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

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.

 

#WednesdayWords – Happy International Women’s Day

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Happy International Women’s Day!  Today is truly a phenomenal day as we Celebrate All Women.  Whatever you are doing today it is our hope that you are standing a little taller and smiling even harder while doing it.  If you took off today to stand in solidarity for #ADayWithoutAWoman we salute and thank you.

Check out #BWSU C0-Founder, T. Braxton on Periscope sending love to women everywhere, and letting everyone know why she is #ProudToBeAWoman – Are You? Please comment below and share, we want to hear from you today.

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Queens, continue to let your light shine, dim it for no one.  We are Women, We are the backbones of our families, communities and the world!  Stand up, Rise up and Never Give Up on yourself or your belief in a better world!

Peace and Always Love,

#BWSU Family

“Love Alert” Meet The Fords – BlackWomenStandUp’s New Love Lounge Feature

We Love, Love…Especially Black and Brown Love!  Here at BlackWomenStandUp.com the Love Lounge is where we celebrate and remind everyone of the beauty and feeling of being in love.  Our goal is to inspire those who are still hoping for and looking for that special one, and to spread the joy of those who have found their true love, while highlighting amazing couples.

Our Love Lounge Feature:

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Keith and Chanel Ford of Essex County, New Jersey – Married 9/24/16.
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Here are some fun and true facts about our Newlyweds:

  • Keith Ford and Chanel Caraway met on match.com —->(He was bored and signed up for a 7 day free trial.  She was at the end of a subscription that she rarely used).  Wow, look what that lead to!
  • They met the day after Thanksgiving, 2014

Message:  Internet Dating Works, don’t be scared ladies.  You never know where you will find love, just keep your heart open to the possibility and remain positive.

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Fun facts continued…

  • Chanel is from Baltimore, MD and Keith, East Harlem, NY
  • The wedding ceremony was in Baltimore County.  Reception was in the Inner Harbor, Downtown Baltimore
  • They are both foodies, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic
  • Some of their favorite things are cooking, dining out, reading, working out, and traveling

What’s next for the Newlyweds?  Their List Below:

  • Little ones
  • Home ownership
  • Developing their businesses – Check out Keith’s Business Pages here —->K Systems Solutions and The Digital Report (TDR)
  • Advancing their education

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More moments from Keith and Chanel’s Special Day!

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carawayfordwedding-142Thank you to Keith and Chanel for sharing their love and special day with the BWSU Family!  We wish you many more years of marital bliss, and all the best with your next steps in life as a couple:)

Peace and Love.

#BWSU

Paying Homage to Gwen Ifill

Hearing that long-time Journalist Gwen Ifill passed away on Monday, November 14, 2016 from a type of Uterine (endometrial) Cancer saddened many, especially  BlackWomenStandUp.com’s  (BWSU) Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton, who in 2013 lost her mother to the same type of cancer.  That prompted an annual cancer awareness initiative “Love Your Va-Jay-Jay” Day (read more about that “Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day” April 10th, 2016).  Today we pay homage to Gwen Ifill, a woman who made such an impact on the world through her work, and we honor this Queen by adding her to our Cancer Memorial Wall, which honors Black Women and all Women of Color who have transitioned on from either one of the five types of gynecological cancers or breast cancer.

Who Was Gwen Ifill

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PBS Anchor Gwendolyn L. “GwenIfill, born – September 29, 1955  transitioned – November 14, 2016, was an American Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster, and author. In 1999, she became the first African American woman to host a major political TV show with Washington Week in Review. She was born in New York City. (Read more…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwen_Ifill).

#BWSU #Cancer Awareness #CheckUpOnIt

Rest In Power (R.I.P.) Gwen Ifill, Thank you for being a Trailblazer, and being an example for all Black and Brown Women and Girls! #BWSU 

Honoring Our Veterans

The Black Women Stand Up (BWSU) Family sends Love and a Huge Thank You to Our Black and Brown Kings and Queens who serve or have served this country on all of our behalves!

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A special thanks and #BWSU Spotlight to one our favorite Sistah, Iraq Veteran, Philanthropist and so much more Tee Marie Hanible @TheRealTeeMarie on Twitter.

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Love and Thanks to “Black Military Women” another of our favorite Sistah Veterans on Twitter – @WomanistVeteran!

Check out the below images of #BlackWomenVeterans that we discovered on Google.

Peace and Always Love,

#BWSU

Fitness and Life Tips for Women on the Go with #BWSU

BlackWomenStandUp.com  Co-Founders, T. Braxton and A. Lutchman have been all over social media with their health and fitness tips for women on the go!  With their fun and carefree delivery, these ladies give easy to implement tips for individuals who are looking to lead a more health centered life, the health conscious individual can also benefit from these tips.  T. Braxton has been doing daily New York City #CentralParkMoments where she shares quick 15 second SnapChats with her word or message of the day surrounding health/wellness and or fitness.  BWSU is on SnapChat and or Instagram username @BlackWomenStandUp.  Or you can find Co-Founder A. Lutchman poolside or hanging out in the hot tub giving self-care and/or meditation tips to a live audience on Periscope username @BlkWomenStandUp.

These nature loving Queens can be found doing live Periscopes walking through trails, basking in the sunshine absorbing Vitamin D, all the while keeping their viewers engaged with a message of empowerment or ways to improve their overall health and well-being.

Check out a #CentralParkMoments with T. Braxton:

Connect with Black Women Stand Up (BWSU) across social media using hashtag #BWSU and don’t forget to like their FB page under Black Women Stand Up, along with following on Twitter and Periscope @BlkWomenStandUp, Instagram and SnapChat @BlackWomenStandUp.

Find out how you can join BWSU’s Health and Wellness Initiative to help women lead a life of total health while making money in the process, if you are in the New York Tri-State area visit http://bit.ly/stand4healthtlc.  If in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia area (DMV) visit http://bit.ly/trans4ming.

Peace and Love.