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Maya Angelou

We are all very saddened by the loss of a very amazing woman… phenomenal indeed.

(CNN) reports – A literary voice revered globally for her poetic command and her commitment to civil rights has fallen silent.

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann.

The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.

To view the video (click the link below):

Some of Dr. Maya Angelou’s most memorable quotes:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
Maya Angelou
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
Maya Angelou
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
Maya Angelou
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Maya Angelou

Kudos to Katie Couric who recently had a show on what seems to be a very seemingly hush hush topic!

Take a look at what she discussed.

Let’s Talk!

Are you a woman going through menopause?

Ladies, let’s talk about menopause.  I know, I know… not something any of us would typically want to discuss – but today’s #BigConversation exists to create a platform for us to be able to talk about it.  We want to be sure that you’re armed with the appropriate information so you don’t feel alone – because it’s so important for you to know you are not alone!  Whether it’s weight gain, hot flashes or mood swings – chances are, another woman out there has experienced what you’re feeling – or something similar. Are you a woman going through menopause? Tell us how you’ve dealt with going through these changes.  We want to hear from you!

Therapies to Help You Get Through Menopause VideoKatie Couric

Mariska HargitayWomen of Vision Alliance (WOVA) Recognizes a Phenomenal Woman in Mariska Hargitay, Founder/President of the The Joyful Heart Foundation and her message: “Hope. Courage. Freedom. Fearlessness. All things are possible with an open heart—and a joyful heart.

We’d like to share an article we came across from the Huffington:  

After writing almost a year ago about the need for a major public campaign around sexual violence prevention, I was overjoyed to hear that The Joyful Heart Foundation (headed by Mariska Hargitay of SVU fame) and No More were joining forces to create a nationwide (nationwide!) PSA campaign to address domestic violence and sexual assault. They have designed a three-year campaign that will run in local and national markets including print, broadcast, online and outdoor ads. But there’s more: You’ll also be seeing these PSA videos in movie theaters, major airports and medical facilities. This is no blip on the map — it’s the real deal. It’s actually happening.

More than 40 celebrities and public figures appear in the ads, which are designed specifically to urge bystanders to get involved. Why this approach? A major reason is the findings of the “NO MORE Study” conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women, which reveal that silence and bystander inaction are what stand in the way of effecting any real change. While this doesn’t come as a surprise, seeing the data in black and white is sobering. According to the report:

  • 60 percent of Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.
  • 73 percent of parents with children under the age of 18 said that they have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children.
  • 67 percent of Americans say they have not talked about domestic violence with their friends, and 73 percent have not discussed sexual assault.
  • 80 percent believe domestic violence is a problem in our society, but only 15 percent think it is a problem among their friends.
  • 75 percent of Americans say they would step in and help if they saw even a stranger being abused, but in reality, most people do not help.

Clearly, the general public isn’t talking much about this issue. One reason for this is that the reporting on domestic violence and sexual assault is usually episodic, meaning we periodically hear about dramatic “newsworthy” incidents like the Steubenville and Vanderbilt University cases without much discussion of the greater societal reasons these things keep happening. In response to individual incidents, we easily revert to comforting, self-protective (and often victim-blaming) thoughts like, “I would never have let that happen to me,” or, “I would never let anybody treat me or anybody else like that,” or, “if I had been there, I would never have let that happen.”

As the research findings above indicate, we still have a long way to go before our silent/inactive reality catches up to our swoop-in-and-do-something intentions. Campaigns focused on bystander intervention are crucial, as they break this pattern by helping us move away from an individual framework that fosters victim-blaming, to a community framework that fosters connection and intervention.

Here are some examples of the excuses for inaction that the No More campaign highlights:

NO MORE: “He comes from such a good family.”
NO MORE: “She was flirting with him.”
NO MORE: “It’s none of my business.”
NO MORE: “Why didn’t she tell anyone?”
NO MORE: “She seems fine to me.”
NO MORE: “I’m sure they will work it out.”
NO MORE: “Boys will be boys.”
NO MORE: “Well, what was she wearing?”
NO MORE: “Hey, he said he was sorry.”
NO MORE: “But he goes to my church.”
NO MORE: “Well, he was drunk.”
NO MORE: “She was asking for it.”
NO MORE: “But he’s such a nice guy.”
NO MORE: “It’s just a misunderstanding.”
NO MORE: “She’s too smart to let that happen.”
NO MORE: “Why doesn’t she just leave?”
NO MORE: “She was drunk.”

