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When Kerry Washington announced that she had taken a break from social media, it caught all of her fans by surprise. What was even more brow-raising was the reason she took a break: social media wasn’t good for her self-esteem.
“That thing that happens in social media where you’re comparing your day or your life or your food or your mood or your kids to somebody else’s. I felt like I needed to create a little more stillness around me.”
We’ve all felt negative feelings about social media and its effect on us from time to time. But when celebrities are even saying they need a break, it might be time to consider whether or not we could all use a detox from time to time.
Turning social media off altogether doesn’t work for everyone, but there are ways to take brief breaks from all the noise if you’ve suffered from the following feelings and issues.
Women are certainly running the world nowadays. We are the CEO, President, founders and creators of some of the most successful businesses. Wearing many hats that sometimes seems like we’re running circles around men. We’re on the move and it does not seem like we will be slowing down anytime soon. In the world of reality TV, it seems to portray women as constantly fighting, bickering and demeaning each other, but that is not the truth in real reality.
For the women who don’t have the camera rolling for the entertainment of others, we have joined forces in what feels like a #GirlPower revolution. With so many social media outlets, it has become so convenient to reach out and form a bond with your fellow sister. Whether your connection is for business purposes or just to link with another woman that inspires you, a positive force can be created by just the click of a button. For the love of positive energy, I choose to use my Instagram account wisely by following accounts that inspire me to want more and to work harder.
Here’s a list of my top 7 motivating women to follow on Instagram for inspiration:
Myleik is the founder and CEO of CurlBOX. She’s probably my most visited account on IG. For the days that I’m feeling a bit discouraged, I can always find the push or “read” that I need in one of her #MyTaughtYou gems that she drops often. I also enjoy listening to her podcasts on business, life and relationships. Not to mention she inspires me to want to travel more and live life to it’s fullest potential. There will be plenty of energy and knowledge that you can walk away with by following Myleik.
Imperfect Concepts is like a study guide for your business. She drops daily knowledge on issues or ideas that every entrepreneur may come across and needs help dealing with. She breaks these concepts down so that they are easy to understand and apply to your own business. Her website is full of tools that every woman entrepreneur can learn from and use.
June Ambrose is a stylist to the stars, but I see her as so much more. She has taken the fashion industry by storm by turning her talents into an empire. June’s down to earth approach gives the energy that dreams can become true, with hard work and dedication. Besides her drive as an entrepreneur, as a rockmom myself, I enjoy how she balances her business and family life with ease.
Ekiuwa is such a beautiful soul, that you can feel it through her Instagram pictures. The most amazing female graphic designer I know, her page offers tons more than just a glimpse of her business. She shares her journey of being a wife, recipes, her love for photography and her walk with Christ. Ekiuwa keeps it real. Anytime I yearn for more, I visit her account for inspiration.
Motivation at it’s best! Susan Petersen is the owner and CEO of Freshly Picked, the uber popular baby moccasin shoe line. I started following her about four years ago, in which I’ve followed her from personally making/shipping orders out of her garage to the day that she appeared on “Shark Tank” (sealing a deal with shark Daymond John). Even prior to her appearance on the show, her products, marketing and sharing entrepreneurial struggles made me fall in love with her journey.
Lana is ½ of the Gymnetics Fitness dynamic mother and daughter duo. She inspires me to get and stay fit! With the most realistic approach to weightloss and fitness that I’ve come across, she exudes enthusiasm on how healthy eating and fitness is important for women in the African American community. To see how much their brand has grown and how many lives they’ve changed is so inspiring!
Karen Civil is a force to be reckoned with. In the male-based world of Hip Hop, her branding/management skills are taking over the music industry and so many other outlets as well. She shines such a positive light on her social media daily, via working or just an encouraging #LiveCivil post. Karen’s story is so moving and has placed her on a platform to be a role model for adult women everywhere!
Growing up, many of us watched the hit show Arthur which first premiered on PBS in 1996. Because of the sweater-wearing aardvark, countless millennials learned how to navigate bullying, manage their school work and fight fair (or not) with their siblings. Unfortunately, since the creators of Arthur missed the memo that 20-somethings still need lessons from the cartoon show, social media users decided to create memes using images from the cartoon to illustrate their adult journey. From dating woes to paying bills, here are the funniest (and even questionable) Arthur memes floating around the internets.
Social media platforms have allowed people to type alarming commentary as they hide behind their computer or smartphone screens for far too long. Thankfully, Instagram is taking measures for users to moderate the hate they receive from strangers near and far. But before you jump for joy, be warned the new feature will only be for the app’s business pages.
Users with business pages that have been identified by Instagram, can moderate their comments by turning the option on in their settings. The feature is programmed to block words and phrases that are offensive. It will also block comments that violate Instagram’s user guidelines. This new feature is a great way for businesses to protect their brand image and their followers who frequent their services and page. As known before, these same business pages are are able to “create sponsored posts, measure user analytics and communicate directly with their customers” reports Glamour.
