#BlogHer15 in NYC With McDonald’s #McDBlogHer

by Wednesday, July 22, 2015

IMG_7090As I write this post, I’m sitting in bed with my swollen feet propped all the way up. Yes, these feets are legit swollen after the madness that took place last weekend. If you follow me on Instagram & Twitter, you already know I was in NYC at the #BlogHer15 conference with McDonald’s. You read right, McDonald’s asked me to cover the conference, and of course I said HECKS-TO-THE-YES!

I’d never been to BlogHer before, but I’d heard the rumors. They’re all true. I’m so happy I brought an empty suitcase, because it was definitely full of goodies once it was time to come home. I’m also thankful I took a chance to plan what workshops I wanted to attend, because waiting to the last minute would have been overwhelming. Ya’ll, it was so much to do on any given moment during BlogHer. I had to quickly inform myself that I wouldn’t have a chance to do it all, and that’s okay.

IMG_6883It’s been one heck of a year for the Black community. It seems like every week we have to mourn a victim killed by the hands of police. New week, new name, new hashtag. However, one hashtag has remained, defining the movement as a whole: #BlackLivesMatter This is why I was BEYOND stoked to discover the opening session of #BlogHer was opening with ‘Black Lives Matter’ founders Opal Tometi & Patrice Cullors.

IMG_7054Ayinde Howell, author of ‘The Lusty Vegan” definitely woke up the crowd with his talk. Playing Kendrick Lamar’s “I” prior to speaking was golden. Yup.

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Ava Duvernay directed and co-wrote “Selma”. As she sat and spoke, I couldn’t help but to be impressed with the fact that Duvernay started her film career at the age of 40. For-Ty! Can you guys believe that? It’s never too late :)

There were so many favorite highlights from BlogHer, but I think I can speak for everyone when I say the #McDBlogHer was , hands down, the best of all.

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“I’m lovin it”

I arrived a little earlier than everyone else, which gave me a moment to check out the venue, Pier 84. Ummm, can we say PERFECT? You can’t go wrong with beautiful weather, the ocean, Boyz II Men, Nick Canon, lots of food, drinks, and Oreo Frappes. Check it out:

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald’s Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s)

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald’s Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s)

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald’s Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s)

I don’t know if I can consider myself a die-hard Boyz II Men fan, mainly because I was too young to crush on them. However, that has changed. They sounded GOOD! Like, legit, good. They still have it. Shoot, apparently never lost it. They gave roses to a few ladies in the audience. I was one of those ladies. Steve was mad. LOL.

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 18: Boyz II Men performs at the McDonald’s Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s)

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 18: A general view of atmosphere at the McDonald’s Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s)

Nick Canon was also present to DJ the party after Boyz II Men performance. Nick most definitely knows how to get the crowd going, and was SUPER chill when I met him.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Nick Cannon performs at the McDonald's Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 18: Nick Cannon performs at the McDonald’s Presents The #BlogHer15 Closing Party on July 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s)

The party ended at 10 p.m., but we clearly could have gone ALL night. Check out a few of my favorite moments from the #McDBlogHer par-TAY.

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That’s all I have for now. Question: Dear McDonald’s, can we do it again?!? Thank you for giving me the time of my life. I’m lovin it :)

Love Always,

Nik

2 Responses
  • Natasha N.
    July 22, 2015

    I was definitely in my happy place. And I think that I threw my hip out.

  • Renee
    July 26, 2015

    Looks like a lot of fun all around – thanks for sharing. I live in NY and didn’t know about this. Then again, I really try to stay out of the city during the summer as it’s just super crowded. I remember Boys II Men when I was a teen – they had some wicked harmonizing. Dude in the red shirt was my favorite, lol.

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