I Can’t Breathe: Poetic Memory of George Floyd

Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins, art by Shawn “SP” Perkins

Excuse me, but I can’t breathe

in the land of the free, home of the brave.

It’s a pandemic and jobs have been lost,

including my own.

Providing for my family is the goal

and spiritual divinity is the fundamental virtue of my throne.

Am I guilty, a threat, or innocent?

A black man in America

overshadowed by cognitive dissonance.

When the looting starts,

the shooting starts, says 45!

God is the source of all energy,

blessing the world with tranquility and serenity.

I loved my life,

I was a father of two

and developed profound friendships.

I enjoyed excelling in sports in Houston,

even picked up the mic a few times, aka “Big Floyd.”

Get to know my story and relinquish your fear,

I’m as human as you with a thirst for creativeness,

even in perilous times, I focus on noble causes. [Read more…]

Humans: Slow Down, Read a Book, Respect Nature!

Thoughts by Kimatni D. Rawlins

I vividly recall cleaning yards in the hood of Camden, NJ starting at 8 years old with my cousin Vince. Now I can enjoy a few good books in the serenity of our Japanese garden which I designed after studying the Orient art form (contrast of stone and vegetation) and nourishing our grasses, bushes, shrubs and trees with the nutrients they need to grow strong while providing us with clean oxygen. They key is a strict fertilization schedule — especially in the fall and a slow release fertilizer early winter — aerating, water, and love!

This quarantine will be no problem for I and I, as the goal is to slow down, be still, observe, and value what the Most High has blessed us with while enjoying family more. Humans have lost focus and purpose in life which should not be centralized on rapid acceleration, incessant urbanization and development, robotic takeover, technology beyond imagination, etc etc.

Deforestation alone is literally killing us and the animal population while bringing deadly diseases and viruses into our domain. You’ve destroyed bats’ and other exotic creatures’ homes and now look. Humans have once again altered the ecosystem for the worse in exchange for more profits.

Like Robert “Nesta” Marley said, Simmer Down!

Kalahari Resorts and Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures

Experienced by Leon Brittain

I’m sure you have heard of the Poconos as that romantic getaway location with champagne glass jacuzzies, heart-shaped beds, and that crackling warm and glowing fireplace for blissful lovers’ weekends. Now imagine an exotic African safari-themed resort with your choice of appetizing comfort food or fine cuisine paired with premium adult spirits and wines, a mind-melting halotherapy room and spa, and an outdoor adventure park. And when you’re ready to take a dip in the pool, you have a choice of an indoor or outdoor swim-up bar in addition to the largest indoor waterpark in the country at your disposal. [Read more…]

Recap Video: 2019 Fit Fathers Day Celebration

Father’s Day in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area was elevated by Fit Fathers for the 6th consecutive year with exercise, laughter, dance, music and fun. We bring dads and father figures together to demonstrate the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. Enjoy the video recap!

WUSA9: Start the Day in a Healthy Way at Fit Fathers Day

Workout with your dad this holiday at the 6th annual “Fit Fathers Day Celebration” in Downtown Silver Spring. Kristen gets a preview of the event with Founder/Nutrition & Fitness Technician Kimatni Rawlins and Pat Robinson of Pat The Roc Skills Academy. For more information about the event visit www.FitFathersDay.com

Augusto Cangahuala on Fatherhood

Fatherhood to me means living to become a better person and role model for my kids. Fatherhood also allows me show my son and daughter what true love and selflessness represents while focusing on taking care of Self. The Fit Fathers movement is a responsibility for teaching younger generations how to nourish their bodies, be mentally and emotionally aware, stay physically fit and showcase kindness to others. I love Fit Fatherhood!

Augusto Cangahuala, Father and Experience Designer

6 Fun Ways to Stay Active with Your Kids this Summer

Summer vacation is both a blessing and a curse. Although we cherish every extra moment we get to spend with our children, at the same time, we’re tasked with coming up with new and creative ways to keep them entertained. Nobody wants to be the parent whose kids are stuck inside all summer, staring at a screen. If you need some inspiration for how to encourage a healthy, happy lifestyle, here are 6 different ways the whole family can stay active and entertained. [Read more…]

Snow Day Workout: Fit Fathers

On snow days Fit Fathers take their kids and friends sledding to burn calories, have fun and create family memories. Then we MAKE them nutritious lunches featuring salads, lentils and brown rice, steamed broccoli, roasted potatoes and sliced mangos to snack on. It’s a lifestyle.

Mindful Habits for Positive Family Change in 2019

Rightfully so my last workout of 2018 took place with my 12-year old vegan warrior by my side emulating me stride for stride. When 2019 hit we picked up where we left off and went for a 4-mile nature run and some ab work. So the societal goal is to continue influencing our children with life enhancing habits such as daily exercise, mindfulness, releasing positive energy into the universe and clean eating with a focus on plants, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. And before you know it your kids will be encouraging you to go for a hike or suggesting herbal tea over coffee and water over sugary drinks. It’s a beautiful thing when you reach healthful enlightenment as a family unit. So here are my top suggestions for elevational change in the new year. [Read more…]

Sanctity of Life: The Recipe for Aging Gracefully

My goal in life is to meet and spend quality time with as many beautiful souls as possible such as 80-year family friend George Maggot from St. Helena Island off the coast of West Africa. In London he invited me over for a home cooked veggie lunch that he prepared singlehandedly, a stroll in the garden park and life conversations to appease both our spirits. George walks a few miles daily, eats one main meal a day (mainly veggies and legumes), nibbles on fruits and nuts, maintains  a strong social life, tends to the garden a few hours a day, volunteers his time to help his neighbors and continues to travel to places like his second home in Ghana where he spent 40 years.

I do believe my soul gravitates more towards elders and wise men and women who understand my path deeper than the majority. I am humbled and grateful to be blessed with opportunities that continuously allow me to learn and experience. Thank you George!

-Kimatni D. Rawlins