AT&T KEYNOTE PANEL:Featuring GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist, Lecrae

AT&T is returning as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.  On Friday at 4:30, AT&T will be presenting the panel Uplift. Mobilize. Inspire, Featuring GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist, Lecrae.

Uplift. Mobilize. Inspire


Lecrae, Grammy Award-winning Artist - @lecrae
L. Michelle Smith, U.S. Diversity, AT&T Corporate Communications - @LMichellePR
Jason Caston, iChurch Method - @jasoncaston

AT&T continues its Inspired Mobility conversation with a fireside chat featuring church social and digital expert, Jason Caston, and one of today’s most influential faith-based musical artists, Lecrae. During this candid, one-on-one talk, Caston will interview Lecrae about how mobility helps him to uplift and inspire his fans as a hip hop artist and producer. In this session you will learn how to find and mobilize your voice as an inspirational storyteller.


Conference Session: From Niche to Mainstream: Why Your Blog Matters - Presented by the Team from Naturally Curly

Michelle Breyer, Kami Smith, Evelyn Ngugi, Nikki Johnson

Michelle Breyer, Kami Smith, Evelyn Ngugi, Nikki Johnson

17 years ago, you could not find products, blogs or information for curly and natural hair. Michelle Breyer and the team at TextureMedia Inc. have changed the hair care landscape by turning their small niche website,, into a major media platform for women with textured hair. Join them as they share their story on how they did it, and how you too can position your niche to mainstream audiences.


Michelle Breyer | President and Co-Founder,
Nikki Johnson | Email Marketing Manager
Evelyn Ngugi | Social Media Manager
Kami Smith | Integrated Media Account Manager
Moderator: Cristina Cleveland | Senior Content Editor for NaturallyCurly and contributing writer at Camille Styles


Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer is a co-founder and president of TextureMedia Inc., a 16-year-old Austin-based social media network platform for people with curls, coils and waves. The company’s mission is to empower, inspire and connect millions of consumers, thousands of stylists and hundreds of haircare brands.

Breyer spent most of her career as a journalist, winning numerous awards during her 20-year career as a business reporter. Growing up curly, she had long been frustrated by the dearth of information on curly hair and the lack of curl-specific products and stylists who understood how to work with curls and kinks. NaturallyCurly was launched in 1998 with $200 and the help of a 13-year-old Web designer.

Today, the texture segment is considered a staple for most hair-care brands, and many credit that to NaturallyCurly’s influence.

Breyer lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Jody and 13-year-old curly daughter Emma

Nikki Johnson

Nikki is a lifestyle and hair blogger at and an Email Marketing Manager at TextureMediaInc. She was named one of Austin’s Rising Stars by Tribeza magazine in 2014. She has worked with brands like SheaMoisture, L’Oreal,  Carol’s Daughter, and Refinery29 to create one of a kind content and marketing campaigns for natural hair consumers. Originally from Houston, TX she moved to Austin to attend UT. When she’s not creating content you can find her running Town Lake or carefully curating the perfect Instagram photo. Follow her @nchanel.

Evelyn Ngugi

Evelyn Ngugi is the Social Media and Community Manager at TextureMedia Inc., in addition to creating original videos and partnering with influencers to boost NaturallyCurly's YouTube presence. In her free time, Evelyn produces her own Youtube channel as "Evelyn From The Internets". She travels to Nigeria annually as the Social Media Manager for Social Media Week Lagos, and is the producer of the web series Austin While Black.

Kami Smith

Kami Smith is an Integrated Media Account Manager for TextureMedia, Inc., a social platform with the goal of empowering women to love their curls, coils, and waves. She consults with brands on the best ways to position themselves amongst the curly community to maximize impact and ROI. Kami previously worked with Greenleaf Book Group, Vendini, and ArtsBoston. She lives in Austin, TX.

Conference Session: Keeping Austin Wired - 3 Austinites Impacting the World of Blogging

In the past year Austin has been thrusted into a complex conversation balancing the emerging title of the Silicon Valley of the Southwest and a city of innovation and an expanding economically segregated city. However, there is both ingenuity and thought-leadership taking place in Austin to help elevate the visibility and engagement of communities of color in the digital space and the world of blogging.

