Announcing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Party Plan!

You spend your days learning, listening, taking notes, tweeting, networking, meeting sponsors, and generally packing a LOT of stuff into a very few hours. In the evenings, you deserve to have some FUN (and of course continue the connecting) in a more informal atmosphere. Introducing the #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us party plan! ...more
VCastaneda in years past there was no RSVP required. Bring yourself and your smile! more

Should We Be Applauding the Baltimore Mom Who Beat Her Rioting Son?

Am I the only person in America who is having a little problem with this? Image Credit: WMAR Please understand, I am NOT bashing this mother. I am sure she loves her son and was concerned for his safety and his future. I'm not accusing her of abuse, or saying that her parenting caused her son to be a rioter, or advocating that he be removed from her care....more
I am a tad tired of folk using the word "beat". "BEAT" is relative. She smacked him around and ... more

My Son Was Born With a Bull’s-Eye on His Back: One Year After Trayvon Martin

In between Oscar Grant’s killing by a BART police officer in Oakland, California, and Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting by a neighborhood watch captain in Sandford, Florida, something changed. I became a mother—a mother to a baby boy. Soon—not tomorrow, but soon—I will have to have The Talk about what others assume about him, about his life, about his intentions as he browses through a store or strides down the night’s sidewalk. ...more
As the mom of 21 & 18 yr olds with Bull's Eyes , the day he stops being "cute" and you start ... more

Divergent: Why Is Post-Apocalyptic Chicago So Full of White People?

So I saw Divergent. Divergent takes place in a post-horrible-war Chicago. As of the 2010 Census, Chicago's population was about 32% non-Hispanic white folks, about 33% African Americans, and the other third from a variety of other racial and ethnic backgrounds. ...more
Very interesting post! I want to see the movie now. I have neither read nor seen the movie. As a ... more

The Smartest Women You Should be Following on Twitter

Fast Company came up with their list of the 25 smartest women on Twitter, and no one can deny that there are intelligent women on the list. The problem with the list is the same problem that often comes whenever a single organization or person compiles a list: it lacks diversity. It lacks diversity in colour, ideology, follower numbers. Their list is exactly the people you've come to expect to find on a "smart women" list and lacks the brilliant women YOU follow on Twitter: the ones that blow your mind with the way they can sum up enormous thoughts in 140 characters. ...more

Celebrating #BlogHer13 #MultiCulti Party – Multi Culti Family & Adopted Culture

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network founder Ananda Leeke is preparing to co-host the BlogHer 13 Multi Culti Party on July 26 with “digital sister” bloggers Pauline Campos of Aspiring Mama blog and Dwana De La Cerna of House on A Hill blog in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to check out the BlogHer Loves Multi Culti Pinterest board. Over the next three weeks, Ananda will be sharing several multi culti-inspired blog posts that invite your feedback....more

Announcing BlogHer’s Food Well Said (Beta): What Do You Think?

For a little more than a year now, BlogHer has published the #3 largest food network in the U.S. (comScore), syndicating headlines from and advertising to 600 of the best food blogs in the world. To celebrate these amazing bloggers and serve our mission to create more exposure for their work, we've taken an important step forward with this new service: Throughout the day, we will update BlogHer’s Food Well Said (Beta) with beautiful, highly clickable excerpts from the latest posts from all 600 blogs in BlogHer’s Publishing Network for food blogs. ...more
I LOVE IT! It is so refreshing! I also adore the concept of watching my posts unfold. Awesome ... more

Building Partnerships With Brands Before They Know Who You Are

Conference:  BlogHer '13 Track:  Marketing and Monetization About You Name:  Natasha Nicholes URL:  http://www.housefulofnicholes.com I'll show bloggers the secret to connecting with brands and forming a mutually beneficial relationship without knowing that they are doing it. As someone who is currently working with General Mills as one of the 10 African American bloggers on their first ever blogger panel, I know first hand how loving a brand can turn into a great relationship. I also had the pleasure of speaking on the Box Tops for Education panel at Blogalicious in 2012. ...more

I'm Dwana of Houseonahillorg ~
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How Foodstamps Helped Me Feed My Kids and Rebuild My Life

I was at the supermarket checkout line when the cashier asked me if I wanted to make a donation for the needy.I would have liked to, but instead, I flashed my food stamps card and shook my head, saying: “I can’t. This time, I’m the needy.”The poor guy blushed and mumbled an apology. I suppose he must have felt bad for me.“It’s okay,” I said. “I’m glad to have the help.” ...more
I too received assistance over ten years ago after my divorce. I was humiliated but my ex would ... more

Can Sodastream Replace Soda?

Whenever I ask folks if they like their Sodastream, they respond with notable passion: "It has CHANGED MY LIFE." Wow, um, okay. In this post, Jen drills down to numbers and the reality of replacing soda with a homemade version:...more
After trying it at BlogHer NYC I came home skeptical. Nonetheless I ran right out and bought one ... more