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Review: The Sports Drink For Us All – Alley-Oop by Youthtopia



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Many of us wanted to “Be like Mike” when Gatorade came on the scene. The scientifically-created sports drink to replenish athletes while they perform their magic transcended sports and quickly became a drink for the masses.

The only thing is…most people aren’t elite athletes and even on most days, are not typically performing extreme high-intensity exercises or playing sports that Gatorade, Powerade and the likes, were designed for. It’s great if you plan on climbing to the top of Camelback mountain, playing ball for hours on end at the gym, or are preparing to compete in a Crossfit competition. But the average American doesn’t NEED the excess sugar and salt, even if they are healthy and active.The average serving of Gatorade contains over 20 grams of sugar. But the entire bottle of gatorade is 32 ounces, so that equates to 56 grams of sugar. Imagine just sipping on it at your desk and not exercising at all, or a child drinking Gatorade on a regular basis. That’s a problem.

Meet the Alley-Oop beverage, created by Dr. Brenda Jones, M.D., and her late husband, the founders of Youthtopia. Together with partner and minority owner Ronald Fuqua, they decided to create the change they wanted to see.

“…We played a lot of tennis, and the only healthy beverage was water, but then you didn’t get all the essentials you needed from water. We didn’t really get into Gatorade and Powerade because they had so much sugar…We started looking around and there was nothing other than diet beverages…so that’s where the concept started,” said Dr. Jones.

This product differentiates itself from others on the market because of its low sugar content and ingredients. It is also diabetic-friendly.

“Our present Alley-Oop is in a powdered form with just 5-7 grams of sugar per 16-20 oz. of water and averages out to about 28 calories, compared to Gatorade which has over 20 grams of sugar or more per serving.

We add in all of the nutrients you need like salt, potassium, vitamins, etc. Our beverage is non-GMO, gluten free, and caffeine free, contains no preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. So, everything is pretty much all natural except for the addition of a small amount of sucralose for taste.”

As a former practicing Ophthalmologist for three decades, we asked Dr. Jones, who regularly served patients with high heart disease, obesity, lung cancer and were survivors of strokes, if these conditions which affect African-Americans so heavily, have an affect on eye health. “Yes, especially as it relates to diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cancer. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss among working-aged people and the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans.”



We got the chance to try out the three flavors of Alley-Oop for ourselves and here’s what we thought.

Straw-Mango (most popular)
Slam Punch
Citrus Grind

The Straw-Mango and Slam Punch flavors were as good as could have expected. With just 7g of sugar per serving, the flavor was great. Alley-Oop also has just 7g carbs and 28 calories per serving. They were especially good closer to frozen and a little slushy. Citrus Grind was our least favorite, because we expected a sweeter flavor just like the other two, but it was lot more sour/tangy. However, Dr. Jones let us know that this is a flavor preferred by more men, possibly because it resembles more of the lemon-lime gatorade flavor. This is not a flavor we would purchase, but we think it’s worth giving all three a try.


We give Alley-Oop beverage 4 out of 5 star ranking. We would like to see more flavors and more purchase availability, which we can imagine will continue to expand as the brand continues to expand.

Alley-Oop can be purchased at

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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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Your Guide To Shopping For Produce

Find out what produce you should definitely buy organic, and what is okay to buy conventionally



It seems to be getting harder and harder to know what is being sold to us at the grocery store. We know that the beautiful, shiny produce is the most affordable but probably contains the highest amounts of wax, pesticides and other chemicals. However, organic can be a bit pricey and possibly unavailable, depending on where you have access to shop.

Did you know that the USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed? The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.

See what happens when you pour hot water on conventional apples. The chemicals literally melt! It’s important that we buy organic and if we cannot, at least wash our produce prior to consuming (Video: Laurline Eldemire Lawrence via Facebook):

Check out the most recent list of produce that you should preferably buy organic, known as the ‘Dirty Dozen,’ and which produce is safe to purchase conventionally, known as the ‘Clean Fifteen.’ While you may not find every produce item you like to eat on these lists, this is a great start!

