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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...

Top 3 Ways to Detox Your Body After the Holidays

New Year, New Body Goals! If you’re anything like me, I know you couldn’t resist all the delicious food during the holiday season. From the taste of macaroni and cheese and sweet potato pie, your taste buds were in heaven. However, despite the satisfaction of your taste buds, your body is yearning for nourishment. By this point, you might feel bloated and may have even gained a few pounds, but don’t get discouraged. Your body just needs to detox! A detox will help the body reset its metabolism so you can start incorporating a balanced diet. Here are the top 3 ways you can detox the body after indulging in some of your favorite foods. 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse – Drinking three green smoothies a day can help eliminate...

Flawless Skin

Nicole Murphy’s Secret to Flawless Skin

By this point, we think it’s safe to say that black women have a certain knack for aging gracefully. No matter our age, our skin is known to have anyone second guessing just how young we really are. So how do we do this? Well, it’s a mix of genetics, good diet, fitness, and we can’t forget, a really good skincare routine. And according to one of the Queens of the black women don’t crack committee, Nicole Murphy, there’s one skin care line in particular that every woman should have in their stash. At 50, Nicole Murphy is the epitome of skin care goals. With not a wrinkle or blemish to be found, we were beyond excited to learn exactly what skin care product she attributes...

Protein Powder

Why Pea Protein is the Only Protein Powder to Use

For some of us, dealing with acne breakouts is a thing of the past. For others, we only have to really worry around our skin acting up during a certain time of the month when our hormones are already out of wack. And then, there are those few who seem to have breakouts more often than normal, and sometimes without reason. But, what if we told you that there may be a reason behind those “not so random” breakouts after all? It’s no secret that one of the most popular post workout supplements to hit the market in recent years is protein powder. And when you think about it, protein powder is the perfect match for a successful workout routine. A good one can help you lose...

Holiday Beauty

Black Girl Beauty Holiday Lookbook

While we’ll always love getting all dressed up for the holidays, it’s the beauty looks that we love the most. When you think holiday beauty, shades of red lipstick and the perfectly placed sparkle are the first things that come to mind. And the hair? The bigger the better in our opinion. If you’re looking for some holiday beauty inspiration to make your look complete this season we have just the ideas for you. Big Hair, Don’t Care [caption id="attachment_5259" align="alignnone" width="300"] photo via @naturalhairloves[/caption] This is the holiday beauty look for the girls who want their hair to be the center of attention. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve mastered the perfect twist or will rocking a protective style, the point of this look is to let your...

Style Inspiration/body type

Style Inspiration for Every Event this Season

Who else has been so busy wrapping up shopping, work, and regular life that they haven’t even had the chance to think about holiday style. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. With the end of the season swiftly approaching and holiday events and parties on the horizon (and in some cases well underway) it’s time to start thinking about your holiday style. If you need some help with where to start, here’s a few ideas no matter what kind of event you’re headed to this season. The Office Party Deciding what to wear to your job’s holiday party can be tricky. Especially if you’re heading there straight after the work day or planning to head somewhere right after. Depending on your work environment, some outfits might make more...

Beauty & Style

The Best in Beauty & Style This Year

2017 was definitely a great year for beauty and style. From celebrity launches we couldn’t wait for to natural hair tutorials we just had to try we had some of the beauty tips we’ll take well into 2018 and beyond. Here are some of our favorites and why we just couldn’t get enough this year. MAKEUP Black Owned Beauty Brands - If there was one thing we loved the most this year it was the amount of black owned beauty options we had available. From vegan lipstick to body butters to highlighters and more, this year was one where black women made their mark in an industry where we have been underrepresented the most. Fenty Beauty Launch - We can’t talk about 2017 beauty without starting with Rihanna’s...

Celebrities for Black Women Health

Black Women Health Advocates We Loved in 2017

Every year is a good year to stand up for the issues that affect black women and our health. This year, in particular, we had black women celebrities stand up and speak out on some of the most sensitive topics in our community. Here are four women we appreciate for using their platforms to shed light on the issues that affect black girls and their health. Gabrielle Union - This year, Gabrielle Union stepped up and spoke out in a big way regarding sexual assault. After this years’ (copycat) #metoo campaign that was led by white women, backlash from many women, including Gabrielle Union, occurred highlighting that the original campaign was created by a black woman, Tarana Burke, over 10 years ago. Over the past few...

Flawless by Gabrielle Union

The 3 Flawless by Gabrielle Union Products You Need

If there is one thing that we can thank 2017 for, it was the year that all of our favorite black women came through with the beauty and fashion that we’ve been searching for. From Rihanna’s iconic Fenty Beauty launch, to Tracee Ellis Ross’ clothing line, to Gabrielle Union’s hair products, we were more than ready to spend our coins on everything black women brought to the table. We’ve talked about beauty (thanks Riri) for the fall and winter but let’s not forget about our hair. And with Gabrielle Union’s Flawless line, we know just the products you need to keep your curls and coils poppin during the coldest months of the year. Our Favorite Flawless by Gabrielle Union Products Moisturizing Shampoo - Every good hair routine starts...

Tia Mowry Gym

#NoExcuses: How Tia Mowry Motivated Us to Get in the Gym

This time of year most of us are either looking back on our goals for the year or scrapping them and starting over. And if we’re talking about fitness goals, most likely we’re in the latter. With all the good food, parties, gatherings, and cocktails on the menu for the next couple weeks, of course the last thing on our mind is the gym. But then Tia Mowry came through with her cute baby bump and gym clothes to remind us that we need to hop on #teamnoexcuses and get our daily dose of exercise in, no matter what. ?? A post shared by tiamowry (@tiamowry) on Nov 22, 2017 at 11:53am PST Since being diagnosed with endometriosis, Tia has changed her diet and exercise routine and being...