Come engage in a conversation with some of the thought leaders leading the conversation in the capitol city, while making their mark on the national stage. This surge of energy around the digital space/start-up buzz in Austin's community of color is being lead by voices like lifestyle guru, UrbanBushBabes' Nikisha Brunson, Taco Journalist Mando Rayo and co-founder of Localeur, the #1 blogging travel app, Joah Spearman.  



Nikisha Brunson |  UrbanBushBabes / Pineapple Life

Nikisha Brunson is the Co-founder and Editor-and-Chief of two online life style sites and Her expertise in natural hair, healthy living, cooking, DIY, and social media has helped to catapult her brands to over 200K+ viewers across her social media platforms. Raised in Brooklyn (NY), she currently resides in Austin (TX). She is a former public school teacher and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Childhood Education. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan,Yahoo Beauty, Refinery 29, Carol’s Daughter, Essence, Camille Styles, Motel Rocks, Afropunk, Flare Magazine, Once Wed, Texas Monthly, Tribeza, Brides Magazine and  ABC’s KVUE News.

Mando Rayo | Taco Journalism / Mando Rayo Collective

By day, Mando is a digital marketer and by night, a Taco Journalist. Mando is CEO and Engagement Strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency based in Austin, Texas. Mando is an award winning Texas blogger and author of Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day. Mando's work has been featured on Bon Appetite Magazine, The New York Times, Slate, Texas Monthly, NPR and Latino USA. Mando works with local and national brands including TimeWarner Inc., Whataburger, General Mills, REI, Austin Film Society, Blanton Museum of Art, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and is currently working on his next book, The Tacos of Texas with The University of Texas Press. Follow Mando on Twitter at @elmundodemando or @MRCollectivos.  

Joah Spearman | Localeur

Joah Spearman is the CEO and co-founder of Localeur, an Austin-based startup with a mission to help you experience local wherever you go. Launched at SXSW 2013, Localeur was named the Best New Startup in Austin in 2013 and more recently has been named one of the top travel apps by The Today Show, Forbes, TIME, Mashable, MSN, MTV and The Men's Journal. Before Localeur, Joah was director of operations and strategic initiatives at Bazaarvoice before its 2012 IPO where he led the company's travel strategy, and co-founded the fashion segments for SXSW and ESPN X Games working with emerging brands such as Chicago-based sneaker line Bucketfeet and Australian menswear line Zanerobe. Joah previously co-founded a Downtown Austin-based pop-up sneaker boutique, Sneak Attack, and served as a social media and communication adviser in both Austin and Washington, D.C. for companies such as FedEx and Volkswagen, along with organizations such as the University of Texas and the Beijing Olympics.

Joah is currently serving on the board of directors for AIDS Services of Austin, which he joined in 2011, and as a member of the board for KLRU-TV (Austin's PBS affiliate), which he joined in 2014. Previously, Joah served as vice chair of the Austin Music Commission and as a member of the Downtown Comission, where he was appointed by the City Council and Mayor to advise the city on music-related and Downtown living issues. Joah was recently named one of the Top 10 Black Innovators of 2014 by MVMT ("Movement") 50 and was named the Emerging Business Leader of the Year by the Greater Austin Black Chamber in 2013 along with being a four-time finalist for the Austin Under 40 Awards.

Joah is the co-author of Real Role Models: Successful African Americans Beyond Pop Culture (Univ. of Texas Press 2010) and is currently putting the finishing touches on his second book, Indisputable: A Fan's Guide to the Live Music Capital. A long-time blogger at Diatribes by Joah, he has also been a frequent contributor to Huffington Post along with outlets such as Art & Hustle magazine, The New York Times Sports Blog, Xconomy and Austin publications such as Tribeza, Austin Monthly, and Vetta, and has spoken in more than 100 public schools around the country in partnership with Teach for America in cities such as Charlotte, Houston and Memphis, along with the Wharton School of Business, McCombs School of Business, and at numerous technology conferences such as South by Southwest and Tech808, a New York-based conference bridging the gap between the tech and hip-hop communities.





Conference Session: How SEO Has Grown and How You Must Grow With It - Presented By Claudio Cabrera

Claudio Cabrera will be presenting How SEO Has Grown and How Your Must Grow With It.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • A step by step process on how to create a story in WordPress with all the proper SEO basics.
  • How to apply to Google News.
  • he impact of social media sharing on your stories and how they appear in Google.
  • How creating link for link or traffic sharing partnerships can help your brand's reach and standing with search engines.
  • How the quality, length and meatiness of your content will always defeat a skin and bones story.
  • How important speed is in the content aggregation process
  • How writing for social is now the same as writing for the search engines

Session Description:
When digital journalists and editors think of SEO they either become immediately intimidated or assume it has to do with coding and a bunch of technical stuff that they don't really know about.

