• Blog,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Pole Dancing with a Twist

    I just started pole dancing for fitness two weeks ago after the encouragement of my niece who has been doing it for three months now. When I watched that first episode P Valley honey, I wanted to get on a pole and try to see if I could do what they do. The women mystified me with their grace and strength, and I wanted to learn how to move like them. After my first class, however, I found that pole dancing was hard—every muscle in my body ached for days, especially my knees. Pole dancing is a full-body workout. It is resistance training and cardio in one, and flexibility as well.…

  • Food,  Lifestyle

    An Entrepreneur His 3 Some Chocolates Brand

    Let’s meet Patrick Glanville, founder of 3 Some Chocolates, one of the only such Black-owned and operated companies in the country. As a chocolatier and culinary artist, his company fulfills their clients’ chocolate fantasies by combining three flavors into one, offering it in a pack of three and calling it a “3 Some” that can be shared with everyone. Coming from Mount Vernon, NY Patrick and his wife Kristin launched their business in 2017. Their company has been raising the bar in the chocolate industry by introducing new and enticing flavors never seen before by chocolate lovers. To date, they’ve sold and shipped their products all over the United Stated and…

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    Mental Health Of Our African American Men

    For many of our black men, these viral videos featuring the killings of other black men can weigh heavily. Watching the disturbing footage can impact the mental health of African American men, experts say. For civil rights advocate and Georgetown Law Center professor Preston Mitchum, the images can lead to physical symptoms. “My stomach is in knots, my heart is racing, my brain is pounding and none of that is hyperbolic,” said Mitchum. “It is exhausting to think that you can be up next. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams offered a tearful statement during a press conference recently. Though he couldn’t bring himself to view the most recent…

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    Mental Health Of Our African American Men

    For many of our black men, these viral videos featuring the killings of other black men can weigh heavily. Watching the disturbing footage can impact the mental health of African American men, experts say. For civil rights advocate and Georgetown Law Center professor Preston Mitchum, the images can lead to physical symptoms. “My stomach is in knots, my heart is racing, my brain is pounding and none of that is hyperbolic,” said Mitchum. “It is exhausting to think that you can be up next. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams offered a tearful statement during a press conference recently. Though he couldn’t bring himself to view the most recent…

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    High school students in Georgia tested positive for COVID-19

    Several high school students in Georgia tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in a drive through graduation ceremony, school officials said in a letter to student families that was first reported by CNN. It was not immediately clear how many students were infected or whether they contracted the virus during the May 17 celebration, but they are all members of The Lovett School’s Class of 2020. “Unfortunately the infectious nature of the COVID-19 virus means that most communities will be touched at some point, and we recognize how hard separation and missed milestones have been on the emotional lives of our students,” Head of School Meredyth Cole and Head Nurse…

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    I Need You to Love YOU. A Poem by Spoken Fragments

    I need you to love you. I’m not saying this because I find you physically attractiveAnd I’m not trying to spit game, hoping your defense relaxesI’m saying this because I’m really tired of you being self criticalI’m tired of you not realizing your own unique beauty and self-shaming, sounding miserableI honestly don’t want your confidence tied solely to my words of affirmationFor you have the power in those Thick hips you hate to push out creationYou life giver you… ability to cause a sceneSo don’t check for another you… just like you… in the pages of a magazineYour unique build and one of a kind frameIs the work of master…

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    Owning Your Feelings

    While 1 in 5 people will experience some type of a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. This year some people may need to adapt for the short term because of COVID-19 and social distancing. All up in ya Feelings It is easy to get caught up in your emotions when you are in the moment. Most people don’t think about what emotions they are dealing at that time when they in it, but by allowing time to really identify what you’re feeling can help you to better cope with difficult situations that you might be experiencing. Allow yourself to…

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    Be Good To Yourself

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year the goal is to fight the stigma, provide support, educate the public,and for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Know your worth: SELF CARE is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself as it produces positive feelings and boosts your confidence and self esteem. Here are some ways to get started with your self care routine: – Maintain and make uninterrupted sleep apart of self care for 8 hours each night. – Take care of your gut by avoiding sugars, greasy foods, salts, processed foods, and saturated fats. – Consume more whole grains, greens, unprocessed foods, lean meats, and unsaturated…

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    7 DIY Home Spa Ideas

    A little known secret is that you don’t need chemicals or exotic, hard to find ingredients, the best skin care can be found right in your refrigerator or pantry. Perfecting your complexion is easier than ever with these miracle masks, toners, astringents, moisturizers, face-lifting and skin-tightening facials you can make for yourself at home. Best of all, they’re easy to mix and inexpensive to prepare. Choose one or two days a week to have your own facial spa day at home with these simple ideas! Natural Facelift All it takes is 2 simple ingredients: 1 egg white and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Whip egg white and lemon juice until foamy. Gently…

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    Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman Offers Words Of Hope

    I THOUGHT I’D AWAKEN TO A WORLD IN MOURNING.HEAVY CLOUDS CROWDING, A SOCIETY STORMING.BUT THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT ON THIS GOLDEN MORNING.SOMETHING MAGICAL IN THE SUNLIGHT, WIDE AND WARMING. I SEE A DAD WITH A STROLLER TAKING A JOG.ACROSS THE STREET, A BRIGHT-EYED GIRL CHASES HER DOG.A GRANDMA ON A PORCH FINGERS HER ROSARIES.SHE GRINS AS HER YOUNG NEIGHBOR BRINGS HER GROCERIES. WHILE WE MIGHT FEEL SMALL, SEPARATE, AND ALL ALONE,OUR PEOPLE HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE CLOSELY TETHERED.THE QUESTION ISN’T IF WE WILL WEATHER THIS UNKNOWN,BUT HOW WE WILL WEATHER THIS UNKNOWN TOGETHER. SO ON THIS MEANINGFUL MORN, WE MOURN AND WE MEND.LIKE LIGHT, WE CAN’T BE BROKEN, EVEN WHEN WE…