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Keep Calm And Carry On: How To Make It Through Your Craziest Weeks

March 18th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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One of my biggest fears is burning out at an early age. Between working multiple jobs, participating in activities and attending events, overextending ourselves has become the norm. Unfortunately, that new norm can also lead to lots of stress, acting out, and all out rage, so to prevent that here are some tips on how to remain centered and calm during your craziest weeks.

Second Baby Tests HIV-Negative After Receiving Early Treatment

March 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last year scientists announced that after undergoing aggressive treatment just 30 hours after birth, a baby born with HIV has tested negative for the virus. Now it appear that science may have “cured” another child born with the virus.

According to the New York Times, a second baby, who underwent similar treatment, is also testing negative for the virus. The wonderful news was revealed during a recent AIDS conference, and was reportedly enough to convince skeptics that the treatment actually works. A leading researcher also claims that there are five more similar occurrences in Canada and South Africa. A clinical study is set to begin soon where 60 babies born with the virus will begin treatment just 48 hours after their birth. If those results are also successful, this could cause a major shift and the treatment of HIV.

“This could lead to major changes, for two reasons,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, executive director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Both for the welfare of the child, and because it is a huge proof of concept that you can cure someone if you can treat them early enough.”

The first child to undergo this treatment in the United States is now more than 3 years old and still HIV free. The second child, is currently 9 months and according to scientists, free of the virus as well. It’s inaccurate to refer to the second child as “cured” or in “remission” because she is still on HIV medication, says the physician who treated the infant, Dr. Deborah Persaud. However, since the most sensitive “blood tests can detect no virus capable of replicating,” the baby’s condition is described as “having sero-reverted to H.I.V.-negative.”

Doctors say they will consider briefly taking the baby off of the drugs if she’s still testing negative for the virus by age two.

Straight From His Mouth: How Much Do Men Let Weight Impact Their Dating And Social Activities?

January 20th, 2014 - By Dr. J
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Just the other day I went into the doctor for a quick visit. Part of turning 30 this year really got me to the point of thinking that I needed to make my health a priority. My doctor laughed at me and said I was perfectly healthy and not much was going to change in eight months that we needed to worry about unless I felt sick or something was hurting and would not stop. While he explained this to me I was still in a daze because when I first got to the doctor’s office they took my vitals; blood pressure, height and weight.

That’s when I found out that in the past year I had gained 15 or so pounds.

Just a little background, I’m not a big guy at all. In fact, 15 pounds looks good on me. (According to all my female friends…) The problem is that all men know that at some point your metabolism slows down and that’s when, if you’re not careful, you start gaining weight and you can’t stop. I left that doctor’s appointment and did what any other self-respecting Black man would do –I called my mama. She also laughed at me and told me that it wasn’t a big deal at all and I was just getting older. I told her that I wanted to lose it immediately before it became an issue.

However, the question of whether it would affect my dating life or have any impact on my social life, never really crossed into my mind. I’m not a gym rat so I have never been the type to be obsessed with myself aesthetically. I’d much rather live an active lifestyle than spend hours in the gym trying to get washboard abs. I imagine it’s not the same for women because I think their looks matter a lot more in the grand scheme of things. If I had to choose whether I’d be fat or broke, I’d choose fat every time. If a woman had to make that choice, things might get interesting.

That’s not to say that weight hasn’t gotten the best of men in the past. I have had buddies who gained a little too much weight by sitting around drinking and playing video games. They all of sudden didn’t want to go out as much and weren’t really into going on vacations where they might have to be in trunks or something sleeveless. I want to say that the weight bothered them but it was really the fact that they were insecure, and in that case, it could have been anything. To keep it real, ugly and fat dudes who have confidence can still pull any woman they want. A dude can be the second coming of Adonis but if he has no confidence it won’t matter. So yeah, in that case, the weight might have been the issue, but the real source of the problem was insecurity.

So for example, when it was rumored that Rob Kardashian curved a family photo shoot because he felt like he had gained too much weight, it’s not really about his weight. It’s his confidence. I also think that it’s not becoming of a man to tie his confidence to his weight all that much. Of course it’s important and he should be cognizant of the impact that being overweight can have to his overall health but he shouldn’t be thinking that he’s somehow doomed in the dating world. All in all there are other things he should be focused on. Are his affairs in order? Is he ready for a commitment or is he just trying to play the field? Above all else, a man has to ask himself one question every day, “Am I headed up or down?” And like I said, if he ties weight to that question, that’s just a problem in itself.

