I created this blog for women of colour to celebrate our unique cultural, physical and aesthetic assets. Our beauty comes in many shades from dark brown to light brown and numerous hues in between – and in a variety of shapes from thin to curvy. However, this blog is not just about how we look; it’s equally about promoting good health, wellbeing and appropriate lifestyle choices to enable us to thrive.
Steering Group & Lifestyle Challenge Experts
Dr Elizabeth Opara is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Applied and Human Sciences at Kingston University. She specialises in clinical nutrition and the biological activity of natural products including the anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties of culinary herbs and spices. Dr Opara is a member of the Black Sister Network at Black British Academics and a contributor to the bestselling book Inside the Ivory Tower.
Dr Jenny Douglas is a Senior Lecturer in health promotion in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at the Open University. Her research is both varied and wide ranging spanning 30 years on issues around race, health and ethnicity. She is Founder and Chair of the Black Women’s Health and Wellbeing Research Network, a member of the Black Sister Network at Black British Academics and a contributor to the bestselling book Inside the Ivory Tower.
Dr Avril Gabriel is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the British Psychological Society. She has worked in the field of mental health for nearly a decade. Her clinical work, whilst mainly based in the NHS, has extended to other settings, such as the voluntary sector and schools. This has allowed her to work with a variety of people, helping them find ways to improve their mental wellbeing.
Rianna Raymond-Williams is a sexual health advisor for the NHS and Founder of the sexual health social enterprise Shine ALOUD UK, which uses creative media and peer-led training to change the perceptions and behaviour of young people under 25. She is a regular contributor to The Voice newspaper where she covers content on health and community news, and is studying for her MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.