Happy Friday! Have you celebrated the summer season with friends in your local neighborhood? This month, I am making sure I connect and see old and new friends at my favorite spots in my neighborhood. Last night, I put on my purple Ann Taylor Loft t-shirt and turquoise shorts, and walked over to 14th and W Streets, NW (in DC) in my Muji canvas tennis shoes to meet my cousin, Sharon (@bfly78) at Judy’s Restaurant and Bar. We had a great time catching up over lite snacks. The night before I had chai tea with a friend and chatted outside of Whole Foods at 14th and P Streets, NW.

We’ve got 23 days left in August. So put on your t-shirt, shorts, flip flops or tennis shoes. Let your hair down (if you’ve got hair to let down). Call your friends and make a date to hang out in your neighborhood. Do it on a budget. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Pick a local cafe or your favorite spot to eat something you love, ice cream, drink smoothies or fresh juice, have tea or coffee, or grab a drink. Shop at a farmer’s matket. Do a window shopping tour of your favorite boutiques. Spend the evening listening to live music. Take a walk or a yoga class. Go for a run. Check out a gallery. Hang out in the park. Enjoy your friends and your local neighborhood. #anntaylorloft #theloft #muji

Happy Friday! Have you celebrated the summer season with friends in your local neighborhood? This month, I am making sure I connect and see old and new friends at my favorite spots in my neighborhood. Last night, I put on my purple Ann Taylor Loft t-shirt and turquoise shorts, and walked over to 14th and W Streets, NW (in DC) in my Muji canvas tennis shoes to meet my cousin, Sharon (@bfly78) at Judy’s Restaurant and Bar. We had a great time catching up over lite snacks. The night before I had chai tea with a friend and chatted outside of Whole Foods at 14th and P Streets, NW.

We’ve got 23 days left in August. So put on your t-shirt, shorts, flip flops or tennis shoes. Let your hair down (if you’ve got hair to let down). Call your friends and make a date to hang out in your neighborhood. Do it on a budget. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Pick a local cafe or your favorite spot to eat something you love, ice cream, drink smoothies or fresh juice, have tea or coffee, or grab a drink. Shop at a farmer’s matket. Do a window shopping tour of your favorite boutiques. Spend the evening listening to live music. Take a walk or a yoga class. Go for a run. Check out a gallery. Hang out in the park. Enjoy your friends and your local neighborhood. #anntaylorloft #theloft #muji

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digcitizen:

In honor of Digital Citizenship Month, the Digital Citizenship Project is proud to announce the 2014 Digital Citizens of the Year. Each Digital Citizen of the Year is an individual who uses his or her digital presence and platforms:

  • To positively expand the horizons of academic institutions, businesses, communities, government, organizations, and people as an Expansionist.
  • To express advocacy efforts, community, creativity, healthy living, and wisdom as an Expressionist.
  • To inspire people in a myriad of ways as an Inspirationist.

