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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.

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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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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.


The Many Formulas of Tristan “Mack” Wilds

The multi-talented Tristan “Mack” Wilds breaks down the elements of his hustle in The Formula: Science of the Hustle, which you can see at Once we turned hustle into a science, the door was open for other formulas in his repertoire.


Mack’s first love was definitely music. For him, his song creation is grounded in emotion. When he hears the right track, the emotions just jump out. This leads to the lyrics, which he infuses into the melody. This all has to work together to create a special moment in time.


“If the beat overpowers the lyrics, then it’s not a hit.” These words of wisdom came from his musical mentor, Salaam Remi.
For Mack, the marriage of music and lyrics is holy matrimony for a hit.

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Click here to see Mack’s full video.

Beat + lyrics x Right Vibes = Mack Wilds’ Music

Mack reminds us that “enough water droplets can break the concrete.” This speaks to his element of persistence. You never know where he’s going to hit you next.


Acting gives him the opportunity to portray someone different each time he steps onto a set. The diversity of his resume speaks volumes.

Diverse Roles + Range x Strategy – limitations = Endless Possibilities

Of course, there is always a need to unwind and just enjoy yourself. So, Mack’s formula for a good time—on the rare occasion that he is not working—is rather simple. It always starts with the right people who bring a good vibe to the situation. Some great music is also a part of the equation.


The fellas(shooting pool) + Good Tunes – Stress = A Good Time for Mack and the 95

The chemistry that Mack has with his squad “The 95” is a case study in hustle. They are never not-working and that double negative is definitely a positive. To see Mack break down all the elements of his hustle click here to visit The Formula: Science of the Hustle powered by the All-New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

By Rashid Mausi

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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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