October 23, 2017

Friday Open Thread: Black Health and Fitness Pros


NICOLE CHAPLIN is a successful certified Master Trainer, motivational speaker, author, and owner of Bella X Fitness in NYC.  She is a fitness expert certified in boxing, TRX, kickboxing, group exercise, and kettle bells. While attending University of Miami, her passion for fitness was born.

After graduating from UM with a degree in marketing and a minor in music business and entertainment,  Nicole immediately  moved to NYC and  landed an assistant position within a week at Geffen Records. Shortly after,  she  was at BMI  and then Roc-A-Fella Records. She decided to become a personal trainer after Roc-A-Fella because she noticed her  lifestyle encompassed more health and wellness than anything else, and with ease, personal training became a career.

Being of Jamaican descent, she refers to her style of training as “spicy and fun.” Once she developed her personal training skills, the modeling world noticed immediately.  She was able to add fitness model to her resume, having been featured in multiple publications including FitnessRX for Women, Women’s Health, Oxygen Magazine (8 times), Sheen Magazine, New You, Heart & Soul Magazine, and Black Enterprise. Chaplin even landed the # 2 spot on Shape Magazine’s 50 Hottest Trainers in America.

Chaplin’s guest feature on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS News NY brilliantly showcased her magnetic on-screen presence and television appeal. Arise TV and VH-1 also made sure to have her on their media outlets as well.  With a “go hard or go home” attitude that builds inner strength, Chaplin is well aware that working up a sweat to achieve maximum physical results requires more than just physical stamina.

It requires supreme dedication and venturing beyond the valley of vanity to tap into the depths of one’s soul. This fitness enthusiast says she is driven by motivation.  She discusses the infinite power of motivation to achieve ultimate fitness goals in her dynamic book, “YES MAM! Your Muscle As A Motivator.”

 In her debut book, Nicole takes health and wellness to the next level with her patented focus on the body, mind, and soul.  Utilizing the same tenets and techniques that have yielded astonishing results for her celebrity and general clientele alike, Chaplin has managed to craft her remarkable body kinetics ingenuity into a 10-point manual that emphasizes mind over matter in the highest degree.

  • Farrod

    Aw Nicole, Nicole, Nicole…umph, umph, umph…

    • qosine


      • Farrod

        Thanks for the compliment the other day, qosine.

    • GreenLadyHere

      LOL – — FARROD! — -FARROD! — -FARROD! — -Good MornTin”. :>) **BIG HUG** :>)- – –

      — —U Opened with da LAFFS – -also. – -LOL — Thank U♥ :>)

      — – -Good 2 C U. :>) Hope had a BLESSED Day. :>)

    • rikyrah


  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam! I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving. When I saw this morning’s post I immediately thought of Axel…smh…lol

    • goldenstar

      Good morning, jds and POU!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ jds09. :>) **BIG –Cali- — HUG** :>)
      – – -YES. Annnd the SAME 2 U. :>)

      Annnd YES -RE: -AxelFoley. LOL – –

      Good 2 C U –jds09. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • nellcote

    Links to individual Ferguson small business fund raisers:


  • Miranda

    Good Morning all! Lawd…………the crazy is already at def con 10 this morning!

    Conservatives: Don’t Let Obama Give State of the Union Address
    Nov 26, 2014 5:47 PM EST

    A series of political commenters, led by the editor of the National Review, have a new idea for Speaker John Boehner: refuse to invite President Obama from the State of the Union address.

    The thinking behind this proposal is that it would aptly demonstrate the level of GOP discontentment with the president, in case he doesn’t already know. Rich Lowry, the editor of the National Review, told The New York Times Tuesday night that if he were John Boehner “I’d say to the president: ‘Send us your State of the Union in writing. You’re not welcome in our chamber.’”

    more here: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-11-26/conservatives-to-john-boehner-dont-let-obama-give-state-of-the-union-address

    • jds09

      Conservatives just cannot grasp the concept that PBO doesn’t give a shit what they think. This cracks me up. They are so used to controlling the agenda with democrats (looking at the Clinton Camp) adjusting policies because they are “unhappy”. I bet there’s a lot of silence in the Oval office when conservative leadership runs up on PBO with their bullshit. I bet he just looks at them. lol.

