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Serena Taught Me: Unleash Your Inner Athlete With These U.S. Open-Inspired Outfits

September 1st, 2015 - By Angela Thomas
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The U.S. Open started yesterday, and we officially have tennis fever. While we’re rooting for Serena Williams to win it all, we’re also looking forward to seeing what she’s going to wear on the court. Williams has played in everything from a denim skirt to studded hot pants, and her daring style choices are an inspiration both on and off the court. So we’ve come up with three outfits of our own that we hope would make the No. 1 tennis player in the world proud and make you look like the ultimate fitness fashionista. Get inspired by the following ensembles:

 

Tennis Dress

Tennis Dress

 

The color blocking and mesh detail on this Monreal London dress help it stand apart from the typical tennis whites. Throw it on with a fresh pair of sneakers and some shades and top it all off with a sporty backpack.

Dress, Monreal London – $415 / Sneakers, Mango – $80 / Backpack, Herschel Supply – $55 / Rings, Kohl’s – $7.99 / Earrings, Kate Spade – $32 / Headphones, Beats by Dre – $300 / Sunglasses, Ray-Bans – $160

Game, Set, Match: 15 Black Athletes Who Are Dominating

July 15th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The world’s biggest athletes will receive honors for their achievements at the 2015 ESPY Awards tonight. With so many Black athletes commanding their courts, fields, stages, and rings, we decided to look at 15 of today’s biggest and most dominant Black athletes in the world of sports.

Aggressive Kids? 5 Ways To Curve His Behavior

May 13th, 2015 - By Rich
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Football season is undoubtedly one that a large portion of the population counts down to minutes after the end of the Super Bowl. While some have their preferences, from professional, to college and even down to pee wee, any football is better than none in the eyes of many.

As we teeter on the brink of fall, many youth leagues are getting started and the sounds of yelling coaches and helmets clicking are wafting in the air at local parks and fields all over the globe. While our parks are separated by country, state and county lines a commonality is the level of aggression and “toughness” being ingrained into our little sports stars to be the best, run the fastest and hit the hardest.

No doubt there are many life lessons to be gleaned from the team work, discipline and dedication required in playing a sport but my concern is are we teaching our children how to turn the aggression off when they aren’t on the field or the court, but are instead in the classroom or learning how to successfully build relationships.

Outside of possible health implications stemming from playing contact sports at such an early age, I find the mental implications just as important. If we are teaching boys from as early as four to be tough and hit hard and we never bother to go back and put those actions into context, are we building up overly aggressive children that later turn into extremely insensitive aggressive adults?

Aggression is a quality that can work for or against you and I would love to see our children taught how to channel their aggression in positive ways on and off the sports field not leaving them to their own definitions. Of course the idea of hitting someone while fully padded on a field is fun, but do they know this is not the move when on the playground at recess.

Teaching moments abound in parenthood, and are best understood by the child when discussed in context utilizing age appropriate comparisons. Here are 5 tips that may help in discussing with your child the importance of leaving negative aggression on the field.

  1. Make correlations between sports and everyday life: Discipline and team work are great traits to carry into everyday life, be sure to explain the benefits of these. When discussing more aggressive matters explain how improper aggression can sever relationships and make a person difficult to deal with in personal, school and work environments.
  2. Balance aggression with compassion: It may be understandable to get on an unfocused child on the field, when at home bring in the compassion. Home is a safe place where children should feel loved. Make sure the tough love has an even balance of tough and love.
  3. Punish negative aggressive behavior: Negative aggressive behaviors shown in the classroom or at home should be punished. Don’t just punish without explaining why the punishment is being handed down.
  4. Offer alternative behaviors: Give examples of other behaviors they could’ve exhibited to help them the next time they are faced with the same dilemma. They won’t get it right every time but remind them often of other more positive behaviors.
  5. Don’t take the fun away: The more aggressive and forceful we are as parents the harder our children work to make us happy. If they think we value their hits and runs harder than their ability to have fun and do their best they will focus more on the aggression than the other positive traits that come with teamwork.

Aggressive Kids? 5 Ways To Curve His Behavior

Ready For The Fight? 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Floyd Mayweather

May 1st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: HBO

Image Source: HBO

Are you going to watch Floyd Mayweather v. Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd? Floyd is regarded as the best boxer of his time, but some of the controversies in his past are giving boxing fans pause.

Give ‘Em a Break: Overdoing the Extracurricular Activities?

