Sting Like A Bee: Help The Women of Kinshasa Fight

Marcella Sakobi lives in the Congo and has dreams of boxing professionally

Philanthropy means “love of mankind”.  It is giving money for a purpose or cause, benefiting people who you don’t personally know.

Kinshasa is a hard place.  After decades of constant warfare, Congo has been ravaged socially and economically. More than half of the country’s population is younger than 17. Many Congolese girls have fallen victim to rape, with the American Journal of Public Health reporting that, at one point, four women were being raped every five minutes in the country. With the average household income hovering around $230 a year, some Congolese girls have turned to prostitution, in a trend called phenomen tshiell, Lingala for the “whore phenomenon.” All of this adds up to a deeply rooted desire to leave the country, by any means necessary.

Marcella Sakobi, Miki Ndaya, Jorbelle Malewu and Safi Nadege Lukambo are all on a quest to use their boxing talents to escape their war-torn country.

Miki Ndaya

Jorbelle Malewu

Safi Nadege Lukambo

They are in need of basic things a lot of us take for granted, such as proper clothing to train, boxing gloves, punching bags, transportation fees for international competition travel and monies to feed their children.

You can read more about their stories here (Fight Like A Girl).

The Adidas Women’s Bold Age Bag: Product Review

Red is the color of love and adventure.  It encourages action and confidence.

The Adidas Bold Age women’s bucket bag is collegiate red with bold white lettering.  My first thought upon seeing it was “whoa, this is a beautiful bag!”  I both fell in love and wanted to take it with me everywhere I went.

The Bold Age Bag may be worn as a backpack or shoulder bag.

The bag has a zip pocket feature and button closure that allows it to be cinched together.

It is very big!  I have a shoe bag, notepad and other items inside and I still have room left for more.

If I had my way, I would add padded shoulder straps to this bag.  Only because I will be carrying it a lot and the padding could lessen the tension.

Other than that I absolutely love it!

Note: This is not a sponsored post.

The Battle Is Not Yours!

The Battle Is Not Yours!

There is power in music.  It has the ability to heal and enhance whoever listens to it.  Throughout the day, I like to feed my spirit and soul with uplifting vibrations.

The Battle Is Not Yours, by Yolanda Adams, is one of my favorite inspirational songs.  It helps me to combat doubt and fear.  I listen to this song whenever I need an extra push to keep going.  Take a listen!  Whatever your beliefs, I hope this song does for you what it does for me.  Enjoy!

Yolanda Adams Yolanda Adams Live

Yolanda Adams is a five time Grammy Award winning artist.  She made her debut in 1988 and has a total of 13 albums.

Yolanda hails from Houston, Texas.

Ibtihaj Muhammad Makes Her Debut As A Barbie Doll

Ibtihaj Muhammad holds Barbie doll molded in her likeness ESPN

In 1959, the first Barbie doll made its debut at New York Toy Fair.  Now, over 55 years later, Barbie is a global icon inspiring girls everywhere to be anything.

Last month, Barbie made another significant stride by making Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad the face of the first hijab-wearing doll.

Growing up in New Jersey, the Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad used to fashion tiny hijabs out of tissues to wrap around the heads of her Barbie dolls so they’d look more like her and her sisters. 

Now, Muhammad is the face of the first hijab-wearing Barbie doll. It’s a feat she described on Monday, when the doll was unveiled, as “amazing.”

Read more about this inspiring story here (HT Hannan Adely).