Hearing these messages said out loud in the TV commercials by both male and female celebrities gives me goosebumps.

I still have a lot of burning questions about this campaign, which I hope will be answered as the launch progresses over the next few days. I wonder what the reasoning is behind using the phrase, “no more bystanding” instead of, “no more standing by.” I have only ever heard, “bystanding,” used in a positive light, so this sounds a little strange to my ears. I would love to know more about the process, and what other words and messages the team considered and discarded as they carefully crafted this campaign. I’m also curious about distribution: What magazines will be carrying the print ads? Will any major TV networks will be running the No More commercials during the highly-anticipated season premieres happening over the next few weeks? Will there be ads on Hulu to reach the huge audience who now consume their TV shows exclusively online? What about radio ads? This campaign seems like it would translate perfectly into radio ads, and I would love nothing more than to hear my Pandora stream interrupted by these messages.

Lastly, I’m curious to know what the evaluation process will look like. It’s not an easy task to determine whether a PSA campaign is effective, and it very much depends on what you are trying to measure. Since so much domestic and sexual violence goes unreported, it’s very likely that this campaign could cause an uptick in reports instead of a decrease, as some might expect. It’s possible that the metrics for success will focus on whether peoples’ answers to the “No More” Study survey questions start shifting to reflect an increase in bystander behaviors.

But aside from all the burning questions, I’m just really, really happy this is happening.

10 Things I Didn’t Know About Menopause

WOVA is getting ready to embark on an endeavor to find out what has not been said about Menopause! We are working on a very big project that we will share in the weeks to come.

Why have we not heard much of anything when it comes to this “life-altering” CHANGE? I believe the only thing that has been touched on EVER is the “hot flashes!”  I kind of, sort of tried to prepare myself for those. I figured I’d be able to deal with that, after all, I’m anemic already, I’d welcome being hot instead of cold!  NOT!!! Geez, I had NO idea it would be like this.

So in my attempt to start the process of trying to enlighten you and me and the same time, I have gone on a mission to find out more.  I came across a great article written by Nancy Hall. She nailed it! Kudos to you Nancy for reading my mind! :)

10 Things I Didn’t Know About Menopause
Find out about one woman’s experience with “the change”

I couldn’t wait for menopause. It sounded so straightforward. I figured I would just pick up where I left off on the day I got my first period (12 years old, hot summer day, candy-striped shorts, public library—enough said). All you have to do is go 12 months without a period, right? How complicated could that be? Turns out that there were just a few things I didn’t know…

1. When it comes to planning for menopause, you may as well throw your calendar out the window. At 47 (the magic number for my mom) I became convinced that menopause was in sight. I was worse than a kid on a car trip: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Then, starting in January of the year I turned 49, I went 11 months without a period. Certain that I was home free, I prepared to sell my stash of tampons to the highest bidder. Two weeks later, guess what I got for Christmas? Yep. Mother Nature has a cruel sense of humor.

2. The phrase “Be still, my heart” may take on new meaning. I was at the movie theater, watching King Kong thrashing dinosaurs on the big screen, when my heart started to thump for what felt like a terrifyingly long time. I tried to chalk it up to the thunderous surround sound and the fourth-row seats. (I also considered that I might be about to die, and certainly didn’t want “death by cheesy movie” in my obituary.) As it turned out, menopause (not the movie) was to blame. Apparently, estrogen also messes with how our bodies react to the perception of danger, excitement or stress. And sometimes, as estrogen levels in our bodies diminish, it makes a few errors in judgment and sends our hearts racing. Thanks a lot, estrogen.

3. If you thought you were forgetful before menopause, just you wait. I’ve got a theory that during childbirth, maternal brain cells drain away as soon as our water breaks. But I was stunned to find that menopause seems to have stolen my remaining marbles. I can’t find my keys, I call my kids and my dogs by each others’ names and I have more and more of those moments when I find myself standing in the kitchen wondering “What am I in here for?” The little gray memory cells follow the great estrogen march to the sea like chipmunks leaping off cliffs. Or is it lemmings that do that? I forget.

