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Women’s History Month: #WCW – Skylar Diggings

Hello Beautiful People,

 

Skylar Diggins - A Phenomenal Woman

Skylar Diggins – A Phenomenal Woman

This is one month I can truly get excited about, not just because I am a phenomenal woman creating the life I always wanted – I get the privilege of talking about all the great phenomenal women that are making noise in society today. So I thought, why not do it on Woman Crush Wednesdays, known as #WCW! SocietyKeeper will be doing a feature on a phenomenal woman that is making a difference and writing herstory! So this week’s pick is Skylar Diggins and here are a list of reasons why she’s the pick:

1. Trailing through Instagram and discovered this beautiful woman and was intrigued to learn more: She’s a basketball player (forgive me I do not follow sports) for WNBA playing at #4 for Tulsa Shock. She has received accolades and broken some records playing at this position.

 

2. She is a philanthropist!!! Giving back is huge for SocietyKeeper….Skylar is a member of the Board of Directors for GenYouth Foundation, which collaborates with leaders and other partners to identify solutions to improve nutrition and physical activity in the lives of young children. Skylar, also has a foundations of her own, Skylar’s Scholars – a program that highlights academic achievements of the youth who have overcome challenges.

 

3. She has entrepreneur mindset – partnering with several sports and fitness companies such as: BodyArmor (a super drink packed with electrolytes, vitamins,  and coconut water),  Nike’s latest shoe for women’s fitness training called Zoom Air and a protein milk beverage called Rockin’ Refuel as part of a healthy fitness routine.

 

4. Skylar is only 25…… and 5’9, did I mention she is really beautiful.

 

5. Skylar loves Martin! Anyone that loves Martin and will post clips of the show on their IG has put major points on the board in my book. (check out her Instagram when you get a chance)

6. (Bonus but most important) Skylar takes care of her body inside out! She is a clean eater and promotes this lifestyle to the kids she works with and on her social media.

To learn more about Skylar Diggins, visit her website and follow her social media handles! Oh and check out an interview with Skylar and Stack Magazine

Official Skylar Diggins (website)

Twitter/Instagram: @skydigg4

Be sure to follow Stack Magazine on Youtube after you watch the video 😉

Returning Home: Rest Peacefully

 

Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell of 90s R&B Group, Brownstone

Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell of 90s R&B Group, Brownstone

 

Maxee Tribute

(click the link above to enjoy our tribute to Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell of 90s R&B group, Brownstone)

 

Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell died over the weekend and I could not be more shocked by this sudden death. She was one of my favorite group members and singers of the 90s R&B Group, Brownstone. She was my favorite because she had an essence of uniqueness about her from her sound to her look! She had an attitude of ‘I only want to be me.’ I was hoping to hear her voice back on the in the music frequency but I am glad I’ve got the records she contributed her voice to listen to and reminisce about life back then. Maxee will live on through the music she made and her family. SocietyKeeper sends our condolences and prayers to her family at this time.

 

 

Black History Month: Are We Celebrating our own History Sufficiently?

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As Black History Month comes to an end, I have been thinking about a question that was asked on the Frank Ski Show on WHUR 96.3, here in Washington DC – how do you celebrate Black History Month in the home? With this question, I was forced to face my own negligence and unappreciative behavior about my own history. So I asked a family member if she thought that we celebrated Black History Month as we should and she replied: “no, we don’t!” “She then went on to say: “we have gotten so accustomed to being told what to care about, how to celebrate through media that we, as a culture, have not taken on the full responsibility to keep our history relevant’. I could not help but to agree. So as this month has gone by I had been contemplating how I can celebrate or showcase this month in a monumental way in my own household so I did so digging.

 

Now, I am a lover of music and Apple products, so yesterday I was downloading music and came across the Black History Month music section. As I scrolled through the selection, they had speeches from our leaders and most influential in African American history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm as well as Huey P. Newton – I had to DOWNLOAD! Then I got excited that here in Washington, DC – the Smithsonian will be opening the National Museum of African American History and Culture – located in the last space available by the National Mall. It amazes me how when we were kids we saw documentaries, biopics and read about the movement – the protests, the killings, speeches and I know personally I did not have a full appreciation of what the message and demand for freedom, equality and acceptance meant for us in the future. In this I feel I have not done our greatest crusaders, our soldiers’ justice. Now that my daughter is here, sure she will face challenges but I feel that the passion for learning and having courage is being drained from our community and we cannot lose what this was all for. Today we have an economic issue that we face but until we and our next generation grasp why we have to be more courageous, have a strong will and message to stand up for and taking ACTION making our culture stronger than it has ever been, we have to celebrate this month is in a bigger way – starting at home with our families. This year, I did not get to celebrate but I plan to listen to those speeches and self-reflect on what actions my family will be taking to honor and enhance our Black History Legacy – it’s our responsibility to never forget! Check out some of stories and what’s to come for our culture I have stumbled upon below….