Although we are unsure when and if this feature will be extended to all users of Instagram, we certainly are holding out hope. With hate speech and bullying becoming aggressive social issues that affect people in their day to day lives, more social media platforms need to create ways for their users to feel safe online.
I’m not going to lie. The second I learned that watermelon pizza was trending on social media I thought, finally, a way for me to enjoy the watery fruit. Watermelon isn’t a topping I’d ask Papa John’s or any other pizza serving restaurant to adorn my precious slices with, but I was willing to give it a shot. But as it turns out, “pizza” is used loosely here, meaning, slices of watermelon topped with other pieces of fruit. Certainly a lot healthier than the gluten-laden, calorie-rich pizza I crave on an almost regular basis.
Much like the smoothie bowl craze, watermelon pizza is a healthy, vegan-friendly snack or meal that can be consumed with protein-rich toppings like nuts and seeds, herbs and, as previously stated, other fruit. The result? A tasty, healthy and rather beautiful treat, served grilled or cold. No wonder we’re seeing watermelon all dressed up on the ‘gram. Would you like to try watermelon pizza? What ingredients would you put on yours? Get some ideas by browsing through these mouth-watering pics.
Happy National Pet Day! To celebrate, these celebrities are taking photos with their favorite pooches, kittens and even horses. Did you know that 50 Cent had a pet Schnauzer with its own Instagram account (you’ll never guess her name)? Or that one football player has pets that might weigh more than he does?
If you really can tell a lot about a person by the pet they choose, we love what we’re learning about our favorite celebs and their beloved companions. Especially the ones that are so adorable they have their own social media accounts and followers and fans. Must be nice to be an A-list celebrity pet with a personal photographer and access to the good kibble!
And now we’re wondering how many of our MadameNoire readers have pets of their own. If you have a favorite fur baby that you want to celebrate, let us know for #NationalPetDay!
In case you haven’t heard the sad news, the parent company of Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is in trouble after filing for bankruptcy. And while Snoop Dogg has stepped in with a promise to buy the chain, there’s no guarantee that the Los Angeles soul food restaurant will stay open for its many customers. So if you haven’t had the chance to taste the magic that is one of California’s most famous restaurants, it might be time to take a road trip.
And Roscoe’s isn’t the only soul food restaurant that belongs on your foodie bucket list. These world-famous soul food restaurants around the United States are some of the most famous (and delicious) around. If you want to taste what they have to offer the next time you’re in these states, these are the places that are too good to miss.
Did we forget to add any of your favorite soul food purveyors? Let us know in the comment section.
Before Zendaya had her own Barbie, there was another R&B chanteuse/actress who made a mark for young girls of color. Brandy Norwood right a bell?
While it’s been nearly two decades since Brandy’s Barbie — featuring a beautifully chocolate complexion and fabulous box braids — hit the market, one loyal fan hasn’t forgotten the importance of the doll.
Tyren Redd created an Instagram account, 4everbarbiebrandy, which features nearly 70 posts of the doll in cutely styled outfits and a slew of hairstyles (Havana Twists, bantu knots, pixie cut, and more). Interestingly, more than just a style board, the social media account also tells the story of her Hollywood life.
With over 10,000 followers and counting, Redd’s account caught the attention of Norwood, who was shared some of the photos on her Instagram, delighted by the gesture.
“I’m so floored that my doll was reincarnated through the creative imagination of one of my most loyal stars, Tyren Redd,” Norwood told ETonline. “All the love that is shown to my doll and her Instagram page is greatly appreciated, and at the same time, shocking.”
Check out some of the posts from Redd’s account below.
Feeling 17 again! 😀 #flashback with @seventeen magazine one of many covers featuring @4everbrandy “Never give someone the power to tell you that you can’t go further when they don’t know how far you’ve come!” 🌟 #BarbieBrandy #seventeenmagazine #inspire #Brandy #braids #brandyfans #barbiestyle #love #smile #thenextbrandy #covergirl
Do you remember this Brandy #FlashBackFriday look?! 🌟 #iconic #braids #90sFashion #BestFriend #Baby #BarbieBrandy #Barbie #1994 #BarbieStyle #love #inspire #mattel #fbf Photography + Creative Direction @tyrenreddphotography
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Warning: If you are on a diet, we’re sorry. If you’re counting the seconds to lunch or dinner, our bad. But we’ve been scrolling through some of the best #soulfoodporn on Instagram, and we just had to share. One of our favorite hashtags, it has been sending us to the kitchen with all kinds of dishes and giving us all sorts of recipe inspiration.
So please, tell your mama to leave the room, or at least, get out of slapping range. And if you haven’t eaten today, you might want to go ahead and grab a snack. Or better yet, if you’re lucky enough to have one near your office, reserve a table at your favorite soul food spot. Things are about to get very delicious in the next few minutes.
And if you gain five pounds after playing around in the kitchen, don’t feel bad. All this deliciousness is worth it.