4. Get ready to get busy. The MPS (Menopause Propaganda Squad) wants us to believe that it’s time to hang up our gloves, sexually speaking. Well . . . go ahead and take them off. And your jeans. And your shirt and your socks and your granny panties, because, you know what? It ain’t over after all—sex not only doesn’t end with menopause, but many, many, many, many of us find that it’s better than ever, what with our birth control in the trash and our remaining hormones still ready to get down. Who knew?

5. Hot flashes are not over in a flash. Flash means fast, right? As the name would seemingly suggest, I thought that hot flashes would be quick little, well, flashes. A moment of heat, then it’s gone. Nope. They are lengthy and nuanced events that come in stages. There’s the nanosecond of nausea that heralds their arrival. Then the l-o-o-o-n-g slow burn during which you contribute to the acceleration of global warming. Then the incendiary volcanic peak, followed by the slow-cooling ending, resulting in a flood of cold sweat that sends you scurrying for dry sheets in the middle of the night. Then repeat. Repeat many times a day for . . . well, so far, going on three years. Menopause, it turns out, is the gift that keeps on giving.  (Photo by iStockphoto)

6. That extra weight is in no hurry to leave. All the pounds that I used to be able to banish by carefully balancing the gym-to–potato chip ratio have now become firmly attached to me. Can’t shake the darn things off no matter what I do. Seriously, guys? I have to give up potato chips? I didn’t sign up for this.

7. You may not even recognize your periods. Menopause gives new meaning to “going with the flow.” This time of life can turn a woman’s well-behaved little periods into something rarely seen outside of a Wes Craven film. Nobody told me I’d have hours during which it was not only impossible to leave the house, it was impossible to leave the bathroom. The feminine hygiene industry folks are probably working in a secret bunker somewhere on a product that can absorb the volume of the Red Sea, but it will have come too late for me.

8. One size does not fit all. I once assumed that one woman’s change of life experience was pretty much like another’s. Now I believe the word menopause is derived from the Greek word for “your mileage may vary.” What you experience as anxiety, discomfort or 16 kinds of weirdness may be a piece of cake for your girlfriends—and vice versa. One woman’s easy may be another’s misery. Support each other and try to avoid playing the “I can top that” game.

9. It raises a whole slew of other health concerns. My reproductive department has ceded the spotlight to issues like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, osteoporosis, joint degeneration and breast cancer. And these growing blips on my anxiety radar are closer than they appear. The estrogen that kept us juicy, shiny and supple inside (and out) also kept our other systems healthy. As the estrogen trickles away, I spend more time worrying about—and taking care of—my overall health. The menopause/mortality connection? It’s going to take some getting used to.

10. Despite all of the ups and downs, it’s actually pretty great. Do you want to hear the thing about menopause that surprised me most of all? I love it. And for all the continuing hot flashes and the reluctance of those new pounds to budge, I honestly feel like I really have gotten back some of that preadolescent freedom. The real thing about menopause that no one tells you is that life after the dreaded “change” can bring more balance, creativity and self-acceptance than I’d dreamed of. I’ve lost my candy-striped shorts, my memory and probably my last few marbles, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. What comes next? I don’t know, but bring it on—I’m ready.

Army’s Ban on Black Female Soldiers Hairstyles Raises Ire of

I was reading something recently and found it to be quite disturbing.

Are we missing the mark? Are we more concerned about how someone chooses to style their hair, as apposed to the sacrifice they are making by putting their life on the line to serve their country?

There was an article in the New York Times by Helene Cooper with a headline that read:

Army’s Ban on Some Popular Hairstyles Raises Ire of Black Female Soldiers

See the full article below:

WASHINGTON — Black women and their hair have been a topic of discussion for years by people like Maya Angelou, Al Sharpton and Salt-N-Pepa.

Now add Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to that list.

In reaction to a new Army regulation banning numerous hairstyles — twists, dreadlocks and large cornrows — popular with black women, the 16 women of the Congressional Black Caucus have asked Mr. Hagel to overturn the regulation on behalf of the 26,700 African-American women on active duty in the Army. The regulation comes at the same time as a new Army rule banning tattoos on the face, neck, hands, fingers and lower arms of recruits.

Both regulations are among new grooming standards that critics say are meant to further weed people out of an Army reducing its size from its post-9/11 peak of 570,000 to as low as 420,000 in the years to come. Representative Marcia L. Fudge, the Ohio Democrat who is chairwoman of the black caucus, said she had been struck in recent visits to military bases by how many soldiers — black and white — said they felt they were being pushed out of the military. The new regulations, announced on March 31, have intensified that feeling, she said.