The days of keyword stuffing and manipulating headlines - while not over - do not hold the same importance they once did.

In this session, We will y go over SEO basics but also how to be more creative, create more quality content and focus other skills like marketing and PR to help grow your website.

About Claudio Cabrera
Claudio E. Cabrera is an award-winning digital marketer and journalist born and raised in the Inwood section of New York City. A graduate of Brooklyn College, Cabrera has spent the last seven years working with some of the biggest brands in the African American and Mainstream media space. He has grown and partnered with the likes of, The Huffington Post, the St. Louis Rams, Radar Online, NBC's The Grio, Newser, Interactive One,, and many more. In 2013, Cabrera was named one of the top Audience Development Managers in the country by Folio Magazine, joining Audience Development Managers at companies such as Time Inc., and The Economist.

Cabrera is currently the Audience Development Manager for CBS Local, overseeing the traffic acquisition and growth of 29 properties across the U.S.


Conference Session: Blogger Rights - Presented by Kit Walsh Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Every day we read new stories about bloggers facing looming legal threats: civil and criminal. That’s why I’m proud to announce that this year’s Legal Issues session at the 2015 Blogging While Brown conference will be presented by someone who is on the the front lines of litigation and policy protecting bloggers’ rights.

Kit Walsh is a Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation(, a non-profit advocacy organization that makes sure your civil liberties stay with you when you go online.  The EFF has published the Legal Guide for Bloggers as part of their Bloggers' Rights project.

Kit specializes in free speech and copyright law, and has represented numerous journalists, activists, and researchers in order to ensure that their voices can be
heard even when powerful adversaries would prefer their silence. She has previously taught Internet law at Harvard Law School, providing free legal services to the public through Harvard's Cyberlaw Clinic. Her twitter handle is @neurokit.

This is Our Liveliest Session Every Year - Hear it Live
Every year, the Legal Issues session is filled with the most questions. You need to be there live so you can interact with Kit and hear about the legal issues other bloggers are struggling with. Register for Blogging While Brown 2015 and maximize your important voice without worrying about the cloud of legal liability.

Conference Session: Blogging 101 Super-Session - Co-Presented by Arsha Jones and Bernetta Knighten

Bernetta Knighten and Arsha Jones will be co-presenting our Blogging 101 Super-Session with Arsha Jones.  

One of our most popular sessions each year, this is a nuts and bolts session designed to answer all of your technical questions about launching a blog. You'll learn about content management systems, hosting, domain name reservations, hyperlinking, quoting, embeds, plug-ins and more. This extended session will also give you a chance to have your personal blogging pitfalls debugged.

New to blogging, no problem. This session was designed specifically for you.

About Arsha Jones:

Arsha Jones has spent the last 15+ years in web design and technology fields. With a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams!), she began her career as the dot com bubble exploded and survived the burst unscathed. In 2009, with her entrepreneurial spirit, Arsha created BrandBuildSell, a free online resource for beginners who want to get started online, without the fluff and used car salesman tactics.

She is now preparing for the launch of her first iOS app, The Big Chop, a natural hair makeover iOS app for brown girls.

About Bernetta Knighten:
I am an African American Lifestyle blogger, creative wife, mother, natural hair gal, A GOAL-GETTER &  A GOAL ACHIEVER!

I am originally from a north suburb outside of Chicago, Il. I moved to Atlanta shortly after graduating from Alabama State University and soon after, met and married my husband. I am a mother of 3 wonderful children and my life is an experience.

I am also currently the Digital Media Coordinator for I am responsible for editing the site, managing 30+ freelance writers, in addition to suppling news of the day stories, social media engagement and more. I enjoy my job and everyday pinch myself because I know the work I put in on my personal blog has allowed me to actually work full time in the blogging/media arena.

The Bernetta Style blog is a resource on motherhood, wife-life and everything that comes along with that. That includes fitness, keeping your self up, natural hair, family events, date nights and reviews (events & products). If I find a deal, I am going to share it. I love to do it and people love me for it!