March 25th, 2015 - By Rich
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Dance, sports, theatre. There’s no doubt that participating in extracurricular activities is beneficial for your child. They can help boost their self-esteem, teach important lessons about teamwork, and provide them with scholarship opportunities. But how much is too much? How do you know when you’ve gone too far, making their extracurriculars more of an extra burden on your child and you? Here are five questions to ask yourself before filling out that next registration form.

Is it interfering with school? Yes, extracurricular activities are great, but school should always come first. Homework in the car, late at night, or not at all; falling grades…. Balancing their education and other activities requires a good blend of self-discipline and commitment. If your child isn’t able to juggle everything, it’s time to pull back on some of their activities until they’re able to better manage their time.

Is it straining my pockets? From registration fees to equipment, the cost of extracurricular activities can add up– fast! And there may come a time when you find that those things are straining you financially. Cutting back on spending to make it possible for your son or daughter to participate is fine, but if you’re making several sacrifices, you may want to start being more selective about what activities your child can and can’t do.

Is my child having fun? Sometimes there is crying in baseball…and pouting and whining and tantrums, too. With too much emphasis being put on their extracurricular activities, what may have started out as a genuine interest could end up being something that’s no longer enjoyable for them. So as a parent, you need to decide: Should I let my child throw in the towel? Can they do it immediately, or will I have them follow through with their commitment until the season is over?

How much of our time is it taking? There’s nothing like having the whole family cheering on the sidelines together and going out for a celebratory (or consolation) ice cream after a game. One of the best aspects of an extracurricular activity is being able to use it as family bonding time. But if your family vacations have been replaced by travel tournaments, spilling the tea means gossiping about playing time and nepotism, and the only dinner out you do as a family is a team banquet, it’s time to re-prioritize so your life doesn’t revolve around your child’s hobbies.

Are they still able to just be kids? If your son or daughter never seems to have time to play with their friends, is always missing things like birthday parties and other social events, perhaps they’ve got a little too much on their plate. When their activities conflict with other things that they’d like to do, ask yourself which one your child would want to do the most and weigh the importance. They may not be able to miss a recital or big game, but is it possible for them to miss a practice? Remember, they’ll always have time to participate in extracurricular activities, whether they do it now or if they wait until their high school years. But there’s only so much time that they have to just be kids.

 

Hey mamas! How much is too much for your family? How many hours are you devoting to your kids’ extracurricular activities each week? Do you feel like it’s worth the time?

Is Forgiveness Always Best?: What Our Daughters Can Learn from Mo’ne Davis

March 24th, 2015 - By Rich
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When Bloomsburg University baseball player Joey Casselberry tweeted that Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis was a “slut,” he probably thought no one was listening. But the whole country heard him, including Davis herself and Casselberry’s school. Casselberry found himself booted from the team by Monday in a swift response from the University.

Surprisingly, however, he also found himself in Mo’Ne Davis’ good graces.

The 14-year-old and her coach sent an email to Bloomsburg University’s President, David L. Soltz, asking him to reinstate the disgraced former baseball player. The University declined.

Casselberry’s dismissal from the Bloomburg’s baseball team has already been lamented as the end of a promising career.

This is all too familiar: concern for the transgressor’s lost “future” eclipsing all else.

Davis’ message of forgiveness, entreating that Casselberry’s “dumb mistake” should not ruin his career, speaks volumes. Her plea for mercy on his behalf even mentioned how hard he’d worked to get where he was. It is shameful to Casselberry that this young lady has more integrity and poise than a grown man. She has only to gain by her gracious approach.

 

 

But frankly, Mo’Ne Davis shouldn’t have to be in the position to readily forgive someone who maligned her. Her willingness to take the high road is indeed admirable. I simply wish there were more options for a young, public-facing Black girl in this situation.

While Davis admitted she was hurt over the incident, the one emotion she could not express was anger. Black girls and women, even when we are wronged, are often stripped of the right to our righteous anger. In America’s eyes, we are “angry Black girls/women” already. We cannot afford to actually be angry.

As such, forgiveness is not a virtue we are allowed to let come with time and healing, if we so choose. Forgiveness must be as swift as the punishment. We are forced to accept half-hearted apologies, hollow appeals to our aggressor’s innate goodness. Part of Casselberry’s rote mea culpa insisted he was “in no way shape or form a sexist” and “a huge fan of Mo’ne.”

If calling a 14-year-old girl “slut” because you disagree with her career trajectory doesn’t qualify as sexism, then sexism doesn’t exist. But we know better. We’re adults.