Looking for a Sexay Workout? Try BRUKWINE.

January 2nd, 2014 - By Rana Campbell
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…and ONE and TWO and THREE and FOUR and WINE! Welcome to the sexiest workout, ever.

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Enter a Saturday afternoon  BRUKWINE class and you might think you were walking into a dancehall club straight in the heart of the Caribbean. Rhythmic tones vibrate from the speakers.  Sweat-drips from women in heels s they stand sexily in front of a fogged up mirror. Finally, let’s not forget the booty. There’s lots of booty.



Brukwine  is a  reggae/dancehall- based fitness dance class created by accomplished choreographers Tavia and Tamara. Together, the twosome’s resume is impressive. They’ve  performed alongside musical greats such as Beyonce, Sean Paul, Lady Gaga, Missy Elliot, Whitney Houston, and more!

As leading choreographers within the US Dancehall scene, their weekly traditional Dancehall classes at the infamous Broadway Dance Center are always well-attended. This past summer, the two hosted  Do Sumn! Yard and Foreign Dancehall Kik UP, a two-day dancehall intensive that brought together  students and dancehall choreographers from across the world.

And then there’s this workout they created in 2012 called Brukwine. The Sexiest Workout Ever.  Though sexy workouts have been around for a while, (striptease clases, pole dancing,  sexy heel classes,) nothing out there focuses only on Dancehall music. Dancehall music, with its sensual tones and upbeat riddims are the perfect backdrop for  this experience.

In Brukwine class, students learn a  dancehall routine ,along with signature Brukwine moves choreographed by Tavia and Tamara.  The class starts with a standard dance- style warm up and them moves into an isolation exercise. Class goers learn how to isolate and work their hips, practicing the basic whining, ticking, and gyrotonics that make up the quintessential dancehall moves. Next, it’s time to learn a short routine. Afterwards, students have a chance to perform the routine in group sections… all in heels, of course.



Brukwine is the sexiest workout ever because you don’t even realize how much of a total body workout you are getting. Go to a class and you’ll be encouraged to bring out your inner sexay and really let loose.  You are free to release your inner freak and work the room and pretend you’re on stage performing like Beyonce, in the club feeling the vibes, or performing a sexy serenade for that special someone in your life! Yes ladies, feel free to take these moves home… *wink* wink*. The new moves you’ll learn during Brukwine will be sure to surprise. Not only will you have fun and form new friendships, but you’ll leave the class with an extra boost of confidence!

 You don’t have to be a dancer (or wear heels) to have fun in BRUKWINE. Women of all ages, races, and levels of dance experience come out to the bi-weekly dancehall class. Brukwine is more than a class, it’s a movement. Just recently, BRUKWINE staged a Times Squares flash mob that brought dancehall to the streets of New York City.

Don’t believe me that this is the sexiest workout you’ll ever do? Watch the Brukwine Youtube videos and decide for yourself.

If you’re in the NYC area and want to sign up for the next Brukwine class, visit Make sure to follow Brukwine on Facebook  and Instagram.

What’s the sexiest workout you’ve ever done? Let us know in the comments section!

Rana Campbell ( is a Brukwine addict. Tweet her if you have questions. Or, check out her other fitness adventures on her Instagram accounts Ettabell Fitness & Rainshineluv.


African-American Women In America Make Advancements In Education & Entrepreneurship, Struggle In Other Areas

December 3rd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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The latest study by the Center for American Progress (CAP) takes a comprehensive look at the state of black women in America, analyzing African-American women and health, education, entrepreneurship, economic security, and political leadership. We are 13 percent of the female population in the United States, but still have major disparities in various aspects of our lives. Strides are being made, such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the spread of paid sick leave. Under the ACA, about 5.1 million African-American women with private health insurance are currently receiving expanded preventive service coverage and an estimated three million African-American women will now have access to affordable or subsidized health insurance. Here’s a snapshot of what CAP found:


One in four African-American women are uninsured.

  • More than any other group, African-American women suffer from hypertension: 46 percent of black women 20 years of age and older have hypertension; only 31 percent of white women and 29 percent of Hispanic women of the same age do.
  • White women may be more likely to have breast cancer, but African-American women are more likely to die from it. An average of five black women per day  (or 1,722 annually) succumb to breast cancer.
  • An incredible 65 percent of new AIDS diagnoses among women are African American.

