Tonight's Strawberry Moon!!!

Posted by – June 20, 2016

Um.  How about I forgot to write the Monday Motivation until right this second!  Blame it on the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival that I was at all weekend - three kinds of sideways.   But I'm back and I'm up and TONIGHT, I'm going for a summer solstice trek...right at sunset in a few minutes and if I'm lucky, I will see the special "strawberry moon" tonight!   Lace up your sneakers and head out with me for a virtual walk to celebrate the longest, brightest, highest-energy day of the year!  I'll see you on Twitter and Instagram using #GirlTrek
 
While I was at the festival, Vanessa was in Bolivia - she'll share her full report in the Friday Fire #BlackGirlAdventures.  

 

But you didn't need us out there.  Nope.  You showed OUT this weekend!  #GirlTrek was in full effect!  ...including our sisters in B-more who celebrated the legendary Ernestine Shepard's 80th birthday with a trek.  (pictured in white above)  Just study her.  Take in that six pack.  Black don't crack, and her black is shellacked.  She looks goooood!  Happy Birthday Mrs. Shepard!!!

 

Before I head out for my walk - don't leave me out there hanging sisters #GirlTrek - I wanted to give shout outs to a few of our organizers AND tell you about a cool TweetChat happening tomorrow!

 

Here goes:

Friday Fire: 5 Love Letters

Posted by – June 17, 2016

Ah. 

Look at that.  

As soon as I started writing this Friday Fire, this song came on.  Puuuuurfect.

 

So listen, GirlTrek has no less than 35 co-founders.  These are women who own the old-school Black shirts that say "My Body is a Temple" or the blue ones with the janky sweet-potato orange logo.  These are the women, the ones who CREATED the trek code and made up half of the lingo, jokes and hashtags.  They beat down reporters and crashed council meetings with their infectious energy and beautiful smiles, "Excuse me sir, but have you heard about GirlTrek!?  I'm a just gone leave this stack of flyers right chere."  Armed with bootleg business cards and no less than 3 pair of golden laces - we couldn't lose with these true trailblzers by our sides.  Some of them where trained, some weren't - the Kallimas, Angies, Janets, Fayes, Alionas, Wordnas, Keechas, Crystals, Didis, Vondas, Lizs, Rochelles, Revs, The OGs, Original GirlTrekkers.  So, so many woman  Too many to name here.  You know them.  You love them.

Monday Motivation - Best of the Week

Posted by – June 13, 2016

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Good-old Hillary Clinton.  Remember when she used that Harriet Tubman quote at the Democratic National Convention and Black people was like, "word up Hillary?"  You just gone drop Tubman lyrics on 'em?

 

Well, we think that quote is PERFECT to insert right 'chere, right now, this moment...

 

"If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going."  #GetFree #DontStop #WontStop 

 

We have committed to 100 miles in June - walking for our own liberation!   All of us.  We want to win.  We've got this.  Even if you've fallen behind.  Pick up the pieces baby.  We need to see you at that finish line.  You!  Keep going!  This is the time when some want to fall back.  It's hard.  You're tired.  It's hot.  Nah.  We are cheering for you to be free, ready, able-bodied.  Let's go! # SistersKeeper  Tell us how you're doing using #GirlTrek!

 

Friday Fire: Take Flight

Posted by – June 10, 2016

"You should know that you are doing awesome work that is so far reaching beyond just walking. It is healing to our people, our communities, our cities and our nation.  Sisters are pushing fear aside, pushing stereotypes aside, pushing aside the naysayers and they are saying "I AM ENOUGH!" and that alone will change the face of our people and this nation and I am truly proud to be part of the MOVEment!!!! God bless you and be with you GirlTrek!!!!" - Nadia

 

The Why: Because it is healing our people, our communities, our cities and our nation.

 

The How: By pushing fear aside, pushing stereotypes aside, pushing aside the naysayers and saying, "I am enough."

 

The Who: Our sisters. The MOVEment.  You

 

This month's challenge: #GetFree. 

Special Announcement: The Adventure Squad

Posted by – June 07, 2016

Listen.  We can't stop singing "All the way up!" because we have - not one, not two, but - NINETEEN women to lead the Summer Trek Series this year!!!!  GirlTrek came ALL the way up. Go 'head and cue the music :

All the way up

I'm all the way up
I'm all the way up
Nothing can stop me, I'm all the way up!

Now that you are nodding, introducing your 2016 Adventure Squad...

Black Women Walk 100 Miles for Freedom

Posted by – June 03, 2016


Subject: Black Women Walk 100 Miles for Freedom


  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Black Women Walk 100 Miles for Freedom
[NATIONWIDE]  

Watching Roots ain't enough. 