Expansionist Digital Citizens of the Year

1)    Jamilla Abass, Co-Founder of MFarm, http://twitter.com/mfarm_ke
2)    Cameron Adams, Co-Founder of Canva, http://twitter.com/canva
3)    Laila Alawa, Founder of ComingofFaith.com and Co-Founder of The Everyday Bigotry Project, http://twitter.com/lulainlife
4)    Rachel Blumenthal, Founder of CricketsCircle.com, http://twitter.com/cricketscircle
5)    John Hope Bryant, Author, CEO of the Bryant Group, and Founder of Operation HOPE, Inc., http://twitter.com/johnhopebryant
6)    Rachna Choudhry, Co-Founder of POPVOX, http://twitter.com/popvox   
7)    Lauren Coaxum, Co-Founder of Think Before You Type Media Group, http://twitter.com/_powerofwords
8)    Victoria Coaxum, Co-Founder of Think Before You Type media Group, http://twitter.com/powerofwords_i  
9)    Mona Eltahawy, Muslim Feminist, Columnist, and Public Speaker, http://twitter.com/monaeltahawy
10)    Rebecca Enonchong, Founder of AppsTech, http://twitter.com/appstech
11)    Carmen Grant, Blogger, Co-Founder  of MSB New Media, Founder of SpouseSprite, SpouseSpriteLatina, and Sprite Media Group http://twitter.com/csofia928 and http://twitter.com/msbnewmedia
12)    Hillary Hartley, Co-Founder of YxYY and Presidential Innovation Fellow, http://twitter.com/hillary
13)    Marci Harris, Co-Founder of POPVOX, http://twitter.com/popvox
14)    Felecia Hatcher, Co-Founder of Feverish Ice Cream & Gourmet Pops, PopPreneurs, and Code Fever, http://twitter.com/feleciahatcher  
15)    Justin Herman, New Media Manager, General Service Administration’s Center for Excellence in Digital Government,  http://twitter.com/justinherman 
16)    Clarisse Iribagize, Founder of HeHe Ltd., http://twitter.com/hehemobile
17)    Dr. Janet Johnson, Professor at the University of Texas, Dallas and Social Media Scholar, http://twitter.com/janetnews
18)    Rose Kouwenhoven, Co-Founder of Digital Diplomacy, http://twitter.com/digidiplomats  
19)    Linda Kwamboka, Co-Founder of MFarm, http://twitter.com/mfarm_ke
20)    Zach Leverenz, CEO of EveryOneOn.org, http://twitter.com/zachleverenz
21)    Geoff Livingston, Author and Founder of  Tenacity5 Media, http://twitter.com/geoffliving
22)    Adrianna Lupher, Blogger, Co-Founder  of MSB New Media, and Founder of NextGenMilSpouse.com, http://twitter.com/adlupher and http://twitter.com/msbnewmedia   
23)    Sinead MacManus, Founder of Fluency,  http://twitter.com/sineadmacmanus
24)    Sidney Eve Matrix, Media Professor at Queen’s College. http://twitter.com/sidneyeve
25)    Cliff Obrecht, Co-Founder of Canva, http://twitter.com/canva
26)    Susan Oguya, Co-Founder of MFarm, http://twitter.com/mfarm_ke
27)    Aihui Ong, Founder of LoveWithFood.com, http://twitter.com/lovewithfood  
28)    Jennifer Pahlka, Founder of Code for America, http://twitter.com/pahlkadot
29)    Melanie Perkins, Co-Founder of Canva, http://twitter.com/canva
30)    Mike Ribble, Author and Founder of DigitalCitizenship.net, http://twitter.com/digcitizen
31)    Jim Riccio, Environmental Activist, http://twitter.com/nonewnukes  
32)    Aaron Saunders, CEO of Clearly Innovative, Inc., http://twitter.com/aaronsaunders
33)    Scott Nolan Smith, Co-Founder of Digital Diplomacy, http://twitter.com/scottnolansmith and http://twitter.com/digidiplomats
34)    Jed Stein, Co-Founder of Digital Diplomacy, http://twitter.com/jrshein and http://twitter.com/digidiplomats
35)    Alex Stevens, Co-Founder of TheDigitalDistrict.org, http://twitter.com/digitaldistrict  
36)    Katherine Stone, Founder of PostPartumProgress.com, http://twitter.com/postpartumproj
37)    Lamar Tyler, Co-Founder of Tyler New Media and BlackandMarriedWithKids.com, http://twitter.com/lamartyler
38)    Ronnie Tyler, Co-Founder of Tyler New Media and BlackandMarriedWithKids.com, http://twitter.com/ronnietyler
39)    Elliot Volkman, Co-Founder of TheDigitalDistrict.org, http://twitter.com/digitaldistrict
40)    Floris Winters, Co-Founder of Digital Diplomacy, http://twitter.com/floriswinters and http://twitter.com/digidiplomats  
41)    Jill Miller Zimon, Founder of Write Like She Talks Political Blog, Social Media and Civic Engagement Strategist, and Writer, http://twitter.com/jillmillerzimon

