I am going to be honest here. The music artist Kehlani really put Oakland, California on the map for me! Her interlude "Runnin" features the lyrics "something about my city, Oakland girls so damn hood but we're so damn pretty" and ever since the first listen, my lil curiosity for Oakland has grown and grown. I spent a few years living in New York and really got to meet so many West Coast natives, quite a few of which, were born and raised in Oakland and repped their city HARD.
As a frequent traveler I am always booking hotels for my journey's and sometimes due to the random life of a travel blogger, it's super last minute. So to save money on my last minute or peak season hotel reservations, I use Hotwire.com.
I’ve been to Essence Festival once before and the experience was unforgettable. I met the handsome Michael Ealy in person, cried laughing to Kevin Hart live (literally, crying), and ate everything including shrimp poboys and chargrilled oysters, to my little heart's content.