Educational attainment

Although more African-American women pursue higher education, the numbers are still at a significantly lower level than that of white women.

  • In 2004,  the college graduation rate of African-American women was 24.1 percent and has not increased at the same rate as those of white women, Latinas, or Asian American women. Thirty percent of white women have a college degree.
  • Only two percent of African-American women are in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM;  women as a whole make up 24 percent of the STEM workforce.
  • “According to Census data about work-life earnings, white women make more than African American women among full-time, year-round workers, regardless of what degrees they have obtained,” reports the organization.


Businesses owned by African-American women continue to grow despite significant financial and social obstacles.

  • “African American-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the women-owned business market and are starting up at a rate six times higher than the national average,” reports CAP.
  • The number of companies started by black women increased nearly 258 percent from 1997 to 2013.
  • In 2013 the number of black women-owned businesses was estimated at 1.1 million. This comprised an incredible 42 percent of businesses owned by women of color and 49 percent of all African American-owned businesses.
  • Businesses owned by black women employed 272,000 workers and generated $44.9 billion in revenue in 2013.
  • But of the top 10 fastest-growing private companies owned by black entrepreneurs from 2009 to 2012, just 27 percent were owned by black women.

Economic security

This is a major issue for African-American women as they continue to have higher rates of unemployment than white women and continue to have lower amounts of weekly usual earnings and median wealth in comparison to their male counterparts and white women.

  • According to the most current available data, African-American women only made 64 cents to the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men in 2010. White women, however, made 78.1 cents to the same dollar.
  • African-American women only earned $610 per week, whereas black men earned $666. White women’s median usual weekly earnings were $718 in the second quarter of 2013.
  • The rate of unemployment for African-American women was 181 percent more than that of white women in the second quarter of 2013. Black women had an unemployment rate of 10.5 percent versus to 5.8 percent for white women.

Political leadership

While black women have long been community leaders, they are underrepresented in all levels of government.

  • Only 14 of the 98 women in Congress are African American.
  • Of the 29 women of color now serving in the House of Representatives, 16 are black.
  • There is only one African-American female currently serving as mayor—Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore–in the nation’s top 100 cities.

Travel Friendly Beauty Kits For The Holiday Season

November 27th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

Who among us doesn’t enjoy traveling? Sometimes a little escape from reality is just what the doctor ordered and we can’t blame you! With hectic schedules and busy lives a little R&R is not only much needed, it’s deserved! Sadly, with travel comes the hassle of packing.

\Not to worry though, we’ve got you covered! If you’re anything like us packing can sometimes be a nightmare, with the hardest items to pack being toiletries. Between hair, makeup and skincare products a girl can go over the airports weight limit with the extras alone! The best way to travel in style is simply by preparing ahead and purchasing travel sizes of  your favorite items or even buying travel sized bottles and making a kit of your very own.

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The 10-Day “Beyoncé Diet” In A Few Quick Steps

November 14th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier today we reported on journalist Rebecca Harrington, who dropped a substantial amount of weight in 10 days by combining two of Beyoncé’s most strict diet regimens. The first was the Master Cleanse diet, which Bey used to lose weight for her role as Deena Jones in the 2006 Dreamgirls remake. The second was another regimen that Bey used to shed pounds fast after giving birth to Blue Ivy. By combining these two plans into one 10-day dieting journey, partnered with Bey’s intense workout schedule, Rebecca was able to drop 10 pounds in 10 days. Now we don’t know if we’d necesserily reccomend trying this diet. I mean, losing 10 pounds in 10 days doesn’t sound like the safest thing to do. But you ladies asked for the details of the diet, so here it is!

Journalist Drops 10 Pounds In 10 Days Following Beyoncé’s Strict Diet

November 14th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s no secret, strict dieting and commitment to exercising is what keeps Beyoncé in tip-top shape all year long. In the past, Bey has even revealed some of her more extreme diets. In an attempt to shed a few pounds, journalist and Beyoncé fan Rebecca Harrington decided to combine the diet Bey used to lose weight to prepare for her role as Deena Jones in the 2006 Dreamgirls remake and the diet she used after giving birth. The result: Rebecca dropped 10 pounds in 10 days.

“One think [thing]  I have always enjoyed about Beyoncé is that she’s very open about how hard it is to eat like she does,” Rebecca wrote.