 
Expressionist Digital Citizens of the Year

1)    Nicole Amarteifo, Founder of “An African City” web series, http://twitter.com/allthingsafrica and http://twitter.com/anafricancity
2)    Shashi Bellamkonda, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and Vice President of Digital Marketing at BOZZUTO, http://twitter.com/shashib
3)    Jahmela Biggs, Founder of “First” web series, http://twitter.com/jahmelabiggs and http://twitter.com/firstseriestv
4)    Pauline Campos, Artist, Latina.com Dimelo Columnist, and Founder of AspiringMama.com, http://twitter.com/pauline_campos
5)    Dr. Aymar Jean Christian, Assistant Professor in Northwestern University’s Department of Communications and Founder of Televisual, http://twitter.com/drajchristian
6)    Jeanine Daniels, Co-Founder of Black & Sexy TV, http://twitter.com/msauntieneen
7)    Jessica Dheere, Co-Founder of Social Media Exchange, http://twitter.com/jessdheere  
8)    Dennis Dortch, Co-Founder of Black & Sexy TV, http://twitter.com/blackandsexytv
9)    Tyrone Farley, Founder of Harlem Voice, TrueFashionista.com, and Caribbean Social Wire, http://twitter.com/tfnow
10)    HKB FiNN, Hip Hop Spoken Word Artist and Musician, http://twitter.com/hkbfinn
11)    Lisa Quinones-Fontanez, Founder of Autism Wonderland and AtypicalFamilia.com, http://twitter.com/laliquin
12)    Ilana Glazer, Co-Founder of “Broad City” web series, http://twitter.com/broadcity 
                                               13)    Sharon Greenthal, Co-Founder of MidLifeBoulevard.com, http://twitter.com/sharongreenthal and http://twitter.com/midlifeblvd
14)    Brian Ali Harding, Co-Founder of Black & Sexy TV, http://twitter.com/blackandsexytv
15)    Jenna Hatfield, BlogHer Editor and Founder of StopandDropandBlog.com, http://twitter.com/firemom
16)    Meredith Hurston, Founder of EmpoweredMochaPatient.com, http://twitter.com/empoweredmochapt
17)    Abbi Jacobson, Co-Founder of “Broad City” web series, http://twitter.com/broadcity
18)    Feminista Jones, Blogger, Feminist Activist, and Founder of FeministaJones.com, http://twitter.com/feministajones
19)    Jazzy Jones, Community Manager for the Be Blogalicous Community and Conference, http://twitter.com/jazzyj0nez
20)    Nadia Jones, Founder of Niche Parent Network and Conference, http://twitter.com/justicejonesie
21)    Diane Lang, BlogHer Social Media Manager, http://twitter.com/momofali
22)    Grace Hwang Lynch, Founder of HapaMama.com and BlogHer News Editor, http://twitter.com/hapamamagrace
23)    Jessica Ann Mitchell, Founder of BlackBloggersConnect.com, http://twitter.com/joinbbc
24)    Stacy Morrison, Author and BlogHer Editor-in-Chief, http://twitter.com/bklynstacy
25)    Mohamad Najem, Co-Founder Social Media Exchange, http://twitter.com/monajem  
26)    Leah Neaderthal, Co-Founder of Lean Impact and StartSomewhere.com, http://twitter.com/leahtn
27)    Ann Parris, Blogger and Co-Founder of MidLifeBoulevard.com, http://twitter.com/notasupermom and http://twitter.com/midlifeblvd  
28)    Numa Perrier, Co-Founder of Black & Sexy TV, http://twitter.com/missnuma
29)    Leanne Pittsford, Co-Founder of Lean Impact, Lesbian Entrepreneur Mentoring, Lesbians Who Tech, and StartSomewhere.com, http://twitter.com/lepitts
30)    L. Martin Johnson Pratt, Founder of ILuvBlackWomen.com, http://twitter.com/iluvblackwomen
31)    Priya Ramesh, Digital Strategist at Burston-Marsteller, http://twitter.com/newpr  
32)    Kumi Rauf, Founder of I Love Being Black and Social Media Strategist, http://twitter.com/ilovebeingblack
33)    Yolanda Renee, Author, Natural Hair Blogger, and Founder of EtcBlogmag.com, http://twitter.com/etcblogmag
34)    Kamaria Richmond, Lifestyle Blogger and Digital Producer/Host of The Stroke Diva Fabulous Show, http://twitter.com/kamaria
35)    Amy Rubin, Founder of “Little Horribles” web series, http://twitter.com/twitter.com/ayrubin and http://twitter.com/littlehorribles
36)    Mike Street, Founder of Blacks in Tech NY and Senior Digital and Social Media Marketing Director, http://twitter.com/mrmikestreet  
37)    Nathalie Tancrede, Director of Artisan Business Network Foundation, http://twitter.com/natayiti
38)    Niyya Tenee, Natural Hair Blogger and Founder of LocsRevolution.com, http://twitter.com/locs_revolution
39)    Jose Vinson, Activist, Math Teacher, and Writer, http://twitter.com/thejlv
40)    Lena Waithe, Founder of “Hello Cupid” web series, http://twitter.com/hillmangrad and http://twitter.com/hellocupidgirls  
41)    Amy Sample Ward, Author and CEO of Nonprofit Technology Network, http://twitter.com/amysampleward
42)    Kim Williams, Founder of “The Unwritten Rules” web series, http://twitter.com/raceyrules
43)    Drew Xeron, Filmmaker and Photographer, http://twitter.com/drewxeron

