“Love Your Va-Jay-Jay And Breast” Day Recap – Online Gynecological and Breast Cancer Awareness

This past Monday, April 10, 2017 BlackWomenStandUp.com’s Online Gynecological and Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative, “Love  Your Va-Jay-Jay and Breast Day” was a success.  The Founders took to social media to spread their message using hashtags #CheckUpOnIt, #LoveYourVaJayJay and #LoveYourVaJayJayAndBreast to encourage women to be proactive with regards to their health in order to remain cancer free or for early detection and treatment.

Ways to #CheckUpOnIt :

  • Schedule that GYN appointment
  • Perform a self-breast exam
  • Talk with your family about your medical history as it relates to cancer
  • Get informed about statistics, tips, prevention an early detection strategies

It was great to see supporters sharing messages, celebrating being Survivors as well as celebrating Survivors in their lives.

KarenNewCelebrating my Sister, Karen Braxton a breast cancer Survivor!”  ~ T. Braxton

Denise“I am Standing Up to Bring Awareness to GYN/Breast Cancers, Please #CheckUpOnIt to Remain Cancer Free or for Early Detention and Life Saving Treatment. #BWSU ” ~ Ms. Denise Grundy

JeanettaAndMom💋💜💜 Lost my (Mommy) 4/12/13 to breast cancer…”I’m a survivor.. #stayingontop  ~ Jeanetta Johnson – New York Pictured left with her Mother R.I.P. and alone with her Survivor tiara:)

For the remainder of April since it is National Minority Health Month BlackWomenStandUp.com will continue to spread information with regards to cancer, accept pictures and messages of love to celebrate Survivors, and or honor the lost of a loved one to any of the gynecological and or breast cancers for our Survivors and Memorial Walls.

If you would like to submit please email: Contact@BlackWomenStandUp.com

To Your Health!

#BWSU Family

 

Celebrating Survivors #LoveYourVaJayJayDay Gynecological And Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative

Today through our online Gynecological and Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative “Love Your Va-Jay-Jay and Breast Day” we are celebrating Survivors of GYN and Breast Cancers. We Stand With and For Survivors everywhere and Honor Black Women and Women of Color on our Survivors Wall.

Meet Survivors Ester Davis and Karen Henry who we will be adding to our Wall for #LoveYourVaJayJayAndBreastDay

Ester Davis was diagnosed in 2010 and beat cancer a year later.  She attributes having her yearly mammogram and early detection as helping her win the fight against cancer.  That is why it is so important for you to #CheckUpOnIt

Thank you to Hope Gurley, Co-Worker and Friend for Honoring Ester!

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Meet Karen Henry – Karen is currently going through treatment and Standing Up to breast cancer, she is a Fighter and Survivor!  She is pictured below with her Son Zach, who honored his Mom when cut his hair to show his support for Her. 

Karen is being Honored by her long-time friend, Lora Jackson of New York City.

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Thank you from #BWSU

#LoveYourVaJayJayAndBreastDay

Today is “Love Your Va-Jay-Jay and Breast” Day – #BWSU Online Gynecological and Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative

Four years ago today, BlackWomenStandUp.com’s Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton lost her mother, Ms. Coretha Braxton to an aggressive form of Uterine Cancer – after her lost, that next year BlackWomenStandUp.com Founders launched an Online Gynecological and Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative “Love Your Va-Jay-Jay and Breast Day” in Honor of Tiffany’s mother and other women who lost their lives to one of these cancers. The day is also to celebrate the lives of Survivors who have fought and won their battle with one of these types of cancers, and to remind women to be proactive with their health and to #CheckUpOnIt.  April is also National Minority Health Month.

Join us by posting a pic of yourself or a video saying “I am Standing Up to Bring Awareness to GYN/Breast Cancers, Please #CheckUpOnIt to Remain Cancer Free or for Early Detention and Life Saving Treatment, include the #BWSU hashtag as well.

Visit BlackWomenStandUp.com throughout the day as we will be posting information, tips and videos.

“Love You Mommy (CoCo) – May You Continue to R.I.P.” – Tiffany Braxton

 

Skin Lightening In Africa, Why Are Women Bleaching Their Skin?

Skin Lightening: Why Africans Use It

Written by Jeanette Lekgabe: Guest Blogger

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 Skin lightening products has flooded African markets and the industry is still booming. Research shows the countries contributing profits to the companies behind this method of “beautification” include Mali, South Africa, Togo and Nigeria. The question still remains…Why?