    • Kennymack1971

      Oh man….Boehner is so screwed. Watch this dumbass idea get traction in RWNJ land only to be disappointed. These nuts are so full of hate for PBO they refuse to grasp what a petty and terrible precedent this would set. Obama Derangement Syndrome is real y’all.

    • Scopedog

      The bloody cheek of them…who the hell do they think they are? Did Bush get this treatment?

      Full-on ODS, honestly. Disgusting.

    • rikyrah

      POTUS giving the SOTU at The Lincoln Memorial.

      The imagery alone would be priceless

      • edp4bho

        Hello POU. PBO at the Lincoln Memorial would also show those who didn’t vote in 2010, less alone this year midterms, how they have wrought this kind of incivility on the nation. I say bring it on !

        • Scopedog

          Exactly! They’ve got some nerve blasting the President when it was they themselves who helped these lunatics into office by not voting because of some stupid belief that it would “send a message”.

          To hell with them. They are equally responsible for the sorry state of our politics today, no matter how they try to pass themselves off as being pure and better than POTUS.

        • nathkatun7

          ” I say bring it on !”
          I am with you and rikyrah!

  • GOVCHRIS1988
    • GreenLadyHere

      BWAHAHA –GOVCHRIS1988. **BIG HUG** :>) — –

      Seeee — – —LOL —PERFECT!- — -Thanks 4da – -Morntin’ laff. :>)

      — -Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • qosine

      LOL …

  • MonieTalks

    Morning fam. Hope you had a great holiday.

    Misguided twitter activists and pontificators want no mentions of their foolishness when pointed out.
    They love a pat on the back when it comes to shading PBO…..but when you ask why no anger at anyone else, why no anger before now, and why they have been bystanders for 20 years…..all they have is leave me out your mentions. Punk asses.

    • rikyrah

      I love that twitter is telling the truth

    • EpiphanySweet

      What is your twitter name? Is it the same here?

  • lamh

    Morning. Today is the first of 4 days off for me and I plan to do absolutely nothing!

    So yesterday after work I got to hang out with my family. Whenever I get a chance to hang around with my family I realize how glad I am that I moved back home to NOLA. It’s never a dull moment with the Evans clan!!! Plus I get to see my godkids. Check out Maddie

    • rikyrah

      Maddie is adorable!

      • lamh

        she’s such a ham rikyrah. I love it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ lamh. — **BIG HUG*** :>)
      – –Ohh — – “Little Maddie”– – A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E♥ — –
      She growin’ into such a –FINE Young Lady♥—- BLESS HER♥ :>)
      Thank U 4 sharin’ :>) – –B BLESSED♥ Lamh :>)

    • qosine

      She’s so cute! Love her pink shades!

      • lamh

        thx qosine.

        she loves shades and she’s a girly girl, so she loves pink

        the coat is actually lined with pink inside and the shirt she’s wearing is pink too…lol

        • qosine

          I love it, lamh. Wear that pink, Maddie!
          “the coat is actually lined with pink inside and the shirt she’s wearing is pink too”

  • MonieTalks

    Had a conversation with someone who said Mike Brown should not have hit the cops..he asked for his own murder.

    I said..you know….if George Zimmerman had his wish granted for murder after he assaulted a cop and asked for a death wish he was never granted…Trayvon would still be alive.

    She asked…”George Zimmerman ASSAULTED a cop. I showed her an online article.

    You should have seen the look….the epiphany was all over her face.

    • TresL

      At this point, how can anyone believe the version of events described by the Ferguson police and repeated by the media? All of these incidents begin with how the killers approached the victims and the media is expert at duping people into focusing on what the victim did to bring about his own death.

