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.
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.
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.
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:
Developing their businesses – Check out Keith’s Business Pages here —->K Systems Solutions and The Digital Report (TDR)
Advancing their education
More moments from Keith and Chanel’s Special Day!
Thank 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:)
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
PBS Anchor Gwendolyn L. “Gwen” Ifill, 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
Black Women Stand Up (BWSU)’s Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton did a live online interview with Dr. Doris Higginbottom, affectionately known as #DrMom, BWSU’s first “Goddess Spotlight” Feature, below is the conclusion of the three part interview. Check out #DrMom as she delves into how she found love again, answers viewer’s questions and expands on how she took a chance on” HERSELF,” through education, hard work and a desire for more!
You can also view Ep. 1 – Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 via the links below.
Thank you again to Dr. Doris Higginbottom for sharing her empowering story with us. It is our desire to inspire and empower women to become their best self through the examples of our “Goddess Spotlight” Features.
Peace and Love,
Tiffany and Alexandra – BWSU Co-Founders
p.s. – If you know of a Black Woman or Woman of Color that you feel would make a great feature for our “Goddess Spotlight” Series, send an email to: Contact@BlackWomenStandUp.com
Black Women Stand Up.com’s Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton interviewed Dr. Doris Higginbottom (Dr. Mom) for the site’s first “Goddess Spotlight” feature, below is the second part of a three part video interview with Dr. Mom.
In this episode Dr. Mom delves into the start of her educational journey towards her PhD, as an older woman with nine children returning to school. She shares what kept her motivated and inspired to keep going. You can check out Pt. 2 of Ep. 1 below. Please comment and share because you never know whom you may inspire to become their best self after watching! Thank you.
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Happy Wednesday! Meet our first Black Women Stand Up (BWSU)’s Goddess Spotlight, Dr. Doris Bloom-Higginbottom whom we affectionately nicknamed Dr. Mom. Check out BWSU’s video interview with Dr. Mom which took place Saturday, January 9, 2016 live on http://Blab.im. Below is part one of our three-part interview.
Dr. Mom, mother of nine who was a teen mom, high-school dropout and widowed, defied all odds and let nothing stand in her way as she worked to create a better life for her and her family. In December of 2014 at 67 years of age, Doris Bloom-Higginbottom graduated with her PhD from PVAMU a Texas University.
Dr. Mom’s daughter, Kimberly Bloom, had this to say about her Mom “This woman is my living hero, my game changer, a conqueror, and a warrior who won’t give up on hers’!” Pictured below, Kim and Dr. Mom
How are you enjoying the Fall season thus far? What do you love about this season? Is it the crisp air, falling leaves, or the tons of Fall Festivals that take place? Well for me, it is all of the above and then some. I love walking through Central Park here in New York City, which is one of my favorite places in the world! I enjoy Central Park during all four seasons, but it is something about those crunching leaves under my feet, and all of the beautiful Fall colors. In my spare time, I love partaking in outdoor photography, and I especially enjoy capturing shots of nature.
Below are a few of my photos that I took during one of my Fall strolls in Central Park, enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.
“Without love of self, it is impossible to truly love someone else.” ~ Tiffany Braxton
You may think you are capable of being in a romantic relationship with someone else, but until you learn to love and respect yourself, it is impossible to truly love someone else in a healthy way. Love yourself, set values and standards for yourself and stand by them. Part of loving begins with understanding YOU. Before you can invest in someone else, invest in yourself; learn what makes you tick, decide what is import ant to you and what you need in order to be happy.