I desire to Motivate & Inspire all to Live Smart, Simple & Stylish by making the best choices for you! I started this blog because I love to share events, ideas, & things that can make life easier, fun and just better.

Register today so you can hear Arsha Jones and  Bernetta Knighten live!

Conference Session: Online Activism - Opportunity or Obligation?Presented By Howard Franklin

Howard Franklin will be presenting Online Activism - Opportunity or Obligation? at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • Social media is increasingly being used as a means of social and political protest. In my session, attendees will answer the question, "How can my online activism be more impactful, meaningful and long lasting?"
  • "What are the most effective ways to ensure that my advocacy result in governmental/legislative/societal action?"

Session Description:

Social and political activism reached new highs in 2014. Everyone from athletes to entertainers wants to get involved. In my session, attendees will learn what works and what doesn't, how to move the needle on issues they care about, and where advocacy meets (governmental/legislative/societal) action.

About Howard Franklin:
Howard is one of the South’s most successful young strategists. At 23, he was tapped for leadership by the late Maynard Jackson, the first African-American mayor of a major southern city. Since then, he has scored a string of legislative and electoral victories while promoting policies for some of the South’s leading lawmakers, including Mayor Shirley Franklin, the first woman elected to lead a major southern city; Percy Bland, the first African-American elected mayor of Meridian, Miss.; Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly; and state Senator Jason Carter, the Georgia Democrats’ 2014 nominee for governor.  A self-described “Southerner by choice,” Howard is fluent in the language of national campaigns. Since 2004, he has taught political organizing for Wellstone Action, helping train more than 30,000 activists nationwide. He has advised global organizations like Save Darfur and CDC Foundation, and won a historic 2009 race electing a new government in the Cayman Islands. In 2010, Howard made history again, when he was elected the first male president of the Georgia League of Women Voters, the first chairman of the state democratic party’s African-American Caucus, and inducted into the first Southern chapter of New Leaders Council, which trains and promotes progressive political leaders.  Howard earned degrees in English literature and sociology from Morehouse College.

Register for Blogging While Brown 2015 today so you can hear Howard Franklin live!

Conference Session: Cultivating A Strong Visual Identity-Presented By Candace Queen

Candace Queen will be presenting Cultivating A Strong Visual Identity at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:
How can I make my blog instantly recognizable?
How do I develop a visual identity for my blog?

Session Description:
There’s more to your blog’s identity than just the logo. This workshop will provide a step-by-step guide to developing a visual identity for your blog. Whether you have a design background or are working with a designer this workshop will walk you through the process. Upon completion of this workshop you’ll be able to make informed decisions about the direction of your blog’s visual identity.

About Candace Queen:
Candace is an art director and visual designer based in Austin, TX. She currently operates a boutique branding and design consultancy, Harris Hall Brand Initiative, providing essential services to individual professionals, emerging businesses and cause-based organizations. Over the course of her career she’s worked for a range of clients including RadioShack, John Deere, Marshall’s, and  

In addition to her work in the design and advertising industry she’s also completing her M.A. in Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research focus revolves around multicultural marketing and branded content marketing.

Why Candace thinks you need to hear it live:
Bloggers can experience challenges with developing an instantly recognizable identity for their brand. A blogger without a design/advertising background may struggle with effectively communicating with a designer about what it is they need. This session will identify all the steps in creating a visual identity for a brand (research, graphic elements, typography etc.) and address the ways the visual identity translates on different platforms (social media, website, print). A live conference format is needed because the subject matter requires discussion and interaction to clearly express the components of the workshop.

Register for Blogging While Brown 2015 today so you can hear Candace Queen live!

Conference Session: Let’s Create That Course! The 6 Essential Steps to Go From None to Done Presented By Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer Kennedy will be presenting Let’s Create That Course! The 6 Essential Steps to Go From None to Done  at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • What makes a good (sellable) course topic? (In other words, how do I know if people will buy my course?)
  • What type and how much information should be included in your course?

Session Description:
You've been blogging for a while and are ready to take things to the next level. Or, perhaps you have a passion that you're ready to share with the world. Regardless, you're ready to create an online course to reach more people.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create meaningful content for their digital courses. They will work on a game plan that takes them from course idea to content delivery.

