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Disconnect in order to Reconnect: How to live in a Hi-Tech, Low-Touch World



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It’s not easy using our bodies the way God designed them because more and more of the world is not the way God designed it. Urban sprawl and new technological advances have literally transformed the way the earth looks and the way we interact with it. The further and further away we get from using the Jay Jones, Trainer, Fitness Ministerplanet the way it was designed to be used the closer and closer we get to not being able to use our bodies the way they were designed to be used.

God created us to move and be engaged in the world. He didn’t create us to become slaves to our own creations and abandon the activities that edify our temples for the sake  of convenience. In todays society we have reduced our physical interaction with the world to as little as possible. Our incidental fitness opportunities diminish with
each new gadget or gizmo that hits the market with the intention of “saving time & energy”. Office worker no longer visit each others desk for information or conversation, they email or text. We very seldom take stairs anymore if elevators or escalators are close by. We drive everywhere, even if walking is a feasible option.

The most effective way to reconnect to your natural self is to disconnect from the artificial technology and begin to interact with the physical world around you once again. When I was a kid it was a form of punishment if I wasn’t able to go outside and play! For the modern child, the exact opposite is the case, going outside to play and socialize with friends is a form of punishment when all they want to do is stay inside and watch tv, play video games, or surf the net.

Start to incorporate more outside time into your daily routine. A simple walk around the block, park, or office complex can not only reduce stress but also create a clear mental environment where creativity and imagination can flourish to solve problems and create solutions to pressing issues. Fuel your  body with proper nutrition and develop fitness into a habit, not a hobby, and watch God add a Supernatural Blessing to your natural efforts. Rediscover the beauty, magnificence, and healing properties of reconnecting with nature and watch your mind, body and soul respond in a most beautiful way!


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Jay Jones is a Fitness Minister & Certified Peak Performance Coach whose motto is "A mental transformation leads to a conscious restoration and finally a physical activation of your most successful self." Jay puts this philosophy to practice everyday as Inspiration and Owner of Jay Jones INI (Inspiration Not Intimidation) Peak Performance Coaching. Jay is an all-around athlete and was a standout football player at the quarterback position until his career was cut short by a broken neck. The subsequent physical rehabilitation as well as the mental and spiritual awakening a "near death" experience often creates... inspired Jay Jones to utilize his unique gifts to build healthier bodies and minds for people across the world.

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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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Video: Influencers Talk Health, Hair, Beauty and Empowerment at the Ubiquitous Women’s Expo



From the left: Brand manager of Luster’s Pink, Theresa Luster; Director of OCTFME, Angie Gates; model and TV personality, Cynthia Bailey; CEO of Beyond Her, Brandi Harvey; Founder and CEO of Fearless Mag, Arian Simone; Founder and Editor in Chief of Fashion Bomb Daily, Claire Sulmers (Photo by Brigette White)

It was a power-packed weekend at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC, for the 2018 Ubiquitous Women’s Expo! Celebrity guests included Nicole Ari Parker, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Brandi Harvey, Michael Baisden, Claire Sulmers, Syleena Johnson, and more, filled with health and wellness seminars, panel discussions, workshops, live performances by Doug E. Fresh, Joe Maye and more.

Check out our recap of the event!

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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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