Blogging While Brown 2012

The Afrobella and Shea Radiance After Party

Blogging While Brown attendees are you ready for the Afrobella and Shea Radiance After Party? All BWB 2012 attendees are invited to join our hosts Afrobella and Shea Radiance at The Reef Caribbean Restaurant and Lounge, 605 South 3rd Street in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 2nd. Doors open at 7pm. There will be door prizes and special giveaways. Come out and party with the Blogging While Brown Family as we say goodbye to Philly.

Comcast Tech Center Tour

Comcast has a special treat for BWB techies. This year’s conference includes a tour of the Comcast Tech Center. The interactive tour, curated by Comcast’s Chief Blogger JT Ramsey, will give bloggers the opportunity to experience New X-1 Cloud Television Platform, cutting edge video platforms and the latest in 3D technology and IP Home Security.

Space for the tour is limited. Blogging While Brown registered attendees who would like to attend the tour must RSVP by Thursday, May 31st at 8:00 AM ET. Transportation to the tour will depart from The Chemical Heritage Foundation, Friday, June 1st at 3:00 PM. 

Speaker Spotlight: Mananya Soobhawan, Digital Supervisor @ Weber Shandwick


Mananya Soobhawan, Digital Supervisor at Weber Shandwick, has seven years of experience in integrated marketing communications in developing programs that encompasses both traditional and emerging media for consumer clients. Her expertise includes general advertising, social media, blogger engagement, community management, brand positioning and development. Mananya has a strong knowledge and love for strategizing, planning, and executing genuine social media programs to help brands connect and build long lasting relationships with consumers and influencers. Read Mananya's blog and follow her on Twitter @Mananya.

Mananya is a featured speaker at Blogging While Brown in Philadelphia, June 1-2, 2012 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, on "Blogs & Brands" panel.

Speaker Spotlight: Anslem Samuel Rocque, Senior Producer of Interactive Media @

Anslem Samuel Rocque has been a culture critic/journalist for over 12 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for Currently, he serves as the Senior Producer of Interactive Media at

Over the course of his career, Anslem has written for a wide array of publications, including   EssenceBlender,   Penthouse,   Complex Vibe,   King  and  Rides.  His work has also appeared on AOL's, Barnes&, and, among other media publications. In 2008, Anslem started penning his own personal tales about the pursuit of life, love and understanding the opposite sex on his hilarious and insightful daily blog, Naked With Socks On [], which earned a Best Blog Series nod in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards. Extending his personal brand even further, Anslem broke into online radio with the Naked Radio Show, where he moderates frank discussions on sex, relationships and current events every Tuesday night from 10pm-12am EST on

Anslem is a featured panelists at Blogging While Brown 2012, June 1-2 in Philadelphia at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. His panel, "Social Media & Technology: What’s Next?" will discuss current trends in social media & technology and how Black Bloggers can position themselves to be more influential in the future.

Register today for Blogging While Brown 2012.

Speaker Spotlight: Dawn-Marie Gray, CVS Senior Marketing Manager

Dawn-Marie Gray is veteran brand strategist with nearly 20 years of integrated marketing communications experience, Dawn-Marie Gray joined CVS/pharmacy in January 2010 as a Senior Marketing Manager focused on multicultural consumers. In this role, Dawn-Marie collaborates with key stakeholders across the enterprise to influence national media campaigns and prioritize investments; achieve greater resonance with diverse audiences through support of brand relevant community initiatives; and drive revenue by growing share of wallet from Asian, Black and Hispanic consumers. 

 In addition to developing business strategies for both Front Store and Pharmacy marketing programs targeting multicultural consumers, Dawn-Marie manages the CVS/pharmacy To Your Health community program which is designed to address health disparities and access to care issues that negatively impact communities of color by offering free preventive services including health screenings for adults 18 years and older. In 2011, the program operates in 8 key US markets and Puerto Rico. 

Prior to joining CVS/pharmacy, Dawn-Marie served as Director of Marketing for the ad*itive – a full service multicultural marketing and communications firm – with a mission to improve, strengthen or positively alter the state of client business. As brand steward for several global organizations including Volkswagen, Colgate, KFC, Ultra Sheen, Coca-Cola and Timberland, she created and activated dynamic experiential marketing programs enabling the brands to successfully intersect with the right consumers, at the right time and in the right places.  

A native of Washington, DC, Dawn-Marie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University’s School of Communications. Currently residing in Providence, RI, she is an avid reader who enjoys exercising, watching movies, relaxing with family and friends and attending professional sporting events.

Dawn-Marie is a featured panelist at Blogging While Brown 2012 in Philadelphia, PA June 1-2 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Her panel "Urgent Issues Affecting People of Color from HIV to Hazing" is sponsored by Uniworld Multi-Cultural Marketing Group. 

Regular registration for Blogging While Brown ends today. Don't miss out on our 5th annual conference. Register today!

Speaker Spotlight: Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas

Pittsburgh native Damon Young is the co-author of "Your Degrees Won't Keep You Warm at Night" and the co-founder of the award-winning blog His work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The Root, Essence Magazine, The Huffington Post, NPR News, Black Enterprise, The Good Men Project, Jet Magazine, Clutch Magazine and Madame Noire. Recently, his blog was named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100, an annual list that celebrates “innovators, movers and shakers…who are shaping the world in new and different ways.” Young currently serves as an contributing editor for

Young is a featured panelist at Blogging While Brown 2012, June 1-2 in Philadelphia, PA at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. His panel "Love is a Battlefield: Navigating from the Trenches" will discuss the ins and outs of dating and relationship blogging.

Regular registration for Blogging While Brown ends May 7th. Register today!