Last year, 15,000 Black walked 100 miles for freedom!  Well, it's going down again right now - and you are invited.  All you need are a pair of sneakers and a LOT of determination! 

This is collective action!  If you are reading this, someone respects you as a leader. Please forward this email to 3 women you know and respect.  This is how movements happen - don't let it stop in your inbox!


We will succeed in 3 easy steps:

 

STEP 1: TAKE THE PUBLIC PLEDGE.

 

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom in our community!  Let's honor our ancestors by living our healthiest, most fulfilled lives!  How?  A new tradition called The #GetFree Challenge!  For the entire month of June, Black women everywhere will give up one thing that makes us sick and replace it with 100 miles of walking! 

Time to Get Free!

Posted by – June 01, 2016

[Anticipation: Today at 6PM, ET something major is happening with the GirlTrek website.  You'll have to read below for the full details but we we're so excited we decided to put a teaser here.  All we can say is, remember when phones finally got 3-way calling and you could let your friends listen in while you were macking (yes, macking) with the guy you met at the mall? Yup, the GirlTrek website was good but it's getting better!]
 
It's June 1st. You know what that means? Time to #GetFree!
 
We've been bound by our unhealthy habits for too long.  It's time to claim freedom! 

Weekend Victory

Posted by – May 28, 2016

#Mamathon Victory Celebration!

In May we set out to honor our mamas, our grandmothers, aunties, sisters - the many women who have stood in the gap for us and loved us into existence.  We set out to honor the women in our life with 52.4 miles of walking and lots of joy and celebration - and BABY!!!! We did that! We did it for our mamas - for the women who greased our scalp and pressed our hair on Sunday mornings, the women who made a way, who were sometimes mom and dad - women who sacrificed everything - women who taught us to pray first and to never give up.

 

People across the country took notice.  Ebony magazine wrote about it in a full spread here.  "The campaign celebrating healthy Black motherhood is called MAMAthon 2016. In the three years since MAMAthon began, it has become the biggest national walk dedicated to Black mothers in America."

 

Now that's what it looks like to change the very culture of your community. New traditions that honor the things most important to us through health activity. 

 

If you haven't already completed your Mamathon miles, welp! Don't do your mama like that!!! Make it count this weekend. Skip the BBQ's, call on Jesus and hit the pavement! Once you're done make sure to let us know you crossed the finish line by completing the "claim the victory" form here. 

 

Need some inspiration?  See below.  Feel the love and joy radiating from each picture.  This is what the #Mamathon looked like across the country - beautiful - free - joyous - radiant - strong - healthy! 

Friday Fire: the Best Part

Posted by – May 20, 2016

The best part of this journey....
 
We've been asking women to tell us the best part of their GirlTrek journey as they claim their victory each month.  Last night as I was scrolling through all of the testimonies we've received so far, I lingered on one - "the best part of my journey is the part where I'm first, I'm important." Submitted May 1, 2016 by Donna Stamps in Edwards, MS.
 

Last Saturday, Donna Stamps a GirlTrek Team Leader, a mother of four, wife and friend to so many, passed away.  We hadn't intended to write about her here, but last night there were her words starring back at me on the screen and it felt like she was speaking for all of us, to all of us.

GirlTrek makes women feel something deep down.  We feel it - we feel important and like we matter -  and then we take that feeling and share it out with others.  In turn, they feel important and like they matter. That's what this movement is. 

Special Edition: 10 Changemakers

Posted by – May 09, 2016

I wish I could tell you just how big of a deal this is.  

If I were a betting women, I would put all my chips on you.

Everyday women.

Vanessa and I barely made it out of college.  I'm praying right now that the bursers office at USC never gets my new phone number.  We are regular women.  Regular.   We STILL argue over Jodeci and Boyz II Men (cough #BoyzIIMen were better.)  We binge watch everything -  Friday Night Lights, Scandal and Breaking Bad.  Regular.  Two friends who met in college, acted a fool in the club, stood as bridesmaids at each others' weddings and cried the ugly cry when someone did us wrong.  You know what I'm saying?  

So as ordinary women we always knew it.

Women are the answer.

We are the leaders, innovators standard-bearers, role models, change-makers who will make all of the difference in Black lives and communities!  If we stand ready, willing and able to serve up that Ida B. Wells-we-shall-not-be-moved-type radiance, nothing can stop us.  If enough of us do it, we can achieve what Sojourner challenged us to do.  We can "turn this world right side up again!"