Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Young, Gifted .. and Blogging!

This sounds like so much fun!! Can't wait to connect with other Black Bloggers and have some fun on the beach! 

Nationwide (November 28, 2011) -- Black Bloggers Connect is partnering with iHustleNation to present the Black Bloggers Connect Cruise 2012. Bloggers, vloggers, webpreneurs, mompreneurs, social media experts, tech gurus & business owners are all invited to join the Black Bloggers Connect Cruise to Ocho Rios, Jamaica & the Cayman Islands on June 2nd- June 7th 2012. Attendees will have the opportunity to: network with members of the Black online community, participate in break out discussions, be eligible for prize give-aways, and experience Ocho Rios, Jamaica & the Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands yall! 
BlackBloggersConnect.com is one of the largest online collectives of Black bloggers worldwide. It is also the #1 resource for Black bloggers to network online. BBC members are from over 20 countries, across the world including: U.S.A, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Ghana, Thailand and the U.K.   
"We are really excited about the Black Bloggers Connect Cruise 2012. We wanted the Black online world to connect in an exciting way. iHustlenation has hosted this cruise for 3 years with last year having hundreds of attendees from all over the country. This year, our partnership hopes to unite networking with relaxation and fun, " says Jessica Ann Mitchell, the founder of Black Bloggers Connect.  

Attendees that sign-up for the cruise on or before January 2nd will have their blog, website or business featured on the homepage of BlackBloggersConnect.com and NationalBlackPages.com. Attendees are able to sign-up and receive additional information at BBCCruise.com.  

Other cruise partners include: Naturals With Attitude, Next Level Entertainment Group, Time 2 Play, and Youtube sensations TxCutie and iHustleNation. Visit www.BBCCruise.com to get more information and register.
For sponsorship information, contact info@blackbloggersconnect.com.

Just to let everyone know, the BlackInTheCity blog is going to pay for me to go on this trip, so I need all of my loyal faithful readers to check out my ads and advertisers, leave a comment, let me know what you want the BlackInTheCity blog to talk about.  

Pretty sure these people aren't bloggers, but they're black and they look good...all that matters! Cruisin' yall!
See you on the ISLAND! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ramen Noodle Soup: Hoes, Souls and Need-to-Knows

#BlackInTheCity was forwarded a very, um...interesting eBook earlier this week and I just can't wait to tell you what I thought about it...

Ramen Noodle Soup for the Soul's author Nova Giovanni has composed what I like to call a commentary-based guide book for modern, dare I say, sexually freed women (and a chapter or two for men) who are exploring their real-life possibilities in relationships, social media, expression and family values.   

Although the title plays on the very popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series this ebook isn't a compilation of short stories and recollections but instead all of the tips and ideas are Novas' own.  

Ramen Noodle is more real than Steve Harvey's bestseller, Act like a Lady, Think like a Man which is immediately conveyed in the table of contexts...chapter titles include 10 Reasons Why You'll Never Be Wifey, 10 Reasons Why I'm Cheating On You, Dora the Explorer is Ruining Our Children! and The Secret Science to Spotting A Slut safe to say this book isn't for the shamed, light at heart and those that are easily offended.

Ramen Noodle is about 20 pages of insight, reality and most noticeably, comedy.  Nova goes as far as calling R. Kelly a wise man and stands behind his how-to chapter devoted to turning a hoe into a housewife saying "You may need to tell her to cut ff all communication with her mother ... If she doesn't, she isn't serious about converting from her hoe ways to the straight path." I often times found it hard to detect whether Nova was kinda joking around being sarcastic or whether he was using reverse psychology to convince men that, although a little on the bitter side, he's all for defining the female psyche.  He clues his male reader into methods to manipulating the minds of hoodrats, whores and winches to thinking like queens, mothers and reputable relationship members.

 Its an hilarious read that, and this may kick me in the arse later on, I completely identified with.

#BlackInTheCity has done a few reviews in the past and I always love tying the relevance to the black community or the female community ... in this case I think this book would be highly influential for the growing community of black women who are trying to change their lives and focus more on getting out of the   materialistic constructs of society.  In the hands of the proper reader it can be an amazing learning opportunity when it comes to finding out what hood (sym. ghetto) guys think about hood women (synonym hoodrats, chicken heads, hoes and sluts) who sometimes, just don't know any better...and vice versa, because women need to know how to deal with male sluts too.

Disclaimer: the term hoodrats, hoes and sluts can be used to define any male or woman having the traits of such, it is NOT race specific to black people. 

There you go... I say, READ IT! Tell me what you think.

  • To get a FREE COPY click the links below...


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Projects Schmojects ... Getting work done!

You have an awesome idea and want to make it happen.

Your business plan is complete and you are in the process of putting you plan into action... and whether it is a product or service you want to launch there is no possible way that you can or should do everything alone...for obvious reasons.

So from graphic designers, copywriting, public relations and marketing, fundraising and web design there will be a multitude of tasks that you should outsource to professionals who actually know what they are doing .... making sure you have the proper team should not be an issue.

Websites like Craigslist allow you to post classifieds online for everyone to see.  I myself, use Craigslist at times for apartment searches and maybe to laugh at random personal ads (don't judge me).  But the problem with Craigslist, other than the killer, is that there's no exclusivity, there's no way of knowing if people you meet are honest and skilled, and, it's just plain creepy sometimes. 

For large projects I prefer to use notable gig-posting sites like Elance.com to post items that you need to get done pertaining to your business.

Elance.com makes sure that all of its freelancers take prerequisite "exams" to ensure they have the proper skillset needed to complete jobs they apply for.

And for all of my Freelance friends out there, Elance.com assists you in making sure you get paid for the work that you do ... those days of waiting until your clients reach success to get paid, no more bounced checks or late payments.

Check it out, tell me what you think of the process and Get Work Done!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Essence of Motown: Literary Jam Event 11/12

I have a few friends that are authors, aspiring self-publishers and interested in composing ... I know that marketing may not be the easiest thing to do, but its always great to find like minded people who may be able to be a mentor.  Check out the Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference, hosted by 
Geared to provide literary events in Metro Detroit and assist writers in writing, publishing, marketing and promoting. The Essence of Motown Alliance was created to bring together literary groups and provide an annual literary conference inside of Detroit. The Motown Writers Network is a readers and writers organization that provides networking and education on and off the Internet. Established in 1999, MWN has over 600 members & growing. Members is free with newsletter subscription. All email subscriptions are free. 

Motown Writers presents its annual
November 11-12, 2011

The Virgil Carr Cultural Center
311 E. Grand River
Detroit, MI 48226


check it out! ttyl