Inspirationist Digital Citizen of the Year

1)    Mario Armstrong, Digital Lifestyle Expert, Entrepreneur,TV Host, and Founder of the #NeverSettleClub, http://twitter.com/marioarmstrong
2)    Michael Barata, Social Change Enthusiast, Speaker, and Writer, http://twitter.com/michaelbarata
3)    Paul Carrick Brunson, Author, Founder of The Paul C. Brunson Agency, and #MentorMonday, http://twitter.com/paulcbrunson
4)    Lisa R. Charles, Blogger and Founder of LisaCWrites.com, http://twitter.com/lisarcharles
5)    Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Founder of Friends of Ebonie, LLC, Millennial Thought Leader, and Writer, http://twitter.com/ejcthatsme
6)    Corynne Corbett, Founder of The Beauty Swirl and Beauty Bizcamp Inc., http://twitter.com/corynnecorbett
7)    Orlando Darden, Founder of BodyFitDC and Master Running Coach, http://twitter.com/bodyfitdc
8)    Alfred Edmond, Jr., Co-Founder of  GrownZone.com and Senior Vice President/Chief Content Officer for Black Enterprise Magazine, http://twitter.com/alfrededmondjr  
9)    Zara Green, Co-Founder of GrownZone.com, http://twitter.com/zaragreen
10)    Charreah Jackson, Essence Magazine Relationships Editor, Love & Career Coach, and  Founder of Charreah.com, http://twitter.com/charreah
11)    Reverend Cynthia James, Author, Coach, and Founder of CynthiaJames.net, http://twitter.com/revcynthia
12)    Guy Kawasaki, Author and Chief Evangelist of Canva, http://twitter.com/guykawasaki
13)    Yanick Rice Lamb, Co-FoundeForFierceBlackWomen.com and Associate Professor of Journalism at Howard University, http://twitter.com/yrlamb    
14)    LaShaun Martin, Founder of ShootieGirl.com, http://twitter.com/officialshootie
15)    Maranda Pleasant, Founder of Mantra Yoga +Health Magazine, ORIGIN Magazine, and Thrive Magazine, http://twitter.com/marandapleasant  
16)    Ted Rubin, Speaker and Social Marketing Strategist, http://twitter.com/tedrubin

flotusnews:

7/31🇺🇸#FirstLady #Michelle #Obama listens as #PresidentObama speaks at an event titled “A Celebration of #SpecialOlympics and A #UnifiedGeneration” to mark the #anniversary of the Special Olympics Singers #KatyPerry and #StevieWonder performed as other A-list #celebrities, world-famous #athletes and #American #legends were in attendance, including #GayleKing of #CBS #ThisMorning and #tennisstar #AndyRoddick, both seated with #FLOTUS #flotusnews  (at The White House, East Room)

flotusnews:

7/31🇺🇸#FirstLady #Michelle #Obama listens as #PresidentObama speaks at an event titled “A Celebration of #SpecialOlympics and A #UnifiedGeneration” to mark the #anniversary of the Special Olympics Singers #KatyPerry and #StevieWonder performed as other A-list #celebrities, world-famous #athletes and #American #legends were in attendance, including #GayleKing of #CBS #ThisMorning and #tennisstar #AndyRoddick, both seated with #FLOTUS #flotusnews (at The White House, East Room)

