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Lamman Rucker’s Newest Leading Role – Empowering Our Communities



There’s a calm and inviting demeanor about Lamman Rucker. Maybe that’s why he’s a force to reckon with in Hollywood right now. With new movies hitting theaters soon including “The Man in 3B” and “Service to Man,” fans are in for some of his best work yet. But he’s so much more than an actor. “Courage. Optimism. Discipline. Excellence” – the code in which he lives by. Lamman’s goal is to be a living example of everything he preaches. From founding The Black Gents of Hollywood, to partnering with The American Heart Association to help combat hypertension in the Black community, to sharing his story in the book REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding, Lamman is sowing seeds of knowledge back into the community and setting up the path for others to follow. Lamman took some time to share his story with Black Fitness Today and his thoughts on health, personal development and what you didn’t know about the “Why Did I Get Married” series.

Along with several of your memorable roles, Lamman is a fan favorite from the “Why Did I Get Married” movies as Troy, Sheila’s “knight in shining armor.” What we loved was the type of man Troy was to Sheila. She was even inspired to take his lead in living a healthier lifestyle! We asked Lamman what he would say to so many women (and men) out there who may not love the skin their in and struggle with self-image…

When you think about it, its like well what’s the real problem? Was the real problem the weight/health and therefore low self-esteem, or was the problem the low self-esteem that led to issues with weight or health? One of the things that exacerbated the self-esteem issue for Sheila (played by Jill Scott) was the fact that she was in a relationship with someone who didn’t acknowledge or encourage her (Mike, played by Richard T. Jones).

I have to correct people sometimes when they’re like, “oh, (Troy) saved her.” No, no, no – he didn’t save her from nothing [laughs]. If anything, he encouraged her so that she could see it for herself, you know, and that’s what has to happen. Other people can love you and support you but it still has to be your own choice to see yourself in a different light and find the balance between accepting yourself as you are and desiring to improve.

Lamman believes the films would have been even better if we saw more of the storyline between Troy & Sheila.

You would have fallen in love with them even more if you would have been able to see the process and that’s where I feel like people were kind of cheated, because you just saw how they were checking for one another and before you knew it, they were married. If you could have witnessed the process; if you could have seen them becoming friends, just literally enjoying each other’s company – gradually the friendship grew and intimacy on a higher level started to evolve.

What else don’t we know about the films?

One of the things that you also don’t know is that Troy was married in the initial script. Part of what takes him up to the mountain is for him to heal and to lick his wounds from what he had already gone through… he wasn’t sheriff of that town his whole life. He was a wealthy business tycoon, a philanthropist and a hometown hero.

Although Sheila showed us the “I’m feelin’ myself” aspect of the transformation, Lamman points out that it all began on the inside.

When you see Sheila in that scene talking to her girlfriends and when you see her walk in the bathroom and she’s like “oh, you” (talking to Trina, played by Denise Boutte) the power that you saw wasn’t coming from the need to diminish anybody — and she was very honest about the fact that she was like, I would take this to the street years ago, but you know what, I’m past that, not because of what that man [Troy] was able to help me do for myself, but I’m past that because of where I am with myself. Let’s say Troy and Sheila aren’t together anymore; she would be like “I’m okay, because I’m nowhere near in the place that I was when I lost the first man as when I lost this last one.” BUT hopefully that doesn’t happen and I’m even not going to dream that up [laughs] because hopefully we don’t see that in Why Did I Get Married Three – here I am making up story lines already!

Flip the page to learn about Lamman’s newest role with the American Heart Association! 

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Living Fit The Civil Way – How A Healthy Lifestyle Powers Karen Civil’s Success



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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today

It’s another beautiful November day in Los Angeles, and it’s shoot day. Karen Civil is en route, and the team is preparing for her arrival. You can feel how the atmosphere changes when she walks into the studio. She brings an aura of confidence, yet calmness. Even while she’s ironing out details of her schedule for the rest of the week, she’s in lock step during shoot prep. Karen is like a chameleon who can rock many different looks and shine bright while doing it.

Everyone has their own method of preparation for photo shoots. We can imagine that in being a cover girl for a fitness mag, she wanted to be ready. But, her lifestyle, work ethic, and commitment to maintaining good health and a solid physique proved to be a perfect return on investment on shoot day.

