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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!


Speaker Spotlight: Demetria L. Lucas aka A Belle in Brookyln

Affectionately known as "Belle”, Demetria L. Lucas is the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-To Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life (Atria); the creator of the award-winning personal blog; and the founder of Coached By Belle, a boutique life-coaching service, where Demetria helps clients solve their dating dilemmas and build healthy long-term relationships. Demetria is also a contributing editor for The Root, where she pens a weekly dating and relationship advice column, "Ask Demetria”, and is a contributing writer for the websites of Essence, Clutch, Vibe Vixen and Uptown.

Demetria was named one of “the Blogosphere’s Best” by Black Enterprise Magazine, selected among "30 Black Bloggers You Should Know" by The Root, picked as one of's “40 Fierce & Fab Under 40”, and featured as "The Best of Brooklyn" by Brooklyn News 12. Additionally her debut book, A Belle in Brooklyn, was nominated for “Best Self Help” at the 2011 African-American Literary Awards, and her blog was awarded Best Personal Blog in the 2010 Black Weblog Awards.

Since being dubbed “the Black Carrie Bradshaw” in a Washington Post profile, Demetria has become a sought after media personality and speaker. She’s appeared on The Today Show, The Anderson Cooper Show, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, Issues with Jane Velez on Headline News, and the Oprah Radio Show. She’s also been a guest speaker at Harvard, Princeton, Howard, NYU, and Spelman College. For more information about Demetria, visit her site:

Follow Belle on Twitter @abelleinbk.

Demetria is a featured panelists at Blogging While Brown 2012, June 1-2 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Her panel "From Blog to Book" will discuss how bloggers can extend their brands beyond the blog and become successful published authors.

Regular registration for Blogging While Brown 2012 ends May 7th. Register today!


Speaker Spotlight: Aymar J. Christian, New Media & TV Researcher 

Aymar Jean Christian researches new media and television at the University of Pennsylvania. He edits two blogs, his personal site, Televisual and Hacktivision which is supported by Quinnipiac University. Aymar has been published in mainstream outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek and blogs including Racialicious, Tubefilter and AfterElton. 

Aymar is a featured speaker at Blogging While Brown June 1-2, 2012 in Philadelphia. He and fellow presenter Erin J. Bailey, will present “More than Words: the Power of Images & Video” This breakout session is part of our monetization track sponsored by BlogHer.

“More than Words: the Power of Images & Video” will focus on the next wave of web monetization, video.

“Increasingly, filmmakers are creating original, episodic video for the web, bypassing traditional film and television. Yet most of these series are not monetizing their content. This presentation will be an overview of some of the revenue-generating strategies for Black content online, including: sponsorship, product placement/branded entertainment, ad networks, crowdfunding and subscription. Particular attention will be paid to utilizing Black blogs, social networks and channels (Hulu-style video networks as well as You Tube) for increasing content scale,” says Aymar.

Follow Aymar on Twitter @aymarjchristian.

Regular registration for Blogging While Brown ends May 7, 2012. Register today!


Speaker Spotlight: Tyrha M. Lindsey of L.A.I. Communications

Tyrha M. Lindsey is the Managing Director for L.A.I. Communications. She has over 14 years experience in public relations with a highly diverse communications background that covers multicultural and mainstream public relations, promotion, entertainment and targeted marketing disciplines.  

Prior to joining UniWorld Tyrha ran her family’s retail and communications agency, L.A.I. Communications.  Specializing in promoting women’s empowerment and health issues, Tyrha created strategic public relations solutions for a number of non-for-profit and corporate institutions. She has worked closely with the National Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation, which was funded by Procter & Gamble.  Based on a P&G Fund grant, Tyrha developed “Universal Sisters,” a national multicultural diabetes awareness initiative.  This program was supported by its Women’s Health brands (i.e. Olay, Secret, Tampax, Crest and Actonel) and Wal-Mart partnered with P&G in the overall program.  Her clients  have included Colgate, CVS, Ford, Western Union and the US Marine Corps. 

You can meet Tyrha at Blogging While Brown 2012 in Philadelphia. She is a featured panelist during our Business of Blogging Symposium on Friday, June 1st on the “Blogs and Brands” panel. Speakers will discuss, and answer your questions, about how bloggers can partner with brands and what brands look for when collaborating with bloggers. 

Regular registration for Blogging While Brown ends May 7, 2012. Register today!


Speaker Spotlight: Ashley Hicks of Black Girls Run

Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls Run was a featured panelist on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show on Saturday. Ashley along with ESPN columnist Jemele Hill and author Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, discussed the impact of Title IX on women athletes.

Ashley was named as one of the best black bloggers by and recognized as one of the best health and fitness bloggers by Shape magazine. She was also featured in Ebony magazine's 2011 Power 100 list. She is currently working on a Master of Science in Communication at Columbia University in New York. Ashley is a lover of all things creative and outdoors. From the hours of nine to five she spends her time producing and editing documentaries. When she isn’t working, you can find her scouring the shelves of Home Depot for new home improvement projects, experimenting in the kitchen or brewing her own beer, Hicks Lite.

You can meet Ashley and her partner Toni Carey at Blogging While Brown 2012 in Philadelphia June 1-2, 2012 when they present Blogging without Bounds: Taking Your Blog Offline into Local Communities. This thought provoking presentation will discuss what to consider when implementing an offline component to your blog, how to integrate a grassroots movement into your blog, how do you gain buy-in from existing readers, how to create blog loyalist and how do you further extend your blog brand offline.

Follow Ashley and Toni on Twitter @blackgirlsrun and to get involved in a Black Girls Run Group near you visit

Regular registration for Blogging While Brown ends May 7, 2012. Register today!

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