Living in Washington gives me access to so many wonderful events. This week, my friend, Lisa Scott invited me and my dad to attend her employer, SunTrust Bank’s Hope Inside event featuring John Hope Bryant, founder of the Bryant Group and Operation HOPE, Inc. Bryant is also the author of “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism.” During the event, he shared how J. Scott Wilfong, President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Greater Washington - Maryland influenced his career and work. He gave the audience many history lessons including the connections between President Abraham Lincoln and the Freedmen’s Bank. His talk was also filled with inspiration and insights from his Operation HOPE partnership with SunTrust in Atlanta, Memphis, and Washington. My favorite quote was a statement he made about the power of people: “people are the new capital.” Visit www.johnhopebryant.com to learn more about him.

Be sure to check out Operation HOPE online at www.operationhope.org.

Many thanks to SunTrust for giving copies of Bryant’s books to attendees. I look forward to reading it this year.

Tonight’s July #DigitalSisterhood Meetup at the @lovenfaithcafe (2424 14th Street, NW in DC) was fantastic. Faith, the owner of @lovenfaithcafe, joined the meetup discussion with @shannon_rhp and @valerietrammel. The winner of the #DigitalSisterhood mug was @shannon_rhp. Thanks @lovenfaithcafe for your wonderful smoothies and blueberry cake. Many thanks to @shannon_rhp and @valerietrammel for attending tonight’s meetup.

Tonight’s July #DigitalSisterhood Meetup at the @lovenfaithcafe (2424 14th Street, NW in DC) was fantastic. Faith, the owner of @lovenfaithcafe, joined the meetup discussion with @shannon_rhp and @valerietrammel. The winner of the #DigitalSisterhood mug was @shannon_rhp. Thanks @lovenfaithcafe for your wonderful smoothies and blueberry cake. Many thanks to @shannon_rhp and @valerietrammel for attending tonight’s meetup.

digitalsisterhood

DMV Digital Sisters celebrate #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday with me tonight at the #DigitalSisterhood July Meet Up from 7-8:30PM at Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe, 2424 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The topic is “Using Your Digital Citizenship to Give Back.” I’ll be sharing highlights from my #BlogHer14 conference participation (see #BlogHer14 photo collage) as a veteran blogger mentor and event producer for the @BlogHer second annual #MultiCulti Party. The first 3 people who arrive will receive a #BlogHer14 goodie. Copies of my new book, “Digital Sisterhood” will be available for sale. See you tonight!

DMV Digital Sisters celebrate #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday with me tonight at the #DigitalSisterhood July Meet Up from 7-8:30PM at Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe, 2424 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The topic is “Using Your Digital Citizenship to Give Back.” I’ll be sharing highlights from my #BlogHer14 conference participation (see #BlogHer14 photo collage) as a veteran blogger mentor and event producer for the @BlogHer second annual #MultiCulti Party. The first 3 people who arrive will receive a #BlogHer14 goodie. Copies of my new book, “Digital Sisterhood” will be available for sale. See you tonight!

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Learning from author @JohnHopeBryant at SunTrust’s Hope Inside event in DC.

Learning from author @JohnHopeBryant at SunTrust’s Hope Inside event in DC.

DMV Digital Sisters celebrate #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday at the July Digital Sisterhood Network Meet Up on 7/30 from 7-8:30PM at Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe,  2424 14th Street, NW in DC (located at 14th Street & Florida Avenue, NW — several blocks from U Street/Cardozo Metro Station). Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe is a woman-owned business. Register on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/zGEBh.

DMV Digital Sisters celebrate #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday at the July Digital Sisterhood Network Meet Up on 7/30 from 7-8:30PM at Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe, 2424 14th Street, NW in DC (located at 14th Street & Florida Avenue, NW — several blocks from U Street/Cardozo Metro Station). Love ‘n’ Faith Cafe is a woman-owned business. Register on Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/zGEBh.

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whitehouse:

“Let’s do this more often…let’s pass more bills to help create more good jobs, strengthen the middle class.” —President Obama to Republicans in Congress before signing the Workforce Innovation Act, which will help connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.

whitehouse:

“Let’s do this more often…let’s pass more bills to help create more good jobs, strengthen the middle class.” —President Obama to Republicans in Congress before signing the Workforce Innovation Act, which will help connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.