Africa, known as The Motherland, has been intoxicated by this “beauty treatment” of which most question, including me.  However, most communities in the continent seem addicted to this skincare regimen despite the lack of research regarding long term affects to the skin.  The black market, which preys on the poor, has vastly grown as the demand for these types of products has increased; meanwhile, the rich and famous can afford high quality products. They the money needed to access to the proper professionals who consult and provide their dermatological and cosmetic skincare needs.

This is how it works…

 The Have-Nots: Those that do not have the money usually get these products at a cheaper price from any street vendor that are usually located on most corners in the communities.  What some do not know, while many do, but choose to ignore is that most of these products contain a harmful chemicals such as hydroquinone, which is mainly used in paints and photographic developing solutions and also the most commonly used one mercury, all of which can cause irreversible damage to the skin when continuously used.

Now that you know the basics of lightening creams, let’s get into the history of how the categorization and segregation of Light skinned vs Dark skinned began…

The term “yellow bone” gained popularity in the United States of America and later made its way to the South of Africa.  South Africa refers to light complexioned Black people (more specifically, the woman). This term took a toll on most and segregated dark and light skinned individuals, which caused emotional conflict where most found it hard to discuss fairly or to even simply articulate.

Can this be a disorder?  If so, here are the most globally recognized symptoms:

  • Skin Lighting (Bleaching)
  • Veneration and Lack of Self-Love
  • Lack of Group Unity and Trust

The idea of colorism goes back to Colonial history.  Oddly, British aristocrats embraced and aspired to have pale skin like “milk” and “porcelain.”  Having light-skin was perceived to come with privileges, social profile, better employment and change of marital status.  Their concept and standard of beauty holds no place for beholding melanin and celebrating pigmentation.  It later became a tool for oppression. Contemporary marketing campaigns take advantage of this social dynamic and perpetuate this perverted myth by sending a strong and consistent message through their advertising:

The lighter you are you are significantly more socially accepted, therefore the more benefits in life await you. The darker you are the less attractive you seem to most.

This has become so ingrained in African society; women of darker complexion literally work harder to be valued in the community than those with a lighter skin-tone.  Her quality of life is influenced.  Her self esteem is impacted.

Unfortunately, this will always be the norm to most.  So to my fellow Beautiful, Dark-skinned Women -segregated or not, light or dark – the Dream is big and we have the Power.  Hustle hard, work diligently in whatever you’re doing, and choose the right way to live.  Fearlessly aspire to what pleases and satisfies you.  Be uniquely you and stand proud.

Make your own mark and WEAR YOUR AFRICAN SKIN PROUD!

I stand for BLACK, so should YOU.


About the Author:

Jeanette Lekgabe is a Blogger from South Africa.   She has first hand experiences with the difficulties that darker skinned women face in the South African Region.  Learn more about Jeanette and read some of her fiction writing by visiting her Blog at Darted Africa.

 

#90DayRun To Freedom And A Healthier Life From The Inside Out

We’re expanding, and we’re looking for serious women and or men who want to get healthier from the inside out, help others do the same and make money.  The great thing about a team is that Together Everyone Achieves More, and Team #Stand4Health wants you to be a part of the TEAM!  We’re serious about #HealthAndWellness and our goal is to help individuals become healthier, lose weight naturally and be able to stay or get off of medications, which often lead to other health issues from prolonged use.

Will You Be The Next Success Story?


#Stand4Health

Beat Stage 3 is Standing Up To Colon Cancer And Bringing Awareness To The Masses

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  On Saturday, March 11 2017, Black Women Stand Up’s Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton attended the Beat Stage 3 Colon Cancer Awareness Event in New York City at the Borough Hall Building in Brooklyn.  The event was in Honor of and Celebrated Beat Stage Three’s Co-Founder, C. Diane Nathaniel (Diane), a Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer Survivor, and served as a vehicle in bringing awareness to the disease.

Beat Stage 3 is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization started by Co-Founders, Helen L. Collen and Diane Nathaniel.  Beat Stage 3 promotes image consciousness and renewed self-love for cancer Fighters and Survivors.  Find out more about the organization and the work they are doing by visiting their website at Beat Stage 3, where you can also donate to the cause.

 

The Sands of Time Table was a reminder to everyone that the world is fighting against various forms of cancers, and each color represents a different type.

Beat Stage Three’s Co-Founder, Diane Nathaniel will be our “Goddess Spotlight” Feature before Colon Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end…Stay Tuned.

#LiveLongerStronger #IamDiane #BeatStage3 #ColonCancerAwareness