The session will cover:
- What makes a good course topic
- How to organize your course content for learning
- What will set your course a part from the other courses on the same topic
- The one thing that all courses need
- How to make your course engaging (and not boring!)

About Jennifer Kennedy:
Jennifer is an educator who provides training and coaching for women who are ready to take action on their goals so that they can have more freedom in their lives.

Jennifer has over 12 years of experience in education. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Miami University and a master’s degree in Education from California State University, Long Beach. Jennifer has earned the Teacher of the Year Award and spoken for numerous conferences including the Toastmasters Leadership Institute.

Jennifer started her business after realizing there was a need for online entrepreneurs to learn how to create courses and workshops. She teaches practical and easy to implement strategies that you can use to develop your course. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and a glass of Malbec.

Why Jennifer thinks you need to hear it live:
Two of the biggest questions when it comes to creating a course is where to start and how much information should be included. Oftentimes, people are stuck on these questions because they don't have any place or person to ask. They are always wondering if they are doing things correctly. This workshop will not only answer those questions, but get participants started towards creating an online course.

This session will give them the steps they need to create their course and outline their course content.

Accountability is huge! So, it's my goal that by the end of this workshop, all participants feel ready to move on to the next step of their course (which is actually creating the content)!

Register for Blogging While Brown 2015 today so you can hear Jennifer Kennedy live!

Conference Session: Blog Lockdown - Technology Tips To Keep Your Blog SecurePresented By Terrance Gaines

Terrance Gaines will be presenting Blog Lockdown - Technology Tips To Keep Your Blog Secure at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • How to prevent hackers from accessing your site.
  • What steps to take if/when your site is attacked and/or infected.

Session Description:
What would happen if your blog/website disappeared right now due to getting hacked or being infected with malware? This session will focus on blog security and is idea for new bloggers who want to start on right foot, as well as well-established brands who can't afford for their site to be out of commission.

We will go over basic blog/website security concepts as well as go over tips, tricks, and specific tools to help bloggers keep their site safe and secure. Additionally, we will go over methods to get their sites back up and running in the event of an attack.

About Terrance Gaines:
If you look up “Family IT Guy who is always the go-to tech pro when anybody they love, sort of knows, or randomly runs into on the street, has a question about gadgets and gizmos” in the dictionary, Terrance Gaines' face would appear.

Born and raised in Indianapolis but now living in Atlanta, his passion for technology has evolved from thing he helped family and friends with, to a blog in order to share his love of all things techie with other geeks, to a brand that empowers people and businesses use technology to do great things.

From individuals looking for the best technology devices to suit their personal needs, to businesses who need a knowledgeable advisor to consult them with technology tools and services to strive, Terrance's passion is working with people and businesses who know they need technology, but don't know where to start and who to trust.

Why  Terrance thinks you need to hear it live:
As a tech-savvy brand who had security measures in place, mysite was still attacked and infected with malware.

I know there are bloggers out there who have their entire well-being wrapped up in their site's page views, but still don't have the most basic security measures in place to keep their site from being attacked.

It doesn't take much, but there are some simple preventative measures all blogger can take to save them from trying to get their site back in the event of an attack.

Register for Blogging While Brown 2015 today so you can hear Terrance Gaines live!

Conference Session: Podcasting For Profits - How to Create a Podcast That Benefits Your BrandPresented By Brandy Butler

Brandy Butler will be presenting Podcasting For Profits - How to Create a Podcast That Benefits Your Brand at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • How do I gain global visibility with my podcast?
  • How do I make money from my podcast show?

Session Description:
You've heard that you should podcast, but do you know how to launch a podcast that gets you seen & paid?  In this session, Podcast Maven & Message Syndicator, Brandy Butler teaches you have to launch your podcast in a way that makes a big splash while also creating revenue for your brand.

About Brandy Butler:
Brandy Butler, The Message Syndicator is a woman on a mission to increase the spread of positive messages around the world.  The African American community is plagued with negative subculture, Brandy believes that if more leaders and healers created podcast shows, those audio messages would help to combat the impact of the bad messages.  Brandy's personal mission is to change #WhatTheWorldHears and #PaintITUNES

Brandy Butler is the CEO of Brandy Butler Media, LLC.  A new media company which specializes in elevating and syndicating the messages of speakers, authors, and coaches.  As a champion for women's empowerment and purposeful living, Brandy also has a coaching and mastermind program on her Girl Just Quit career blog.

