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One of my best friends from childhood had to fly into D.C. from California recently to give a presentation at a conference. (She’s a molecular and cellular biology expert–so, in layman’s terms, my friend is a smartypants). Since I live in NYC, she suggested that we come together to hang out in the Chocolate City for a few days. She had never been to D.C. and wanted to sightsee, and while I had been twice in my life, there were many things I hadn’t had the chance to observe. So I called up my friends at Toyota/Scion to see if they could help me traverse the roads to get there.
Thankfully, they had a 2016 RAV4 Hybrid SUV available for me to travel in. And boy was I excited! For one, I hadn’t had the chance to be behind the wheel of a hybrid car before, and secondly, the new model is incredibly spacious. And as a tall chick with long legs driving for upwards of four hours by myself, I needed my space.
When I finally hit the road, I was impressed by the handle of the car, as well as the mileage and power of my first hybrid vehicle. When I had to hit tight corners and winding ramps, the car was more than capable of doing so, and smoothly. The sound system was fantastic, and the heated front seats allowed me to warm up after making a mad dash to the car in the wee hours of Friday morning to beat work traffic.
Once I finally made it to DC, we enjoyed the social scene. We did breakfast at The Coupe in Columbia Heights. Had injera and drinks at Ethiopic Restaurant in the H Street Corridor, as well as yoga and brunch (shout out to DC Harvest) on H Street. Walked for hours on the National Mall, taking pictures at The White House, The Lincoln Memorial and The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. And we checked out a party for Emancipation Day after chowing down at the amazing restaurant The Hamilton, both in downtown D.C. And we also checked out the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and the Washington National Cathedral. We did all these things with the help of the RAV4 Hybrid, which was small enough to fit into tight spaces on the street, as well as even tighter spots in parking garages. And when we did any shopping or took our luggage with us in the car, there was a Tonneau cover to keep our stuff from being seen–and possibly stolen. And despite the car’s battery taking up some of the cargo space, we had enough room for our baggage.
There were moments where I had light issues with the car, namely with the front and rear parking sonar. They worked too well at times. Sometimes they went off for the smallest things (like backing out of a parking spot near a garbage container). So if you were trying to maneuver into or out of a tight space, the loud, alarming beeping could make you want to abort mission. But honestly, that’s my only real complaint. (Oh, well, that and my initial struggle to connect my phone to Bluetooth to play my jams. It all worked out, though.)
The car was a pretty quiet ride — especially in the EV mode (Electric Vehicle). It’s comfortable to drive in, what with its bucket seating and the aforementioned seat warmers. And the opportunity to pull back the moon roof had me moving along happily with the sun riding shotgun more times than not. I enjoyed the AWD (All Wheel Drive) and really appreciated the fuel economy. It didn’t cost much to fill up the car completely, and I was actually able to drive from New York to D.C. to the different sights and sounds around town without having to fill up the car again until late in the evening before I traveled back. And the braking was a lifesaver for me because I had a few moments when I had to come to abrupt stops on the highway, and when I did, there was no screeching from the car or unease exuding from me. The backup camera is awesome. And for the person with too many gadgets, there are lots of outlets and a USB port for charging. The revised styling and features on this hybrid, to me, make it the perfect SUV to hit the road in, as opposed to sportier, bulkier models. And it’s not too bad on your wallet, with an updated suggested retail price of $25,250.
I appreciated the hybrid technology, the fuel efficiency, as well as the smooth and entertaining ride overall. So if you’re looking for something new and spacious, don’t let the word “hybrid” make you roll your eyes and run in the opposite direction. This model has everything you need for daily errands or even just for a girls’ getaway.
MadameNoire knows you love to visit the most fascinating cities in the word and no trip is complete without enjoying some of the best food they have to offer. Our Destination Series is headed to Brooklyn and Chef Roblé is going to take one lucky MadameNoire Reader around to his favorite restaurants in the borough.
In this episode, Chef Roblé takes a lucky MadameNoire reader to The Crabby Shack in Crown Heights and his very own restaurant in Williamsburg, Streets BK which is known for it’s modern take on international street food.
Check out Part 1 where they went to Mike’s Coffee Shop and The Smoke Joint.
Places visited in the segment:
613 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Our destination series is headed to Brooklyn and Chef Roblé is going to take one lucky MadameNoire around to his favorite restaurants in the borough. Check out the teaser and the two-part series will premiere on Thursday 4/14 only on MadameNoire.
