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FEATURE: 'Silent Noise', photographer Cedric Nzaka's series on suicide awareness

South Africa-based Kenyan photographer Cedric Nzaka launched a series to fight the stigma and secrecy that usually surround suicide.

He tells us: "Silent Noise is a suicide awareness campaign that delves into the parallels of one's immediate unflawed appearance and the well hidden stories desperately needing to be told."

"Most African countries do not report data on suicides to the World Health Organization. African authorities often record suicide as "death by…


Added by Robust on October 14, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "15 Urban Farms and Activists That Are Changing the Way We Eat"

Check out "15 Urban Farms and Activists That Are Changing the Way We Eat" via The Root. The Root have profiled these farms for being standout examples of self-sufficiency and alternatives to genetically modified food, stating: "In many communities of color,…


Added by Robust on October 9, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: On The Mat With DJ - Sun Salutation A (Surya Namaskar), A Great Way To Introduce The Mind & Body To Yoga

Namaste AFROpunkers! Welcome to the first edition of On The Mat with yours truly, DJ Townsel, Former NFL-er, Orlando-based yoga instructor/trainer, and #RastaYogi. I'll be joining the AfroPunk team a couple times a month to share some yoga tips with you. Hope you're as excited as I am. If not, oh well, someone is lol. Now, let's get into it!



Added by Robust on August 10, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Revolutionaries Will Be Ostracized - Upcoming Documentary About Having Asperger’s Syndrome

Save Our Legacy is Making a Documentary About Having Aspergers! If you've followed my writing at all, you'll know that I have Asperger's Syndrome, and that I have used music and various other artistic endeavors to try and work with it. Well, the people of Save Our Legacy has contacted me, and if all goes well, I might get a documentary made, not just about…


Added by Robust on August 7, 2015 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Derrick "DJ" Townsel, The Professional Football Player Turned Yoga Teacher

Meet Derrick "DJ" Townsel, the "RastaYogi" who (with his amazing photos and videos) has become one of the most popular yoga practitioners on Instagram - inspiring many, particularly men and people of color, to take up yoga and embrace healthier lifestyles. Townsel, a former professional footballer who played for the Houston Texans, began yoga as a way to make stretching a part of his workout regimen and is now a yoga teacher helping others to improve their physical…


Added by Robust on July 27, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Transforming From The Inside Out - YogaRacheal, Sportswoman Turned Yogi

Meet YogaRacheal, the California based yoga instructor inspiring many to embrace a more healthier and holistic lifestyle. Racheal - who describes herself as "lover, encourager, giver, believer" - has been practicing the ancient discipline for almost three years now. It was in 2012, after becoming discouraged with competitive sports and the lack of enjoyment it gave her, that the former gymnast and track athlete discovered yoga through social media. Now the Yogi…


Added by Robust on June 22, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "#BlackVegansRock -100 Black Vegans to Check Out"

Each day, more and more people of color are transitioning to a Vegan lifestyle. And on this note, writer and activist Aph Ko via Striving With Systems has profiled 100 Black Vegans of the animal rights/vegan movement to check out. See a few of them below and find more …


Added by Robust on June 16, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Mental Illness: The Most Ignored Pandemic Within Our Communities

It is no secret mental illness is often times kept secret within African American communities. I remember the first time I saw a black person talk about mental health on TV was when I was 16 years old. It happened during a stand up special on Comedy Central in which DL Hughley so eloquently and hysterically described an instance in which he approached his mother, frazzled and wild eyed, convinced he had multiple personalities disorder. She, completely unbothered,…

Added by Robust on April 29, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: The Runaway Jamaica - "Not your Average Bed & Breakfast"

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for The Runaway, a proposed bed and breakfast on the North shore of Jamaica - the brainchild of Chef Kalisa Martin and digital marketer Jeff Belizaire (former Brooklynites, both of whom have Caribbean roots). The duo's desire was sparked off by a vacation in Jamaica during a cold New York winter and they have now taken the courageous steps to realise their dream by uprooting to Jamaica. With funding, their aim is that The Runaway…


Added by Robust on March 26, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Mo’ne Davis Launches Sneaker to Help Impoverished Girls"

American Little League Baseball pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, one of two girls who played in the 2014 Little League World Series and the first girl to earn…


