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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".

More info: …


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

OP-ED: Emotional Health - Is So-Called Black "Resilience" Doing More Harm Than Good?

When is a person really, truly healthy? I am a physically fit, twenty-something with an abnormal fondness of dark green vegetables and exercising, but in spite of all this, I still don’t feel healthy. My blood pressure is far higher than it should be and I experience anxiety so strong that sometimes it makes me physically sick. As I delve deeper into the world that is my blackness, I’m finding truths connected to my stress I can never unlearn.

The tragic death of Brown…


Added by Robust on May 2, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: 5 Things I’ve Learnt From My Family’s Mistakes

For most people, living away from home awakens a new appreciation for family and the efforts of our parent(s) when it comes to our upbringing. While I can write up a list as long as my arm of the ways that my family have fought to protect and nourish me while putting up with my crap at the same time, I couldn’t help but try and uncover what it was that made me so resentful and why these reasons took so long to manifest. As a 21-year-old adult looking back at my younger self and…


Added by Robust on April 18, 2014 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

Sponsored Post: Fast Facts on Fat, An Essential Part of Our Diet

The low-fat food trend has been around for the past four decades, leading to an increase in highly processed foods, stripped of fat, but filled with sugar and other unnatural fillers. Despite the reduction in fat consumption, obesity has risen in the western world by 30% in this time. This suggests the low-fat food push seems to have negatively impacted diet related disease rates and that highly processed low-fat foods may actually be the cause of this epidemic. Governments,…


Added by Robust on April 4, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Book - Treat Your Taste Buds With 'Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed'

I’m not going to lie; I’ve always thought that being a vegan was simply out of the question for me because it would be virtually impossible for me to go on in life without stuffing my face with delicious, meat-laden African dishes. However, after checking out some of the recipes in…


Added by Robust on March 19, 2014 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Black Women and Mental Health

I realize it’s cliché to say this, but I never thought it would happen to me. Mainly because I’ve been out of high school for 16 years. I don’t socialize in petty social circles or report to a Queen Bee. I’m 33; if I don’t click with someone, I move on. My guard was down; therefore, being cyber-bullied was the last thing I ever expected.

I work with young adult addicts and if it’s true “you are the age you started using,” then I basically work with teenagers. I’ve been at…


Added by Robust on February 10, 2014 at 10:44am — 3 Comments

AFROPUNK Feature: Chef KPE

Meet Chef KPE, one of the youngest executive chefs in NYC. 

by Khalid Livingston



Added by Robust on January 1, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

"Selfies": Signs Of Pride Or "Cry for Help"?

AP Fam, what's your take on the whole "selfie" madness?

Some say they're empowering and a sign a pride. Some say they're a cry for help.

What's the deal? Pride or desperate narcissism? (i.e. "a devastatingly vulnerable…


Added by Robust on November 29, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Getting T(r)ashed: Do You Have To Be Reckless To Live Your Youth To The Fullest?

When my mother was my age she was two years out of school and two years away from her first child. The only one out of four sisters who had managed to finish her education, she had come straight out of an all-girls boarding school and got a job as an air hostess where she met my father and started a family soon afterwards.

She was born and raised in the motherland so partying back then wasn’t as experimental or liberal as it was and has grown to become in the West. Even in…


Added by Robust on November 4, 2013 at 8:29am — 3 Comments


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