On September 8, I had the chance to travel to Las Vegas for the unveiling of the 2016 Toyota Prius. I always had a good idea of what the old-school Prius vehicles looked like, even if I didn’t want to drive them. They were those small, boxy cars zipping by me during road trips when I was stuck in my mom’s van back in college. For years, I had heard great things about how the Prius helps you drive efficiently and use less gas. And while that’s all good and dandy, I was never drawn to the car. Like, at all. But the 2016 Prius? Sign me up. I’m officially all about that hybrid life. Well, based off of love at first sight only.
As I stood on the rooftop of the Linq Hotel & Casino, watching the new and improved Prius be lifted into the air and back to the ground for all to see, I was taken by it. It’s still a small vehicle, yet it manages to look like a flashy sports car with its sleek new design and premium white and black interior. The dashboard has a wrap-around design, making controls easy to gain access to, and the redesigned seats hug the form of the driver and their passengers better than before. The car is longer and has been equipped with new LED headlamps, character lines, and a lower spoiler, adding to the flash of the car. And the seven colors the automobile will come in, including the “Hypersonic Red” we viewed, as well as a smooth silver and black model, definitely help it appeal to drivers.
This fourth-generation Prius is the first global vehicle to implement Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). The aim of TNGA is to improve the performance of the car, as well as the appeal of it through an integrated development program. This new architecture will equip the Prius with a lower center of gravity and a more responsive suspension package. The car will remain better connected to the road no matter what hills or roads it is operating on without having to compromise comfort or the quality of the driver’s ride. This is a great feature as you navigate different driving conditions.
The Prius will also be one of the first Toyota cars to offer Toyota Safety Sense, which will be made available across Toyota’s entire vehicle lineup by the end of 2017. TSS is a safety package that includes automated pre-collision braking that detects pedestrians, an alert when you’ve found yourself outside your driving lane, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and some pretty sick automatic high beams.
Unfortunately, because the cars were so brand-spanking new, I was only able to touch them and get into them–not drive them. Therefore, I can’t tell you if the 2016 joint will blow the older models out of the water in terms of performance on the road. Stay tuned for a possible driving review in the future. Nevertheless, I can already tell the dynamic new model will impress on and off the road.
Also not released just yet are the detailed specs and pricing, but you can expect the starting price for the model to be around $25,000. It should be at your local dealership by early 2016, just in time to convince your honey to get you the fastest and flyest Valentine’s Day gift ever! Hey, a gal can dream. In the meantime, check out more images of the car from the event and let us know if you’re feeling its makeover.
In the series, One Bold Move, we profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. For two of our most popular episodes, we are releasing never-before-seen footage with more great advice from excellent women. In this episode, mother and daughter duo Ellen and Lana Ector discuss their motivation for getting fit, why it’s important for black women to work out, and they share some great tips along the way.
To join their gym, purchase workout DVDs or workout gear visit their website.
Our beloved Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in America aren’t doing so hot financially. The demise of St. Paul’s College in 2013, a 125-year-old HBCU institution, served as a wake up call for the future of other Black academies. Who’s next? Well, according to Inside Philanthropy, Cheyney University — the oldest HBCU in the nation — is on the chopping block.
Many HBCUs are going through a financial hurricane: falling enrollment numbers, cuts in higher education funding, and a dearth of wealthy donor bases.
In 2013, Howard, Spelman, Hampton, Meharry Medical College, and Florida A&M all had a combined endowment of $1.3 billion. That may seem sufficient, but compare this number to the big guys, such as Harvard. The Ivy League collects an endowment of $30 billion.
In efforts to prevent an HBCU from becoming another St. Paul’s College, donors around the country have given scholarship packages to keep our Black academies afloat. Who are they? Here are some recent benefactors of our beloved HBCUs.
In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, Marie Denee of the Curvy Fashionista shares insight on why plus size women should embrace their curves.
For more on The Curvy Fashionista, visit her website.
In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, mother and daughter duo Ellen and Lana Ector discuss their motivation for working out and why it’s important for black women to workout.
To join their gym, purchase workout DVD’s or workout gear visit their website.
In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, the founders of Black Girls Run! Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey talk about their journey to get more African American women active and to not let your hair get in the way.
To sign up for a running group, visit their website.
In this new series, One Bold Move, MadameNoire profiled four popular bloggers in the categories of Hair, Makeup, Style, and Fitness. These bloggers discussed the one bold decision that placed their life on a completely different trajectory. In this episode, makeup guru Missy Lynn shares her story and explains why African American women should embrace their beauty.
To visit her YouTube channel for tutorials and more, click here!