Louboutin Q & A
Oct25

Louboutin Q & A

Filmed by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  Assisted by Lena T. Johnson/ ColorBlind Magazine  The long awaited video about Christian Louboutin shoes is here! I can recall watching other people share their thoughts on his shoes and now I’ve decided to share mine! Please...

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“Missy’s” Mark on Nursing Field
Oct19

“Missy’s” Mark on Nursing Field

Written By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine Minority. That word means a lot to Haitian-born, Tampa, Fl resident, Manouchar “Missy” Pierre-Val. Although there aren’t many who look like her in her profession as a Nurse Practitioner, she isn’t deterred. “I love that nursing is very diverse,” she said. ” There’s so many choices: trauma, cosmetics, hospitals, research.”  Pierre-Val knew she wanted to become a nurse after being in a nursing program offered at her high school, and also from shadowing those already in the profession. The field of nursing is also revered in her traditional Haitian culture. Still, she sees very few women of color when she goes to work. “There’s definitely a gap, and it bothers me. I’d definitely like to see more women of color represented,” she said during a phone interview from her office in Tampa. To succeed as a young professional, Pierre-Val did what most people do while in college; she embraced her super powers to do a lot simultaneously. She worked midnights as a nurse while in grad school, and worked as a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “The hospital I worked at was across the street from the cheering practice area. So, I would work, practice, do school, go home, and try to get some sleep. I don’t know how I did it all,” she said with a small laugh of relief. Cheering itself was very non-traditional based on her culture. However, Pierre-Val’s bold personality made her want to be 1 of thirty-four women, and 1 of 3 women of color, who rallied the crowd in support of the Bucs at NFL games. “Even the dress in Haitian culture is traditional, so to wear a cheer uniform was different. But I wanted to try something different.” Pierre-Val fondly recalls her pom-pom days and still keeps in touch with some of her former teammates. It’s possible that her grueling schedule as a cheerleader undoubtedly assisted with her busy nursing profession. When she isn’t seeing patients, doing physicals and the like, she is heavily involved with two sites: giftfornurses.org, an online shop with apparel and accessories for nurses and those who know nurses, and fierceexpression.com. The latter website is described as a “nursing 101” site, complete with mentoring, virtual tutoring by Pierre-Val and 20+ nursing professionals, E-books, and more for anyone interested in nursing. These initiatives are only a stepping stone for another project she is passionate about- that of bringing career awareness about nursing to high schools- just like it began for her. “This is important so students can go to college already with an understanding of the field,” she said. Her focus coupled with...

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September 2016 Faves!!
Oct15

September 2016 Faves!!

Hi Everyone!   I almost forgot to post this video!! Please enjoy!!  

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Benefits of Working out with GFIT
Oct06

Benefits of Working out with GFIT

ColorBlind Magazine had the opportunity to interview Regina J. a local fitness instructor. She explains the benefits of GFIT in the article below. Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  ColorBlind Magazine: Why did you choose to start GFIT? Regina/GFIT: The GFIT/Get FIT program was started to assist those who want to be healthy, whether it is weight loss, becoming stronger, having good overall cardio health which promotes a healthy mental well- being. The program was designed to help the inner & the outer unite. Usually, when you feel good physically, you feel good mentally. ColorBlind Magazine: When did your interest in fitness/health begin and how has it been sustained over the years? Regina/GFIT: After dealing with my own weight struggles and losing close to 100lbs 20 years ago, I was encouraged to become educated in the health & fitness held which prompted me to become certified in 2000 in 14 areas of health & fitness which would enable me to assist others with their struggles and goals.         ColorBlind Magazine: Can you share a health success story? (personal or someone else) Regina/GFIT: A few that come to mind are my own success of losing almost 100lbs as well as seeing a client lose over 60lbs attending group workout sessions as well as one person doing personal training sessions with me and another one lose an extreme amount of weight just in time for her son’s wedding!! Those are extremely proud moments, not for me but for them because they showed up and did the work!!! ColorBlind Magazine: What do you hope to gain and receive by hosting the GFIT fitness classes? Regina/GFIT: I hope to gain and receive the satisfaction of being able to help individuals to recognize that good physical health is important and can be fun. Long gone are the dreaded long daunting tasks of working out doing jumping jacks, burpees etc… Dancing to great music is an excellent form of exercise and is great for the cardio vascular system as well as toning. The classes provide a full body workout with a variety of dance styles, strength training and YES, DANCING ABS!! No more getting on the floor!!! Using the proper techniques and form you can get a great ab workout dancing to the latest beats!! At the end of class and everyone is spent and sweat is dripping off of them, I know that I delivered and they got a good workout and are satisfied!! Also the message is: Take time to do something for yourself. We give so much to our mates, children, and employers. We need to make time for us, to keep us going. I love knowing that when you are on your way to class you know you’re going to...

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ColorBlind Magazine Celebrates Four Years!!!!!
Oct05

ColorBlind Magazine Celebrates Four Years!!!!!

Many thanks to EVERYONE who has assisted and supported ColorBlind Magazine for the past FOUR years!! Please enjoy the following short video!! -Leah

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