However, should our daughters be expected to know how to act better than misogynist men? Should they have to feel the weight of that responsibility at such a young age? Can we permit them the human luxury of anger, without the pressure to grant a forgiveness they may not feel?

We cannot speak for Mo’Ne Davis and assume her offer of forgiveness to Casselberry was as contrived as his apology. Indeed, it is curious a comment was even necessary from her. I sincerely hope she extended herself because she desired it and not because others advised her it was necessary.

But we can certainly offer our daughters more options than the cage of an expected pass for bullies or abusers. We can give them the space to be wounded.

They should not feel pressured to give a response as victims—let alone absolution—to their aggressors. We can give them the words to name their pain; yes, call sexism, misogyny, racism, and homophobia what they are. We can allow them to define forgiveness on their own terms, because that is the right of people who have been wronged.

Mo’Ne Davis has been a study in maturity and grace during this ordeal. This beautiful, talented Black girl was made to feel ashamed of her brilliance. But I want her, and all our daughters, to know forgiveness is a gift rather than a requirement. Casselberry may be the recipient of her forgiveness and empathy, but he certainly does not deserve it.

 

Fashionista Fix: Top Looks for a Stylish Superbowl

January 30th, 2015 - By Rich
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Superbowl Sunday doesn’t usually rank high on the lists of “events to get dressed for” for most women but, try as we might, there is no hiding from the fervor of football in February. And let’s face it we love a good party and this is as good a reason as any to flex our fashion muscles and play around with some new styles.

You can go all the way sporty in a team jersey or tee or keep it low key by showing your support wearing the teams colors. If you simply don’t care who wins (or whose even playing) keep your look sporty and chic with items that can take you from the big game to whatever may come next. How do you show your team spirit and still stay stylish?

Fashionista Fix: Top Looks for a Stylish Superbowl

Little League Legend: 12 Fun Facts to Know About Mo’ne Davis

August 23rd, 2014 - By Rich
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By now, you’ve probably heard of pitching prodigy Mo’ne Ikea Davis. As a standout player in this year’s Little League World Series, Davis dominated media and publicity surrounding the tournament—and rightfully so. Traveling with her team, the Taney Dragons, from her hometown of Philadelphia to the site of this year’s competition, Williamsport, Pa., the athlete had no clue she’d leave a little league legend (becoming the youngest face to grace a Sports Illustrated cover and first girl to throw a shutout).

And while her team, who represented the Mid-Atlantic region during the tournament, was ousted by Chicago’s all-Black Jackie Robinson West team, there’s little doubt that this is the last we’ll hear from the budding athletic star who dreams of success in professional sports. Here, we give you 12 fun facts to know about Mo’ne Davis.

Little League Legend: 12 Fun Facts to Know About Mo’ne Davis

The Hottest Chick In The Game: WNBA Star Skylar Diggins Turns 24

August 2nd, 2014 - By Rich
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Skylar Diggins is an anomaly. Not your typical WNBA star, the Notre Dame grad hopped onto the pro sports scene with major heavyweights behind her. Who else can say Lil’ Wayne attended their college sports games, they received a brand new Benz from Jay Z for graduation and gave Drake a friend-zone (forehead) kiss during the ESPY awards? No one, but Skylar.

And as she rises to the top of her sports game, all eyes are on this beauty  upping her superstar status as well, proving she might just be the hottest chick in the game. Today, the Tulsa Shock star turns 24 and here, we feature some of her best shots. The Sky might be the limit when it comes to the league’s sexiest athlete.

Hit the flip to check out 12 of her best shots from the new ride Jay Z purchased to looking like a model in Vogue.

Female Boxer Holly Lawson Talks Obesity and Death

July 19th, 2014 - By Rich
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This week I was all set to write about fitness and finding motivation in the people around you. I had spent hours researching people that I follow via social media, websites with recipes and even some cute athletic wear that might lure a few people into the gym. I was sure that it was going to be the thing to help one of you ladies out there, stop what you were doing and run for the gym.

Then George happened.

And then I saw it. It wasn’t some big loud proclamation, just a small post about George in my Facebook timeline, posted by the loud Italian who works out at Wildcard Boxing Gym in the afternoons.

Let me just give a little background here before I get to George. The boxing gym where I train is considered one of the best in the world. It is small and crowded, five heavy bags surround two rings, on any given day from 10 am to 2 pm professional boxers lobby for space on the bags and ring time for sparring. Wildcard isn’t some shiny new glossy space. It always reeks of sweat and determination and sometimes those two elements are physically felt through the humid air when there are 50 of us crowded into such a tiny real estate. Now boxing gyms are usually the home of an elite few, it takes many hours of work to make it as a fighter, we are a small – and possibly – crazy few. What makes this space so special though, is the other people who inhabit those rooms.

