#WomenCrushWednesday~ Ryan

Women crush everyday of the week! To honor and share stories of women who are crushing it either on the body front or the mama front, I am featuring short interviews of women who are crushing it, hence the title #WomenCrushWednesday. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the multifaceted, multi-talented amazingly awesome, Ryan!

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How has your view of your body evolved over the years?

I became very aware of the power (both physically & socially) of my feminine features encased in a muscular frame when I started running track in high school, and ever since I have worked to maintain some semblance of the balance of strength and grace inherent in being a girl athlete.  I have more creaks and pains than ever, but am constantly impressed by how strength shifts over time.  I used to be able to jump from tall heights without so much as a wince.  Now I only jump when I see spiders.  But in my youth I could never fathom that this body could withstand giving birth, and now I’m fearlessly considering having a second child.  Strength shifts indeed.

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How do you think women should feel about their bodies?

I think how a woman feels about her body is entirely subjective.  Me imposing my ideas of how a woman should feel about HER body, is no better than a man telling me what I should do with mine.  There are enough presumptive ideas and objective opinions about women’s bodies.  It’s yours…feel about it as you wish.

Why do you do what you do?

I call myself the 4-A: Artist, Athlete, Actress, Activist.  I have every appendage in whatever thing I am interested in.  Overall, I am fiercely about liberating black folks, and I use whatever talents and resources God has given me to do such.  Check out my polymathy at www.msryannicole.com 
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Music Quote Monday

Music Quote Monday is back! Well, for today and hopefully there will be more to come. I stopped because I was busy and someone said that it didn’t make any sense. There heart was in the right place butttttt not everyone is going to get why I do what I do so I’m posting it anyway.

This probably should have been the first quote since it was the quintessential body positive song of my adolescents. I thought it was corny at first but when I heard the seven year old African American twins that I live across the street from at the time singing it, I realized the power of India Arie. Enjoy!


The video for Video (hehe):

Music Quote Monday!

Hey people! So I took a week off last week for Labor Day and this week I’m back at it! Here’s a quote form Jasmine Sullivan. She has returned to music after leaving the industry due to the politics of it all and I’m so happy she is back!


Here is the acoustic version of the song with video:

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