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Queen Latifah Receives Distinguished Health Advocate Award



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All eyes were on Queen Latifah and allied healthcare professionals as the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) held its seventh annual “Spirit of the Heart” Awards Gala at the Cipriani in New York City, with actor and health advocate Lamman Rucker, serving as emcee.

During the event, Queen Latifah received the Distinguished Health Advocate Award for her active promotion of preventative care and work to reduce disparities in cardiovascular disease. Motivated by her mother’s successful management of heart failure, Queen Latifah has served as an outspoken heart health advocate.

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The Association of Black Cardiologists serves to promote the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, in Blacks and other minorities and to achieve health equity for all through the elimination of disparities. The annual awards dinner serves as a celebration of life with proceeds supporting ABCs ‘Spirit of the Heart’ community outreach, brought together leaders in the healthcare industry, also honored the following individuals:

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD (The Mt. Sinai Medical Hospital) – Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Health Promotion Award; Michael J. Dowling (Northwell Health) – ABC Spirit of the Heart Award; Luther T. Clark, MD (Merck and Co.) – ABC Distinguished Leadership Award; Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC accepted by Ed Schutter – ABC Health Equity Award; Yele Aluko, MD, MBA- (Novant Health Heart and Vascular Institute) – ABC Mentorship Award; Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University accepted by Vincent J.B. Robinson, MD – ABC Diversity in Cardiology Award; Felipe C. Robinson, MD – Founding Member of The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC Visionary Award) posthumously accepted by his daughter, Erron Al-Amin.

For more information on the ‘Spirit of the Heart’ Awards Gala and the Association of Black Cardiologists, visit

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#BlackGirlMagic on 2017 American Music Awards Red Carpet



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On the AMAs red carpet: Ciara

The mom of two said she gained 60 lbs during both of her pregnancies and had to work very hard to get back in shape. “I said I wasn’t going to gain 60lbs carrying Sienna…and I did exactly that!” she stated in an Instagram post.

Every postpartum journey is different, but you can’t help but be motivated by Cici! “After delivering my son, a 9-lb. 10-oz. baby, and gaining 60 lbs., I was committed to [returning] to how I felt before I had him. Four months after having him, I was back to my original shape,” she said. “There’s something very empowering about that. Something about that gave me an extra pep in my step, and motivated me even more to go harder.”

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On the AMAs red carpet: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee on her body confidence with the Tracy Anderson Method workouts:
“…I have to say that Tracy Anderson’s workout the last five years has been really good for me. I love the studio atmosphere, I love how beautiful and sexy and long and strong I look when I work out, and I love the loud music.

I find that, as adults, we stay so regimented in our movement, even if we get on a treadmill. The music changes all the patterns, and my body gets to move freely, so you feel amazing—which is ultimately the point of the workouts, too. One of the things that’s most encouraging is you see a roomful of women working their asses off and looking beautiful. You see women in their 40s wearing jog bras and their stomachs out proudly, walking in a stance that says, “I love my body,” and that’s exciting to me.”
(via Health mag)

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On the AMAs red carpet: Kelly Rowland

Kelly on her morning routine: “The first thing I do is at least two or three minutes of meditation. I started doing that after I had my son. It has helped me tremendously. It just puts you in an easier mind space. There’s so much you have to deal with in one day, and I feel like meditation prepares you for anything that comes to you. You won’t flip your lid on the first thing that shakes you up a bit. It puts you at ease.

My favorite thing to eat in the morning is oatmeal. I add a little maple syrup, a little salt, and almond milk, and I’m set. Sometimes I’ll add cinnamon and some raisins and pumpkin seeds. I don’t need caffeine in the morning, but if I have to it’s usually through green tea.

I am a morning workout person. I don’t think I could really be as connected or focused in the afternoon if I didn’t do it… It’s definitely a HIIT workout, and I feel a lot better and more centered from doing it. Having my son really did a number on my body…”
(Via: Well + Good)

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