Check out the new look and new models for the 2013 Hairless 4 Awareness Inc. “Save The Women Not The Boobies” campaign. Diversity and Beauty all in one creative ad campaign?! Gotta love it!
Hairless 4 Her Awareness is a non-profit organization established after founder Turquoise Johnson decided to part ways with her hair to honor a former teacher and close friend after she lost her battle to breast cancer. The organization celebrates the lives of the women affected by the disease and provides a support system all women.
With the same familiar brand this year’s campaign features actress/model Shillae Anderson, BET’s 106 & Park producer Stasia Tomlinson and NuVoTV’s “Curvy Girl” Lornalitz. Founder and Creative Director, Turquoise Johnson managed to combine her original vision with new surprises. These lovely models are strapped up with Everlast and included their pink Pro Style Training Gloves symbolizing the beauty, strength, and confidence to combating breast cancer.
For more information please visit www.Hairless4HerAwarenessinc.org
With all the positive news revolving around Serena Williams winning the U.S.Open women’s singles last week, there has also been negative feedback for the number one ranked junior girl’s tennis player Taylor Townsend. According to Essence and the Wall Street Journal, the United States Tennis Association feels she’s overweight. Her coaches refused to travel entry to the U.S. Open because she needs to work on her “health”. Although the USTA’s player development program made a statement denying these allegations, it still makes me go hmmm…
You would think that this whole weight/body image issue would not be a problem, because Serena Williams (amongst other athletes) have proved grand slam after grand slam that a like donkey in the back will not deter success. Serena responded (more professional than me) to the media by saying, “ If that happened, that’s obviously a tragedy, because everyone deserves to play,” said Williams. ”She’s so sweet and she works so hard. For a female, particularly, in the United States, in particular, and African-American, to have to deal with that is unnecessary. Women athletes come in all different sizes and shapes and colors and everything. I think you can see that more than anywhere on this tennis tour.” ( via ESPN)
The issue with body image and health will forever haunt women in the media and I feel that although we should be focusing on our health and making sure we are fit, we should NEVER be shameful of what God has given us. I have broad shoulders, and I used to get mad about them but now I’m working to tone my arms and I will be flaunting my new muscles next summer.
So my question for you all, Do you feel that in order to play a sport you have to be the stereotype of physically fit? Or is the USTA just haters? (based on the allegations)
I hit the trails this past weekend for some much needed fresh air at Redwood Regional Park; which is located in the Oakland Hills. I invited my co-worker along for the hike and we found ourselves lost between the Redwoods (figuratively). First of all, I am new to the hiking thing so as I was driving up Redwood road I stopped at nearly every staging area where I saw other cars just to see if the trail was okay for us. Little did I know that all the “safe” hikes were inside the regional park grounds. We past stables, horses, and even homes deep in the woods to get to our destination.
We paid $5 for parking and decided to do the “Stream Trail” which seemed to be easier since small children and elder people were walking it. Of course since I had a first-timmer with me who was scaring me to death talking about the “Blair Witch Project” and how she had no signal and how we should leave a paper trail. It was funny at first but then I got scared cause we were the only black girls out there that day. We soon got over it when we took a detour up the “Prince Trail” which was an uphill slope about half a mile. It really kicked my butt and reminded me that I was there to work out.
We hiked a total of 4.66 miles on the stream and prince trail. It’s a very scenic route where dogs and horses were allowed. I would rate it an easy/moderate hike, its great for beginners. I really enjoyed the redwood trees and the stream that we walked a long. My goal is to one day walk to the end …one day. Baby Steps.
Hiking has become my new found hobby that will help me to lose 20 more lbs by fall. Hiking is great exercise and bonding time that is right in our very on Bay Area Backyard. Check back for more hiking adventures next week!
Whether you are looking for something new to add to your workout or just need a little push without the cost of a trainer, check out my top 3 apps that I frequently use to spice up my own workouts! (Did I mention they’re FREE?!)
Nike Training Club #NTC
Hands down, the best app iPhone app. Equipped with timed workout that sync to your music playlist. If you are looking to target a certain area, this would be the best app to tone and build your endurance. You will need certain equipment like a medicine ball, weights, or jump rope so using the amenities at the gym would be best. Although it’s by Nike Women the fellas shouldn’t be discouraged because it won’t discriminate on kicking your butt each time.
My 24 – 24 Hour Fitness App
If you are a member of 24 hour fitness this will become very helpful. I don’t have time to log onto my computer just to check the class schedule so having it synced to my phone and calendar is the BEST! I haven’t played around too much on the other features but this app works best for the on-the-go gym rat.
Ab Workout FREE
This app is beyond corny! I almost didn’t download it until I realized that the only way I am going to get a flatter stomach is through persistence. It has video and she talks to you. You can do your daily ab workout right after your check your Facebook each morning, simple.
Do you guys have any Fitness Apps that you can’t live without? I’d like to hear from you, sharing is caring =)
A couple of weeks ago my hiking buddy Ashley and I got this bright idea to trying different hiking trails in the bay area. After much contemplation and seeing photos from my Facebook friends we decided that we try to hike Mission Peak in Fremont, Ca.
Mission Peak is a 1500 ft climb up a STEEP dirt trail that is categorized for moderate to easy hikers. The view is so breath-taking that you can’t resist taking multiple breaks to catch your breath overlooking the south bay. Hiking is a great exercise alternative to the regular gym routine and it works EVERY muscle in your body. That day I saw different kinds of people; from kids, babies in strollers, big and small, all with one goal to make it to the peak.
If you are local and plan to do this hike I recommend you bring two bottles of water, something to snack on mid-way there, and of course your camera to take pictures of your victory. Wait, did I mention it was HOT?! So start the early to avoid heat exhaustion. I plan to do this hike next month and actually take a picture at the peak pole. I’m hoping to bring a long other black girls (and guys) so we can add a bit more color to the trails and show the world that not only do we workout, but black girls HIKE!
Since I pretty much live in athletic wear now, I’m always looking for the cutest outfits to wear to the gym or some fly sneakers I can show off in during classes. Check out the Serena Williams 2012 Nike collection that celebrates Black History month this year. Nike designers used their signature apparel and added patterns and vibrant colors that reflect the culture. I thought it was pretty hot seeing Serena debut her collection in Australia a few days ago!
The collection consists of the Nike Sportswear Destroyer Jacket, Seasonal Knit jacket, the Nike C72 Bag, and the Nike Air Max Mirabella 3.