    • Tafr

      There was not one scratch on that psychos face, not one. He said he was hit 10 times then 2 times, just lying his ass off. Tell this stupid bitch to get educated before saying someone deserves to die. Even if Mike Brown did hit a cop, which he did not, that is not a death sentence. Also remind her dumb ass that a cop killer was just caught ALIVE. Not a cop hitter but a cop KILLER. I am not at all surprised considering these morally corrupt, non empathy having, hateful cacs are blaming Tamir for his own death. Even when they have video of those pigs rolling up and drive by shooting that baby. My grandmother used to say there is a special hell for those type of white people and I believe my granny is 100% correct.

    • nathkatun7

      How convenient! Michael Brown is dead and hence he is not in a position to challenge the veracity of the cop’s story. Moreover, since when was being hit by a fist justifying shooting and killing somebody.

  • GreenLadyHere

    — –GOOD Friday MornTinn’ AEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ —**BIG- –FITNESS — -HUG** :>) — -:MS. NICOLE ♥ — -is the PICTURE of —“FIT annnnd LOVELY” :>)–Annd –“Her-STORY” — – Is -“MADE 4 a MOVIE” [DOCUMENTARY]. :>)

    —–☻Ms. NICOLE — Is “WELL ROUNDED” :>) — –

    – – — – — -☺MULTI-TALENTED— –certified Master Trainer, motivational speaker, author, and owner of Bella X Fitness in NYC. She is a fitness expert certified in boxing, TRX, kickboxing, group exercise, and kettle bells. – -[Like this:- http://www.physigraphe.com/archives/extras/free1101/Kett_front_lung_arm_rais_up_alter.gif [WHOA! :>)]

    – – – – – ——— –♣a degree in marketing and a minor in music business and entertainment,. .– -:>)

    — – — – – ☺WELL-DESERVED HONORS♥ – — featured in multiple publications including FitnessRX for Women, Women’s
    Health, Oxygen Magazine (8 times), Sheen Magazine, New You, Heart &Soul Magazine, and Black Enterprise. Chaplin even landed on Shape Magazine’s 50 Hottest Trainers in America.

    — — – – – – -☺UPLIFTING MOTIVATION♥her style of training as “spicy and fun.” –:>)

    – – –THANK U ALEXA NDER2♥ —4 this –“Motivation” 2 EXERCISE Afta Yesterday’s Meals. :>)— —-I’m beginnning by – -“POURING TEA” LOL

    — – -☺ENJOY☺– – http://www.howsweeteats.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/tdayhash-2.jpg — -[DAY AFTA — -BREAKFAST CASSEROLE♥- – -:>)]

    — –B BLESSED♥ — -:>) – – -LOL – – -“Somebody” –is JOINING US. :>)- – – – -☺http://www.cutecatgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Cat-eating-a-pancake-GIF.gif

  • nellcote

    Immigration advocacy groups fear more efforts to scam those seeking legal status

    …California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexican consulates sounded similar alarms after Obama promised executive action that is expected to shield about 5 million people from deportation. For decades, immigrants have fallen victim to attorneys and consultants who disappear with their money or give bad advice that may land them in deportation proceedings.

    “Anything related to immigration tends to have this activity associated with it,” said Laura Vazquez, senior immigration legislative analyst at National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy group. “There are people who really want to get right with the law and seek any opportunity to adjust their status. They’ll sometimes believe things that aren’t true.”

    Harris, whose state is home to an estimated 2.4 million people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally, issued a lengthy “consumer alert” Tuesday that said changes of the magnitude that Obama announced often invite con artists. Her tips include making sure that attorneys are licensed and advisers are recognized by the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals.


  • Alma98

    Morning everyone!
    I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.

  • GreenLadyHere

    —- -☺http://thegrio.com/2014/11/28/12-year-old-girl-saves-sister-fire/
    — –12-year-old girl saves younger sister, 4, from house fire
    When Angel Lynn Coller woke up, she was in the arms of her older sister Laniyah. Their home was on fire.