Oh, and don’t forget to leave your suggestions and comments below….let’s start the conversation! And I just had a thought, who thought it was a great idea to give us one of the coldest months in year 🙁

National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. – The Man and The Dream

 

28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Discover The True Purpose of Valentine’s Day….so you never get it wrong again!

 

Love on Steroids

Love on Steroids

(click on image)

 

 

Love is in the air! As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I’ve been pondering what’s the true essence of this holiday? Pausing, I find myself doing some deep soul-searching and here’s what I have found: We are missing the thoughtfulness and presence in the relationship with the people we love. You might be thinking,

“What in the world are you talking about….I am both thoughtful and present; I’ve gotten the candy from Godiva, made dinner reservations, rented a limo and/or brought flowers home”.

 

You may be thinking I’ve thought this through and besides isn’t it the thought that counts? Hold that thought, if I’d like to bring it to your attention that you’ve had good intention, but it’s your attentiveness that is lacking. Ask yourself, are these things I’ve done traditionally in the past? What is it that my partner is anticipating this year? What are their likes and dislikes? What gets them fired up and beaming from ear to ear?


Granted you can do anything for them, at any time and on any day of the year. Yet, the question remains are you paying attention to them and their interest? Have we’ve gotten so used to society telling us what we should do for Valentine’s Day? So much so that we have lost that true presence, thoughtfulness and essentially the connection with the person we say we love the most. For this Valentine’s Day, I want us all to be more present and thoughtful in our love gift giving this year.

 

Below are some ideas that may ignite your partner’s fire this year. Hopefully, you’ve been paying attention to them and you won’t need this guide (again, be present in your relationship….pun intended)!

 

  1. For the Ladies– TOUCHDOWN! : if your booski is a fan of any sport, hence all of his favorite teams memorabilia – bumper sticks, clothes for your kids, cards and video games – it may be time to grab him some season tickets to the upcoming year! He will be sure to show much gratitude for this gift. Added bonus: attend a game or two and root for the team on the opposing side that may ignite some connection to show that you support him in his love for the game but that you will make it fun and light.

     

     

  2. For the Gentlemen – Dress Code: some of you prefer to be in your timbs (Timberland boots) and jeans for every occasion and every outing but I recommend that (and not just for this holiday) that you allow your lady to style you. She love when you dress up like the gentleman you are and knows you to be – deep down inside. Let her see you in a different look, this will surely turn her on to looking enticing for you later on in the evening.

 

  1. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. find out what it means to me! : take out the time to LISTEN! We rarely are listening when our partner is speaking which leads to misunderstanding on any day; we are all on autoresponder just to be agreeable….this is not real presence. To make the best impression on your partner, listen with the intent to take in their perspective. Have the patience to allow what they’ve say to register and if you need clarity, ask questions. Your partner will notice and appreciate your attentiveness in the conversations and their thoughts – sure to make the night and your days filled with respect and some good lovin’!

     

  2. For the Love of You: music connects us all, music inspires the soul to show up and be at its best especially when it comes to L.O.V.E! R&B/Soul is coming back and it is a good time to get back in touch with that soul. This holiday, make sure you purchase those concert tickets to see some of your favorite artists (old school and the latest) that will undoubtedly uproot the romance and passion you have neglected in the past. Forever Charlie Tour featuring Kem & Joe is coming to many cities so go snag your tickets from Ticketmaster.com – here’s the link to the Atlantic City show http://www.ticketmaster.com/charlie-wilson-with-kem-featuring-joe-atlantic-city-new-jersey-02-14-2015/event/02004D83EA576AD7 or if you are in the DC Metro area, you can go see Blackstreet/SWV/After 7/Tony, Toni, Tone’ and other great artist at the ShowPlace Arena http://www.ticketmaster.com/Blackstreet-tickets/artist/1019032


 

  1. EattoLive – With society becoming more health conscious, getting fit and eating better – now is a great time to learn how to cook HEALTHIER! With all the fasts, challenges, recipe Instagrams, one doesn’t know where to start. We will have more time to get more in-depth on this conversation but for now, why not take a couple’s cooking class or a few. This is a great idea to come together with other couples and expand your social life as well. LivingSocial.com is a great online platform that has great listing for cooking classes to participate in and sure to accommodate your budget – saving too!

 

  1. Intimacy & Passion Speaks – Instead of going in for the kill, no warm up no nothing – try finding out what their secret fantasy or fetish is. I guarantee that just having the conversation will turn them on and up. I have come to find that having the judgment free discussion about what you’ve always wanted to try but never had the courage to because you were afraid of what your partner would think of you, is the best way to release the inhibitions in your relationship.

 

Remember that all of these are suggestions but I encourage you to take notice to your partner’s interests from this point out and if you want some more helpful advice, I came across a great link for improving your relationship in 2015 and beyond! Take note that some of you are not in rhythm with hugging frequently or being spontaneous but that is what this is about – getting out of your comfort zone with how you THINK you show love!

10 Ways to Improve Your Relationship – http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20853691_3,00.html

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