Black Women, Here’s How We Take Care Of Each Other In 2017

When I first saw this photo in Wonderland magazine I thought about how beautiful it is to be a black woman right now. We are taking care of ourselves more and more and we are holding each other down like never before!

As black women, it often feels like we’re expected to carry the burdens of a nation. But science is already proving that we are heading in the right direction.

According to the Center For Disease Control, life expectancy is down for the first time since 1993 for white men and women, black men, and there was a slight change for Hispanic men and women. Yet the life expectancy of black women saw no change.

“The data show that the majority of us know that we need to improve and are working on it,” says Linda Goler Blount, president and chief executive of Black Women’s Health Imperative, a national health advocacy nonprofit based in the District, black women. “The good news is that black women are coming together to help each other,” Blount said. “We are learning the importance of self-care. We have to take care of ourselves first if we expect to help others.”

This is great news considering all the crap society tries to dump on us.  That coupled with the personal stresses we face on a daily basis are enough to send our health on a downward spiral. However, this new health data doesn’t mean we are out of the woods yet. We are still disproportionately prone to certain diseases such as obesity. Yet the New Year doesn’t have to be laden with worries, fears, and doubts about your personal life, failing health, who the president is, and what society thinks of us. We must continue on the road of taking care of ourselves and one another. I’ve personally learned that in order for me to get on the path towards continuous inner peace and wellness, it’s crucial to continue to engage in practices that allow for that to become my norm. Mediation is one path I’m taking and I’d love for you to join me!

Have you asked yourself what you truly want for the new year and beyond? Is it more energy? Better focus? Those are both personal goals of mine. Or maybe you’re looking to create more “ME” time and feel spiritually fulfilled. One of the best ways to remind ourselves that we deserve these things and goodness in all areas of our lives is by engaging in conscious breathing! is teaming up with Leslie Carrington of and The National Association of 100 Black Women, Manhattan Chapter, to host a 3-part workshop series called Meditate to Wellness. Certified conscious connected breathwork specialist, Kathleen Booker, will engage our attendees with meditation and breathing exercises. Booker knows first-hand the energy, healing, peace, and joy breathwork creates in one’s life, because she’s experienced the benefits of the practice before she became a practitioner.

I was fortunate enough to partake in one of her sessions last week on the day of the full moon. It was eye opening for me because I discovered there are things I still need to work though. So I’m looking forward to taking her class three Sundays in a row in January.
So if you’re in the New York City area, JOIN US: January 15th, 22nd, and 29th form 2pm to 6pm at El Noel Eco-Center for Integrative Wellness. We will also be giving away gift bags with products you’ll love! Purchase your tickets at There’s limited seating so don’t sleep on getting your ticket! Check out all the details in the flier below and I hope to see you there!

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.


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