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Dr. Melanye Maclin: A revolutionary Dermatologist Who Changed How The Industry Treats Black Skin

The BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we are taking time to celebrate our newest partner. Dermatologist Melanye Maclin, M.D., aka “Dr Mac” founded Innovative Hair Technology, Inc. in September 1999 based in Maryland. She created the research and product development company through determination based on her early childhood medical interest in hair and skin. Dr. Maclin’s initial efforts were towards the research of natural nutrients for hair and skin. It began with branding the natural hair supplement, Viviscal via national multi-media endorsement and distribution until 2003. Dr. Maclin then went on to successfully develop more effective advanced all-natural hair and skin supplements, ‘BellaNutri®’ for Women (2004) and ‘BeauNutri®’ for Men (2008). These products...

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Self Love Through Love Languages

Love Languages are used to describe how we as individuals desire to be loved and how to give love. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman describes the concepts of love languages. Chapman’s concept of love is broken down into five categories: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Knowing your love language can not only help you feel more loved in your relationship but it is also the first step to self love. Find your love language here.   1. Words of Affirmation: Vocalize Self Love Practice daily affirmations. Journaling your progress. Try speaking only positively when referring to yourself. 2. Acts of Service: Practice Self-Love Prepare your favorite meal. Groom yourself, try a new hairstyle! Get your To-Do list done. 3. Receiving...

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Three Healing Black Poets You Need to Read

Poetry is a genre of writing in which vivid, and raw language is given to ideas and feelings. Poetry is considered an healing form of writing, in several African and Eastern cultures poetry, and storytelling is used to confront feelings and express emotion. Poetry can be used to heal and face anxiety and trauma, during these uncertain times, we as a community need to heal more than ever so we at Black Girl Health Foundation have compiled three black female poets who can assist in the process of healing, self love, and growth. Nayyirah Waheed Nayyirah Waheed is a poet and author who has published two books of poetry and has been considered “the most famous poet on instagram” What’s poetry has been described as life saving,...

The Affects of Depression in Women

The importance of this week’s mental health topic is acknowledging the different types of depression and how it can affect women in different stages throughout their lives. Depression is commonly associated with a mood disorder. Relatively, women have higher rates of depression than men, and this could result in three main factors that include biological, hormone, and social. There has been an influx of research on medications and medical conditions that could be a major contributor to depression. Many people associate the feeling of depression as constantly being sad, but that’s the only portion. Other symptoms could physical, emotional, and mental. Some of the most common physical symptoms are aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems. As women, we go through different changes and...

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How Tech Can Maintain Your Health During COVID-19

Coronavirus is changing how we approach our day-to-day. We are no longer working or living the same way, and this can have a serious impact on our overall health. Although this is a difficult time for many, it’s important to try to maintain some normalcy.  If you’re struggling to adjust, here are some ways technology can help you maintain your health! Start Your Fitness Journey While spending countless hours at home, you might start to notice that you have become glued to your television more than usual. Although, there is no harm in taking some time to relax, being confined to your couch can be damaging your health. Minimal physical activity can have a negative impact on not only your physical health but your mental health. It can...

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Tyra Gardner: An Influential Psychotherapist & CEO, that’s Improving the Lives of Others One Client at a Time

Every Wednesday, the BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we are taking time to celebrate our newest partner Tyra S. Gardner. Gardner is an influential Psychotherapist and CEO of her clinic called At A Moments Notice, LLC. She provides a multitude of services that include clinical-based practices, where she delivers cognitive behavioral therapy. The evidence-based treatments at her facility coincide with the best therapies for adults. These practices help with adjustment problems like anger management, anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship issues. Gardner also provides business coaching for individuals who want to create and build their businesses. Not only are therapy services provided at the center, but clients can sign-up for monthly subscriptions to receive...

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From Ballet Dancer to Teacher: Sheona Little Educates her Community on their African Roots

A woman once said a powerful statement, “Please remember that you were Africans before you were anything”- Bose Ogulu. Bose is the mother of the Nigerian singer/songwriter Burna Boy. His mother accepted his award for Best International Act on his behalf at the BET awards in 2019. The previous statement identifies the cultural gap and misconception between Africans and African Americans. Specifically, Africans native to a country and culture they can proudly identify and represent their African heritage. In contrast, African Americans cannot identify where they come from because their ancestors were brought here because of African Diaspora; stripped them of their native language and culture. Everyone should appreciate their cultural ancestry, specifically in the African American community. By reducing the cultural divide, it will...

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What is Mental Illness and how do you know you have it?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back again to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! We have slowly started to come out of our World Wide Timeout, but we are still in the midst of it all. Last week we discussed the factors of mental health, now we discuss mental illness and how that is different from mental health. As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go! Mental Illness? Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. Such conditions may be occasional or long-lasting (chronic) and affect someone’s ability...

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From Holistic Educator to Businesswoman: Ava is Giving Us All the Remedies When it Comes to Natural Healing

Every Wednesday, we acknowledge an upstanding and phenomenal remodel in our BGH partnership community, and this week it is no different. This week’s partner spotlight, we focus on Ava Adames, who is a wellness coach, holistic educator, and businesswoman. Ava is a National-board certified health and wellness professional, who has been in the industry for twenty years. Her journey started as an undergraduate student majoring in business administration, but her love for fitness and holistic healing conquered all. Ava earned her master’s in Exercise Science with a Corporate Wellness concentration at the California University of Pennsylvania. Ava soon learned that she wanted to work holistically with the community, providing alternatives to traditional medicine for people to support themselves in a natural way of healing. She...

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What factors into Healthy (and poor) Mental Health?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! Last week during the World Wide Timeout, I discussed the brief introduction to mental health. We understand that we need to take a step back and make changes to be the better person we are meant to be. But what are we looking for exactly?  This leads us to our next topic of discussion of this mental health series, THE FACTORS! As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go! What are factors to achieving a good quality of Mental Health? As we previously discussed, "Mental Health" includes our...

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