Genuine Magic was Made in a Room Full of Promising Black Bloggers and PR Experts

Hey Cuties,

Last week was socially busy for me; I hit the town on a Wednesday night and a Thursday night. Yes, two school nights in a row; both events were different but equally amazing. On Thursday I attended the Black Bloggers United, PR & Blogger Networking Social with the DC Chapter. #BBUDC

Somehow this event had slipped my radar but one of my favorite PR professionals was a part of the event and made sure I had my face in the face. It fed my social in a way that I didn’t see coming. We will chat about that more in a moment.

Black Bloggers United DC

Photo Credit: Ashley @DontDieAfraid

The event took place at Bar Deco; if you are familiar with DC it is right behind the Verizon Center. #BarDecoDC I lucked up and found parking right away. I was greeted by these really cute signs that told me exactly where the event was taking place.

Black Bloggers United DC

Ice Breaker

Ashley Freeman of Don’t Die Afraid she represents the DC Chapter of Black Bloggers United. She had these cute little ice breakers for us to do. This was a favorite for me; it was such a great way to get us chatting without anyone feeling awkward. I’m so remixing this idea. As a result of this game I will tell you about the dope ladies I bet.

Black Bloggers United DC

Photo Credit: Ashley @DontDieAfraid

I met Rachel (far Left) of Telling of Love, she writes about love and relationships without giving you advice. She is a bit quiet but came out of her shell. I also met Akeia (far Right) of Be Health Literate, she writes about a variety of health related things. She is also just started working in Public Relations.

Black Bloggers United DC

Photo Credit: Ashley @DontDieAfraid

Meet Jihan “JiJi” she is a vlogger at the Ji Spot. She refers to herself as a relationship non-expert but shares her experiences in a funny way.

I found that a lot of the bloggers I met were new to the blogging world. All of us were looking for our tribe and or someone to collaborate with. Honestly as a blogger of seven years I will always look for a tribe and someone to collaborate with. Don’t get me wrong, I have a dope tribe; having several is the key. Some are long term, some are short term, and each may serve a different purpose. Collaborations will never go out of style. There is room for all of us to eat quite comfortably.

The night was about socializing you with others and chatting with PR professionals. We had three PR professionals that told us about themselves and then opened up the discussion for questions. JACK POT! Listen as a blogger establishing relationships with PR folks is king. As a Lifestyle Correspondent this is what I live for, again collaboration is key. Closed mouths don’t get fed!

Black Bloggers United DC

Photo Credit: Ashley @DontDieAfraid

Meet Roni Marsh, she is the lifestyle blogger of Damnnn Girl, she is the voice of the millennial women, she is all about empowering women to not be limited my definitions. She has a great bubbly personality.

After mixing and mingling with one another we broke out into groups of three. Each group did round-table sessions with each PR professional. It also gave us a chance to offer advice to one another and to share things that have worked with us in the past.

Black Bloggers United DC

Photo Credit: Ashley @DontDieAfraid

PR Professional: Brittany Carter (in purple) is a beast she is one of the Top 30 under 30 with a six figure business. She is the founder of B. Carter Solutions and has been in the PR game for many years. She is now transitioning into Social Media Management. Brittany isn’t afraid to share her story and I love that, in a few months she will add wife to her resume. She chatted about the best way she likes to be approached by bloggers, the importance of social media and tips and tricks you can utilize to be more engaging. For example, someone mentioned how she managed to gain a number of extra followers on Instagram with Buzzoid. So who knows, by next week I might be telling you that we purchased Instagram followers at Of course, there are a number of options out there which you may be interested in exploring too. Having a strong following on such a popular site as Instagram can make all the difference to anyone looking to start a popular blog. Building audience engagement can be a little daunting especially when you are trying to boost your blog viewership while judging your social media, you might be interested in checking out something similar to this instagram bot by Kenji, which provides an automated tool that could help you build your followers without having to worry.

Meet Taylor Jay, (black shirt) she is the lifestyle blogger of A Zealous Voice. She is the voice for the Christian millennial generation and she co-host a podcast.

Black Bloggers DC

Photo Credit: Ashley @DontDieAfraid

Meet Bria, (far Left) she is such a sweetie. She is fresh out of college and new to the PR game. She is eager to learn and has a lot of great ideas. She is also new to the DC area and learning to navigate life in the city as well. I can’t wait to see how far she has gone this time next year.

Black Bloggers United

Photo Credit: Ashley @DontDieAfraid

PR Professional: Wan Campbell (cream top) she runs Wan Campbell PR out of Baltimore, MD. She helps with branding, Event Management, Lifestyle/Fashion/Beauty is more of her space. She is really cool; I look forward to getting to know her.