    “My sister carried me, but then she was crying because all our stuff was gone,” Angel Lynn told WPXI-TV. “Even my pretty clothes are gone.”

    The girls’ mother called upstairs to Laniyah that there was a fire.
    Laniyah grabbed her sister immediately and made it downstairs, despite heavy amounts of smoke filling the home.

    – –Ohhhh BLESS U♥– -Laniyah♥ — -4 your unselfish — -LOVING – -action. :>) —Your sister will — -4-eva B — -GRATEFUL♥ AMEN♥

  • nellcote

    NY museum digitizing Harlem Hellfighters records

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Air Force retiree Greta Hamilton was familiar with the Harlem Hellfighters, a storied all-black infantry regiment that won fame on the World War I battlefields of France only to be virtually shunned by the U.S. military back home.

    But it wasn’t until she volunteered to help the New York State Military Museum digitize the unit’s post-WWI records that she came to know the soldiers better: what they did for a living, where they were born, when they enlisted and for how long.

    She and other volunteers have recorded the data from about a quarter of the approximately 10,000 personnel cards of the Harlem Hellfighters for a database that has been posted on the New York Heritage and military museum websites. A$2,500 grant from the Capital District Library Council is helping pay for the project.

    “It’s phenomenal,” said Hamilton, a retired Air Force major and director of the Marion National Cemetery in Illinois. “It a part of our history that needs to be told.”

    Several years ago, thousands of National Guard documents known as regimental personnel cards were found in a filing cabinet at the Harlem Armory by then-museum director Michael Aikey. The cards are from 1921 to 1949 and include names, ages, addresses, birthplaces, occupations and enlistment dates…


  • jziglar

    Obama Poised to Become the Most Environmentally Consequential President Ever

    According to Coral Davenport of The New York Times, “President Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any occupant of the White House.”


    • Scopedog

      I’m betting a lot of heads are exploding at this–especially on Kos.

  • nellcote

    @DiplomatEsq Decades later they’re still asking why Mookie smashed the window at Sal’s instead of why they killed radio Raheem. #Ferguson

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – – OMYWORD! – – – -:>)

    — -☺http://thegrio.com/2014/11/28/quintavious-johnson-national-anthem/
    – – – –Quintavious Johnson, 12, slays National Anthem on Thanksgiving
    Ladies and Gentlemen, Quintavious Johnson.

    The 12-year-old former contestant on America’s Got Talent slayed the National Anthem before Thursday’s Lions Bears game.

    He didn’t just sing the anthem. He sang it.

    Johnson started singing when was just 11 months old. He hails from Franklin, Tennessee and is raised by his mother Yolanda.

    On America’s Got Talent, Johnson described his singing talent as a “gift God has given” to him. We agree.–[Woo! Hoo!] :>)

    A higher quality version of the end of the anthem is below:

    – – —U R — -TRULY BLESSED♥- — Dear QUINTAVIOUS♥ :>)
    —-B BLESSED –Mother Yolanda♥ :>) U have DONE WELL♥ :>)
    — :>)

    • Alma98

      I watched it and he was awesome!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Alma —Thank U.♥ – – – — – I could listen 2 HIM on –HIS OWN ALBUM♥ — Lookin’ FORWARD♥ – – ->

    • goldenstar

      Whoa. He needs to be studying at Julliard.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ —
        —**BIG HUG** :>)

        He SURELY –is destined 4 GR8-ness — -anywhere he studies. :>)

        – – –Good 2 C U. Hope U had a nice THANKSGIVING DAY♥- – -:>) – – – -B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • qosine

      Franklin just up the road from my town!
      Go Quintavious Johnson — a great Tennessean

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ ☺http://www.e-cigarette-forum.com/forum/attachments/rebuildable-atomizer-systems/208695d1368281771-fc-2000-porous-ceramic-wick-smiley_emoticons_kinggrin_anbeten2.gif

        — -***BIG HUG*** Good ON U♥ :>)