“I will endure the Master Cleanse that Beyoncé endured when she lost weight for Dreamgirls. I will attempt the herculean diet Beyoncé used to lose weight after birthing Blue Ivy,” she continued.

Though she fell victim to temptation and had a cheat day during the 10-day journey, Rebecca confessed that the diet wasn’t anywhere near as bad as she expected it to be.

“I have to say, the actual food on this diet was not terrible.  It was sparse, yes, but flavorful.”

In addition to the strict diet, Rebecca recounts the countless hours that she spent working out in the gym. In the end, her hardwork paid off. 1o days later, she was 10 pounds lighter. She adds that in the past, she tested out Gwyneth Paltol and Madonna’s diets—neither came close to yielding results as drastic as Bey’s.

“The real hardship of this particular regimen was the exercise. Beyoncé worked out for two hours a day to get rid of the baby weight and it is hard for a working woman with a busy schedule,” Rebecca later confessed.

As for what got Rebecca through those two-hour workouts…

“It was Beyoncé’s music that got me through it,”she said.

Would you ever try something so extreme?

Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.

14 Ways Love Is Making You Fat

October 29th, 2013 - By Julia Austin
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Is it all those cheeseburgers a boyfriend brings around that makes us gain weight? Or perhaps it’s the singles who are at risk, because of the lonely nights spent with a tub of ice cream? Actually, both are correct. Nobody is totally safe from the ways dating, love and relationships can make us pack on the pounds.

Feeling Under the Weather? The Government Shutdown May Have Made You Sick

October 17th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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The government shutdown may have affected you in more ways than you imagined. It even made people sick. So it’s a good thing the two sides have come to an agreement.

Due to the shutdown, 52 percent of the Health and Human Services staff (including the EPA, FDA, NIH, and others) were put on furlough. Many of them have already been called back. “Agencies from the Federal Aviation Administration to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recalled some of their furloughed workers to deal with safety issues and other emergencies,” reports Yahoo! News.

But staffing cuts actually had an impact on your health in various ways. Here are a few ways that staffing cuts to these agencies affected your health, reports Business Insider:

1. Clinical trials — Enrollment in clinical trials at the NIH had a major slowdown as its staff was cut by about three quarters. What this means is that cancer patients, for example, were turned away from potentially life-saving treatments.  There were seven new trials that were set to begin, but were delayed, according to The New York Times.

2. Flu surveillance — During the shutdown, the CDC was unable to monitor the progression of disease over time, which is especially important during flu season. And since every flu season is different, the virus is continually changing. Monitoring the season allows the CDC to be able to inform the public if there’s an especially virulent strain.

3. Flu awareness — All health awareness campaigns were stopped, so reminders to go out and get a flu shot, or to constantly wash our hands were halted.

4.Flu vaccine for next year — The shutdown could have hampered the government’s ability to create vaccine for next year.

5. Outbreaks of CDC and salmonella — More than 250 people fell sick in 18 states because of chicken from California infected with Salmonella Heidelberg. Due to the government shutdown, the CDC’s food-borne illness tracking experts weren’t on the case, reports Business Insider.

The CDC director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden recently told Wired, “The broader question is, what are the outbreaks that we don’t know about? At any one time, we’re investigating 25 or 30 clusters of illness. Initially we had sent home the vast majority of the staff working on foodborne disease. When it became clear that [the shutdown] was going to go on more than a week, we called a bunch of them back. But our monitoring systems throughout the agency are working at really skeletal levels and that means we have more blind spots, we may be slower to respond, and we may be less effective at prevention.”

6. Delayed inspections on imported foods — We hope you watched what you ate during the shutdown. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA was unable to support the majority of its food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities due that period.

“About 90% of the shrimp Americans eat is imported, and inspection of those imports is done by the FDA. These shrimp come from places like Thailand and India, which have notoriously disgusting aquaculture practices,” reports Business Insider.

7. Monitoring of air and water —Major pollutants went unchecked. The EPA  stopped enforcing regulations that protect against toxic emissions into the air and water, according to The Hill. Such pollutions of course can cause human illness through exposure to poisoned air and water.

8. Basic research — The sequester and budget cuts had already hampered research but with the shutdown, the NIH and NSF had to suspend their grant proposal preparation and submission websites. This meant no new funding opportunities were issued. Research is potentially life-saving in the longer run, reports Business Insider.

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