“NYC

On my March road trip, I had several missions in mind. On the NYC and DC stops, one of my main missions was to meet my peers in the blogosphere. It’s amazing how well you can get to “know” someone online without even ever laying eyes on them. There’s a tremendous concentration of amazing bloggers in NYC and DC, many of whom have supported Afrobella since inception. I had to holla at my girls! So I had tweet-ups and meet-ups with some of the folks I’ve gotten to know the best online.

In NYC from left to right, that’s my Twitter homegirl Bennsu, SeoulMusic singer Heather Park, Nichelle of 55 Secret Street, Anovelista and Revenge of the Curves (how does she do it all?) and young writer Amber J Adams, who once wrote in an Ask Afrobella question that I honestly struggled to answer. At the time I knew in my heart I was about to leave my job for uncertain territory, but I couldn’t declare that to the world just yet!

“NYC

After the first batch of NYC peeps came through, I was lucky enough to briefly meet Tayari Jones – author extraordinare and habitual dropper of Twitter wisdom. Regrettably we didn’t get a photo together, and the venue I chose was waaaayyy too crowded and loud for conversation. My next tweet up will be much better, promise!

Photo #2 is of the fly, fly Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes, and the beautiful blogger formerly known as SoulSpin (PLEASE remind me of your name again?) who has been showing me love since 2006. I gotta admit, by this point I was well tipsy from endless lychee martinis.

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In Harlem I was lucky enough to sip delicious cocktails at Perks bar with the awesomeness that is Huny Young and Ann Marie of SoulAfrodisiac, who is the sweetest chica ever! We’re gonna do dinner again next time I visit NYC for sure!

“DC

In DC I was hoping to meet the whole Soulbounce crew, but Butta and I couldn’t get our schedules together. Lucky me, I did get to hang with Novamatic, one of the whip-smartest music bloggers I know. SUCH a cool dude. Sitting right next to me is the lovely Vivrant_Thang, creator of the brilliant Songs in the Key of Life. SUCH a sweetheart! Over in the corner is the gorgeous Style Child, and the creator of On.UsTees, mad cool peeps. I know I’m forgetting someone’s name here… please set me straight if I forgot to mention you or link your blog!

Also in that photo are my DC homies who so kindly let us crash at their pad, Natalia — who is about to be the best lawyer in DC, watch! And my homeboy for life, Brian AKA DJ Busca. If you’re into roots reggae and you live in DC, look him up and find out when next he’s spinning. He’s regularly at the Reef and The Science Club. You will NOT be disappointed.

I capped off my East coast award tour with tapas with the glorious Julia of All About the Pretty. And I can honestly say we clicked, bonded and then some. I learned so much over cocktails and delicious eats with my fellow Glamour magazine VIP beauty blog buddy, it’s not even funny. SO happy I did this trip, and SO happy all of the folks I mentioned made time for little ol’ me!

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And that’s it for my first ever Afrobella meet and greets along the East Coast. Next time around I plan to announce my events ahead of time, so I can meet even more friends I’ve made online — like you! Did someone say Chicago tweet up? Coming soon! Promise!

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