What Do The NY Times, The Root & The Intersection All Have In Common? Me! | A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss

What Do The NY Times, The Root & The Intersection All Have In Common? Me!

Originally posted 2012-05-01 10:53:03.

Just a quick update that I should’ve written a while ago, but because so many things were coming up back to back, I had to wait and just hit you with all of ’em at once:

  • Tara Parker Pope’s article for the Well section of the New York Times about veganism was paired with a Room For Debate which asked if veganism was a viable option for everyone… and right there, in the middle of the answers.. you find me. Pardon me while I peppa seed all across your computer screen.
  • The Root is doing a series of articles discussing the “obesity epidemic in the Black community,” leading up to a symposium they’re hosting about how we can solve the “crisis.” The second article in the series… is an interview with me. Nothing funnier than having your Mom call you in the middle of your day, shouting “Erika! You’re on the front page of The Root! Your face is as big as day!”
  • Jeff Johnson – lovingly remembered as Cousin Jeff, at least for me – now has a show on blis.fm called The Intersection, and about 40 minutes into it… you see me. On video. In red, no less. (Side note: the video description has me listed as a nutritionist… sounds like another certificate worth pursuing, hmm?)

Dude…where am I going to pop up next? [insert innocent smile]

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The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes health, fitness, nutrition, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She now lives in New York with her family, and is working on her 4th, 5th and 6th certificates.


  1. Lisette

    May 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Toot, toot, toot! So proud of you. Hope the exposure continues to grow because you are providing a wonderful service.

  2. Toi

    May 1, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Congrats on the features!

  3. TJ

    May 1, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Hooray on the really positive comments on the NY Times piece! I love that the only one that really offers any pushback also points out how awesome and young you look in your author photo. You can’t beat that.

    • Erika Nicole Kendall

      May 1, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      I know, right?

      And yeah… nothing like trying to use my age to discredit my opinion. I ALMOST replied to the comment like, “Well, the Oxford Dictionary is older than you AND me, and IT says refrigeration played a monumental part in whether or not people even had the capacity to keep meat in large quantities like that… so nah!”

      …but I’m mature. Sort of. ROFL

  4. lynnid

    May 1, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    I don’t know where you will turn up next but let us know when you do. Congrats!

  5. Savannah

    May 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Congrats Erika! Loved all the pieces. I hope that you get even more opportunities to help spread the word about health and sensible eating. I’m raising my water bottle to you!

  6. marie

    August 16, 2012 at 4:46 AM


    I just came across this one on the Transitioning Movement


    Great article!

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