RIT Students Help Determine Future of Vacant Lots in Rochester

Students at Rochester Institute of Technology are working with Rochester high school students to see if some of the 300 city-owned vacant lots in the Marketview Heights neighborhood can be turned into assets such as community gardens, playscapes or exercise stations. The survey is a pilot program that is using the leadership team of the…

Melanie Fiona’s Emotional Birth Story: “I Felt Like My Body Failed Me”

Every motherhood journey is unique and new mother Melanie Fiona wants women to know that whatever their experience, there’s no shame in being real about it. The Grammy-winning singer recently released a raw, vulnerable video, “It’s Time To Tell The Truth (uncut),” recounting her birth story that at times was “terrifying” and filled with feelings…

Singer Keke Wyatt Shaves Head To Support Her Child Battling Cancer

In 2012, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a little time with Keke Wyatt when she was on tour with Love Overboard so I’m not at all surprised that she would partner with her child during such a difficult time. #Praying4KeeverWest R&B singer and R&B Divas: Atlanta star Keke Wyatt revealed her child is…

3 Areas Of The Body To Stretch To Be Flexible At Any Age

A joint is where two bones meet. As we get older, these tissue in between joints begins to contract, or shrink. This makes the joint stiff and harder to move, limiting its range of motion. When you don’t have full range of motion in a joint, you’re forced to make smaller movements. This can set…

Psychologically Hijacked

The definition of hijack, based on Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, is “to stop and steal (a moving vehicle); to take control of (an aircraft) by force; to subject to extortion or swindling.” Although it may sound harsh to use the word “hijacking” when referring to some relationships, but this has happened more times that we’d like…

Lupus: Symptoms You May Have Missed

  By Princess Gabbara   According to the Lupus Foundation of America, an estimated 1.5 million people have some form of lupus. Although this autoimmune disease can affect all ages, races, and both genders, the majority of lupus patients – 90 percent to be exact – tend to be women. Being diagnosed with lupus doesn’t…

Tasha Smith: “I Was Sick Of Myself”

By T. R. Causay The daughter of a single mother who gave birth at 15 to her and her twin sister Sidra, actress Tasha Smith grew up around gangs, drugs and poverty in Camden, N.J., a city that one time was named the murder capital of the nation. “I’ve been to the worst place I…

Why PTSD Is Undiagnosed In Many Black Women

By Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts I haven’t been quite right since the abuse. I haven’t been quite right since the accident. The sexual abuse and later, rape, I experienced when I was younger has created emotional and spiritual blocks for me in most of my relationships. I either become too needy with people I’ve deemed safe…

7 Expert Tips To Reach Your Weight Loss Goals Faster

itl By Arionne Nettles Contrary to popular opinion, losing weight is easy, according to Ashanti Johnson, fitness professional and owner of 360.Mind.Body.Soul located in Chicago. Johnson says, it’s following the plan that’s hard. And she should know. After a lifetime of struggling with her weight, Johnson’s own personal weight loss finally came with ease once…