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Beauty Queen Secrets: Miss Black Maryland Dejanee’ Fennell Talks About Her Health Scare

I'm from Prince George County Maryland. First I want to say that I come from a household with a lot of southern hospitality influence. My mother is from Emporia, Virginia (the south); with that being said we always ate big at my house. Our dinner consisted of fried chicken, collards greens, corn bread, barbecue, and you name it. It surely did have a great impact on what I thought was appropriate to eat and how to eat. In middle school I had a health scare that I could have been diabetic. My parents were so terrified for my health they immediately changed the way we ate at home. From that point on my snacks were regulated, I had time scheduled meals, and daily exercise. I must...

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: DUMBBELL WOODCHOPPERS

A super exercise for a super workout! These two exercises combined are a great challenge. Start with your legs shoulder width apart, with a 10lb dumbbell on your side squat down as you bring the dumbbell down, and squat up as you raise the dumbbell.  Do 3 sets of 10-12 repetitions per side.  Immediately follow this exercise with front dumbbell throws, alternating arms as you throw the dumbbell catching it mid air.  Squat down every time you bring the dumbbell back down, squat back up to starting position. Use your legs to help you get a better throw of the dumbbell.  Do 3 sets of 20 repetitions per set.  These two exercises combined work your shoulders, legs, core, and obliques.  Ready, Set, Go! Now it's your turn. As always if you have any...

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ROCSI DIAZ OVERCOMES EATING DISORDER AND FINDS ZUMBA

Rocsi Diaz, well known as the former 106 & Park host, says that eating disorders are common among minorities. She struggled with the disorder and didn’t stop being critical of her body image until she started loving herself. She says accepting her body helped her adopt a healthy lifestyle, which consist of not eating meat and staying away from process foods. According to Zumba.com, her advice to others struggling with their body image is “I’d say to do stuff that you’re good at and wear things that make you feel sexy.”  In terms of exercise Diaz’s love for dancing and Latin music led her to Zumba. Zumba not only keeps her in shape, but for her it’s also FUN!  Zumba will get you sweaty while you're...

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GET SOFT AGELESS HANDS BY EXFOLIATING

We all take to time to exfoliate our face in attempt to achieve soft vibrant skin. Why not do the same to our hands. There are many kinds of exfoliating hand scrubs that you can find in stores, but did you know you can easily make your own nourishing and natural exfoliating hand scrub at home. Olive oil, brown sugar, and lemon juice is all you need to make your very own exfoliating hand scrub. Olive oil has natural antioxidants, such as vitamin A and vitamin E that will help moisturize your skin. The brown sugar and lemon juice act as natural exfoliators for your skin. Simply mix all three ingredients together. Take a quarter size amount of the scrub and gently massage into your hands...

Mussels in a garlic sauce

The best thing about mussels they don't have to be a eaten as appetizers they are great as a main course meal just add a green salad and you have the perfect low fat meal. ENJOY! INGREDIENTS: 1pound mussels, scrubbed and de bearded 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1medium onion 2 tablespoon olive oil 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth 1/2 of a lemon squeezed 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) Sea salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: In large pot, add oil and garlic, onions and sauté about 1min making sure garlic does not burn. Add chicken broth salt, pepper and cleaned mussels, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil with a tight -fitting lid, cook 8-10 minutes, until mussels have opened. Serve at once. COOK’S NOTES: Discard any mussels that do not open. And debearded means...

GRIEVING OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The best part of the holidays is surrounding your-self with family and special friends. Being around people you love is always the best present you can have during this season. But what about when that loved one has passed away? Grieving can be quite a taxing and stressful emotion that is, unfortunately, heightened over this holiday season. This emotion presents its self through depression, feeling very tired, sorrow, poor appetite, feeling anti-social, and many other things. It is important to remember that grieving is normal. When a person holds a unique, untouchable, and beloved place in your heart it's almost a given that a piece of you feels missing when they're gone. It's also easy to let the sorrow and grief overwhelm you, leading to even more grief and sorrow. On the holidays...

MISS BLACK NORTH CAROLINA’S TALKS ABOUT NATURAL BEAUTY

The most beautiful attribute about being a woman is being able to love yourself like no other. Being a woman, that has overcome much inner insecurities, I’ve always made sure that I feel good about every part of me! I no longer focus on what I look like on the outside because that can be altered, but the inside is critical. Beauty fades, but the natural state always stays classic. However, taking caring of what God has blessed me with is very important to me; I call this “Natural Beauty.” In order to maintain my Natural Beauty, I make sure my hair gets TLC. Hence, I usually shampoo and condition my hair at least once a week.  In addition, read the hair product labels to make sure...

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REMEMBERING HAIR CARE PIONEER TITI BRANCH

This article is going to mention someone very special, especially in the world of natural hair. This person is Titi Branch. While that name may not ring too many bells, with her sister Miko, Titi Branch co-founded Miss Jessie’s natural hair care line. Unfortunately, Titi Branch was found dead earlier this month. Miss Jessie’s was one of the first major hair care lines to be present in retail companies like Target, as natural hair took on a new existence. The success of lines such as Miss Jessie’s and Mixed Chicks helped lead and propel the growth of not just black hair care, but also natural hair care products. We thank you for your contributions to keeping our tresses in check. You will be dearly missed. Rest well,...

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EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: BURN OFF THOSE LOVE HANDLES W/ SIDE TWIST

Abs, abs, abs yes! Especially after the Holiday's weight gain. Side twist is an excellent exercise for your abdominal muscles. This exercise targets your oblique. Perform 4 sets of 40 repetitions each set. Pull in your abdominal muscles towards your spine and squeeze your abs at each twist. Have a happy workout! As always if you have any questions and would like further assistance please contact me at aveigle@hotmail.com Spanish Translation Abs, abs, abs Si! Sobre todo despues de los dias de fiesta ete ejercicio te hara sentir mejor. Giro lateral es un excelente ejercicio para los musculos abdominales y apunta a los oblicuos. Hagan 4 conjuntos de 40 repeticiones cada conjunto. Contraigan los musculos abdominales hacia la columna vertebral, apriete los musculos abdominales en cada giro. Que...

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KIMORA LEE SIMMOMS SHOWS HOW YOU CAN LIVE IN THE FAB LANE

Kimora Lee Simmons, former fashion model and successful entrepreneur well known for taking over Baby Phat after Russell Simmons and was CEO/Creative Director through 2010. She offers her tips to living in the so called “ fab lane”  Click link below to find out how you don’t have to be rich to live fabulously. http://www.seventeen.com/health/tips/kimora-lee-simmons-advice #Womancrushwednesdays ...

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