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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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From Financial Loss to a Monetary Boss, Ericka Neville is Proving that Women Can Do it All

Financial hardship is a commonality amongst many Americans. Even though the U.S. is notable for having a boosting economy and an abundance of job opportunities, we are still the number one country with the highest rate of homeless individuals, families seeking monetary support, and people living in poverty. Many Americans face harsh realities when it comes to economic loss and burdens. Unfortunately, it is more present in the African American community. Financial literacy is not a language or a lifestyle that is taught too many, especially in our community. Today, one woman teaches us that with planning and having a solid foundation, anyone can overcome financial barriers. This week’s partner spotlight, we focus on Erika Neville, a Licensed Financial Coach & Advisor. Ericka is an award-winning...

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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 to...

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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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From Philanthropy to Launching A Counseling Consulting Service, La’ Tesha Sampson is Setting the Bar For Women in Business

This week’s partner spotlight focuses on La'Tesha Sampson, an inspiring black woman whose journey allowed her to venture into different career paths and allowed her to wear multiple hats. This includes being a philanthropist, businesswoman, educator, author, counselor, and outreach specialist for multiple organizations that improve the quality of life for others. La’Tesha brings awareness to global issues such as human trafficking, domestic violence, and racial disparities in the healthcare field not only in the country she resides in but globally. As a philanthropist, she worked with a host of nations through the Rz the Flags, an outreach organization where she provided partnership, sponsorship, and leadership in numerous nonprofit initiatives globally. This includes programs in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Ghana, Mexico, and Egypt. Sampson’s...

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What is Mental Health: The foundation to the biggest BLOCK in the Black community!

Hello Sugarfoot! A young, new member to the BGH family hoping to break down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! As we have had time to ourselves this summer (World Wide Timeout I like to say), we can reflect that we all have to make changes to move forward, in all aspects of our lives. We have all been tested, and witnessed massive mental stresses that can sometimes feel overwhelming. I hope, by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds. So, let’s go!   What is Mental Health?   The first step to breaking up the overwhelming force that is Mental Health, is to understand what it is. Understanding the situation tells you what is friendly and what is...

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Psychological Hurdles preventing weight loss + 5 tips to beat them!

Hey sis! I hope that things are going well in your life, and that with it being halfway through the year, you are halfway to your goals. Even if you are not, it is never too late to start. One of the toughest things about making a lifestyle change, when it comes to dieting and weight loss especially, is the psychological part. I mean, just think about it, who doesn’t know that they are supposed to eat vegetables (besides your standard 2 year old of course)? So there has to be something else at play here, and that something else is psychological hurdles. What are Psychological hurdles? Okay, I see you, asking all the right questions. Psychological hurdles are the non physical factors that are stopping you...

5 Mediterranean Recipes, I’m going to try and I think you should too!

Hey Sis!  While I was spending time scouring the internet for new ideas and topics to write about during the pandemic, I found something interesting. Since we are at home, this not the perfect time to spice up your dinner and try something new? I knew you would agree, so today I have listed 5 Keto-Friendly Mediterranean recipes that I tried this month, and I think you should too. Mediterranean food? Yes, Mediterranean food is the cuisine style of people from countries along the Mediterranean. Places like Greece, Turkey, Israel and Morocco are just a couple on the long list. Their diet consists of a lot of healthy fats, lean protein, and fresh fruits and veggies making it easy include for those of us on the keto...

Time to Morph with Lauren Keir Wellness

Our BGH Partner spotlight is shining bright on Dr. Lauren Keir Simmons, EdD. Dr. Simmons is a New Orleans native who moved to DC at age 19 to attend Howard University. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Growth and Development, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and an EdD in Child, Youth & Adolescence from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Lauren is no stranger to academic or professional success and is constantly excelling in all endeavors. So a certain level of stress is expected when you have that kind of drive. But when her physical health started to change, she knew something wasn’t quite right. Dr. Simmons started experiencing severe migraines, blood pressure spikes, and unexplained and uncontrolled weight gain. Lifestyle changes and working with her health...

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