Black Girls Box Blog

Who we are and why we box

wellness benefits of boxing

  • Alleviates anxiety
  • Improves cardiovascular endurance
  • Helps with depression
  • Improves physical strength
  • Builds confidence
  • Promotes positive body image
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Increases lean mass
  • Burns up to 750 calories/hour
  • Builds camaraderie
  • Promotes overall health and well-being
  • Builds character
  • Burns fat
  • Empowers women
  • Teaches discipline


Founded in 2015, Black Girls Box, was the result of Public Health Educator and boxing enthusiast, Makeba Reed-Johnson. Makeba, an Master of Public Health Candidate at Walden University holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Master's in Public Administration from Georgia State University. Makeba is also a mental health advocate who will soon be getting her national certification in Mental Health First Aid. 

Our trainers

Nuni Kolungi

Boxing Coach, Fitness Trainer

Makeba Reed-Johnson

Founder/Owner, Boxing Coach, Fitness Trainer

Black Girls Box was born out of the notion that boxing is for everyone. You don't have to be a world champion or an Olympic contender to be a boxer. Just like runners come in all shapes, sizes and fitness levels, so should boxers. We are here to normalize boxing to make it attainable to everyone.  We believe in the importance of empowering women and girls of color through recreational and competitive boxing. Boxing not only has physical benefits, but helps promote mental and emotional wellness as well . Boxing alleviates anxiety, helps ease the symptoms of depression, promotes a positive body image, builds self-esteem and confidence and improves mental clarity. This is why we see boxing as so important to African American women who statistically have higher incidences of depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and diabetes. Black Girls Box is a community of recreational, competitive, amateur and professional boxers who encourage women to glove up and fight for their health.