The Race of a Lifetime to Outrun Obesity

So, you want to get fit? It’s time you turned a new leaf? Imagine this…

It’s 5:00 a.m. The alarm blares as your eyes open to darkness. Lethargic but determined, you peel yourself from bed to throw on comfortable clothes and tie up your tennis shoes. The sun rears its fiery head as the soles of your sneakers stamp the pavement rhythmically. Your morning run has commenced. The dewy air flushes your lungs and you feel amazing. But you’re not alone. You’re among a dozen or so women. Black women — walking, jogging, running at their own pace, in their own mental space, in solidarity for their health and yours.

“But . . . black women don’t run.”

On the contrary, more than 150,000 black women who are members of the national […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Blog
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    Women in Travel Summit: An Interview with Martice Sutton, Founder of Girls Going Global

Women in Travel Summit: An Interview with Martice Sutton, Founder of Girls Going Global

With the NY Times Travel Expo still reigning as the preemptive go-to in travel conferences, there’s a breath of fresh air as some new organizations step into the forefront. 2015 is bringing its own injection of new travel conferences, such as Nomadness Travel Tribe’s #NMDN, coming this September. The year also starts off with the second installment of the female-oriented Women in Travel Summit. Held in Boston the last weekend in March, WITS is quickly becoming one of the premiere voices for the female traveler.

This year, one of the African American voices represented comes by way of Martice Sutton. Martice is the founder of Girls Going Global, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering girls through travel and cultural exchange. Martice has been successful in furthering her initiative by taking […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Blog

AKAs in Atlantic City

Every spring, I join over 3,000 women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), as we take cars, busses and Amtrak trains heading out of cities from Massachusetts through Maryland, to envelop a host city in the official sorority colors of pink and green. In the destination city, nearby restaurants will be filled to capacity with graduate and undergraduate members of all ages, retailers will change their storefront windows to feature trinkets designed to entice AKAs to shop. Anyone within a few feet of the local convention center will see a constant stream of color-coordinated women flooding the area. This AKA takeover lasts about four days, and is commonly known as the North Atlantic Regional Conference (NARC). These energetic visitors generate at least one million dollars into the city’s […]

By |April 29th, 2015|Blog
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    An Eco-State of Mind: Go green at these environmentally friendly destinations

An Eco-State of Mind: Go green at these environmentally friendly destinations

As I make my way up Shingle Creek, the motion of the kayak sends a ripple across the still waters of the Florida Everglades.

Tiny insects hover above a small rivulet and the little snouts of baby alligators breach the surface of the water amid a cluster of bald cypress trees. Except for the chirps coming from birds flying above and the light splash of the paddle as I try to navigate against the current, it’s absolutely quiet. Freakishly quiet.

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It’s hard to believe that this private, swampy oasis of flora and fauna, wet prairies, marshes and mangroves is only 20 minutes away from the most visited vacation resort in the world. But that’s what makes the Grande Lakes Resort in […]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Blog

The Black Cowboy

Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Gene Autry and Clint Eastwood are iconic personalities synonymous with the great American cowboys of yesteryear. Their images were captured on the boob tubes of the 1950s and 60s, forever immortalized in our cinematic psyches. Legend, myth and ruthless avengers of justice on the frontier, cowboys were the American heroes celebrated and admired all over the world.

Unfortunately, the images we know and celebrate are Hollywood’s idealized depiction of the cowboy because there were practically no black cowboys represented on TV or in movies.

The truth is that in the post-Civil War heyday of the cattle drive, one in four cowboys were African American and one in three were Mexican. So yeah, they sure did exist.

The first time it occurred to me to even consider the existence […]

By |April 20th, 2015|Blog