Black Bloggers United DC

Wan Campbell (@WanCampbellPR), Ashley Freeman (@DontDieAfraid), Brittany Carter (@CarterLove) and Candice Nicole (@CandiceNicolePR)

PR Professional Candice Nicole is the founder of Candice Nicole PR they are a boutique PR firm. She has a wealth of experience and two years ago she stepped out on her own 100%. Oh we love to hear stories about people living their dream. Did I mention she was also on the Top 30 under 30 lists. These ladies had receipts honey.

Black Bloggers United

I had an amazing time, I connected with some dope ladies and I look forward to doing more with them. Never be afraid to mix and mingle with new folks. We are all learning to navigate life and it is helpful when you have others in your corner cheering you on every step of the way.

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Black Bloggers United, DC

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Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

Join the discussion

  1. Franc Ramon

    This is a nice gathering for bloggers. It does remind me of events I join with other bloggers too.

  2. Tanya Barnett

    I plans to make it but I couldn’t get there. My cold wouldn’t let me be great! Looks like such a great time. I plan to make the next one.

  3. Felecia Monique

    Super ice breaker! I’m def coming to the next event.

  4. Carissa

    What a great event!!! Even though I would be terrified to go I would probably love it once Im there and around everyone!!

  5. Jazz

    Wow! This is so refreshing to see and hear about! As a newbie, it gives me motivation and inspiration to keep on keeping on. I love it. Nothing but positive vibes. Thank you for sharing!! You all look radiant and beautiful. Cant wait to get out of my shell. I can go on and on via social media but Im such a quiet one in person.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Jazz there were other shy bloggers as well. A lot of them were new and just getting their feet wet. Ice breakers also make it easier, besides we are friendly people.

  6. Christy Maurer

    That looks like a really fun event! I love that you got to seek out people with similar interests and who cover similar subjects.

  7. candy

    Wonderful that a bunch of people can come together and learn and enjoy each other. To bad it isn’t all inclusive and would be available for everyone to learn and grow together.

  8. Ayesha

    I would love to have this here where I live. its always much more personal when you connect in person rather than just social media. Hope you got to know some fabulous bloggers.

    • MimiCuteLips

      I agree Ayesha, it is nice to connect online but we have to get out and meet in person. Check the website, they may have a chapter in your area.

  9. Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    Sounds like a great event! I love the table with tips on connecting with other bloggers. Having that group with people in similar niches is key. Nice to have that support system for one another.

  10. lisa

    It looks like it was a great event and you got to meet so many people. I love events like these.

  11. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    This sounds like a great event. I think I follow Black Bloggers United on Twitter, but I haven’t been involved. I need to keep my ear to the ground so I can meet some like-minded bloggers that I can relate to.

  12. Heidi Dee

    What a fun event! I’ve always thought it would be fun to go to a blogging specific event, but just have not made the time!

  13. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I wish there was someone nearby but I haven’t found them yet. This sounds like a nice opportunity to network and get feedback from both sides.

  14. Alli Smith

    What a room full of beautiful bloggers! I would love to meet up with a group like this. The icebreaker looks like so much fun and a great way to meet other bloggers in your niche.

    • MimiCuteLips

      I agree Alli, it gave me some ideas for an event to host myself. I didn’t realize how nice it was to meet people in your specific niche.

  15. Cacinda

    It looks like you had a blast! What an awesome way to meet new people and celebrate everyones sucsess.

  16. Krystal

    I love the connect sheet they had, What great tool to help people get out of their comfort zone. It is so great when you get to me other bloggers who have similar ideas and interests.

  17. Kirstin Fuller

    Sounds like a fabulous event. It always great to connect in person with some great PR people.

  18. Kim

    This sounds fun, and a way for people to connect and expand their blogs. I wish something like this happened in NY.

  19. Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest)

    I love blogger-themed events. It is so nice to connect with people that do the same thing as me. I love the connections I make. Looks like a fun one!

  20. Kasi

    Looks like a really fab and informative event! Awesome recap and photos!

  21. Angelic Sinova

    Attending a PR & Blogger Networking Social is definitely on my bucket list. This looks like such a fun event and such a great way to connect and network with fellow bloggers.

  22. ☆CrystalBelle☆

    Oh such a nice event!! I would have loved to join that. It’s refreshing to see these types of events, and so close to home.

  23. Stacie

    What a beautiful site to see all those beautiful, black bloggers in one place! I so wish we had that here!

  24. Chubskulit Rose

    I always love reading your blogger events attendance, looks so much fun. I have never been to one.

  25. Fi Ni Neachtain

    This sounds like a great event! Looks like everyone had a great time and events like this are definitely a great way to meet other bloggers and swap tips!

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