“One of the things they should not do is insult the people who’ve given up their time and put their lives at risk by saying their hair is unkempt,” Ms. Fudge said. “Now they want to downsize, these styles are not appropriate?”

To others, the rules are the result of the coming home of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

“There’s a tendency during wartime to permit personal styles and variations in approach simply because more important things are at stake than how your hair looks or what tattoo is on your arm,” said Loren B. Thompson, a military expert at the Lexington Institute, a research organization. But now, he said, a smaller Army can “be more arbitrary about enforcing regimentation.”

Although the new rules on tattoos have come under fire, particularly since body art became popular among soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the regulations on black hairstyles have drawn more outrage and charges of racism. By Friday, more than 17,000 people had signed an online petition sent to the White House to get the hair regulations rescinded.

At the root of the concern about the Army regulations, many black women said, is a lack of understanding about black hair, coupled with a norm that uses the hair of white women as its baseline. While black hair comes in all textures, much of it is deeply curly, making it difficult, unless chemically straightened, to pull back into a bun or to hang loose off the face in a neat, uniform way.

“Our hair is kinky,” said BriGette McCoy, a former Army specialist, her voice getting angrier as she spoke. “It is genetic, it is hereditary, there is nothing we can do about it. And to have someone tell you that because your hair comes out of your scalp that way, you have to go and change it, when no one else is required to change that about themselves?”

In Ms. McCoy’s view, the new regulations are a further affront to what she views as longtime Army squeamishness about the hair of black women, who make up more than a third of active-duty women in the Army. Twice when she was working as an Army data communications specialist in Germany, she said, her superiors ordered her back to her barracks because her commanding officer deemed her hair “unkempt.”

“They were saying it had to be neat and couldn’t be unkempt, and to them, neat and kempt meant straightened,” she recalled.

The word “unkempt” shows up in the new regulations, too: “Braids or cornrows that are unkempt or matted are considered dreadlocks and are not authorized.”

The word did not go unnoticed by Representative Barbara Lee, a California Democrat and a member of the black caucus. “This is very offensive,” she said.

Defense Department officials said Mr. Hagel “appreciates the Congressional Black Caucus’s concerns regarding this issue,” in the words of Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman. Then he quickly tossed the issue back to the people who had started the fuss. “We expect the Army to provide a response shortly,” Commander Christensen said.

Army officials, who said the new regulations simply clarify existing ones by specifically describing prohibited hairstyles, continued to try to explain them — it all seems to boil down to the need for uniformity among troops — but the explanations so far have not silenced the critics. One of the loudest among them is former Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs, the woman who started the White House petition. She said she had become alarmed the minute she had gotten an email.

“I remember thinking, ‘What on earth am I going to do with my hair?’ ” she said of her locks, which she keeps in two-strand twists that are now banned. Her only remaining options, she said, would be to have tiny cornrows, chemically straighten her hair, or get a weave or wig. She recalled deploying in Iraq in 2008 and 2009 with a woman who kept redoing her cornrows to make them neat and small enough to fit Army regulations, and “by the time we got back her hairline had receded an inch.”

Ms. Jacobs was a public affairs officer with the Georgia National Guard until April 11, when her discharge, originally scheduled for May 15, was unexpectedly moved up.

Even deployed black women in the Army who decide to straighten their hair run into problems, because the expensive hair products necessary to maintain it are often difficult to get, particularly in commissaries in Afghanistan.

As a result, Myraline Whitaker started a project, Sister Soldier, that ships hair products to black military women. She began the project in 2007 after a white Marine who had been deployed in Iraq told her that her strongest memory about a black soldier with whom she shared a room was the smell of her hair when she was using a hot comb to straighten it. Since then, Ms. Whitaker, a hotel consultant, has sent, on request, more than 7,000 care packages of black hair products to deployed women. In an interview, she said she was initially stunned by how many requests she received.

What has surprised critics of the regulations even more is that Army officials insist the updates were cleared by a focus group that included black women in the Army.

“African-American female soldiers were involved in the process of developing the new female hair standards,” said Lt. Col. Alayne P. Conway, an Army spokeswoman. “Not only were nearly 200 senior female leaders and soldiers, which included a representative sample of the Army’s populations, part of the decision-making process on the female hair standards, but the group was also led by an African-American female.”

