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Check out these 7 Black woman-owned wellness businesses in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS RECOREDER — As the quest for wellness continues to influence how we conduct decisions surrounding our health, it’s no surprise that Indianapolis’ wellness scene is growing, mostly due to women-owned businesses. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global health and wellness industry is now worth $4.2 trillion. And it shows no signs of slowing down. The health and wellness industry encompasses all activities which promote physical and mental well-being: from yoga to healthy eating, personal care and beauty, nutrition and weight-loss, meditation, spa retreats, workplace wellness and wellness tourism.

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By Victoria Beaty

As the quest for wellness continues to influence how we conduct decisions surrounding our health, it’s no surprise that Indianapolis’ wellness scene is growing, mostly due to women-owned businesses. According to the Global Wellness Institute, the global health and wellness industry is now worth $4.2 trillion. And it shows no signs of slowing down.

The health and wellness industry encompasses all activities which promote physical and mental well-being: from yoga to healthy eating, personal care and beauty, nutrition and weight-loss, meditation, spa retreats, workplace wellness and wellness tourism.

Get to know these local, Black women-owned businesses that are thriving and inspiring us to live our most healthy, vibrant lives.

Just Ride Indy

Just Ride Indy is the only cycle studio located downtown Indianapolis. Shayna Sangster is a full-time marketing executive by day and also the owner and operator of Just Ride Indy, an indoor cycling studio in the heart of downtown Indy. The studio offers themed classes including Hip & Hop, Pop, the 80s and more to get you pumped up and ready to ride. The studio is open Monday through Saturday with classes starting as early as 6 a.m. at $17 a class — very affordable compared to other spin studios in Indianapolis. To learn more or sign up for a ride, visit www.justrideindy.com.

Pure-trition

Pure-trition is a health coaching and juice delivery business owned by certified health coach and culinary nutrition expert Aleta Osborn. Pure-trition offers organic cold-pressed juice cleanses that can be delivered right to your door within the Indianapolis area. The juices are designed to help you detoxify your body, boost energy and to kick-start your healthy eating habits. After Osborn’s struggle with her health, she created Pure-trition with a mission to educate and inspire healthy lifestyle changes within her community. To order a juice cleanse or inquire about health coaching, visit pure-trition.com.

F.I.T.  With Renee

Renee Pillow is one of the most sought-after certified personal trainers in Indianapolis. As the owner of F.I.T. With Renee, she helps women get focused on their fitness goals and become inspired to live a healthier lifestyle while transforming their bodies. She is also a former bodybuilding competitor and the author of “F.I.T. With Renee Fitness and Nutrition Manual.” Pillow offers group classes or one-on-one designed to get you the best results and has helped hundreds of women all over Indianapolis change their bodies and take control of their health. To learn more, visit fitwithrenee.com.

Conscious Food Company

Conscious Food Company is an Indianapolis-based meal prep service. Offering fresh, locally-sourced, sustainable and individually portioned meals to the busy but health-conscious foodie. Kelli Clark, the founder of Conscious Food Company, is a doctor of physical therapy by trade and has always believed in the power of quality food but recognized that it can be a task for a lot of consumers. The menu changes weekly and has plenty of options including salmon salads, wraps, soups and more. A minimum of five meals must be placed by 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday for delivery for the following Monday. To learn more or to order, visit consciousfoodindy.com.

Healthy Food Café

Erica Bryant is a personal trainer and the owner of Healthy Food Café, on Indy’s south side. It’s one of the only Black-owned restaurants of it’s kind in Indianapolis, offering vegetarian and vegan options. Additionally, the Café offers meal prep services and helps create individual diet plans to help customers meet their health goals. The Café menu offers something for everyone including salads, sandwiches, homemade soups, smoothies and vegan desserts. The Healthy Food Café is located at 8028 S. Emerson Ave. (Suite F). To learn more, visit thehealthyfoodcafe.com.

Shea BODYWORKS

Shea BODYWORKS is a personal care company providing body and hair products that are non-toxic, plant-based, and cruelty-free. Founded by Saidah Pearsall in 2014, after struggling to find non-toxic body products for her daughter, she decided to create her own. Shea BODYWORKS is on a mission to create product experiences and not just products. One of the most popular items is Happy Hands and Feet Balm, available at Whole Foods Market in Carmel. To learn more or to shop, visit www.sheabodyworks.com.

Mrs. Murry’s Naturals

Since 2012, Mrs. Murry’s Naturals has been delivering fresh, ready-to-eat, plant-based, and vegan meal options. Co-founded by local vegan, Iesha Murry and her husband with a mission to make comfort food healthier by using local ingredients free of animal products. Some of the fan favorites include the vegan chocolate cookies, vegan pot pie and vegan chocolate cake. You can find Mrs. Murry’s Naturals at your local farmer markets, coffee shops and more. To find where you can buy some of Mrs.Murry Naturals, visit mrsmurrysnaturals.com.

