Woman Crush Wednesday | Breast Cancer Survivor Walks 1,000 Miles Topless

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Paulette Leaphart flaunts (yes, I wrote flaunt not bear) her scars like an Olympian flashing their medals every time she walks topless across the country.

The only difference for the Biloxi, Mississippi native and single mother of eight is the path she chose to walk down (which currently leads to D.C.) is one she was given.

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Leaphart set off on a 1,000 mile topless walk on April 30. Leaving her hometown of Mississippi, making stops in Atlanta, D.C. with her final destination New Orleans (projected June 30th) to raise awareness for breast cancer. And motivate more  Black women to get mammograms.

In 2014, Leaphart was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer that resulted in a bilateral mastectomy without the chose of reconstructive surgery.

With two large scars replacing her breasts, all symbols of feminity vanished as well.

“What is a woman without her breasts?” Leaphart asked People. “I have always identified as a very feminine woman.”

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That changed when she took the bold move to go topless at the beach. The huge applause she received led her to also post a topless pic on Facebook that garnered 100,000 likes.

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Leaphart also got the attention of Queen Bey. The ‘Get in Formation’singer gave Leaphart a cameo in Lemonade. 

Who better to symbolize making lemons out of lemonade?

To donate to Paulette’s cross-country journey, which is being chronicled in upcoming doc “Scar Story,” click here.

 

 

Mary J. Blige Donates to Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Mary is pretty in pink for Breast cancer awareness. Photo Courtesy of: Getty Images

Mary is pretty in pink for Breast cancer awareness.
Photo Courtesy of: Getty Images

Do you ever hear a statistic and just can’t wrap those numbers around your noogin?

Well, if you haven’t here’s one for you: Susan G. Komen estimates that there will be over 27,000 new cases of breast cancer among African-American women this year.

The scary part isn’t just the big number with the triple zeros, it’s the thought that these women across the country will have this illness and not know it. My aunt didn’t discover the lump on her breast a few months ago, her gynecologist did when she went for a mammogram.

I wonder how many woman will be as fortunate with early detection…and sadly how many won’t. I guess we will continue to wonder while we pray/wish/and anxiously wait for a cure.

Queen of R&B Mary J. Blige is doing her part by launching a partnership with Cricket Mobile to donate $10,000 to Susan G. Komen’s for the Cure in San Diego. Mary will also be releasing new songs through Cricket’s music service Muve Music. Downloaded tracks will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure until November 3rd.

Music is powerful and healing in so many ways, and having the right information at the right time is also important. Across the country, African-American and Hispanic women are not getting the care and treatment they need often because they are uninformed,” said Mary J. Blige. “An alarming number of these women are dying, and we can help to improve their chances of survival. I am working with Susan G. Komen and Cricket during October to help inform women about powerful early detection measures, such as getting a mammogram. Please join me in supporting this worthy cause, and let’s find a cure.”

To follow Mary’s movements with Susan G. Komen search hashtag #Muve4theCure. Keep up the good work, MJB.

Kelly Rowland Joins Movement Against Domestic Violence & How to Wear Fearlessness

Kelly Rowland teamed up with photographer to the stars Derek Blanks to create a PSA for Domestic Violence Awareness month of October.

It’s a cause close to home for Kelly after revealing being in an abusive relationship with her former fiancè this summer. Her latest album (Talk a Good Game) aired her “Dirty Laundry”…no, I mean literally that was the name of one of the song’s on her record, which goes into detail of a relationship filled with verbal and physical abuse. Check the song below…

It takes a fearless woman to leave that situation…

…and speaking of being courageous, we found just the right apparel to illustrate that spirit.

L.A. implant Arian Simone created a limitless brand that includes clothing, magazine and a non-profit that specializes in mentoring young kids. Her efforts have garnered the attention of Meagan Good, Tia Mowry and VH1’s “Marrying the Game” star Tiffney Cambridge that’s modeling their Breast Cancer Awareness customized tees.

