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Activist, Athlete and Artist, Andia Winslow – Fitness With A View [Travel]

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From Fortune 500 companies, community organizations, internationally recognized initiatives and beyond, Andia has been honored to balance her role as an elite athlete ambassador, broadcaster, advocate and spokesmodel. Her experience includes work as a public speaker, gala/event hostess, corporate clinic presenter, documentary filmmaker, freelance writer, and dedicated golf instructor. Major clients have included: Intel Corporation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, National Recreation and Parks Association,  Walmart, Major League Baseball (MLB), Vanderbilt University, National Football League (NFL) and countless others. She believes that “the best experiences are those that are shared” and has been recognized globally for her fitness activism in the creation of innovative movies that encourage heart health, proper consumption, injury prevention and total athletic development.

Andia is on a mission “to help people around world harmonize their bodies w/ their environments!” No gym required.

Traveling is something you’ve done quite a bit as of late. Why might people looking for fit trips want to travel so some of your recent destinations? (Grenada, Spice Isle; Grand Cayman; Redwood Forest, California; Santa Monica, California, and Phoenix, Arizona)

I’m inspired by the built environment and the energies that make big cities famous, but my first love is the natural world. I seek destinations that take my breath away, not necessarily because of the altitude but because of the sheer beauty of the vistas. Oh, and because of the workout potential of course! Grenada is hilly, quiet and home to a thriving triathlete community. On every occasion that I visit Phoenix, Arizona, I’m on the precipice of Camelback Mountain upon hours of landing at Sky Harbor International. A 6.5 hour drive West lands you in Santa Monica. There’s nothing quite like hiking in the mountains for breakfast and catching waves for lunch! The Redwood forest is a meditative must-visit. Feeling completely insignificant while standing beneath giants and yet empowered to share that feeling with everyone that you know or will come to know.

Your fitness spontaneity or as you say “get it in where you can fit it in,” is very unique. Where is the most random place you’ve decided to exercise?

Random is in the eye of the beholder! Footage of me working out in an East Harlem laundromat went viral online but I’ve also found comfort fitting in workouts at the barbershop, on the subway en route to work and in my kitchen while planning the week’s meal prep.

Spending most of your time in the Big Apple. Where can people go in NYC for a great workout with a view to match?

The Brooklyn Promenade has become a very popular destination for the active set. Views of the Manhattan skyline, East River and Governor’s Island prove good backdrops for those who love a workout selfie. Not to mention, the City of New York has done an amazing job transforming industrial blight into basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts, roller rinks, seasonal swimming pools, expansive boardwalk, bike path and more. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way!

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Recap: 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Event

Watch our recap of the 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Finale Pink Carpet at the King’s Theater in Brooklyn, New York.

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The 2nd annual Finding Ashley Stewart Contest searched around the U.S. in search of a diva who personifies Ashley Stewart and everything she stands for: kindness, resilience, confidence, community and fashion! In the video below, Finding Ashley Stewart host and comedian Loni Love, 2018 Miss Ashley Stewart winner Tiffany Gosa-Flamer, journalist and author Soledad O’Brien, DJ Kid Capri, actress Andrea Rachel-Parker, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Peter Thomas, Essence Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor and Naughty by Nature all talk with BFT contributor Ryen Watkins about the importance of this competition and how Ashley Stewart is immersing themselves into the communities that support the brand.

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Episode 5: The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris

On ‘Black-ish’ Success, Marriage, Motherhood and Living Healthy Her Way!

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We had the great pleasure to chat with The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris for episode 5! Click on the link in this article to listen! And, read on to see more info on your chance to enter to win a copy of her brand new book!

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In this episode, we get right into our interview with Dr. Rainbow Barris, who is the inspiration behind the character Rainbow Johnson on ABCs hit show ‘Black-ish’ and author of Keeping Up With the Johnson’s – Bow’s Guide to Black-ish Parenting. It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle period – let alone as wife of director and writer Kenya Barris, being a medical doctor and raising six children! But Barris has found what works for her and wants to encourage other women balancing family and career to find what works uniquely for them! Plus, we talk about the show, Mr. & Mrs. Barris’ recent $1 million donation to Clark Atlanta University, and what life is like for her now. Don’t miss this!

Beginning Friday, June 29th – you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Barris’ book! Stay tuned to our website, and Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Episode 4: Leah Uko – Journalist on Fox 11 Los Angeles + Bodybuilder

Los Angeles area native Leah Uko is back home working as a nightside reporter, as seen on Fox 11 Los Angeles. But she’s also a bodybuilder preparing to step on stage again this fall. Learn more about her journey, why she loves to bear arms on camera, and why discipline and journaling keep her motivated and determined to reach her goals.

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