*With the notable exception of infomercial star and fitness guru Shawn T, black folks don’t show up on fitness videos often, and I’m told you don’t see us leading fitness classes, either. (I don’t have first-hand knowledge of that, as the last time I was in a fitness class I was preoccupied, waiting for the lunch bell to ring.) Most instructors that I’ve seen are way too young, way too perky, and way too white to really hold my attention.
According to USA Today, a new online fitness site, AcaciaTV, is trying to change that by offering a much more diverse group of instructors. Roughly half of them are African American or Asian, and a significant number of them are over 35. Some of them even know a thing or two about a drive-thru window, and come from careers and industries far from a gym.
In other words, they have much more in common with you and me.
*As proof positive that ignorance is indeed bliss, a self-described “Southern-American” white man was queried at a rally for people who support the confederate flag. Apparently, the man, who stood staunch in righteousness, was wearing a pair of tennis shoes well known to be designed by a black man. Moreover, the acronym used for the shoe was purposely done so to denote a symbol of empowerment for black people.
F.U.B.U. an American clothing and hip-hop apparel line founded in 1992 by Daymond John (“Shark Tank”), means: For Us By Us…
“Us” being the operative word for black folk.
So when this was told to the tattoo-wearing man, who was approached by someone named George Chidi of Neon Flag, the irony went right over this man’s head.
*While there are certainly enough model-types out there telling you what you can do to look like them, Jessamyn Stanley is not trying to hear it.
And she doesn’t encourage you to listen either.
Stanley posts inspiring messages (and more than 500 photos of herself in awesome yoga positions) on her Instagram page, where she shares her enthusiasm for yoga in poses like the downward dog, a forearm stand, and even the usage of a strap to deepen her dancer pose.
As a self-proclaimed “yoga enthusiast and fat femme,” this 27-year-old is the kind of yoga teacher many of her 53.1K followers are seeking. She captions her colorful photos with loving, inspirational messages for her students. And even lets them know that hey, sometimes it’s okay to slow down. It’s also okay not to know everything, but to learn and “celebrate the small victories.” Continue reading →
With 23 percent of the U.S. population unaffiliated with any organized religion, and people who identify as Christian within the religious spectrum going from 78.4 percent to 70.6 percent between 2007 to 2014, creativity is the name of the game in attempts to attract new members.
But pastor Lawrence Bishop II is determined on growing his congregation by any means necessary. Even if that means becoming a stuntman.
In an attempt to attract new believers, the 48-year-old preacher built a bullpen in his huge Ohio church, and then climbed on the back of a snorting bull, right in front of his congregation, and rode that sucker. Continue reading →
*Dang, here you go. All happy because you think you’ve met your boo at the least likely place: while running in the Boston Marathon. After all, it was that kiss that sealed the deal, right?
Y’all was so excited to be there, you went all out and kissed the first good-looking man you saw while running through the town of Wellesley – hey, anyone who pays attention to the marathon knows that’s where the women of Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to runners.
But you couldn’t let it go at that.
You had to go on social media and put all your business out there; looking for the man.
Girl, the kiss must’ve been good. But the kisser just forgot to mention one thing: He’s a MARRIED MAN!!! Continue reading →
*Its a shame when people who are supposed to be professionals can’t keep a modicum of composure when things are not going their way. Such is the case of a hot-headed soccer player who is now in prison for landing a fatal punch on the referee during a soccer game last summer. Now, the dead man’s wife has filed a $51 million lawsuit against the player.
The figure represents $1 million for each of the 51 additional years that John Bieniewicz, a 44-year-old father of two, could have lived, according to the lawsuit in Wayne County (Michigan) court.
The player, Bassel Saad, is being sued by Kristen Bieniewicz of Westland, MI. She represents her husband’s estate.
Saad also controls the team and the soccer league.
*Music legend Quincy Jones may not be in the public eye like he used to, but don’t get it twisted, he’s still got that swag. In a new cool shoe campaign by designer Jon Buscemi, Jones is shown on billboards as he sports the luxury high-top sneaker for the designer’s Spring 2015 line.
And here you thought the producer of Michael Jackson‘s top-selling album had gone somewhere and sat down!
*When two police officers approached 21-year-old Samir Hill after they saw him playing B-ball with some neighborhood kids, he says he believes it was because they thought he sucked.
After he invited them on the court to play a little one-on-one, I guess they discovered he didn’t. That’s when they decided to take him down to the police station. And when he asked why he was there, they had no real reason. That’s because there was no reason. They just ended up being…