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Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen. Credit: EWG

Read the full report here:

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Angela Rye Set To Join BET For New Program

The cultural and political thought leader’s new series ‘Angela Rye’s State of the Union’ begins January 31st



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It’s about time! We are excited to learn that Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, CNN political commentator and NPR political analyst, will be joining forces with BET to deliver a new program, launching this month.

Rye is set to host and executive produce the quarterly news show, which is poised to dig deep into issues and stories affecting black America.

“Working with BET always provides a reminder of why I began to do this work,” Rye said in a statement to Blavity. “It is essential that we have platforms where we can discuss our politics, our challenges, and our culture through our respective lenses. The upcoming special will provide a glimpse of what’s to come with our partnership.”

The first episode of the series is tentatively titled “Angela Rye’s State of the Union,” which will be a primetime rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union address airing Wednesday, January 31 at 10PM PT.

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Gee Bryant A Force To Reckon With in the Fitness Industry

Atlanta’s Transformation Specialist Talks About His Road from Uncertainty to Becoming a Successful Businessman and Celebrity Trainer



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Fitness expert, success coach and entrepreneur Gee Bryant has always been a hustler with a “MUST get it” attitude, and he’s walking in his purpose. He’s the brains behind the #1 online fitness program Results in 28 Days and owner of The Loft Atlanta, Phlexx Fitness and is CMO of Fitness Plane.

Gee says that he never had a “real” job and did whatever he could to make money. He tried multiple business ventures that eventually led him to become a personal trainer, as a way to work for himself while also staying active. Even though fitness was never cool where he’s from, Gee says he’s always been in his own lane. He has always recognized that he is unique and learned that by being a personal trainer he had a major impact on people. This hobby eventually transformed into a passion.

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Growing up in Philly, Gee says there was a lot of pain – he used to reflect on it and let it consume him, but now he uses his pain to push him further.

“You can’t be a victim your whole life.”

In 2015, after starting to create buzz around his name as a personal trainer, Gee decided to move to Atlanta with just his car and clothes. He created boot camps, trainings, began marketing himself on social media and just doing anything to make money, to pay rent, and to NOT go back.

“If you ain’t willing to go crazy, then leave the entrepreneurship game.”

Gee created a business plan with the mindset, “I’m going ALL IN.” He started with, “How much money do I want to make? And, How many people do I need to help?” He also began reading books and focusing on personal development.

“As you expand, your mind has to expand as well.”

Gee had a plan and a goal, and decided to do anything he could to make it all come true. His efforts started to work so well that Gee had an overload of clients, which then gave him reason to open up his first gym.

During this time he was constantly growing his brand on social media and in the fitness profession, but knew he wouldn’t be able to fully execute his vision without the right help. So, he reached out to trainers to hire and assist in his gym.

“I’m a control freak, but I had to learn how to let go. It’s better to have someone who can do something 70%, than you trying to do it 100%. If you try to do everything you’ll burn yourself out.”

Gee began pushing online programs that he created on his own, recorded on YouTube and from that he started increasing his clientele. From there, he built his website.

“For this to go global, it has to be beyond me.”

It was then that Gee created the RI28 program. Gee says he makes his program different.

“I get their mind right. Your body won’t go where your mind won’t let it.”

Gee says his program is so effective because it’s easy to follow, he has the RI28 Facebook support group, it’s only a 28 day program, the meal plan and workouts are included, he has a team of like minded people behind him, and it’s SIMPLE.

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The Loft Athletic Club opened in Atlanta, GA this year. Not only did Gee need a bigger space, but he says, “It was time.” Loft Atlanta is FOR Atlanta.

“I did it MY way, he says.” He never cheated the process, and changed and helped thousands of people do the same thing.

What he wants people to know is that they can do whatever they want, not become a product of their environment, and he wants his legacy to be a legacy of SERVICE.

Gee encourages other entrepreneurs to be obsessed and consistent about their brand and reminds us that small daily improvements = long term results.

2018 is here and there is so much more for Gee Bryant to accomplish. Make sure to follow him @geebryant and via his website to not only stay in the loop with what he’s up to next, but to get all the information on how to join any of his programs or find his facilities.

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