The Army declined to give the names of the black women involved in the decision, or make them available for comment.

Rihanna to Be Honored by the CFDA

Recently, the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced that pop singer, Rihanna would be given its Fashion Icon Award at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards ceremony. The announcement said she would be honored “for her contributions to the fashion industry as well as her philanthropic partnership with the  campaign.”


Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD), also called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year.[2] In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, including Russia. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. This is a day which some people celebrate by wearing purple ribbons.


WOVA Recognizes a Phenomenal Woman: Tina Knowles

Women of Vision Alliance recognizes Tina Knowles, a woman who has believes “looking good is a right, not just an aspiration.”TinaKnowles
To make a woman feel good about herself is a beautiful thing. When a woman is able to look good on the outside, it certainly impacts the way she feels inside and we salute Knowles for her conscious effort to create “Miss Tina” a fashion line suiting women of all shapes and sizes at an affordable cost.
Please see her Mission:The Miss Tina collection is designed for women of all ages. The line caters to a consumer whose beauty is represented in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from 4-20. The collection is also affordable, all items of the collection are designed to compliment one another, saving women time and money while simplifying the decision making process while shopping.
As a woman with a very busy lifestyle, I know from personal experience how challenging it can be to find clothes that fit comfortably and that are flattering. I had become frustrated in searching for fashionable well-fitting yet age appropriate clothing that was affordable, well-made and addressed the problem areas so many of us women struggle with. Having created and launched two successful fas…hion brands, House of Deréon and Deréon, I felt there was still a void in the marketplace and wanted to find a solution to this situation.So just over three years ago, I had the idea to take my experience as a fashion designer and create a collection of apparel and accessories for women, which would later be called “Miss Tina”. The collection takes inspiration from some of the hottest trends on runway and interprets them in a way that is appropriate not only for women in my age bracket, but for women of every age and size.
WOVA supports you and what you are doing for the overall woman; at every age and every size… beautifully crafted.
Kudos to you, well done!

FLOTUS FLOW: Happy 50th Birthday First Lady Michelle Obama

FLOTUS at 50First Lady Michelle Obama celebrates her 50th Birthday today!

She is an amazing woman, who has gracefully won the hearts of our nation. We recognize all you do and wish you every blessing coming your way on this beautiful milestone birthday!


First Lady Obama harvests vegetables in the White House Kitchen Garden (Alex Wong/Getty Images) and the First Lady exercises with Washington D.C. school children as part of a “Let’s Move!” event last September (Win MacNamee/Getty Images).

Today FLOTUS is going to be spending a day out of the spotlight, after a full week of White House events. She did however tweet a picture of herself proudly flaunting her membership in the AARP, the senior’s advocacy group.


“Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club today… check out my @AARP card! -mo,” she tweeted today about her milestone birthday.

The AP reported a birthday bash is on tap for Saturday night at the White House. The president has been involved in the planning. Officials are keeping a lid on party details, but guests have been told to come prepared to dance. Mrs. Obama said last month she wasn’t certain how she would spend her birthday but that whatever she did might involve some dancing.

First Lady we see you and you look MARVELOUS!!! You are very fly at 50 and I’m certain you will be fly at 80! You have GREAT GENES (your mom still looks amazing 75!)

Happy Birthday FLOTUS!!!


Recently, Tamera Mowry-Housley and her sister Tia Mowry appeared on Oprah’s “Where Are They Now?” on the OWN network and a question was asked that brought Tamera to tears.

Where Are They Now - Mowry Sisters

Before sharing the story that was reported by the Huffington Post as it reports the very shocking and horrific comments recalled by Tamera, I’d like to ask, when did cyber bullies get to the point of not having absolutely NO FILTER? When do you actually sit down and type the cruelist words imaginable and what even makes you feel you have the right to offer your unadulterated opinion UNREQUESTED?!

I have no vested interest in speaking on this subject in Tamera’s defense, in this instance, except for the fact that I am  woman, a black woman and I am appauled that someone else would take it upon themselves to say the most hurtful comments they could fathom and then have the audacity to do it annonymously; certainly not that it would make a bit of difference if they had added their name. However, I’m certain they would get a lot of unsolited choice words of their own!

