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After 5 years and nearly 1000 posts, we are moving to a new, faster, more mobile friendly website!  We have thousands of resources, articles, photos, and downloads to move, as well as new things to add, but we are getting it done! As we make the transition, you will be able to find the content in two places - on the old site and on the new one - but we expect to be fully migrated by the end of the year.  Please update your bookmarks, and be sure to click on "view on our new mobile friendly site" before you share. We want to be sure that everyone that you invite to the website gets the most up to date version.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Inspired Mobility: Finding Inspiration Amid the Chaos

The past several days have been rough on all of us. Not just people of color – all of us. First, video of the Alton Brown shooting started to circulate. I decided not to watch. But social media… Facebook and Twitter both autoplay videos, and soon enough, I saw a man pinned to the ground and shot in the back several times. My spirit still hadn’t gotten over the Fruitvale movie that I saw at a screening at Blogging While Brown a few years ago in New York.

I wasn’t ready.

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This post is part of a conversation sponsored by AT&T and I was compensated.  All opinions are my own.

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Why Busy Parents (like you and I) Love HP Instant Ink #NeverRunOut

Not only am I a homeschooling mom, but I am also a karate mom, ballet mom, jazz mom, soccer mom, and a second year law student. Of course I do a lot of printing, and I use a LOT of ink. Did you know that you don't have to ever run out of ink and run to the store again with HP Instant Ink?

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I was compensated for making this video, and as always, my opinions are my own.

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

AT&T's Inspired Mobility Conversation Continues: Social Media for the Social Good

I want my children to be aware of the issues facing world they live in, and to be prepared to be active participants in making it a better place. We have been reading the Constitution and Civil Rights Supreme Court cases together, and it has sparked some interesting conversations about the current situation in our country. We are using history in combination with current news to start conversations and inspire activism. Truth be told, it is still the more old fashioned way to become an activist.

What seems like ages ago – but is really only a few years ago - we would have to read newspapers and watch the six o’clock and eleven o’ clock news to find out what was going on in the world. Even then, it was just a glimpse, a highly curated series of snapshots of events that had happened hours before. Just moments, a few images, and commentary, chosen by the media higher ups, and deemed by them to be worthy of broadcast were shared for a few hours a day on network television, and those same moments were replayed over and over again on a 24 hour loop on cable channels dedicated to news.

These days, just about everyone, not just main stream media leadership, has the opportunity to share what they believe in and become part of a movement. We all influence what becomes news. Within seconds of a shooting caught on a cell phone video made by a bystander and posted on social media outlets like Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook, a hashtag is created that becomes the online address of the movement… the new frontline… the new lunch counter… the new streets… where people from all over the world meet to share their thoughts, feelings, ideas, stories, and solutions. Times are changing, and the people over at AT&T are asking the question, “what does it mean to be an activist in this ever evolving age of social media?”

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

[Sponsored] Lecrae Talks Mobile Inspiration and Technology at Blogging While Brown #BWBATX #inspiredmobility

June was one heck of a month for me.  I had major lows like the Charleston shooting, church burnings, and the passing of my father in law, but also great highs like landmark Supreme Court decisions, traveling to Turks and Caicos with my family, and hearing Lecrae speak at the Blogging While Brown Conference in Austin, Texas.

Through it all, I stayed connected to my family, friends, and faith using technology.  We shared news and updates on Charleston on Twitter and celebrated milestones and personal triumphs on Facebook.  I used apps like Pandora to provide an inspirational soundtrack, and my Bible app to find comforting passages while traveling from Washington, DC to Turks and Caicos, Texas to Delaware, and back again.

The way people are experiencing inspiration, at home or on the go, is changing dramatically. More and more of us are looking to technology and mobile devices to keep ourselves motivated and uplifted.  Often, our devices are the bearers of devastating news that points to everything evil, corrupt, and morally bankrupt in the world.  It can feel like our newsfeeds are constantly trying to make us lose faith and lose focus on what is good, what is right, and what inspired us to do better, be better, and live better, for our families, our families, friends, local and global communities.

That is why it is always an honor and a privilege to work with AT&T’s Inspired Mobility program.  AT&T Inspired Mobility is a conversation about how people are using Internet and mobile technology to enhance their inspirational experience.

The program focuses on highlighting the ways we use mobile technology to stay inspired and uplifted, which is especially important in these turbulent times.  These days our mobile decides can deliver so many disappointing messages that it can become overwhelming. To counter those messages, people are using Twitter to share sermon notes and scriptures, live streaming worship services, accessing apps for personal study, and making virtual contributions.

Check out how some of last year's Blogging While Brown attendees stayed inspired using mobile technology.

This year, several attendees shared their inspired mobility stories as well - follow me on Twitter (@socamomdc) or subscribe on youtube to see their videos.

In a survey sponsored by AT&T*, 41% respondents said they use a mobile phone, tablet or laptop to connect to faith-based organizations or inspirational websites.  About 32% of respondents said they regularly attend worship services, and of those, 32% said they use mobile devices during those services. Mobile technology has truly become part of our daily lives, not just six days a week for work, school, and leisure time, but on all seven days, including days of worship.

This year at Blogging While Brown, AT&T’s special guest was Lecrae, who shared so many meme worthy quotes that the attendees had Twitter abuzz with his words of wisdom.

He gave social media a much needed inspirational, motivational interlude, when so many have had their faith shaken.  Lecrae is recording artist who is inspired by his faith to share uplifting and inspirational music. True to his beliefs, Lecrae is an artist that infuses his music, which has become part of mainstream popular culture, with themes such as inspiration, faith and honesty.

Check out these pinnable, tweetable, quotable, memeable, and shareable messages from Lecrae from Blogging While Brown in Austin Texas.  Feel free to inspire your friends, family, co-workers, fans and followers using your tablet, computer, smart phone, or mobile device.  These inspirational messages can help to keep them uplifted.  You can print them for your cubicle at work, your refrigerator at home, or your vision board.

To continue the conversation, AT&T will host three Google+ Hangouts, each Hangout featuring a different technology and inspiration themed topic. Check this page again soon for information on the upcoming Google Hangout where panelists will discuss the future of faith and mobile technology.

Also, keep an eye out for Social Media Sunday, a day for people across the country to use their mobile devices to share words and visuals of hope and inspiration, hosted by AT&T.

Learn more about the Inspired Mobility campaign from the perspectives of AT&T's Blogger Correspondents at Blogging While Brown: Black Girl NerdsBrothaTechBrown Girl GumboJason CastonTech Guy Smart Buy, Nikki and the City

Join the conversation on Twitter.  Follow @att and tweet using the hashtag #InspiredMobility.

*To learn more about Inspired Mobility and the research behind the program, visit http://tinyurl.com/InspiredMobility.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

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