Victoria Beaty is the co-founder of Be Well Indy a hyperlocal and digital destination devoted to covering the Health and Wellness scene in Indianapolis through a mix of original and user-generated content. Stay connected at Bewellindy.co and on InstagramThis article was originally posted on Be Well Indy.

This article originally appeared in The Indianapolis Recorder.

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FILM: Top 10 Must-See Black documentaries

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Below you will find a list of documentaries, based on the roots of African American culture, compiled by Word in Black partner, The Houston Defender. From “I Am Not Your Negro” to “High on the Hog,” each film offers up the origin stories of our most important activists, artists, athletes and traditions.
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The AFRO’s October Special Edition is all about the roots of our culture, our family lineage and the return to old ways and traditions. Below you will find a list of documentaries, based on the roots of African American culture, compiled by our Word in Black partner, The Houston Defender. From I Am Not Your Negro to High on the Hog, each film offers up the origin stories of our most important activists, artists, athletes and traditions.

#10: Attica (2021) 

In September 1971, Attica Prison became the location of one of the largest prison riots in US history, taking place just weeks after revolutionary activist George Jackson was murdered by prison guards at Rikers Island, an act that initiated the birth of Black August and the prison reform movement. The constant abject cruelty and inhumane treatment doled out to the incarcerated (who were overwhelmingly Black and Latinx) by Attica guards (all White) created the context. The riot itself, and its aftermath, are something all human beings should be required to reckon with.

#9: Quincy (2018) 

If you’re Black, it literally doesn’t matter when you were born, what generation you’re a part of, or where you’re from. You’ve been impacted by the genius of Quincy Jones. We’ve all been influenced by the genius of Quincy Jones. The music he made, the albums he produced, the artists he developed, the movies he scored, and about a gazillion other things Jones did, means, as I’ve already said, if you’re Black, Quincy has had a hand in your life. Don’t believe me. What Black person do you know who isn’t a Michael Jackson fan, who hasn’t seen The Wiz, or who doesn’t have a family member who worships jazz music? Quincy Jones had his hand in all that and so much more. Directed by one of his daughters, actress Rashida Jones, this doc is most definitely a must see.

#8: Four Little Girls (1997) 

On Sept. 15, 1963, just 18 short days after the much-celebrated March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed by four members of a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated racist group. Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, four African American girls between the ages of 11 and 14 who had been attending the church’s Sunday school, were killed in the blast, an act of White domestic terrorism that served as a horrific and sober reminder that Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was not enough to end the hold the myth of White supremacy had on so many. Director Spike Lee tells this powerfully compelling and important story as only he can.

#7: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019) 

For generations that came after the Baby Boomers, it’s hard for us to fully fathom how big a star Sam Cooke was. Think of the biggest singer of any generation. That was Sam Cooke in his heyday. And not only was he hyper-talented, but not only did he call some of the biggest names in Black history his personal friends (Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X just to name a few), Cooke was a man of the people. And he was heavily invested in the Civil Rights Movement and an advocate for Black self-determination and Black ownership. Cooke even pulled a “Prince” long before Prince—gaining ownership of his own music, something that was as rare then as it is today. This documentary chronicles Cooke’s life, rise to fame, and eventual end, though his influence never died.

#6: Thunder Soul (2010) 

Here’s a hometown entry. Thunder Soul spotlights the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band which the iconic Conrad Johnson led. These alums return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old ‘Prof’, their beloved band leader who transformed the schools struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s. This one will have you out of your seat and dancing in the streets. Check it out.

#5: Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (2021)  

In this documentary, criminal defense/civil rights lawyer Jeffery Robinson “draws a stark timeline of anti-Black racism in the United States, from slavery to the modern myth of a post-racial America.” It’s that simple, and yet that complex. And it goes without saying; it’s a must see.

#4: Jeen-Yuhs (2022) 

No matter where you score on the Love Ye / Hate Ye scale, this 2022 documentary about his rise to superstardom is beyond compelling. I mean, who thinks to chronicle their every move from the moment they start pursuing their dream until they either give up on it or see it to fruition and beyond? Who does that? No one but this negro Kanye. He may be the only human being with an ego big enough to conceive of such a project. And believe me, the scope and scale of this documentary match that galaxy-sized self-obsession brahman has that make him both insanely talented and just plain insane at the same time.

#3: I Am Not Your Negro (2016) 

This documentary by Raoul Peck, director of Exterminate All the Brutes (2021) which made the first list of must-see documentaries, introduced the brilliance and unabashed Black of James Baldwin to a whole new generation. Described as a work that imagines the completion of Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House (about Baldwin’s personal reflections on and recollections of three of his personal friends who were killed during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), I Am Not Your Negro is about so much more.