The Elizabeth, New Jersey native now residing in Los Angeles is one of the best digital strategists in the game.  Even if you still don’t know who she is by now, you probably know her work and have seen her footprint. Check some of her most notable receipts:

Remember when Weezy went to prison? Karen was responsible for the creation of his fan site, that kept his fans connected and brand intact during his incarceration. This was crucial because it was before social media gave us all direct access to our favorite celebs and entertainers.

You know all those Beats by Dre ads with notable athletes and entertainers wearing the headphones while getting a glimpse into their journeys? She spearheaded that campaign.

The booming success of mainstream artists like YG, Nipsey Hussle and Dave East and more, link back to her, as she has elevated these artists into formidable brands.

One of Karen’s platforms,, which kicked off in 2008, has been unique in the hip-hop industry because it is credited with introducing now global superstars to the world before anyone else including Drake, J. Cole, and Nicki Minaj.

Karen and her team launched the LiveCivil playground in Haiti, the place of her roots, to create a safe place for children to be able to play and express themselves.

Karen Civil is not only holding her own in a male-dominated industry, but is setting the path that women — and men — want to follow.

What enables Karen Civil to be the powerhouse that she is goes beyond her knowledge, experience, and connections. It is often said that our health is our greatest wealth. How can we live out our fullest potential if we aren’t healthy enough to do it? This is an idea that Karen takes very seriously; it gives her balance and a solid foundation.

Self-care has enabled her to successfully fight her battle with anemia, and maintain not only a solid body, but a solid mental state – something so crucial in the industry she dominates each and every day.

Flip to the next page to read our interview with Karen to find out what fitness means to her, why she felt it was best to let go of her vegan lifestyle, what keeps her grounded, and advice she has on brand-building.

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How Will “WillDaBeast” Adams Beasted His Way to Becoming One Of Dance’s Biggest Influencers



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Will "WillDaBeast" Adams

He’s elevated dance. His style is highly sought-after. You’ve probably seen a viral video already showcasing his ridiculous choreography. Will “WilldaBeast” Adams is our Fall 2017 cover and we are excited to share the story of such a dope guy with you all! He’s leaving a mark on the industry that will make it tough for others to make any better.

Growing up as a military brat was difficult for Adams. Moving around often, and not feeling a sense of belonging left him questioning his purpose, as he knew he was meant for more. Once he found his love for dance, he took a leap of faith, trusted his talent, and moved to Los Angeles, to become a professional dancer to artists such as Usher, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, working with TV series such as GLEE, X-Factor and more. He’d later go on to build his dance empire immaBEAST that has global impact. His annual conference BuildaBeast Experience 2017 going on now, is hosting over 1000 participants daily, representing countries all over the world.

The energy Adams’ choreography brings is so infectious, you may find yourself watching his YouTube channel for hours, or deciding to try some of his choreography yourself – be careful though – we’re not responsible for any pulled muscles or sore joints that may come from trying to move like that! The fitness level he showcases is one to be admired!

Dance as a career, or outlet, certainly has its long-term benefits. But even dance as a form of cardiovascular exercise, or stress-reliever, can improve our overall physical and mental health. Scientific studies show that dancing helps improve our core, overall coordination, fight symptoms of depression, and can even keep our brains from aging!

Adams’ chatted with us about how he stays in great shape, what sets him apart, and what empowers him to be a beast!

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What was life like for you growing up?

Life was confusing for me growing up. I moved around a lot of places, because I was a military brat. I lived in Virginia, Florida and Indiana for 12 years. I learned to love all people, try new things and was super involved with sports, as well as arts. But I always felt out of place and that I was destined for something more.

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Laura Govan – Finding New Strength and Power Through Fitness



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Laura Govan, Black Fitness Today, fitness magazine, celebrity fitness
She’s fierce, fly and fit! Not to mention down-to-earth and open to sharing her journey.  Mother, author, entrepreneur and actress Laura Govan is no stranger to the camera and having her life scrutinized for the world to see. But fitness has become a passion, an escape and a way of rebuilding for Govan, who has transformed her figure after giving birth to four children in a span of five-and-half years.

Unhealthy eating habits led her doctor to inform her she was at risk for developing diabetes. She decided enough was enough and she wanted to get her weight, her health, but her mindset back to where it needed to be.

Laura keeps her workouts fresh and unique, from training in the gym, to Yoga, to basketball skills and drills — she makes sure to keep from plateauing.

Hit the flip for all things Laura Govan and fitness + an interview you don’t want to miss!









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