Classy Black Women

Mo'Ne Davis is a black girl who rocks! She is the first girl to pitch a shut out in a Little League World Series game (which is mostly dominated by boys).



When I saw this young lady to the right, Mo'Ne Davis, striking out every batter that came to the plate, I had to stop what I was doing and post a Black Girl Spotlight feature immediately!

Watching Mo'Ne pitch brings me back to my own Little League days (except that I was always in the outfield playing with the butterflies lol)! She is so cool, calm, collected and professional -- a nice role model for both young girls and boys in sports.

Apparently she is the first girl PERIOD to pitch a shutout (2 hits; no runs) in a Little League World Series game. Her pitching speeds have reached 70 MPH.
Go Mo'Ne!

Watch her in action below:








Inspiring black women: DC-based certified fitness instructor creates a line of workout videos inspired by Africa. Check it out...

While on vacation I received a ping from a lady named Ada-Ari aka Adagurl about a series of African-inspired workouts that she has created. I was immediately excited about it because I have wanted to take some type of African dance or workout class for ages. After having gorged on Chick-fil-A sandwiches for two days in a row while laying in the sun, I was also eager to get back into some kind of workout routine.

Ada-Ari is a DC-based certified fitness instructor. She is passionate about incorporating her pride in her African culture into the world of fitness. She has done just that by creating workouts that go perfectly with popular African songs. Her goal is to release at least one new African-inspired workout video on YouTube each week.

My First Viewing
When I got home I turned on the first video that Ada sent me, which is posted below. It is only about 4 minutes long but somehow it kicked my butt. I don't know, maybe I'm just off my game, but I was huffing and puffing when it was done as if I had just ran a mile in four minutes, and I didn't even have a stepping board. 



I liked the upbeat music (Brymo - Go Hard), which kept me motivated to keep going and I could see how some of the moves were inspired by African dancing.

I work 10-12 hour days regularly, even on the weekends, so I don't always make time to work out like I should but I can spare 4+ minutes a day to get a little bit of cardio exercise in. I will definitely be checking out more of Ada-Ari's videos.

Please support Ada-Ari as she continues in her mission to post a new workout video every week. Click here to subscribe to her YouTube page and show her some love!




Dorcas Meyers is the proud owner of Roc-A-Natural, LLC, a company committed to encouraging young black girls to embrace natural products and prioritize their health and wellness.



It may not be much of a coincidence that when I decided to go natural about three years ago I also started to learn more about natural health and wellness. I've learned a lot of what I know now by watching documentaries and videos that you won't find advertised or promoted on mainstream media. I'm now using this blogging platform to spread information about healthy products and eating habits. 

For this reason and more I'm happy to feature Ms. Dorcas Meyers. She is a proud naturalista who has worked as a hair model at the world renowned Bronner Brothers International Hair Show and is the founder of Roc-A-Natural, LLC. According to Meyers, Roc-A-Natural aims to "inspire young girls to utilize natural hair products that are free from harsh chemicals causing damage to the scalp, toxins in their bodies and breakout of the skin."


Issues involving black hair sometimes directly relate to health. For instance, there is research that long term use of relaxers and perms may be part of the reason why so many sisters are afflicted with specific types of health conditions like fibroids. These chemicals enter your blood stream when you leave them sitting on your scalp -- especially when it burns into the skin. 


The media and advertisers won't tell you these things (they make too much money off of these potentially harmful products) -- we have to get our information from people who care about the health and wellness of black women.

Dorcas Meyers will be hosting The Roc-A-Natural Hair, Health and Beauty “Transform Your Life” Expo, Sunday, April 6, 2014 at City College, New York, NY for all who are interested in these issues. She is also accepting donations for the Roc-A-Natural Cosmetology and Nutrition/Physical Fitness Scholarship, which will be  presented to a deserving student at the expo.


For more information about Roc-A-Natural LLC and Dorcas Meyers visit http://www.rocanatural.com



I occasionally receive emails from sisters who are starting businesses, producing shows or in need of support for various projects. This will be the first "Classy Black Ladies on the Move" post updating you on a few things going on in black lady land that you might be interested in!



Locs of Love. Dr. Yaba Blay of Philadelphia put this eBook together to encourage little Tiana, the young black girl who was kicked out of school for wearing her hair in a natural style. The response from hundreds of black ladies was overwhelming and moving to no end. Tiana's story reached across the country and caused that biased school policy to be abolished. WE ARE POWERFUL. Click here to read it.


Ladies Night Late Nite Talk Show. A group of 4 black ladies sit down to talk about various issues in the news, from entertainment to politics. Recent guests include Dr. Robin Boylorn of the Crunk Feminist Collective and singer Algebra Blesset. Click here to watch.



Ester Nicholson Releases New Book. She is a domestic violence survivor, author, teacher, speaker, musician, and entrepreneur. Her new book Soul Recovery - 12 Keys to Healing Addiction is now available at Amazon.



Google Hangout with Lisa Nichols. One of classy black lady role models Lisa Nichols recently hosted a Google Hangout talk with a few other sisters including Brandy, Ledisi and Niecy Nash. They discussed loving yourself and achieving true freedom in life. Click here to watch.



Tackle Girls Documentary. I caught a glimpse of a very beautiful and articulate black lady named Adrienne Smith doing an interview on a morning talk show, discussing her love of tackle football. She is a part of a new documentary on women in football called Tackle Girls. Click here to learn more.