        Onda real fast. :>) C cu soon♥

    • lamh

      awesome! Whitney would be proud!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Lamh — -**BIG fist bump*** AMEN♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ — – -☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dS0UOy7PeQ- – –
    – – – —11:00

    The Arrival of the White House Christmas Tree

    – —-☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocFt9MPzhrI
    – – – Raw: Christmas Tree Arrives at White House♥ :>)

    – – — – -♣RECEIVED by – -LOVELY – -“FIRST LADIES”♥-♥-♥ :>) —

    B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥- – – -YEP!- — “PEOPLE — ALL OVA the WORLD” – – –WATCHIN’ – – — U.S. [THE Popo]- –
    – — ☺http://thehill.com/homenews/225497-un-blasts-us-for-police-brutality
    — – — –UN blasts US for police brutality— -HAH! – –
    The United Nations Committee Against Torture criticized the United States in a report Friday for a pattern of police brutality and excessive force against racial and ethnic minorities across the country.

    It raised concern about racial profiling and the growing militarization of police activities, topics that became prominent this summer during riots in Ferguson, Mo., protesting the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

    The report does not specifically address Michael Brown’s death, which caused new unrest this week after a grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot him.

    Speaking Friday at a press conference in Geneva, Alessio Bruni, one of the U.N. panel’s investigators, called Brown’s death a “tragedy” but said his committee would respect the decision not to put Wilson on trial, according to CNN.

    Brown’s parents traveled to Switzerland to testify before the committee earlier this month.

    Bruni called on the United States to adopt reforms to come into full compliance with the 1987 U.N. Convention Against Torture, which the Senate ratified in 1994.

    The report singles out the Chicago Police Department for “frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals.” It also criticizes Chicago’s police for frequent profiling and harassment of young African Americans and Latinos.

    It notes that no Chicago police officer has been convicted for what it termed “acts of torture” and that the mostly African-American victims have not received any compensation.

    – – –THIS!- – – -IS! — – -A — -“BFD” [per VP Joe♥]- –– –

    — -From – –-“ANGST — – -2 ACTION!- – -Annnd From –MOMENT — -2 — -MOVEMENT♥” – – -4 ALL — -[“STOLEN LIVES”] – –AMEN♥

    — — – -☺http://lawcha.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/140816-ferguson-march-2142_3de16bd8b419bdb6b62b23b7af5f73fc.nbcnews-fp-1280-600.jpg

    B BLESSED♥—:>)

  • lamh
  • Miranda

    Cleveland officials say officers waited nearly 4 minutes to administer first aid to Tamir Rice, 12
    5:33 PM, Nov 27, 2014

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland officials said Thursday officers waited close to four minutes to administer first aid after Tamir Rice, 12, was shot.

    Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said a detective and FBI agent who were in the area responded to the call for help and began giving medical help to Rice three minutes and 49 seconds after he was shot by rookie Cleveland patrol officer Timothy Loehmann.

    NewsChannel 5 Investigators asked Cleveland officials why the two officers involved in the shooting did not immediately administer first aid.

    Dan Williams, a spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson, said all of the officers’ actions are under investigation. He was unsure of the policy related to how and when officers are required to provide medical assistance.

    According to information obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigators, many area police officers receive first aid training.

    more here: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/investigations/cleveland-officials-say-officers-waited-nearly-4-minutes-to-administer-first-aid-to-tamir-rice-12

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2♥ – – -WHOA! – -MISSED THIS :>) —

    – — -☺https://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ls5fbe5y8Y1qbkdeno1_250.gif

    — –☺http://thehill.com/policy/technology/225459-obama-signs-e-label-act
    – – —-Obama signs E-Label Act —- :>)

    – – –President Obama on Wednesday signed the E-Label Act, the White House announced, which allows electronics manufacturers to label their products electronically instead of physically.

    The change should give companies more flexibility under Federal Communications Commission rules, supporters argued, especially as consumer electronics get smaller and smaller.