I think it is appauling and sorely unresposible for anyone to sit down and take time to type, write, tweet an opinion that is something that can have such a HUGE emotional, hurtful and downright degrading impact on another! Please don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but before offering it, think of how you’d feel if you were on the receiving end. Maybe there could possibly be some way of wording it a bit differently.

Maybe we should think of the fact that cyber bullying can bring on many unexpected actions, and HAVE brought on actions that have been unfortunate. There have been some who’ve been attacked for so long, who have taken their own lives for it. I’m not saying that all cases are the same, but I am saying on any given day when your words have reached someone, you are not certain what has transpired leading up to those words. It only takes that last word, action or deed that could possibly make someone feel so helpless, alone or distraught; leading them to do something so drastic as hurting themselves or another. In many cases victims of cyber bullying or bullying in general have taken their lives or others. We must be MORE socially and communally resposible!

I’m not sure where and when it actually became a prerequisite for celebrities to become targets because of their job titles.  Who made this “rule?” We should ALL expect more! To those who speak out; good for you! It is never acceptable to be disprected, demeaned or degraded at any time!

Please see the Huffington Post‘s article: “Tamera Mowry Recalls Shocking Comments About Her Interracial Marriage”

“White man’s whore.” “Back in the day, you cost $300, but now, you’re giving it away for free.” These are the hateful comments 35-year-old Tamera Mowry, one of the identical twin stars of the ’90s television sitcom “Sister, Sister,” says she received after she married Fox News Channel correspondent Adam Housley in 2011. In the above clip from “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” she opens up about the intense hatred she experienced on social media for marrying outside her race.

“See, this is where I get emotional, because it’s hurtful,” Mowry says. “Because when my husband and I are so openly — and we’re fine with showing — is love. Love. But people choose to look past love and spew hate. That’s what hurts me, because I’ve never experienced so much hate ever in my life, ever.”

Growing up in a biracial family, Mowry says she couldn’t even fathom the hateful words she’s heard about her marriage. “My mom is a beautiful black woman and my dad is an amazing white man, and I grew up seeing a family,” she says.

An especially hurtful comment she’s heard involves her twin sister, who is married to actor Cory Hardrict. “They say, ‘Oh, Tia’s a true black woman because she married a black man,’” Tamera says. “Oh – I’m less of a black person because I married white?”


Though the words are painful, Mowry says she knows what she has. “I love my husband so much, I love our family, I love our dynamic. I’m proud to be in the relationship that I am because it’s based on love,” Mowry says. “Pure love.”

Dr. M. GassWOVA would like to spotlight someone who has made great strides to speak to the subject of Menopause.

Margery L.S. Gass, MD, NCMP is an internationally recognized leader in the field of menopause. Dr. Gass became Executive Director of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) in 2010. She has been an investigator on numerous research projects, including serving as a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, and has published and presented on a wide range of topics related to menopause, including osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, and hormone therapy.

NAMS has a very clear and defined Mission and Vision:


NAMS Mission is to promote the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging.


NAMS Vision is to serve as the definitive, independent, evidence-based resource on midlife women’s health, menopause, and healthy aging for healthcare professionals, researchers, the media, and the general public. The Society strives to:

  • Stimulate, recommend, recognize, and support research on physiologic, medical, genetic, psychosocial, behavioral, ethnic, and cultural aspects of menopause and healthy aging and translate this research into clinical practice.
  • Promote the exchange of multidisciplinary scientific knowledge of menopause and healthy aging through efforts that include the Annual Scientific Meeting and the journal Menopause, and collaboration with other scientific societies.
  • Delineate the scope of, promote excellence in, and recognize expertise in menopause-related clinical practice and health-promotion strategies for women as they age.
  • Develop and distribute continuing professional education for healthcare providers, researchers, and educators that increases understanding of menopause and healthy aging.
  • Collaborate with academic groups to establish standards and provide appropriate menopause and age-related curricula in women’s health care.
  • Empower women with culturally sensitive, scientifically accurate information so they can actively participate in menopause and age-related healthcare decisions.

While you are taking a look at the NAMS website, you will also notice the MenoPAUSE Blog written by the NAMS staff and Dr. Margery Gass.  

They strive to bring you the most recent and interesting information about various aspects of menopause and midlife health. They want you to have accurate, unbiased, evidence-based information.

Again, WOVA is pleased to spotlight Dr. Margery Gass for sharing her knowledge of all things Menopause.

Kudo Dr. Gass!