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Malia Tate-Defrietas

Malia Tate-DeFreitas works hard on and off the basketball court to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She believes that it’s important to stay healthy because it will “lead to a longer more fulfilling life.” She begins and ends her day with an intensive workout along with watching what she eats. Malia’s basketball career began at the age of nine, and she hasn’t slowed down since. She left Steelton-Highspire High School as the school’s all-time leading scorer. Malia became the 9th person in Pennsylvania history to Amass 3000 career points in high school basketball, and ended her high school career #2 in Pennsylvania history with 3366 points. She won a scholarship to Hampton University and in her freshman year earned the Division I Rookie of the Year award. Malia is...

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Dark Under Eye Circles

Black women of all shades can experience dark circles under their eyes. This is caused by a loss of volume that accentuates the melanin and pigment in the eye area. Because we lose subcutaneous fat as we age, dark circles (otherwise known as raccoon eyes) are more noticeable.   Every woman over the age of 18 should invest in under eye cream!!! My favorite eye cream is the one pictured above by Philosophy; I’m 31 and no wrinkles yet! No amount of sleep or cold compresses will make discolorations go away, but there’s still something you can do. You can use a good concealer. My favorite is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Concealer will take care of the discoloration, but to take care of the puffiness you’ll need a...

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To Drunk Manicures…

Painting your nails with your non- dominant hand is no easy feat. Even for me and I’m ambidextrous! It seems the polish goes everywhere except on my nails. Before I know it, my palms, table, pants, and surrounding areas are getting manicures. I had the hardest time getting the paint off of the skin around my nail (where the nail meets the cuticle and skin). I tried everything from pointy-tipped-cotton swabs to mimicking what they do in the nail salon, wrapping a paper towel around a metal nail file. No go. Never fear beautiful! I have found the perfect solution. The two keys: a metal nail file with a pointed tip (as shown in the photo) and a cap full of nail polish remover. Step 1:  Paint...

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Natural Hair

#FabulousHairFridays Treat your natural hair like you would your one true love: spoil it, dress it up, and most importantly love it. Spending a little extra on that deep condition or biotin treatment will help protect your hair from the harsh elements outside. I assure you doing this treatment will allow the two of you to weather any storm. Spring has sprung, and just like a beautiful flower, a pop of peek-a-boo color, will be the perfect accessory for any type of hair....

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Rogette Harris

#WomanCrushWednesdays 001 Every year begins with a single blank page of a year-long book. Write a good one. -Rogette Harris Women today have to deal with gender discrimination, double standards, and perhaps most frustrating medical limitations based on gender. Rogette Harris, a PennLive.com columnist and PA House of Representatives research analyst, understands these issues and is out to change them with the power of the pen and law. Rogette focuses on gender and women’s health issues such as access to contraceptives, medical treatments, and more. Her impressive resume and amazing beliefs definitely make her a woman to look up to. #WomanCrushWednesdays ...

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Alligator Hands

#ManicureMondays 001 It’s finally spring time and what better way to ring in a special time with a mani-pedi, a little self-indulgence? You may not notice here, but my hands are red. They are dry, and they are cracked. I wash my hands a good 30-40 times a day as negated by my profession. Alas, I have found the cure and I share it with all my patients and friends. It’s called Aquaphor, from the makers of Eucerin. It is a petroleum-based-lotion that cure the cracks and heals the bleeding knuckles. This winter was harsh! Feed your skin. Cost saver note: buy a generic brand or the smallest container available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS and the like. Only a small bit needed for soft, cut-free- hands. Perfect for...

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Quick Exercise of the Week: Modified Burpees

This week's exercise of the week is a quick strength training exercise that works your entire body. Modified Burpees are the perfect exercise to boost your heart rate and burn a ton of calories in a short amount of time. Burpees get a bad rap in the fitness world and for good reason. This intense strengthening exercise is hard work, even for the most active and fit people. Even though that's true, the benefits of burpees on your body can't be denied, so if you're looking for the results of the exercise, with a fraction of the pain, modified burpees are the way to go. Modified burpees are a great option to try if you're new to fitness, have weakened joints, or any kind of disability...

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