A wife and mother of 3, when Brandy isn't busy making plans for world domination, she enjoys cooking for her lovely family.

Why Brandy thinks you need to hear it live:
The goal of this session is to ensure that future podcasters don't wind up being trapped in hobby podcaster syndrome.

I would not simply be telling people to start a podcast, I would be giving them strategy to gain optimum visibility for their podcast and teaching them strategies to actually make money from their podcast, which is a sticking point that many podcasters fail at.

Register for the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference  today so you can hear Brandy Butler live!

Conference Session: You've Recorded Your Video Blog: Now What? Presented By Chip Dizard

Chip Dizard will be presenting You've Recorded Your Video Blog: Now What? at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • How do I  optimized and have people take action on my YouTube Videos?
  • I new to video and I know nothing about video editing.  What free/cheap tools can I learn  to use to edit my videos?

Session Description:
Shooting video is one-third of the production process. It's now time to edit the video, optimize it and upload it to YouTube.  Once you upload it to YouTube it's time to promote your video and track results.

About Chip Dizard:
Chip Dizard is an entrepreneur with a passion for all things technology and media. In 2002, he founded the new media firm Absolute Presence, focusing on web development, video production, and media consulting for government agencies, non-profits, and religious organizations. That same year, he also founded, an online streaming portal, where churches and ministries throughout the world can stream services live and on demand.

Why Chip thinks you need to hear it live:
Everyone can film videos these days but many people don't know how to optimize videos for YouTube or use advanced features like annotations  to tell a story with  video editing software.

Register for the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference today so you can hear Chip Dizard live!

Conference Session: TV, to Radio, to HuffPo Live: How to Take Your Online Message to Other Mediums -Presented By Danyelle Little

Danyelle Little will be presenting TV, to Radio, to HuffPo Live: How to Take Your Online Message to Other Mediums at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • How can I get on TV to expand my visibility?
  • How can I get producers and bookers of TV and radio programs to notice me?



Session Description:
This hands-on workshop will offer tips on how to take your blogging message and translate it effectively on camera. I will give insight on how I began booking local and national TV programs as a guest, on-air talent, brand spokesperson, and panelist. Learn how to snag a producer's attention, and how to get (and keep) "bookers" calling to have you appear on their programs to share your expertise.

The discussion will include camera do's and don'ts, interviewing skills, and how to get your message across effectively while live on-air or on the radio.

About Danyelle Little:
Known as first as a Mom, and then as a Work/Life Management Professional and Careerist, Danyelle Little is a rising star amongst her peers. With over a decade of experience in Benefits Administration and Human Resources, Danyelle created to discuss topics important to working parents and entrepreneurs. Glamour Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post Live have all tapped Danyelle to share her thoughts on newsworthy items relating to workplace issues and employee relations. Recognized as a top entrepreneur and social media influencer in St. Louis (Missouri), Ms. Little is routinely seen on local and national news and lifestyle programs, and has been a featured personality in national brand promotions including a recent Subaru advertising campaign.

Danyelle is also a mother of two (ages 20 and 10) and can be found during her “off” time relaxing with family, reading a good book, or watching a classic movie. She is also the co-founder of the women’s travel and lifestyle website, Around the World in Pink.

Why Danyelle thinks you need to hear it live:
Many bloggers want to become the go-to person in their niche or genre---appearing on TV and radio programs can help them become the authority in their field(s). Have a face for radio? I will cover that as well along with podcasting tips, voice tools, etc.

Register for the 2015 Blogging While Brown conference today so you can hear Danyelle Little live!

Conference Keynote: The Million Dollar Blog Formula - Presented by Ronnie and Lamar Tyler

We are proud to announce that Ronnie and Lamar Tyler of Black and Married With Kids Will will be presenting the Saturday Keynote at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference: The Million Dollar Blog Formula.

The Tylers will share how they built a blog that started in the corner of their master bedroom into an international brand that has grossed over one million dollars in revenue. The Tylers will share insight, results, hacks and profit maximizers.  Attendees will get an exclusive behind-the-curtain look at what it takes to build a 7-figure blog business and learn what they can start doing right now to get there!

Attendees will learn:

  • Systems to use and implement that will drive more revenue no matter the blog size.
  • How the Tylers use analytics to develop content, products and relationships with brands.
  • How the Tylers use multiple streams of income to secure financial security and what those streams are.

