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’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. “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…

#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 

“Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day” April 10th, 2016

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Stand with us as we work to save lives and celebrate survivors by encouraging women to #CheckUpOnIt and stay on top of their health to remain cancer free.
“Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day” is an online, social media awareness campaign and’s Health Initiative.

April is also National Minority Health Month. Black women and women of color are being affected by breast and GYN cancers at alarming rates, not to mention we rarely hear about the five types of GYN cancers. Ladies, spread the word, and make sure you don’t forget to #CheckUpOnIt.  If you want to be a part of the movement, email us a pic or video of YOU holding your #CheckUpOnIt sign, honor a woman who is a survivor of breast or one of the GYN cancers by adding their picture to our “Survivors Wall” or memorialize a love one who has passed on by adding them to our “Memorial Wall,”  email with #CheckUpOnIt, Survivors Wall or Memorial Wall in the subject line.

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

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Peace and Love,

#BWSU Co-Founders – Tiffany & Alexandra


PSA: Reminder September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month

September is the national awareness month for  gynecological cancers, and ovarian cancer is usually  the most stand out cancer associated with this month  an is represented by the Teal Ribbon.  Black Women Stand Up continues its Cancer Awareness Initiative focused on GYN & Breast Cancers.  Our Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day Initiative was started this past April on the 10th of the month, where we bring attention to GYN/Breast cancers with a focus on Uterine Cancer, encouraging women to #CheckUpOnIt.

September is right around the six month mark from April so we urge women to continue to be proactive with regards to their health. Remember early detection is the key.

Ladies we encourage you to #CheckUpOnIt and stay healthy!




GYN Cancers Overview below with each representative ribbon color.

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Please share with your networks, sharing is caring and can help save a life.

Peace and Love.

#BWSU Family Launches “Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day” in Recognition of National Cancer Control Month…

For Immediate Release Launches

Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day

April 10, 2014

A Cancer Awareness Initiative Encouraging Women to #CheckUpOnIt

In Recognition of National Cancer Control & National Minority Health Month


New York, NY- April 9, 2014- On Thursday, April 10th 2014 in recognition of National Cancer Control and National Minority Health Month, is launching Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day.  A Cancer Awareness Initiative focusing on Uterine Cancer and other gynecological cancers that affect women.   Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day is a call-to-action encouraging women to stay on top of their health and support the initiative by using the hash tag #CheckUpOnIt in response to the day.  Visit  on April 10th for information surrounding cancer prevention, and to share what you will be doing to #CheckUpOnIt, which will be an annual initiative.

The goal is to encourage all women who are cancer free to #CheckUpOnit by making an appointment with their GYN, perform self-breast exams, discuss their family medical history and receive life-saving tips relevant to cancer awareness and prevention.  Moreover Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day celebrates the lives of cancer survivors as well as honoring the women that have lost their lives to this vicious disease.  Help save a life by spreading the word to your family, friends and social networks by asking them how they plan to #CheckUpOnIt. Co-founder Tiffany Braxton had this to say about Love Your Va-Jay-Jay Day, “this is personal to me because I lost my mother, Coretha Braxton to Uterine Cancer on April 10, 2013, and I wanted to honor her.  This is my way of keeping her legacy alive and helping to save lives in the process.” will have a page dedicated to those who have passed on, and for those who are survivors; if you want to honor a love one please send in their photograph with their name, along with your name and message to (BWSU) is the vision of Tiffany Braxton and Alexandra Lutchman, it is a Movement/Community designed to Empower Women in all areas of their lives and to Stand-Up for Love.  BWSU is currently running a T-Shirt Fundraiser Campaign in support of their work surrounding cancer awareness, for more information or to purchase a t-shirt please visit


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#BlackWomenStandUp Launches T-Shirt Fundraiser Initiative

Greetings #BlackWomenStandUp Community,

Happy Hump Day! It’s cold and snowy here in New York City, so it is my hope that someone is sitting in the beautiful sunshine reading this:)

I am excited because today is the official launch of our T-Shirt Fundraiser Initiative, and we need your support to make it a success. I ask that you join us in our efforts to raise funds to further our work as we are focusing on Uterine Cancer Awareness and other Health and Wellness projects this year. This is extremely important and personal to me, as I lost my mother to the disease in 2013 and this is my way of celebrating her life, keeping her name alive, all while raising awareness and empowering women to take control of their health and life!

We have some awesome things planned for 2014, and it starts here, click the link below to go directly to the Launch Page to purchase a T-Shirt, or make a donation.


Thanking you in advance for your support.

Peace and Love,
Tiffany Braxton
#BWSU Co-Founder