Added by Robust on March 18, 2015 at 7:18pm — No Comments

FEATURE: 10 Black Hoopers You Should Know

In honor of last month's Black History month. I have put together a series of 10 interviews with black hoopers. Nine women and one man all who have brought hooping into their lives wholeheartedly. For a long time I had no idea other black people hooped. I didn’t see any people of color being represented in the hooping community or associated with hoop culture. After five years of hooping it wasn’t until recently I discovered the extensive black hoop…


Added by Robust on March 6, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Black People With Asperger's Syndrome: One Reason Why I Make Music

Yesterday, I went through my mind wondering exactly why I decided to make music. Why am I killing myself to get where I want to be? I finally came to the conclusion that the reason I do what I do is simply because I want to represent the people I relate to. You see, one of the projects I have been working on lately has to do with explaining to people about my disability. My goal was to try and explain having Aspergers to people and also break down any stigma that…


Added by Robust on February 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Bringing color to cricket - The Maasai cricket warriors

Check out the Maasai cricket warriors, the unlikely representatives of Kenyan cricket. Since the team was conceived, the cricketers have gained a huge following; for both prowess and an ability to use cricket for social awareness (women's issues, HIV/AIDS) - as well as empowering the youth in their country. Hailing from the Laikipia region of Kenya, the semi-nomadic cattle herders bring a vibrancy to the sport; choosing to wear traditional Maasai attire and body…


Added by Robust on January 6, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: How I Beat Anxiety (At Least, For Now)

Are you currently having trouble trying to face your anxiety head on? Do you always feel this need to be perfect and think that just because you aren't perfectly tuned-up, you might not ever make it anywhere? I got a present for you. But first, I am going to explain the premise behind it. I'm sure I'm not the only musician or songwriter that hates hearing the imperfection in his vocals. Or when I write a song or an album, I have trouble figuring out the perfect way to begin. As…


Added by Robust on September 29, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Switch your sweet treats for chia, and tame that 3pm craving

Over the past few years, refined sugar has emerged as public enemy number one for dieticians, nutritionists and celebrity bloggers alike. Charged as a key culprit for a host of health problems, sugar has been linked to diabetes, metabolic dysfunction, liver conditions, obesity and hormonal imbalances. Sugar is also highly addictive, triggering a release of dopamine in our brain which our body can form a dependency to. Like other addictive substances, sugar addiction can lead to…


Added by Robust on August 4, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Why are people of color underrepresented in Yoga? A mixed yogini’s journey to the practice

I recently came across a post on this fine blog entitled 'Yoga IS for black women. We’re just not showing up', and I thought, “How very true!” As a practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga, I am well aware of the underrepresentation of people of color in yoga. And much like Larissa Postell, the author of the post, I too, am familiar with being the only brown-skinned-afro-puffy-yogini…


Added by Robust on July 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

CONTEST: Win a trip to Australia by getting to a #Healthierplace with Chia Pod

This just in from The Chia Co! You can win a trip to Australia by simply posting a picture or video on Instagram of you getting to your healthier place and tag @thechiaco and #healthierplace. Then tell your friends to "Like" your post to get the most "Likes".

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Added by Robust on July 16, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Chia – now, that’s a superfood! (5 good reasons to eat chia seeds)

Try Googling the term ‘superfood’ and you’ll get back a seemingly infinite list: from seeds and berries, to ancient grains, fruits and vegetables, each with their own unique claim to fame. It can be pretty tricky to know what’s real and what’s hype, and unfortunately the few foods that really deserve the term ‘super’ often get lost amongst the clutter. To cut through the noise, we’re breaking down the five key reasons why chia more than deserves the title of superfood, and why…


Added by Robust on July 15, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

"Wholefoods": Real Food, For Real People

The term ‘wholefoods’ gets thrown around a lot these days, but what does it really mean? And why should you try to include them in your diet?

‘Wholefoods’ are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined; think vegies and fruits that you eat exactly as nature presents them: skin, seeds, juice and all. Whole grains are the same thing – grains you consume in the whole state they grown in, unmilled and unrefined.

Wholefoods have been shown to provide pretty amazing benefits…


Added by Robust on June 6, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Keep your hair and skin healthy with Chia

A healthy vibrant appearance starts from within. Along with a regular skin care routine, eating a balanced diet full of nutrient rich foods and keeping hydrated is essential for maintaining the vitality of your skin and hair.

Chia offers the richest combined source of fiber, omega-3 and protein, and also provides host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which all play an important role in keeping your hair shiny and strong, and your skin glowing.



Added by Robust on May 9, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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