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Here’s How To #Popthequestion To Your Man #Likeaboss

Pop the Question to Your Man like a BOSS Before you get into a serious relationship, it's always important to sit down with your partner and have 'the talk' because 46 percent of blacks in the U.S. are living with HIV.  I know this conversation can be somewhat uncomfortable, but you should always think about your sexual health, first. Here is a video that can help lighten up the mood before approaching your partner with the conversation. Make it a Shared Experience. If you put yourself out there and word it in a way that's hows you're also willing to take the brave walk with them, "I think it would be smart if we both got tested for the sake of our health," then you stand a better chance...

The 81-year-old bodybuilder that’s defying all odds

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpBo2dl3PBc[/embed] When we think of bodybuilders, we often think of men and women who are young, athletic and ripped. One never thinks about an 81-year old black woman fighting the odds and becoming a record-holding world’s oldest bodybuilder. Well meet Ernestine Shepherd, she is motivating women around the world to become healthy and fit. At the age of 70, she started training to become a bodybuilder. Shepherd trains more than 30 hours a week in the gym and runs ten miles a day. Aside from participating in bodybuilding competitions, she conducts a workout class with a group of women every morning at her local gym. And here’s a secret - Shepherd works out in heels! If she can do it, why can’t we? This woman is the...

Advocate for Uterine Fibroids

3 Ways to Be an Advocate for Uterine Fibroids

July is Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month. A condition that affects between 80-90%% of black women by the time they reach the age of 50! And while uterine fibroids is a condition that is so common in our community, it is one that isn’t talked about enough and one that many of us suffer in silence. This month, take control of the narrative surrounding uterine fibroids and become an advocate for yourself, your sisters, and your friends. 3 Ways to Be an Advocate for Fibroids Become Aware. So many of us have heard of uterine fibroids but we don’t know much about them. Uterine fibroids are treatable, non-cancerous growths that develop on or around the uterus. They can be painful or painless and are treatable. Simply...

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...

Working Out at KICKSTART: Pound, Zoombalicious, & Spin

We've been talking about it for months but the day has arrived! KICKSTART, our health & wellness expo empowering minority women to take charge of their health is going down today! If you aren't able to join us, don't worry we'll be documenting it all here and on our social media accounts! When it comes to the conversation surrounding health & wellness, fitness plays a huge role. With this in mind, at KICKSTART we have multiple workouts and fitness sessions to kickoff the expo. And when we say "workout" we don't mean those boring, outdated sessions. We're talking about workouts they get you up, get you moving, and get you sweating with some of the best experts in the industry. Walking down halls dancing to the music coming out of each workshop alone...

ARE BLACK WOMEN SATISFIED WITH BEING OVERWEIGHT?

Eating soul food, fast food, and fried foods are known as fulfilling and regular diets in the black community. Even though over-indulging in these foods add on extra pounds, that hasn’t always changed one’s desire to eat them. Thus, would you concur that being overweight becomes a way of life that some women have grown to appreciate? The numbers show that African-American women have the highest obesity rate of among other American women. “Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Click on the link below to read more on how being obese/overweight has become prevalent in the African American culture. http://wjla.com/news/health/african-american-women-have-highest-obesity-rate-cdc-says-82913 #Transformationtuesdays...

Reality Star Nicole Murphy Ages Gracefully

At 46, Nicole Murphy is the prime example of fabulous. This 5’11 beauty is in tip top shape. Nicole works out almost every day. She believes in doing a variety of activities to stay fit and not bored. Murphy rotates between cardio kickboxing classes, circuit training, hiking and yoga. One interesting fact is that Nicole has a serious sweet tooth and loves to eat cookies from wholefoods. She believes that you are allowed to cheat on your diet every once in a while. We are only human and depriving yourself will only make for a larger splurge later. However, she always stays mindful about the proportion of lean proteins, vitamins, minerals, complex carbs, antioxidants etc. and inculcates nutrient packed foods such as chicken, oatmeal, salad etc. in...

SACHA Buttercup setting powder VS. Ben Nye’s Banana Powder

For those that haven’t heard of buttercup yet, it is Sacha Cosmetics newest setting powder from their Kamaflage line. All of their Kamaflage products tend to have medium-full coverage, and when I heard what people were saying about the Buttercup powder of course I had to try it. I’m cheap so I went to a fellow mua’s house because I knew she had it ANNNNND  Because I wasn’t going to purchase in the future without trying it first. Immediate thoughts when using: This powder is SUPER soft and fine milled. It feels velvety. It melts into the skin. The Ben Nye Banana Powder is a beautiful powder but is on the chalkier side. I think we also have to remind ourselves that Ben Nye is STAGE makeup....

RED HEART TRUTH CAMPAIGN: HEART DISEASE KILLED MY MOM

Bobbie J. Brown was a loving & caring person. She cherished her faith, family, friends, and serving others. She also had a stubborn side when it came to admitting she was feeling under the weather and going to the doctor. Taking a Goody/BC powder and drinking hot tea was her way of healing herself. In 1997, she was forced by her sisters to go to the hospital. She was admitted into the intensive care unit where she was diagnosed with fluid in both lungs and congestive heart failure, which means that your heart can't pump enough blood throughout your body, causing blood and fluid to get backed up. There are many causes of congestive heart failure, but in my mom's case, it was mainly due to her...

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids

Top Foods to Eat (and Avoid) for Uterine Fibroids: Did you know that uterine fibroids occur in about 25% of women over age 35, and are 3 times more likely to occur in African-American women. may occur at a younger age, grow more quickly, and are more likely to cause symptoms in African-American women. can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and/or pelvic pain or bloating grow during pregnancy and with estrogen therapy decrease in size after menopause Foods to Eat that may help reduce fibroids: vegan diet (no animal products) liver cleansing foods (because the liver processes excess hormones like estrogen): beets, carrots, artichokes, lemons, parsnips, dandelion greens, watercress, burdock root Morning detox drink: juice half a lemon and add to a cup of warm water, or fresh...