We're talked about so much that there must be something really awesome about us! Here's a list of just 10 of the many reasons why I believe black women are amazing.

1. Black women are resilient. Even in the face of constant negativity coming in from just about every angle, still we rise. We were raised to pick ourselves up and keep it moving. That probably has something to do with why black women are the most likely to want to preserve their lives. It's also why the military wants to study us to find out just how we cope despite all of our challenges.


2. Black women support each other. We have a powerful full fledged B.W.E. movement going on now, full of black women who support and believe in one another. There are countless blogs and websites dedicated to uplifting fellow black women, including these. There are also a number of large meetup groups across the country where black ladies get together to support and build each other up regularly (visit Meetup.com to look for one in your area).

3. Black women validate THEMSELVES. Many black women understand that you can't rely on anyone but yourself to validate who you are. Constantly looking to others for validation only leads to disappointment. No matter what anyone else thinks, black women believe that they're great, and that's that. That's powerful.

4. Black women are witty and humorous. A black woman's wit and humor is singular and can't be matched. That's why adding a black woman to a television show or party always seems to make it more enjoyable. The black comedians who we find so funny most likely got most of that wit from their black mamas. And don't try to engage in a battle of words with a witty black woman -- you'll lose every time!

5. Black women are ambitious. From Oprah to Gabby Douglas to the single mom who got up at 5am every morning to get her nursing degree, black women tend to be extremely ambitious and determined. We want more... the MOST from life. We fight through a number of adversities to achieve our goals.

6. Black women are not afraid to speak out. Black women get a bad rap for having "attitudes" and talking too much, but in truth if more people, both men and women, spoke up for what was right we might have a better world. Black women are not afraid to address an injustice, whether it's against us or another person.

7. Black women age like fine wine. How ironic is it that many black women are teased or put down for having darker skin as young children, but LAUGH LAST at the other end of life! The extra melanin in dark black skin is a benefit that anyone should wish they had more of when they start hitting 40, 50 and 60. (Ask Tina Turner.)

8. Black women are versatile and fashionable. When a black woman steps out, watch out. Whether doing the whole bohemian thing, stepping out in stiletto heels and a hot dress that fits every curve, or just chilling out in a pair of boyfriend jeans, black women make looking beautiful seem easy. The fashion world secretly takes cues from black women, and is obsessed with black beauty to the point where they have started putting their white models in black face.

9. Black women's hair naturally grows up toward God and the heavens. How cool is that? A black woman's natural curly hair resembles a crown on her head -- a daily reminder of how queenly black women are!

10. Black women tend to have a winner's mentality. When someone is miserable they sit around all day complaining and laying blame wherever they can (other than on themselves of course) -- that is a losing mentality. Black women on the other hand tend to seek solutions instead of just complaining. We look for ways to overcome personal challenges and keep moving forward. Now that's a winning mentality.


Have anything to add? Post it in the comments below.

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Spotlight on a Black Woman Owned Business: 
Bee Mine Products



Bee Mine Hair Serum
Tracey Wilder was rattled by a number of health issues, including stroke, lupus and fibromyalgia. Soon after she experienced hair loss and shedding. So like many ambitious black women, Mrs. Wilder refused to give into her situation -- instead she made lemonade out of lemons by starting her own hair care company. She created a hair growth serum, used it regularly and documented the progress in an online ha ir album.

Bee Mine Products now sells a variety of hair products, including growth serums, hair butters, shampoos and conditioners. Bee Mine Products are natural & organic and have been since Tracey started whipping them up in her kitchen. The main goal of the company is to give hope to women who are experiencing issues with Alopecia, breakage and general shedding. The motto is "Bee Healthy, Bee You, Bee Mine!"

As a lady who years ago experienced the distress of watching my healthy hair shed from my scalp day after day (my issue was due to a dental medication I was prescribed), I know how Mrs. Wilder must have felt. Getting your hair to grow back or at the very least stop shedding is the top thought on your mind each morning. Back then I scrambled for products to fix the issue and mostly came up empty.

I'm happy that today more options are available for women dealing with this issue. So if you're still looking for a natural product to fix your hair issues, you might want to check out Bee Mine Products at http://www.beemineproducts.com .


I was very excited to get a tweet recently about an amazing Kickstarter project entitled:

The Miss Zee Coloring Book Project

This is a project by a lady that goes by the name of Miss Gee from Louisville, KY. She has come out with an idea for a coloring book series featuring a cute little black girl with puffy hair.

Your beautiful black daughter can grab her crayons and be as artistic as she would like to be while coloring in images that look like her. As Miss Gee explains (and I can confirm as a black girl growing up in the 80s and 90s) the images that she grew up seeing were mostly of white princesses and other characters.
"Although I still love those classic characters to this very day, there was a phase that I went through as a child where I felt ashamed of my appearance, due to the various media that was always presented to me. I do not want my daughter to end up with the same identity issues that I did as a child," she explains.

Miss Gee is requesting just $5,000 on Kickstarter to get her project started. As of this posting (7.23.2012) the current total pledged is $3,125 so just a bit more to go.

You can donate as little as $1 but a pledge of at least $30 gets you a copy of the coloring book fresh off the presses as well as a thank you in the book for participating in the project.

Come on classy black ladies, we can help get this coloring book designed for black girls in the works! The project ends on August 4, 2012, so please hurry and make your pledge!

UPDATE: The project was fully funded! Yay!