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LizzLoves Laila Ali October 26, 2010

"She Bee Stingin'"

I’m trying to get back in to fighting shape…well, not literally. I would, however, like to return to my kick-butt physique, so I’ve been looking to friends and celebrities for inspiration.

The first woman that came to mind was Laila Ali. If I were to look like any athlete, I think I would choose her. She’s healthy, strong and beautiful. Although she is now retired, she dominated in women’s boxing. While genetics certainly played a role (her daddy is legendary boxing champ Muhammad Ali), Laila knows what kind of discipline and dedication it takes to push your body and mind to greatness.

I particularly admire her fitness message to young girls and women through her involvement with the Women’s Sports Foundation, an advocacy group that supports, promotes and highlights the accomplishments of women in sports.

Laila is also lending her one-two punch to other endeavors as well, including a new hair/beauty product line and a music career! Just like her dad, she has the poise to float like a butterfly, but the drive to sting like a bee!

Laila and her dad put up their dukes!

Stay tuned for more posts on female athletes! Do you have a favorite female sports role model? Hit me up and tell me more! Now it’s off to the park for a jog for me 🙂

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LizzLoves…Lah Tere September 20, 2010

A few years back, I went to a show at S.O.B’s in New York City for a collection of performances by up and coming hip-hop groups. Having attended many of those types of events, I thought I knew what I was in for, but one group, Rebel Diaz, threw me for a loop.

These Latino MCs not only came correct with beats and vocals, but their bilingual lyrics spoke social justice and human rights. They were like a throwback to the days when all hip-hop had a message.

I love everyone in the crew, but I’ll admit to having a particularly soft spot for the one woman in the trio, Lah Tere (aka Teresita Ayala Nunez). If you’ve never heard or seen her perform, Lah Tere is like old-school Queen Latifah-meets-Mystic-meets-La India all rolled up into one. And like Laila Ali, her delivery packs a serious punch! Her lyrics are personal, yet universal at the same time. From the U.S. streets to the barrios and favelas of Latin America, her words reach out to all those who are oppressed and to those who are fighting for human rights worldwide.

While Lah Tere’s talent for clever & poetic lyrics combined with her lovely vocals on hooks could probably land her a sweet record deal, the rewards she seeks are not what you might think.

Instead of jewels, cars and cash, what enriches La Tere’s life is the ability to be successful as a social activist:  to bring positive messages of change to communities all over the world.

Also check out one of her ventures in girl power, Momma’s Hip Hop Kitchen, a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color. LT co-founded the organization.

So, gracias, La Tere and Rebel Diaz, for educating the masses and fighting the good fight! Bendeciones!

Check out their latest release, “Libertad,” (video above) to get a taste of what Rebel Diaz brings to the hip-hop table…