#2: The Last Dance (2020) 

You don’t have to be a basketball fan to get caught up in the chronicling of the last run at an NBA championship by the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls who had been told before the season began that the team would be broken up. The doc not only takes you on that 1996 Bulls’ championship ride, but it also digs deep into the past of players, coaches, and family members, spotlighting triumphs and tragedies that are part of the human story, not just the story of professional athletes.

#1: High on the Hog 

How African American Cuisine Transformed America (2021)

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for anything that celebrates our history, especially those things that connect us to our African roots and our Pan-African family. This documentary does all that and more. Because the main character is food. Our food. The stuff we grew up on. The meals many of us are eating right now, and never stopped eating since our youth. This beautifully filmed, beautifully narrated piece of art is full of both the familiar and the foreign; or rather, things we’ve come to believe are foreign to us, but are really part of our story and our heritage. And the okra on top? High on the Hog has a powerful H-Town connection. A few, in fact.

This list of documentaries based on the roots of African American culture was compiled by Word In Black.

This article originally appeared in The Afro.

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Lawsuit Alleges U.S. Government Discriminated Against Black Veterans for Decades

NNPA NEWSWIRE — According to internal VA data obtained by the Washington Post, Black applicants seeking disability benefits were denied 30 percent of the time from 2002 to 2020. White applicants were denied 24 percent of the time.
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A new lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) alleges that the U.S. government discriminated against Black veterans for decades.

On Monday (November 28), the suit was filed by Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic (VLSC) on behalf of Vietnam War veteran Conley Monk Jr, whose applications for education, housing, and disability benefits have been denied since he returned home from the war, per The Hill.

According to the suit, discrimination by the VA has left Black veterans without benefits more frequently than their white counterparts.

Yale’s VLSC said the lawsuit could “provide a legal pathway for Black veterans to seek reparations from the VA.”

“This lawsuit seeks to hold the VA accountable for years of discriminatory conduct,” Adam Henderson, a law student working with the VLSC on the case, said in a statement, per the Hill.

“VA leaders knew, or should have known, that they were administering benefits in a discriminatory manner, yet they failed to address this unlawful bias,” Henderson added. “Mr. Monk — and thousands of Black veterans like him — deserve redress for the harms caused by these negligently administered programs.”

According to internal VA data obtained by the Washington Post, Black applicants seeking disability benefits were denied 30 percent of the time from 2002 to 2020. White applicants were denied 24 percent of the time.

VA press secretary Terrence Hayes said the agency is working to combat “institutional racism.”

“Throughout history, there have been unacceptable disparities in both VA benefits decisions and military discharge status due to racism, which have wrongly left Black veterans without access to VA care and benefits,” Hayes said. “We are actively working to right these wrongs.”

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BOOKS: Jerald LeVon Hoover Blends a Love of Sport & Friendship into New Children’s Book

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Through colorful pictures with vibrant imagery, young readers will easily get drawn into the exciting adventures of Bennett Mayco Wilson’s fictional yet exciting world and learn valuable childhood lessons together, when Bennet gets a basketball as a present from his father on his fourth birthday.
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‘A Basketball Hero is Born’ is a part of The Hero Book Series by Jerald LeVon Hoover, which aims to inspire youth to make a positive change in their communities and the world in general

Widely celebrated African American author, Jerald LeVon Hoover, is once again inspiring young people to make a positive change in their communities with the launch of a new children’s book. Titled A Basketball Hero is Born, the new children’s reading book contains colorful pictures that warm the heart and keep young readers glued to its pages.

The plot follows the exciting adventures of Bennett Mayco Wilson who gets a basketball as a present from his father on his fourth birthday. Affectionately naming the new basketball “Lucky,” the story unfolds as young Bennett tries to take his new best friend everywhere, including the dinner table, to school, and to bed when it is time for sleep.

Jerald L. Hoover

Jerald L. Hoover

Through colorful pictures with vibrant imagery, young readers will easily get drawn into Bennett’s fictional yet exciting world and learn valuable childhood lessons together. Currently available for purchase on Amazon, A Basketball Hero is Born is a part of The Hero Book Series by Jerald LeVon Hoover, which emphasizes instilling a love of sports and friendship in young readers.

About The Author

Jerald L. Hoover is a multi-talented individual with countless accomplishments in the creative, literary, and entertainment worlds. After winning an award for “The Best New Male Writer of the Year” for his fictional novel, My Friend, My Hero Jerald went on to be listed from 1994 – 1996 as a best-selling author among young Black writers in various African American publications. In 1995, he was awarded the Writers Corp Award by then-President Bill Clinton. In 1998, Jerald was inducted into the Mount Vernon Boy’s and Girl’s Club Hall of Fame. Since then, Jerald has won several other awards and is also an in-demand motivational speaker who overcame a childhood speech impediment.

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