Blog Chat: ‘Mental Fitness Advocate’ Pebbles Armwood Inspires

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Photo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood
Photo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood

Some people foolishly counted Pebbles Armwood out, the girl with a different learning style didn’t fit a teacher’s definition of college material. Today, the 30-year-old Baltimore native, charismatic and confident laughs and admits candidly, “I can hardly keep up with everything I’m doing.”

Affable and warm, it’s not difficult to see why Armwood is progressing rapidly after appearing on the Dr. Oz show last year to share her weight loss story. She dropped fifty pounds using his “green drink,” her own healthy juices, exercise and an improved diet. You can now add 2 pounds to that fifty, she says, laughing again, “It was hard getting those 2 lbs off!”

Over a year ago Armwood tiped the scale at 230 lbs; her doctor shared somber news, she was borderline diabetic. Armwood writes on her blog that she decided then not to “allow myself to become sick from something I have control over… At any cost if I can avoid, stop, and prevent any type of disease that’s what I will do.”

Now most days Armwood is juggling a dizzying array of tasks from blogging at Mental Fitness to launching her own website and business (selling her custom healthy drinks and consulting) co-hosting “Women’s Talk” on internet radio station WPBR, completing a book (due out August 17), and serving as an advocate on behalf of her fellow students at Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

Mental Fitness logo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood
Mental Fitness logo courtesy of Pebbles Armwood

“I had to learn that my journey wasn’t about the physical weight loss, it was about the mental and emotional weight that I was carrying that I needed to lose.”

Despite these impressive accomplishments, Armwood knows it’s all possible because she refuses to play the victim; today she is an empowered woman, spreading the message of self love, accountability and the challenge to be authentic.

I’m sure you will leave inspired and convinced that you have the power to change after listening to our blog chat via Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/live-in-color-blog/blog-chat-mental-fitness

Check out Pebbles’ video produced by Keystone Productions, and find out how she makes that fabulous juice.

 

 

Networking with a Purpose, Afrikan Village & Cultural Center of Baltimore

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Photo courtesy of Marcus Sankofa Nicks
Photo courtesy of Marcus Sankofa Nicks

Marcus ‘Sankofa’ Nicks, national youth director of  The Afrikan Village & Cultural Center and founder of Black Genius Youth Academy, is talking about a different kind of networking  event – one with a purpose beyond exchanging business cards and vague promises to stay in touch.  It’s time,  he thinks, to get beyond our limited notions of networking, and connect in authentic ways.

On Friday, February 8 from 6-9 p.m. The Brothers of Ma’at Fellowship of The Afrikan Village & Cultural Center of Baltimore (25 E. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202) hosts  “The Rebirth of The Black Wall Street.”  Nicks is encouraging you to come out and connect with other professionals and community members to promote your products and services.

“It’s an event for everyone,”  he says, “not just entrepreneurs.” Attendees also have an opportunity to present what they do (business, artistic endeavor, etc.) with the group and engage in meaningful dialogue. The Center also plans to open the doors to their upcoming bookstore Universal Minds, a place to find conscious and empowering books. 

A national organization, the center is focused on “empowering people of Afrikan descent – economically, spiritually, socially and physically, all through the guise of Afrikan culture,” Nicks says.  “Baltimore is one of the local chapters.”

Photo Source: The Root
Photo Source: The Root

I caught up with him recently to discuss the significance of Black Wall Street, a tragic incident  in Greenwood, a black section of  Tulsa, Oklahoma where an angry white mob nearly decimated the town’s accomplished population of entrepreneurs and professionals.

Beginning on May 31, 1921, according to an article on the website The Root, a young black man was accused of assaulting a white woman ignited “the deadliest race riot in U.S. history.” Nearly  300 people died, and “another 10,000 black residents [were] homeless, with 35 city blocks in ruin.”

There are other examples of these hateful actions from Rosewood, Florida to  North Carolina, Nicks points out.  It’s time, as a community, that we move towards helping each other; the answer, he insists is “not with the government but individuals.”

Listen to a portion of our conversation below via Sound Cloud.
http://soundcloud.com/live-in-color-blog/the-rebirth-of-the-black-wall

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Flyer courtesy of The Afrikan Village and Cultural Center of Baltimore
Flyer courtesy of The Afrikan Village and Cultural Center of Baltimore

Blog Chat: Grammy-Nominated Singer Carolyn Malachi

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When you ask most people how they are doing, they usually mumble ok, Carolyn Malachi will likely say amazing. Obviously, the great-granddaughter of jazz pianist John Malachi is not most people. Malachi possesses an ethereal grace; down to earth and warm, the Washington D.C. native and Grammy-nominated independent artist greets me on this frigid January day with a genuine hug and easy smile.

Her style is diverse, fusing Jazz, Hip Hop and Spoken Word into a veritable musical gumbo. From “Revenge of the Smart Chicks”(2008) to “Revenge of the Smart Chicks II”(2009) and “Lions, Fires & Squares” EP (2010), she remains committed to presenting her artistic truths. In 2011. Malachi received a Grammy award nomination for the single, Orion (“Lions, Tigers & Squares”) as Best Urban / Alternative Performance.

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Microsoft featured Malachi’s motivational song and video “Beautiful Dreamer” in its Windows Media Guide. Her “Free Your Mind” video imbued with motivational gems (“You on that doubt, I got these dreams”) supports The School Fund’s efforts to provide education for the world’s poorest students. 
Check out the first Live In Color blog chat with this dynamic artist and humanitarian!Video and editing by Keystone Productions (follow on Twitter @ KeystoneProd) or on Facebook (Keystone Productions).