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photo credit: fearlessmovement

To take it a step farther, the Fearless movement coordinated an A-list dinner with Ms. Cambridge for $300, and the money will go towards Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

To join the movement click here. Offer expires November 1st.

IF YOU BLINKED:  Diana Nyad raised $105 Gs for her 48-hour swim. Now that’s fearless!! Someone get this woman a fearless towel asap.

 

Beyonce Paints Nails for Breast Cancer Awareness & Former 106 & Park VJ Hosts Cancer Free Walk

Happy October, Everyone!! It’s the season for orange and brown leaves decorating sidewalks and crisp breezes…SIKE!! It may be Fall but I think Mother Nature missed the memo because I’m writing this in 83 degree weather while wearing a tank top. If this Autumn weather is wrong, please mama nature don’t get it right.

Anywho, what has officially started is Breast Cancer Awareness month. And it has greater meaning for me this year because my Aunt had lumpectomy surgery last month. A huge scare for our whole family, but proves how tantamount it is to get regular mammograms and self exams. Sorry for preaching, but it’s necessary ladies. Please take note.

Photo credit: Beyonce Instagram

Photo credit: Beyonce Instagram

So to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month, Queen  King Bey aka Beyoncé wants us girls to paint our nails. Not all of them. Come on, you know Beyoncé comes harder than that. She urges us to paint our pinky pink. Beyoncé is supporting Nails Inc. of London’s customized pinkie pink color to raise £50,000 ($81,000 US dollars) for UK’s largest breast cancer research foundation. To purchase pinkie pink click here.

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Photo Credit: ACS website

    Photo Credit: ACS website

 

 

Photo Credit: ACS website

Photo Credit: ACS website

Remember former 106 & Park VJ Free? Well, she’s taking Breast Cancer Awareness a step further. Literally. Free has organized a  team for a cancer free walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event (whew, that was a mouthful) this Sunday.

Free writes on the ACS’s website that she chose to get involved for personal reasons.

My reason for walking in the Making Strides event is personal –just like every other walker’s story. We all walk because we’ve been affected by breast cancer in some way, and because the Making Strides event gives us the power to make a difference and fight back.

The Making Strides walk will be held this Sunday in Boston. To join Free’s team or donate to the cause click here.

 

 

Angie’s Choice & How Rene Syler Lives With It

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When I first heard that Angelina Jolie made the brave decision to have a double mastectomy I  thought how unbelievably courageous she was for not only sharing her story with the world, but more importantly using information she discovered from her doctor to take preventative steps to avoid the same fate her mother succumbed to. It reminded me of another fearless woman who took the reins of her own well-being amid a murky and uncertain future and steered herself towards a safe and effective route. Former morning news show anchor Rene Syler.

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After four years on CBS News’ “The Early Show,” in December 2006, her last day on the program, she announced undergoing a double prophylatic mastectomy (the same procedure Angelina did) despite not being diagnosed with cancer. Rene’s parents both had breast cancer and she wanted to cut her risk factor in half. Not only did she do that but became a champion for breast cancer survivors. Unbeknown to herself, she told Cancerforward  in an interview.

I never wanted to, or set out to be, an advocate. But I’ve found it’s important to use the platform because that’s how things change. I got involved with Komen because of my parents, but TV gave me a pretty powerful medium to get across the message about cancer prevention and detection.

Rene is a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the largest breast cancer prevention organizations, that reported medical research and cautionary  measures (similar to what Angelina and Rene did) is what led to a 30 percent lower death rate for breast cancer survivors  in comparison to 25 years ago, resulting in 2.9 million women conquering an ugly illness that takes over 400,000 souls a year, according to the World Health Organization.

What impresses me about these two women and the several others that are faceless and nameless is their strong desire to be there for family no matter how much their symbols of femininity may be in jeopardy. Just for that alone, these women should be saluted. But, to also, pass the proverbial baton to other women considering this option that may be at risk to breast cancer (talk to your doctors first, folks) is a commendable show of heroism in the face of un-forseen danger.