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Balanced Black Girl

"Balanced Black Girl was founded on the belief that wellness isn’t one size fits all. We are here to create a safe space for women of color to have candid conversations about wellness, self-care, and self-love, with a little humor along the way. We’re here to help you take care of you, because you are worth taking care of."  

Founder Lestraundra “Les” Alfred launched Balanced Black Girl in 2018 as an extension of her popular fitness blog, The Balanced Berry. As a personal trainer and nutrition coach, Les spent over five years helping women reach their health and fitness goals in a balanced, sustainable way. She is excited to foster a powerful community at Balanced Black Girl.

Reflection by Jaliana Griesback (COM'22) 

This podcast is an excellent resource for black women to learn about wellness, health, and balance in everyday life, even among a global pandemic and traumatic racial injustices. Episode 68, “Setting Boundaries and Protecting Your Energy,” was a great reminder that even while we share resources, give support, and educate others, we need to do personal check-ins. The podcast reminded me that it’s so important to practice self-care, find the support I need, and decide what role I want to play or can play at this time (educator, friend, organizer, etc.)

Favorite quote from the podcast: “You are not a resource; you are a human being.”

Journal prompt from the podcast: “My experience is _____.” and “I know it’s time to spend time for myself when ____.”

Reflection by Gabrielle Aberson (COM'23) 

Joey Bada$$’s song, Y U Don’t Love Me, has been my most played song for the past two weeks. Not only do I think it has a great beat, and I love the artist, but it is a song that exposes racism in America.


One of the most powerful things about this album is the title, All-Amerikkkan Badass. The artist intentionally misspells “America” to emphasize the Ku Klux Klan and other members of America. I keep listening to this song because it is a constant reminder about how the police continue to disrespect and harm black people.

After all, “they are locked in a cycle.”

I like this song so much because it uses Joey Bada$$’s emotions to shine a light on how he feels betrayed by America. After all, not even the police have his back. I really appreciate that Joey Bada$$ made this song so that he could educate his fans.


This is America

Reflection by Madeline Chase (COM'22) 

In 2018, Childish Gambino’s music video for This is America stands as a brutal reflection of society. It expresses how America is in a state of destruction, as highlighted by people being chased with weapons or police officers, but America chooses to ignore the mess. In 2020, as protesters march for Black lives and defunding the police, This is America stays on the chart to highlight the country’s violence and the habit of distracting ourselves from social issues so we can officially stand up and make changes to our corrupt system. 


While the video is interesting in itself, it caused me to read more into ACAB and abolishing the police so we can help see changes in the world rather than ignoring it, an issue that was clearly highlighted in Gambino's video almost 2 years ago. 

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