Martin and Davis Discuss Image of Black Women in Media

A few days ago, political and cultural analyst Roland Martin welcomed image activist Michaela Angela Davis to his program Washington Watch with airs on TVOne. The two discussed the image the of Black Women in the media and the damage it is causing.

Watch below:

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Happy Holidays!!

[Edit: This was supposed to go out this morning. Thanks alot WordPress.]

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!!

To all of those who are celebrating a holiday this week, Happy Holidays!! I have one post coming tomorrow and then it’s vacation time….well until the New Year lol. Enjoy these last few days of 2012 and let’s gear up for 2013!!

Health Nut Wednesdays: MADFREE #30For30 Movement

Image activist Michaela Angela Davis is well known in the fashion and media community. She was the fashion editor for Essence, the founding fashion director for Vibe, has styled celebrities such as Oprah, Beyonce’ and Mary J. Blige. She is also vocal when it comes to the image of women and she has appeared on numerous television programs and documentaries discussing issues affecting black women as well as discussions regarding race. She was most recently seen on CNN’s Soledad O’Brien’s “Who’s Black In America” which aired last week.

Michaela recently launch #MADFREE, a platform for women to discuss image and beauty. #MADFREE recently launched it #30for30 Movement where participants work out for at least 30 minutes a day, every day, for the month of December. The initiative has a loyal following on Facebook and Instagram and I suspect that it will continue to grow throughout the month.

I suggest everyone participate!! Find 30 minutess a day to do some type of exercise. Walk, run, do yoga, something!! Just get moving!!

Black Girls ROCK! Accepting 2013 Program Applications!!

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Black Girls ROCK! Inc. is accepting application for it 2013 program. Know any young black girl would who rock and would benefit from this program? Download the application today. Deadline is Decemeber 30!!!

Health Nut Wednesdays : Couch 2 5K

Success!!!

Success!!!

I’ve been working on getting back on the healthy road. A friend of mine suggested I look into Couch 2 5K. C25k is a mobile app in which you can train for a 5k marathon with out paying for a trainer. I had recently rejoined my gym and thought this would be great to try out. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I figured why not give it a try. I wasn’t necessarily the running type so I figured this would be a great way to get me moving.

The way the app works is it builds your resistance up. You only run 3 days a week and it alternates between walking and running. So the first week you run for 60 seconds and then walk for 90 seconds. Week 2, run for 90 seconds, walk for 2 mins.

This week I started week 3. I admit I was extremely hesitant because this week it got intense. Run for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, run for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes.

Yes 3 minutes.

I’ll admit it. I doubted myself. I’m not the smallest person and I didn’t think I’d be able to do it. I was really nervous. So what did I do?

I went to the gym, got on the treadmill turned on my music and started the program.

And guess what? I ran for 3 minutes without stopping! TWICE!!

I believe that 50% of exercise is physical, the other 50% is mental. When I was running, my legs were hurting. It was hard. But I had my music pumping in my ears and I just push myself.

“Keep it going, Malikah. You got this.”

So happy right now!!

So happy right now!!

After I finished, I felt so GOOD!! I had the biggest smile on my face. Running for 3 minutes straight was a personal threshold for me. I would have never thought I’d be able to run for 3 minutes non-stop. After I got done, I felt like I could run for 30 more minutes. My mind set completely changed at that moment. Physically it was tough, but mentally I loved it. My inner runner has been born.

I’ve made the decision to not look at exercise as just something to do. It’s a lifestyle. I’m incorporating it into my life. Since I’ve adopted that mindset, exercising has become much more fun. I used to say “Running isn’t for me” not because I didn’t like (I never did it) but because I was afraid. Now that I have overcome that fear, I love it. Can’t wait to do it more.

What are you doing for exercise? Leave a message below!!

*sidenote: Both times I ran, J*DaVeY was playing on my iPhone. Go figure!!

Velma, The Girl Who Doesn’t Get It!!!

Living in New York, you get to meet so many talented people. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a very talented young lady. Chicago-born Nihara Nichelle is currently blazing a trail in the New York acting and film scene. The actor/singer/writer has created her own web series, “Velma Doesn’t Get it” and is leaving her imprint in the comedic universe.

She is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund her series. We all know how difficult it can be to break into the film industry as a woman of African descent, especially into the comedy world, without having to play condescending and stereotypical roles. I’m asking everyone to head over to her IndieGoGo page and support her. This sista is doing big things. Let’s help get her out there.

By the way, meet Velma:

Sistas Represent at Nerdland!!

I have been watching Melissa Harris-Perry every Saturday and Sunday (when I can) on MSNBC from 10a-12pm for some time now. (Shameless plug, I know.) Professor Harris-Perry covers a wide range of political, economic, and social issues that affect not only minority communities, but America as a whole. Her guests reach across both sides of the political arena as she welcomes guests from various viewpoints and with many different opinions.

During this past Saturday’s episode, “Nerdland” as Prof. Harris-Perry has coined the program, focused on issues such as family structure in America, what President Obama’s second term means, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s agenda. There were three particular segments that caught my attention. Prof. Harris-Perry welcomed Ms. Emily Carpenter from Girls for Gender Equity, INC (GGE) and they discussed the impact that Malia and Sasha Obama growing up in the White House has had on black girls across the country, especially since Malia will be able to vote for her father’s successor in 2016. Prof. Harris-Perry also welcomed Rochelle Ballantyne, a former student of I.S. 318 here in Brooklyn and 4-time chess champion, along with assistant principal John Galvin to discuss the new documentary Brooklyn Castle which chronicles the lives of students at I.S. 318, a low-performing school, as they win National Chess Championships and deal with hardships at home. For her weekly “Foot Soldiers” segment, Prof. Harris-Perry featured Southern Louisiana University junior Whitney Cristy and her initiative #Swabbin4Robin.

Emily Carpenter Courtesy of GGE

18 year-old Emily Carpenter, a youth organizer for GGE, discussed how seeing Malia and Sasha grow up in the
White House impacted her and how Malia is serving as a role model for young girls. She also mentioned how she has become more educated about the political races now that she is older.

Watch Emily here

Rochelle Ballantyne Courtesy of Black Celeb Kids

Rochelle Ballantyne and I.S. 318 assistant principal John Galvin talked briefly about Brooklyn Castle and some of the challenges she faced being a young lady playing chess as well as some of the lessons she learned.

Watch Rochelle here

Whitney Christy Courtesy of SELU

Finally, Prof. Harris-Perry introduced us to Whitney Christy, founder of SLU’s National Society of Leadership and Success, Be The Match Foundation supporter, driving force behind #Swabbin4Robin and Bone Marrow Donor. Christy helps organize bone marrow drives on her college campus and has added over 250 names to the national bone marrow donor list. Her #Swabbin4Robin campaign, an ode to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, who recently received a bone marrow transplant from her sister Sally-Ann, has begun to pick up steam and gain national attention.

Watch Whitney here

I would like to thank Prof. Harris-Perry and everyone at Nerdland for showcasing such beautiful, positive images of young black women. Also, thank you to Emily, Rochelle, and Whitney for doing great things within the community. Keep up the great work.

Catch Prof Harris – Perry every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 12pm on MSNBC.