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Ford Ride & Drive: Why The New Orleans African American Museum Is An Important Staple of NOLA And Should Not Be Ignored

The 2019 Ford Media Ride & Drive during 25th Anniversary of the Essence Festival was in full force this year yet again! Running with this year’s theme “Paint the Future Proud”, the well-known motor company spotlighted visual artists Shantell Martin, Sydney G. James and Melissa Mitchell. Art installations were displayed all weekend to showcase their work, while test drives
were being offered of Ford’s current vehicle lineup; paired with panel discussions and giveaways also featured, plus so much more.

During the Ford Media Ride & Drive, journalists, influencers and more got a chance to attend a special brunch (prepared by Chef Gary Netter, Culinary Ambassador of New Orleans) at The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History and Culture powered by Ford. Attendees received a special tour of the museum which was founded in 1996 under the guidance and extensive support of the City of New Orleans Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development.

Courtesy of NOAAM

The tour led by Gia A. Hamilton, Executive Director & Chief Curator of NOAAM, gave an extensive background story and history of the land which is located in the Tremé section of New Orleans, a neighborhood that was home to the nation’s largest, most prosperous and politically progressive community of Black people by the mid-1850s.

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In the 18th century, the land was occupied by the Morand Plantation and brickyard, which was later acquired by hat maker and real estate developer Claude Tremé. In 1810, Tremé sold the land to the city of New Orleans, and it became home to many free persons of color. Congo Square, was a gathering place for free persons and slaves to gather, play music, and sell goods.

Tremé is unique in its architecture, it’s streets are a gumbo of double shotgun houses, Creole cottages and townhouses. An excellent example of Creole architecture is the Meilleur-Goldthwaire House, a villa built in 1828 which makes up part of the NOAAM campus. The New Orleans African American Museum is situated near the St. Augustine Church, one of the oldest African-American Catholic parishes in the nation, and two other museums that center black culture and contribution: the Backstreet Cultural Museum and Tremé’s Petit Jazz Museum.

On site, local artists also display their work showcasing the importance of the NOLA’s heritage and what it means to them, with an addition of political and racism issues that is going on to this very day.

Visiting NOAAM was the perfect segue way into learning about the progression within their community and how someone like the media, and more could be involved. The work starts in your own communities first, and just simply should not be ignored. Invest. Create. Lead By Example. Stand for what your ancestors stood for. Fight for what they fought for.

Thanks to Ford for staying on top of what’s important to the culture! New Orleans is so rich in history and culture, so this was a very much-needed visit and collaboration during this year’s 2019 Essence Festival.

If you’re ever in NOLA, please be sure to stop by!

Be sure to visit their website at

More pics below!

Photos by Gabriel Williams & Nigel Degaff

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Watch: Take A Road Trip with Loni Love and Ford

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The weather is breaking and soon summer will be here and you know what that means…road trips!

Loni Love joins Ford in giving her best tips for assembling the PERFECT road trip group. As we know, nothing ruins a road trip than a bad car crew. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Pick your destination (it’s music festival season!), start your group chat and decide who’s coming along with help of Loni!

Take a look above!

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Fly Cars: Lincoln Teams up With Gary Clark Jr. for New Commercial [Video]

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Musician, Singer, Songwriter Gary Clark Jr. has graced a number of stages and impressed many by his musicality that combines the influence of soul, jazz, blues, country, hip hop and more. Now, the talented artist links with one of the most reputable brands in the car industry to deliver the profoundness of luxury, paired with Gary’s admirable talent, style, and the exclusivity of sound to present Cord. In that very moment when you’re plugged in and the stage was as big as you had always imagined. It’s a dream that becomes reality. Now…#ThatsContinental!

The Lincoln Motor Company teamed up with Gary to debut an exclusive amplifier, engineered by Revel. The engineers of the brand honed the state-of-the-art technology, while design values of the 2017 Lincoln Continental are visible throughout, from the instantly recognizable grille, the wood grain and the leather to the back-lit LED Lincoln logo.