To me the heart and soul of a space like Wildcard isn’t the world champions whose pictures adorn the walls, its not the widely lauded amateurs who come through 3 days a week to spar, and it’s not even the rest of us, fighters working our asses off for a few minutes of glory under some hot lights. No, the real heartbeat at this gym and what differentiates it from other world class boxing gyms, is the regular people who come in there. It’s the school teacher in his 50’s who’s been sparring every afternoon for years. It’s the old German lady who has to be at least 86. It’s my Italian friend Anton.

And its definitely people like George.

I didn’t know him very well, but he was there at my last fight, where I won. I was surprised to see him there.

And through social media, I found out that George Guerra had died suddenly.

He was a 400 pound Latin guy who came in the afternoon, quietly cracking jokes whenever his shyness would allow. I never could understand how he’d show up and throw on one of the plastic sauna suits that boxers use to cut weight and walk on the treadmill. He was one of the gym junkies, the people who come to absorb boxing talk, clown around and get some semblance of a workout in. George was clearly over weight. This much was apparent.

His workouts at Wildcard were likely about the camaraderie. It wasn’t until last year that I realized that George also worked out at the gym where I worked as a trainer and still do my strength and conditioning. He approached me there one evening last year. I was leaving with my then-boyfriend and he shyly walked up and said, “Hey, I saw you last week at the Amir Khan fight in Las Vegas, you were in a leopard dress.” I was surprised, not only because it took me a second to place where else I knew him from, but also because he had never spoken to me at Wildcard. He blushed from head to toe when I chastised him for not coming up and saying hello. When I told him it was his duty as someone I workout with, to come and give me a hug when they see me in public, he looked like he wanted to run away.

When I learned of his passing, I was deeply hurt. Here was a man in the prime of his life, who made every encounter pleasant and he was gone. His heart had stopped.

Here are the facts.

More than one third of americans are obese (37.5 %). So one in three of you readers stands the possibility of simply not waking up one morning because your heart has stopped. Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (49.5%) compared with Mexican Americans (40.4%), all Hispanics (39.1%) and non-Hispanic whites (34.3%).

There are many factors which contribute to the high rate of obesity amongst people of color. I could go on for days about how everything from education to environment to inherently racist media practices, contribute to this. I won’t though. What I will say is, knowing this, it is up to us to choose our own health.

I am sure when George approached me that evening at the gym, he didn’t know how cool it was for me to have someone say ” I saw you, but you were surrounded by people taking pictures.” He probably also didn’t know how much it meant to me to have his face ringside for my first knockout win. I never got the chance to tell him…..

As women we are constantly told we should look a certain way, act a certain way, live up to certain expectations. How often are we taught that it’s our duty to be healthy? How many times have you had someone tell you they’d miss you if you just didn’t show up to work one day? Have you ever taken the time to talk about something you could do to help someone start a journey to better health?

Maybe it’s time we did that. Perhaps it is time for us to address that friend we all have, the one that we know is morbidly obese. The person who makes us laugh, brings a light to the room with their conversation. The person whose absence we would feel when it was suddenly pressed upon us. I think those of us who can help, owe it to the people we care about, to do so. And honestly, I think if you are at a health risk due to obesity, you owe it to the people you love to be healthy. And to every one of us that you may encounter on a daily basis, that person whose life you enrich without even knowing it. You owe it to us too.

I don’t have an easy answer to Americas obesity epidemic. If I could bulldoze fast food restaurants I would. What I CAN do is write this and try to start a dialogue, that might get people candidly talking about what we collectively can do. I think the answer might also come from every one of us taking a personal stand and saying something to someone we know who needs help. How many of us could offer to take a walk with a friend? Can you encourage a friend to seek professional help for whatever emotional issue keeps them attached to sugar? How many times have we shook our head watching someone feeding their child soda and chips and sweets at 8 o clock in the morning but not opened our mouth to offer an alternative?

Maybe the answer is just talking.

Just saying to a loved one, “Hey, I value you. You make a difference in my life. I care about your health.”
Perhaps the easiest way for us to encourage change is to simply be that change ourselves.

George, you will be missed by many – professional boxers to aspiring rap producers to family and friends. Thanks for the laughter and the support!

Female Boxer Holly Lawson Talks Obesity and Death