together.

The outcome of collaboration is that you have given me more than I’ve given you. We are changed and enhanced because we give each other the best we can in the moment. Be the best version of yourself. Don’t be afraid to allow yourself to be the project of collaboration.

I’m the biggest work in progress ever. The more we bring into our lives, the better we can be. Because every day you’re going to do the work and every day you’re going to remember your mission. Sometimes those days will change someone’s life. Then the next day it might feel as if you’re keeping pace. But understand that when you do get the win, those wins are no longer yours. The wins belonged to your collaborators. The wins belong to your city. At the end of the day, your win belongs to your village. And now you’re part of mine. Thank you.

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The Style

Style Story

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What I love most about Style, is the capacity to infuse your cultural identity into the visual.

The Pieces in this Style Story are some of my Favorites period!

My sweatshirt is via Ané purchased at Off The Hanger, in my City of Newark.

The Collars were a purchase from Urban Collars

Hat was via Nordister I legit have five hats from them and they never dissapoint.

The Cuff, I found this at a market helmed by Interior Design guru and friend Neffi Walker, its JoyFashionFinds , tell her Medina sent you.

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The Advocate

The Little Mermaid

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Diseny has announced its amazing lead actress for The Little Mermaid live action feature, Halle Bailey will play Ariel, leading to a huge reaction from people.

Im lending my voice to the argument and I am so in support of this decision, Halle is vocally talented and a beautiful young actress with the energy and charisma to take on the role.

She also, is not a stranger to the Disney company playing Sky Foster on Grownish and her amazing track with sister Chloe on the soundtrack for Disney’s “A Wrinkle In Time”.

She is going to be a great force in this production and more, young girls of color will be able to see themselves in this timeless classic for years to come.

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Technology

Hyperloop

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Beautiful 3d render of Elon Musks Hyperloop stations, it uses Amsterdam as the European city of choice for the theoretical station that uses a minimal and approachable design.

Meanwhile the pods simulate outdoor scenes on screens and there are sections for socializing, and even taking meetings. If Elon’s vision meets reality then travel could be top notch and beautiful.

For more Information Check out

Mashable

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Have Strength In The Wake Of The Storm!!

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It’s been a day since a horrific act was committed against the LGBTQ and Latino community in Orlando; the sadness, fear, anger and frustration that lingers in our minds and hearts will continue to sting our memories for years to come.

As the wake of destruction settles; we all, at one point in the next few days, will introspectively look at how this could have been prevented and how we personally have been affected by this catastrophe. Our thoughts and movements must not stop there, we have persevere and never forget to remember the beautiful souls that were taken away due to senseless actions fueled by hatred for those who only wanted to love.

I can’t help but to think, “This could have been me”. It could have been anyone one of you standing here tonight. What if one night, you or I just wanted to dance and enjoy this beautiful gift we call life, only to have it stolen from us in a hail of bullets; in a matter of seconds. One of those victims could have been someone I loved, someone you loved who was ripped away from this life for no other reason than malice.

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