    Industry groups have also pushed for the bill.

    Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), the bill’s author, has called it a “commonsense” bill that would bring the law into the 21st century.— [Way-Ell!] – –

    The legislation floated through the House unanimously earlier this month, and sailed through the Senate in September.

    – – – –ACCOMPLISHMENT – -#248 — annnd COUNTING .♥ :>) — — -THANK U SIR♥ – -:>)

    – –[Soon — -Gotta –☺https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rEsVp5tiDQ — –B BLESSED♥ :>)]

  • rikyrah

    Leslie Robinson – FLOTUS’ niece is at Princeton and on the Ladies’ Basketball team.

    Pics at TOD


  • lamh
  • Miranda

    ‘GO BACH TO AFRICA’: School adds security after girl’s racist Ferguson tweet explodes
    28 NOV 2014 AT 10:13 ET

    Officials added security at an Illinois high school after a student posted a series of racist comments online in response to the Ferguson protests.

    “I don’t feel sorry for black people,” the Oakwood High School student posted on Twitter at 10:16 p.m. Monday. “If you hate us so much GO BACH TO AFRICA. We should have never bought you.”

    The comments were made shortly after the announcement that a Missouri grand jury had declined to indict the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, sparking protests and rioting in Ferguson.

    “I mean this wouldn’t happen if black people wouldn’t act like hooligans,” posted the student, whose name was not released. “We don’t start a riot when white ppl die.”

    Her Twitter account has since been locked.

    more here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/go-bach-to-africa-school-adds-security-after-girls-racist-ferguson-tweet-explodes/

    • rikyrah

      but, she’s all big and bad…right?

    • lamh

      See this is why you should educate your children about what can happen with you let your big mouth write a check yo ass can’t cash. Never ceases to amaze me how people really don’t realize how the internet is NOT private!

    • malletgirl02

      White people don’t start riots when people die? yeah they just riot over pumpkins, sporting events, and when they feel back people are getting too rich (Rosewood).

  • Miranda

    In America, black children don’t get to be children
    By Stacey Patton November 27

    Black America has again been reminded that its children are not seen as worthy of being alive — in part because they are not seen as children at all, but as menacing threats to white lives.

    America does not extend the fundamental elements of childhood to black boys and girls. Black childhood is considered innately inferior, dangerous and indistinguishable from black adulthood. Black children are not afforded the same presumption of innocence as white children, especially in life-or-death situations.

    Note officer Darren Wilson’s description of his confrontation with Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo. In his grand jury testimony, Wilson described Brown as a “demon,” “aggressive,” and said that Brown had taunted him by saying, “You are too much of a p—y to shoot me.” (Similarly, George Zimmerman told police that teenager Trayvon Martin threatened him during their fight: “You’re gonna die tonight.”)

    more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-america-black-children-dont-get-to-be-children/2014/11/26/a9e24756-74ee-11e4-a755-e32227229e7b_story.html

    • Alma98

      Nothing but the truth
      I can just imagine what the comments are on this article.

      • rikyrah

        they don’t like hearing the truth, Alma.

      • rikyrah

        they don’t like hearing the truth, Alma.

    • Alma98

      Nothing but the truth
      I can just imagine what the comments are on this article.

  • lamh

    Wait a cotton picking minute, is this really Jada Pinkett’s mom!!!!

    Well shit, dieting here I come!


    • rikyrah



    • qosine

      She looks fabulous!!

    • DAMN!!!

      *bows down*

    • Scopedog

      Need to definitely get in shape….

      ….but first, need to put eyes back in head.

  • lamh

    Have never watched Face the Nation much at all. Just clips. I may have to check this segment out.


  • Mario Bryant

    The reason motivation is so important is that it is the only contributor to sports performance over which you have control. http://ghinsberg.com/inspirational-speaker/
    My There are three things that affect how well you perform. First, your ability, which includes your physical, technical, tactical, and mental capabilities. Because ability is something you are born with, you can’t change your ability so it is outside of your control.