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5 Tips for Glowing Skin

Photo: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios As I watched the movie, Black Panther, I marveled (no pun intended) at the beauty of the women’s skin. Lupita Nyong’o’s, Danai Gurira’s, and Florence Kasumba’s skin were flawless like they had been hand-dipped in rich chocolate. I thought − no amount of Hollywood smoke and mirrors can produce skin so radiant. The secret to flawless skin lies within your skincare routine. I’m talking about a routine that goes beyond basic cleansing. Below are five easy things you can do right now to achieve a royal glow. Dry Brush Your Skin Daily Dry brushing before you shower or bathe helps unclog pores. It cleans pores allowing your skin to breathe to aid in acne and blackhead...

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Wellness Is Not A Trend

Photo: Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash In the media, we often hear the conversation, “What’s the latest wellness trend?” The ‘trend’ concept of wellness suggests that it’s a movement for the moment that could drift depending on external forces or swing along an irregular course. Actually, the more important conversation is, “How to create a wellness lifestyle for a higher quality of life.” This would elevate the conversation from what’s fashionable, or faddish, to a dialogue about a dedicated way of life. In turn, this would elevate wellness to a driving force of human existence. In this age of self-care, living with intention and well-being, more and more people are shifting their thinking to wellness. According to the National Wellness Institute...

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The Power of African American Women

Photo credit: Hust Wilson on Unsplash The power African American women wield is real. This is not some newfound power. It’s power that African American women possessed throughout the history of America. During the Civil Rights Movement African American women were considered the backbone of the movement. They organized demonstrations, helped educate others about the struggle, fought for justice and equal rights to effect social change, improve and preserve our communities. Out of this struggle to improve the lives of people of color, as well as themselves, African American women developed a determination of will that’s not waning any time soon. It’s disheartening to hear African American women hate on other African American women. We’ve endured enough oppression, subjugation, and...

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6 Self-Care Tips for the Holidays

Photo credit: Tim Mossholder on Unsplash As you’re in the midst of the holiday season, don’t forget to stop and take a moment for yourself. In the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, office parties, and spreading cheer with family and friends, you still need to maintain a semblance of normalcy. You, too, need to nurture yourself for your mind and body. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first. Take time away to:  Meditate Meditation is an effective stress reducer. Although this time of year is festive, it can be stressful with all of the social commitments and expectations of gift giving. Stress releases the hormone, cortisol, which affects sleep, depression, mental clarity, anxiety, blood...

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African American Women and the Cost of Beauty

Photo Credit: Keletso Rabalao on Unsplash Have you ever been in a relationship and knew it was time to sever your ties? All the signs were on the wall, but you kept telling yourself, “I’ll give it one more try.” Knowing all along you should’ve cut your losses and walked away. Well … that’s the inevitable truth with my relationship with Sundial Brands’ Shea Moisture. I’ve been irked since I read the news that Unilever acquired Sundial Brands, one of the largest producers of hair and skincare products for African American women, in November 2017. Darn it! Yet another company specializing in products for African Americans has delivered its loyal supporters into the hands of a beauty brand that not...

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