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3 Ways to Boost Body Confidence

The season of sun dresses, bathing suits, and cutoff shorts is upon us. But if there's one season that has the ability to impact your confidence like no other, it's the summer. Regardless of whether you have "beach body" goals or you simply want to feel comfortable in your summer outfits, we have three ways to help you be confident in your own skin, no matter what. Body confidence is something so many women struggle to achieve but very few talk about. We live in the age of filters and photoshop and, oftentimes, we find ourselves slipping into the comparison trap. Nothing hits self confidence like comparing yourself to others. And while, gaining self confidence isn't a switch you can simply flip on and off as...

BGH Live! A Conversation with Ernestine Shepherd

Coming out to the Rocky theme song and letting us know the champ was here, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd arrived to chat with us and give us the real deal behind how she keeps herself fit and in shape—including her insane morning routine! At 80 years young, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd came to KICKSTART and BGH Live! to play. Dressed to the T and with a ton of energy, she gave us the scoop on the morning routine of all morning routines. Ready for this one? She wakes up every morning at 2:30am—yup we were like whaattt too. She starts her morning with devotionals and meditation to get her mind in a positive space. After that, it’s an easy breakfast of liquid egg whites and she’s off for a 2...

Hyleas Fountain

Go the Distance with Your Health like Olympic Medalist Hyleas Fountain

Our #wcw this week is Olympic medalist, Hyleas Fountain. Known as one of the most talented heptathletes in the country, Fountain knows a thing or two about going the distance. And, even though most of us aren't training to compete in Olympic events, we all can relate to the challenges that come along when you're in the race to take charge of your health. With a track record that includes accolades the likes of Hyleas Fountain, being healthy is just a part of life. But, for the rest of us, in order to go the distance that staying fit, eating well, and taking care of our bodies requires, we have to be intentional. And, according to Fountain, it all starts with approaching being healthy as a...

Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Breaking Boundaries with Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Almost a year ago at the Miss USA 2016 pageant, it was announced that "District of Columbia!" was be to crowned the next Miss USA. That beauty queen was Deshauna Barber, an African American woman who broke countless boundaries with her flawless performance and now, legendary win. Here's everything you should know about our #wcw, KICKSTART special guest, and beauty queen Deshauna Barber. 5 Things You Should Know about Miss USA Deshauna Barber She is a member of the Army Reserves. Yes, you heard that right. This Miss USA is the first to hold the title while being an active member of the military. She credits her disciplined upbringing to helpi her excel both in the military AND in the pageantry world. Training, research, and holding...

Black History Lesson: 8 Pioneers That Define Black Girl Magic

Before the Civil Rights Movement and all that activists like Martin Luther King Jr. did for the equality of African Americans, there were women advocating for freedom of enslaved Africans. These women were Black Girl Magic before it became fashionable. The term Black Girl Magic was created by CaShawn Thompson in 2013 to celebrate the beauty, power and resilience of black women. While the term is relatively new the notion that black woman are magical, according to Thompson’s definition, dates back to the 1800’s. While not as widely celebrated as women in later centuries – these enslaved African women proved that they were indeed beautiful, powerful and resilient. Here are 8 examples of pre-emancipation Black Girl Magic. Phillis Wheatley – learned to read and write while enslaved....

New Year, New Mantra

Let go of 2016's stress and embrace the love 2017 has to offer. No doubt 2016 was a tumultuous year! Unfortunately, 2017 has gotten off to a kind of a rough start. As we prepare to say goodbye to our first scandal free first family, our commander-in-chief had to interupt his busy schedule to once again address heinous crimes committed by his constituents; just as he's had to do multiple times last year & his successor seems to be fanning the flames of hate. So, how might we go forward with our year? How can we make sure we don't end 2017 the same way we ended 2016?! It's simple, stick with love. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once quoted saying: "I decided to stick...