Clark Jr. will be featured in ‘Cord,’ a 60-second commercial spot during the biggest night in music this Sunday highlighting both the amplifier and the Lincoln Continental.

Built by brothers Ben Fargen and Jeff Earl, who have been handcrafting guitar amplifiers since 1998, the one-of-a-kind amplifier is designed to reflect the craftsmanship, quality, and performance of the Lincoln Continental and the superior sound of Revel.

“In seeing the new Continental and seeing what Revel has done with their speakers, it was easy for me to say, ‘OK, we’re going to match that intensity, that quality and integrity,’” Ben Fargen says. “For us craftsmen, it’s also always about reaching a new level, about setting the bar higher than the competition, reaching deep into the framework of what Lincoln and Revel have already done and saying, ‘Where can we take it next?’”

“Revel and Lincoln were looking for something that would celebrate sound, power,    rock n’ roll, all of the raw things that people love about music,” Fargen says. “I want the performance and the intensity of the Lincoln Continental to show through the first time the artist plugs into the amp.”

A new rendition of Gary Clark Jr.’s “The Healing” and “As The Train Pulls In” will be available for the first 10,000 visitors for free download via Lincoln Now.

On Feb. 11, viewers can Livestream a Gary Clark Jr. concert from the Lincoln Experience Center at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, Calif., at 10 p.m. EST via Lincoln’s Facebook page

For now, get a special peek of the commercial above!

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Detroit Menswear Designer, William Malcolm, Teams Up With Lincoln and Mali Music

Back in October, The Lincoln Motor Company returned as the exclusive automotive sponsor of RAGTRADE Atlanta Runway Show. As part of our involvement, we sought out Detroit’s own William Malcolm, a menswear designer, to create a custom suit for recording artist Mali Music for the runway show.

Peep the FULL behind the scenes clip above.

Mali Music also starred in Lincoln’s second installment of Lincoln First Listen. Check it out below.

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Fly Car Review: Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 2015


In the most tumultuous weather, the Tahoe LTZ 2015 can withstand any distractions while takeover the highways, leading to your destination.

This winter, NYC has been trampled with the most snow ever and some of the coldest days, and nights. But with the Tahoe in tow, avoiding the cold, shivering moments makes life so much easier!


Packed with massive features, the LTZ gives you quite the experience needed to make your road trip experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable.


Some of the high-tech specs include; Keyless Entry, Push Start Button, Rear Seat Blu-Ray/DVD Player Entertainment System, On-Star with Wi-Fi, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio, Audio system with Chevrolet MyLinkAM/FM stereo and CD player, Bose Speak System (Amazing sound!), Bluetooth for Phone, Power outlets, 5 auxiliary, 12-volt, Heated Seats, and soooooo much more!


Equipped with the best, the Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ is definitely one of the best vehicles on the market for ALL seasons, and did we mention that it’s quite FLY?! We love it!

Go out to your local dealer today and give it a test-drive!

Tell them that SFPL sent you!

For more on the Tahoe LTZ click HERE.

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-Stay Fly!


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Fly Cars Review: 2014 Cadillac ELR – ‘Provocative Meets Sophistication’

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What can we say about the new 2014 Cadillac ELR?! Packed with elegance, a sporty vibe and a provocative demeanor, it controls the roadways like no other leaving others gasping for air at its sure presence.

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Last Night In NYC: Colin Kaepernick Revealed as Deadspin & Jaguar’s Newest Villain In Town

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Last Night In NYCDeadspin and Jaguar held an exclusive Superbowl event revealing their newest villain in town, and to debut a live display of the new Jaguar F-Type Coupe. 

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FLY Cars Review: Cadillac ATS Sedan 2014


The distinctive new 2014 Cadillac ATS Sedan is luxury at its best! With full-throttle speed, a sound system that gives you a glimpse of heaven right on earth – it’s definitely a fact that Cadillac has re-birthed the style and class this historic vehicle. Check out more below…