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Ramona Cadogan – Fitness Enthusiast & Raw Vegan



Ramona Cadogan, from West Hempstead, New York, is a science teacher, as well as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor. Her fitness journey started at a young age. She stayed active through various styles of dance, but she maintained her healthy habits into her adult life.

But what may be most interesting in Ramona’s healthy way of life, is that she is a raw vegan, and is a part of a raw vegan fitness community. Read more about Ramona and her lifestyle!

Q. What is your current nutrition regimen?
As a raw vegan, I eat fruits, vegetables and some nuts/ seeds. I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast, but prior to that I drink lemon in water as a detox. Three hours later, I typically eat three mangoes, followed by five bananas three hours later, and a large salad of greens, sprouts, tomatoes, lemon, nori, seaweed ,goji berries, etc. I also drink water from a natural spring through the day. I became a raw vegan to protect animals and to try a different approach to eating. I will not turn back.

Q. What motivated you to pursue personal training and Pilates instruction?
I enjoy the benefits of a healthy mind, body and soul and would like to encourage others to do the same. I want to serve as a role model and help others get into shape.

Q. What is your current exercise/training regimen?
I work out in the morning to start out my day fresh and do yoga in the evenings to prepare me for the next day. I run three times per week, do circuit training three times per week, weight lift two to three times per week, and do yoga three to five times per week.

I have completed the Warrior Dash and Spartan Races. I like to push my fitness and health to greater levels, and races like these allow me to do that.


Q. What advice do you have for someone looking to begin a career in the health and fitness industry?
I advise people to get knowledge through practice and theory. Also learn from successful trainers on their methodologies and learn how they encourage clients to stick to their fitness programs.

Tell us more about your services and where you can be found.
I am located in West Hempstead, NY, and service individuals in the Nassau/Suffolk Counties as well as in Queens, Brooklyn and NYC. I am also available for on-line personal training for children all the way up to the elderly.

You can learn more about me here.


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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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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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