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Kimberly Announces New Partnership With Visit Orlando








After several family trips to Orlando, I’m so excited that Visit Orlando, the marketing arm of Orlando and Orange County, has partnered with me to to share vacation tips and ideas with African American families. Have you visited Orlando lately? Check out my pics and highlights from our recent Orlando vacation–full of memorable moments. Get yours too! 



Immediate Release:                                                       Media Contact:

July 25, 2011                                                                         Maureen Jenkins





African-American Parenting Expert, Author and Mom Blogger
Kimberly Seals Allers Announces Partnership with Visit Orlando


MochaManual.com Founder to
Share Ideas, Tips on Planning Memorable Orlando Vacations with Families and Other



NEW YORK—Kimberly Seals Allers, African-American parenting expert,
author of the Mocha Manual™ series of books, and MochaManual.com founder today announced
a partnership with Visit Orlando, the official sales and marketing organization
responsible for generating brand awareness, increasing travel, and booking
conventions and meetings in the Orlando area.

Today’s premier authority on issues relating to mothers and
families of color, Seals Allers is a popular mom blogger who is editor-in-chief
of MochaManual.com, her Web-based publication and lifestyle destination for
African-American moms and moms-to-be.
She is a regular contributor to
Essence.com, blogs for BabyCenter.com and is the Multicultural channel leader
for LifetimeMoms.com, a website of the A&E Television Network.
Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist who previously
served as a senior editor at Essence magazine,
a reporter and staff writer for Fortune magazine
and the New York Post, and as a
business writer for The Times of London. She
is the founder of


The Mocha
Manual Company, an emerging multi-media brand for African-American women that
also provides content, data and proprietary research on moms of color.

 “Our family has made
several trips to Orlando, and it’s a place where we’ve had wonderful times
together,” said Seals Allers, the mom of 11-year-old Kayla Rebecca and 7-year-old
Michael Jaden. “That’s why I was thrilled when the folks at Visit Orlando
invited me to share the
memorable moments I’ve created for my children—and my ideas for taking full advantage of vacation time that
my children and I have spent here—with audiences around the country. I’m
especially passionate about helping other families create their own vacation memories, times that
parents and kids alike will cherish for years to come.

“Through my own visits to the magical place
that is Orlando, I’ll be sharing thoughts and real-deal insights about how families can plan memorable and vacations that don’t break the bank.
Whether it’s moms who long to be pampered at relaxing spas or
shop ‘til they drop at fantastic designer outlet centers, dads who want to play
endless rounds of golf or enjoy the sounds of live blues—or kids who dream of
swimming with dolphins and exploring the worlds of astronauts at the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex, Orlando truly has it all.”

Among the area’s annual offerings is the “Allstate® Tom
Joyner Family Reunion,” hosted each Labor Day Weekend by nationally renowned
radio personality Tom Joyner. Held in the family vacation capital of the world,
this event (taking place Sept. 1-5 this year) features top musical performers,
daily seminars and events, and an entire day dedicated to family activities and
entertainment. Seals Allers will present a Visit Orlando-sponsored workshop
during the Family Reunion, offering African-American parents and children tips
on creating their own vacation memories while incorporating culturally relevant
activities into family trips.


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always tried to include
visits to
African-American historical sites and African-American-owned
businesses in my
own family vacations
—and I love that black
history is deeply woven into the fabric of Orlando,” says Seals Allers. “Families
traveling here can take a short drive to Eatonville, the country’s oldest
incorporated African-American municipality, and visit the Zora Neale Hurston
National Museum of Fine Arts, a place I find especially inspiring as a writer
and author. The Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture
served as a hotel for black entertainers and musicians during segregation, and
gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like for blacks in Orlando during
that era.

“November’s annual Florida Classic—a week of activities that
features a legendary football battle between Bethune-Cookman University and
Florida A&M University—gives folks a chance to see firsthand the excitement
of historically black colleges and universities. Its rich history and vibrant
culture offer even more great reasons
to visit Orlando.”

The “Getaways & Get-togethers: An African-American Guide
to Visiting Orlando” brochure offers a sampling of other cultural events and
activities, as well as business and personal services catering to
African-Americans in Central Florida. The brochure is available online through
VisitOrlando.com or by calling the Official Visitor Information Center at (407)



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