Six Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth

by Carjamin Scott on June 19, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. CST

Today is Juneteenth, African American Independence Day.  On this day, we celebrate one of the most revolutionary events in our history designed to dismantle the enslavement of Blacks.  In 1865, General Order No. 3 was issued by Unionist Major General Gordon Granger to inform Texans that slaves are no longer the property of their masters. 

Although, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1893, Texas was exempt from the rule which made June 19, 1865 the official African American Independence Day.  As we celebrate this day, let us recognize where we, as Americans, have come from, how we can keep our history alive, and what we should do moving forward.  Here are six ways to celebrate Juneteenth.

1.Document Juneteenth with an elder or child.

Consider this perspective, Juneteenth happened 156 years ago.  According to the United Nations, our lifespan is 72 years.  This means, that we are only about 3 generations removed from the establishment of Black slavery.  Find a great grandmother or grandfather and ask them what they know about Juneteenth. Talk with your children about the history of Juneteenth.  Document these stories to keep the memories alive.

2.Host a party and register your friends to vote.

Our vote is our voice.  If we want to continue progressing towards freedom for all in America, we will need to be sure our voices are heard.  Host a house or block party, invite your local elected officials, and register your friends to vote. 

3.Attend Juneteenth celebration events.

Here in Nashville, there are many organizations hosting Juneteenth celebration events.  At Fort Negley Park, Mayor David Briley, The Equity Alliance, Kwame Lillard, Gideons Army and others are gathering tonight from 5-8 pm for a Juneteenth celebration hosted by Juneteenth615 and the African American Cultural Alliance.

4.Go to a local school and complete a Juneteenth lesson.

I remember the Emancipation Proclamation history lesson; however, I did not learn about Juneteenth in school. Did you? Contact a principal at your neighborhood school and ask if you can deliver a Juneteenth history lesson. 

5.Volunteer and give money to Black led non-profits.

Nashville has over 100 non-profit organizations working to create opportunities and restore hope for marginalized communities. Which causes are important to you: healthcare, education, fair wages?  Non-profit organizations need money and volunteers like you to further their vision and help to create freedom and equality for all.

6.Patronize Black owned businesses.

Replace your everyday items with Black owned goods. Try and buy new products. Shop at Black owned restaurants and bookstores. If you do not have any businesses in mind, it’ll only take a quick google search to find Black owned businesses in your area.

You are Accepted: How to Get Accepted into College and Life

Carjie Scott provides a first-hand account of her experience as an administrator serving at trade schools, graduate institutions, and HBCUs. You are Accepted, is required reading for first-generation college students and higher education professionals. It encourages readers to own their story and accept themselves so that they can transform education for individuals who were historically excluded from attending college.

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Finding Your Blogging Voice

by Carjamin Scott on June 15, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. CST

Join me for the 2nd Annual Nashville Blogger Bash at the Nossi College of Art on Saturday, July 27 hosted by the Nashville Bloggers Collective. The collective was “created on a foundation of collaboration, education, and community, [and] is a go-to resource for bloggers looking to connect with local content creators while learning how to grow their audience and build their platform.”

During my session, “Finding Your Blogging Voice.” I will help you find your blogging voice and determine how to effectively communicate your brand using blogging. We will discuss how blogging helps to create networks of influence and opportunities to collaborate with others. This class is for new bloggers interested in figuring out what they want their blog to be about.

Below is a worksheet to help enhance the session. Please complete if you plan to attend and be entered into a raffle to win a prize.

For tickets and information on the other speakers click here.

Join us at the Nashville Bloggers Bash 7.26 – 7.28 at Nossi College of Art

The 2019 #NashBloggerBash is here and you don’t want to miss it. Join us Friday, July 26- Sunday, July 28 for a highly curated blogging experience. Our theme for this year is “Execution” and we have put together an event that will leave you with actionable takeaways, reliable contacts, and incredibly useful information. We’ll have panels, workshops, pamper suite, small group sessions, pop-up shops, gift bags, & a whole lot more. We have 15 classes, 2 amazing panels, and a schedule that allows you to create the experience that will be most beneficial to you. Weekend passes include all of the above.

Attendees are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets, and anything needed to work on your blog while you’re here!

Attendee Kickoff event

July 26, 2019, | 5:00-8 PM

Location: Draper James | 2608 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

Drinks sponsored by Blackleaf Vodka, food, networking, and giveaways

CONFERENCE- Click [here] for session descriptions

DATE: Saturday, July 27TH, 2019

LOCATION: Nossi College of Art

590 Creative Way, Madison, TN 37115


  • A jam-packed day of panels with industry influencers, content creators, thought leaders, and creatives
  • Access to the Mentor Lab where small groups can sit down with exclusive mentors to delve deep into your goals while getting hands-on help.
  • Pop-up Market: Shop the incredible pop-ups on site for exclusive deals and incredible products!.
  • Light Breakfast and a full lunch
  • Unlimited coffee, juice, and goodies throughout the day
  • Tons of networking opportunities with like-minded content creators
  • Weekend passes include access to our Lux Lounge- Makeup touch ups by Beautiac, braid bar, and massages by Omni Massage and Beauty Bar.

Happy Hour

DATE: Saturday, July 27th, 2019

LOCATION: Nashville Urban Winery

715 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206


Mix and mingle with blogger bash attendees on the patio while enjoying a custom happy hour menu. Happy hour items are purchased separately from blogger bash tickets

Blogger Brunch

DATE: Sunday, July 28th 2019

LOCATION: Trimble House

69  Trimble Street  Nashville, TN 37210

TIME: 11AM – 2PM

Finish out the weekend with a beautiful catered blogger brunch, wine from Adorada Wines , mimosas, a keynote from our special guest, and a social media marketing workshop presented by Titletown Media.


Scott named Nashville Emerging Leader Awards finalist in the Education category

YP Nashville is a partnership initiative of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and young professional organizations working to engage, connect and empower young professionals to actively shape the future of the Nashville region.

The goal of YP Nashville is to connect young professionals to diverse opportunities for networking, professional development and community involvement. is the place for young professionals who want to get involved and make a difference in their companies and our community. We invite you to access our list of member young professional organizations on our partners list.

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Scott Nashville Emerging Leader Bio

Dr. Carjamin Scott is the Associate Director of Admissions Operations at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where she automates manual processes for about 10 marketing and admissions managers.  Elected by her colleagues, she is a member of the Vanderbilt University Staff Advisory Council serving as Communications Co-Chair.  Although she leads at Vanderbilt with grace and agility, her impact is not limited to her employer.

She is a volunteer for a number of professional organizations that encourage literacy, equity, and education access and serves as a Board Member for The Carnegie Writers, Inc., an Operations Coordinator for The Equity Alliance, and a Mentor for TN Achieves.

Her blog, presents information about attending college for free, interviews of people doing great things, books she’s reading and meetings to discuss, invitations to write with her, and life improvement conferences. Her ebook “Attend College for Free in Tennessee,” has been downloaded hundreds of times and she has personally consulted Nashville residents on how to offset the costs associated with attending college in Tennessee.