Brooklyn-based Vanessa Chakour uses her insane set of bad ass skills as a visual artist, boxer, trainer, and activist to empower women, support urban youth, and fight for social justice.  Her tireless work ethic and passion earned her the designation this week as our BAO Bad Ass Legend and our first local legend this year. 


 

While we knew of Vanessa's badassitude, she was nominated by a friend to be a BAO Bad Ass Legend that had this to say about her, 


Aside from the fact that she is a phenomenal trainer, inspiring artist, and devoted proponent of social justice, Vanessa Chakour is also one of the most spiritual, compassionate, and fiercely devoted friends I've ever had 

Her work exquisitely combines her experiences in the realms of music, activism and boxing. In addition to creating politically charged portraits of historic icons, she generates kinetic pieces that function as culturally aware streams of consciousness. In her distinctive style of “Visual Verse," every brushstroke is a string of words- a lyric, poem, a free association. 

A consummate athlete, Chakour has used her boxing as a vehicle to create empowerment and awareness for the many social and political causes she champions. She is an Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play and has spoken at the United Nations on their behalf. She is the founder of The Hip Hop Loves Boxing programs in NYC and LA, which help kids achieve their potentials. Chakour is Partner and trainer at Mendy Boxing, with boxer, Christophe Mendy of the French Olympic team, launching new training camps and workshops.

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Jack LaLanne is a true bad ass. Apart from kickin’ that sweet jumpsuit for 50 years, his passion for intense workouts and good nutrition established him as the founder of the modern physical fitness movement. He was fit before fitness cool. Jack past away this week at age 96 with his image intact, despite his saying, “I can’t die, it would ruin my image.”

 


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50 years ago this week John F. Kennedy gave his only Inaugural Address, lasting only 13 minutes and with just 1,355 words he summoned a new generation and set in motion generations of service and sacrifice.  In the process, he left us with a line that may be the most bad ass statement ever coined by a president, "Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country."  Let’s remember this line and focus on working with our neighbors to improve our country.  We are all in this together.


 

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Kudos to Jamie Oliver for joining the elite collection of  BAO Bad Ass Legends.  Oliver is a celebrity chef, best-selling author and food activist, and he is an Emmy-Award winning television producer and star of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

In the past five years he has been on a mission to get people healthier by cooking with fresh foods.  His goal was to help the people switch from fast and processed foods to fresh, both in the schools and at home. 


 


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In our closest voting ever (this is actually our first vote ever, but it was close), Jon Stewart proved his badassness over the other four nominees to be chosen as the first Bad Ass Legend of 2011. More importantly, we had so many bad ass fans participating in our effort to kick-off 2011 with a focus on living better. We also gave out some cool prizes to our lucky winners. If you did not collect any of the BAO gear or free kombucha, remember that everyone wins if we can all commit to living a healthy, passionate and balanced life (i.e., being a bad ass). 


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