About the Tylers:

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler make up the husband and wife power pair behind Black and Married with Kids. Fed up with the pervasive negative images of black marriage in the media, Lamar and Ronnie started the site to combat the negativity by focusing on positive messages about marriage in the black community. Armed with a passion for empowering married couples and a knowledge of how to leverage social media, Ronnie and Lamar have taken Black and Married with Kids from a small personal blog to an international brand under their own Tyler New Media umbrella that also boasts four independently produced films and a social media presence that includes over 450,000 Facebook fans.

Yes, You Need to Hear The Tylers Live!
Blogging While Brown speakers don’t just jet in and out. They stick around to interact with our attendees. Register for Blogging While Brown so you don’t miss the opportunity to interact with Ronnie and Lamar live.

Conference Session: How to Get Booked for TV and Radio-Presented By Jacque Reid

Jacque Reid will be presenting How to Get Booked for TV and Radio at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Session Description:

Getting booked as an expert on TV or radio isn't easy, but it can be done. This session will take you behind the scenes of the business, show you how decisions are made and tell you the what you need to know to get booked! Jacque Reid is a long time tv and radio journalist who receives hundreds of story pitches a year. She is also a blogger as the creator of

About Jacque Reid:

Journalist Jacque Reid is a long time journalists with a background in entertainment and news. Over the course of her career she has interviewed some of the most influential and interesting people, including James Brown, Tom Cruise, Jane Fonda, Will Smith, Sheryl Crow, Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Aretha Franklin, Dave Chapelle and many more.

Currently, Jacque can be seen daily as a co-host on NBC 4 New York's much celebrated, celebrity and lifestyle show, New York Live. The show features the city's best food and fashion in addition to top celebrity guests.

Jacque is also a regular part of the nationally syndicated and hugely popular radio program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Jacque reports on women and women's issues on her Inside Her Story segments. Jacque is also a regular guest pop culture panelists on CNN and the Joy Behar show. Jacque also served as a regular guest co-host for The View, was a contributor for Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show and has appeared on ABC's Nightline and CNN's Larry King Live. She also served as an anchor and host for the TV One network, providing coverage of Michael Jackson's public memorial, President Barack Obama's road to the White House, as well as the history making election of President Obama and his inauguration.

Jacque believes in giving back, and is doing just that with her non-profit, The Reid Group. The Reid Group gives a group of Clark Atlanta University journalism students the opportunity to spend the summer in New York City, working in select news internships and learning in workshops conducted by the nation's top journalists.

Jacque devotes her free time to speaking at universities and youth events across the country. Jacque is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, and the New York Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jacque serves on various boards, including the Black and Missing Foundation and Black Girls Rock.

Raised in Atlanta, Jacque honed her craft at Clark Atlanta University, where she received her BA in Print Journalism and further sharpened her skills at Northwestern University, receiving her MA in Broadcast Journalism.

On a personal note, Jacque is a huge animal lover, is a tv addict and enjoys cooking.

Register today so you can hear Jacque Reid live!

Conference Session: The Art of Storytelling Presented By Oneika Raymond

Oneika Raymond will be presenting The Art of Storytelling at the 2015 Blogging While Brown Conference.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this session:

  • How do I craft a tale that is not only interesting and well-written but shows my personality?
  • How do I use photography, vlogging, and social media to extend my narrative and captivate my audience?


Session Description:
It's no secret that successful blogs tell good stories.This session is for bloggers hoping to take their blog to the next level by improving their ability to spin a good yarn. By exploring specific writing, photography, and new media techniques, bloggers will walk away with practical tips for captivating audiences and growing their reader base.

About Oneika Raymond:

Oneika Raymond is an educator, writer, and travel junkie who has travelled to 70 countries on 6 continents. She chronicles her adventures abroad on her blog, Oneika the Traveller, and is a contributor for Conde Nast Traveler. Oneika's writing has also been featured in a number of online publications including National Geographic, Ebony, and The Huffington Post. Originally from Canada, she is a serial expat who has lived in France, Mexico, Hong Kong, and the UK. A thrill-seeker who is always in the midst of planning her next trip, Oneika has, amongst other things, trekked in Nepal, sailed in Croatia, and gone on safari in Tanzania.

Register for Blogging While Brown 2015 today so you can hear Oneika Raymond live!