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Chloe + Halle:Goals!

The singing duo Chole and Halle have taken the entertainment industry by storm. The two sisters (ages 18 and 20) have a total of four albums together so far featuring songs that are acknowledged by many people, such as Filmmaker Ava Duvernay in her hit adaptation of “A Wrinkle In Time”. It is unquestionable that they have accomplished so much during the past few years. Here are a few reasons why they are both of our Music Goals!

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1. Their music is written and produced for them, by them. The duo was nominated for two Grammy’s this year for their debut album “the kids are alright”. An album that the two wrote together in their living room and self produced. Talk about independence!

2. They’ve gained fans such as Beyoncé, the woman who is to thank for signing them to her label, and Michelle Obama! Having support from former first lady Michelle Obama is anyone’s goal.

3. The two started off uploading themselves singing covers of songs on YouTube. Their talent and perseverance hustled a path for them to become adored and respected musicians and performers in front of crowds by the millions. Exhibiting leadership and empowering many young women of color to chase their dreams.

~ Jada Jackson, Teen Blogger


C.O.R.E Crew!

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Daily Blog, Latest | by — July 16, 2019

We bet you can’t find interns doper than ours? From bomb interviews to fresh write-ups, our squad is covering a variety of topics for C.O.R.E mag this summer so stay tuned! Meet our amazing crew from Bela High School in Brooklyn!

CORE Crew: Naomi Aubin, Sanaya Brister, Melanie Santiago, Mariam Sikiru, Jada Jackson , Taffia Evelyn

Melanie: What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become a writer because it is a very vulnerable form of art which allows people to express their deepest feelings.

Sanaya: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

The random hate people have for each other.

Naomi: What does empowerment mean to you? 

To help everyone, starting with yourself, to be the best versions of themselves they were created to be.

Miriam: How have you helped someone lately? 

I have volunteered my time into welcoming new students into BELA high school & making them feel comfortable. 

 

Summer Break Side Gigs!

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Finance, Latest | by — July 2, 2019

This summer we want you to be smart with your coins. You have fun social events and hang out sessions happening, and so we tend to spend more money this time of the year. In order to keep from depleting your savings account, you may want to consider a side hustle. A side hustle is a job that earns you a little extra cash and can be done even when you get a regular job or go back to school. Below are some ways you can start earning!

Selling your Things|There are apps on the market like LetGo, Poshmark, and Etsy, that allow you to sell homemade items or things that you don’t want anymore. You set your own price and can learn great negotiating skills. This is also a great way to get your room clean too!

 Waitressing| Waiting tables is a perfect way to gain customer service experience in order to build your resume…and character. You are also able to bring home cash every night because of tips so your actual paycheck is a bonus! Waitressing is an easy job that a lot of younger people do throughout their college career.

Housesitting|This is one of the easiest side hustles ever! If you know someone heading out for an extended vacay, ask if you can house sit for a small fee. It’s a major responsibility, but doesn’t require a lot of brainpower. It will also deem you trustworthy to other people.

Tutoring| Tutoring is another good one for the resume! You get a chance to work with kids on subjects you excel at all while making a little money. It only requires a few hours during the week and there is always a high demand for kids that need tutoring.

~Tia Banks

Style Diary x Kira!

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Fashion, Latest | by — June 25, 2019

 

Scroll through the Style Diary of teen blogger, Kira Robinson!

 

What’s your name, age + the city you’re from?
My name is Kira Robinson, I’m 17, and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Style is showing who you are with out having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
My top three trends would have to be basically anything cheetah print, platform shoes or sandals, and shell necklaces.
 
If you had 30 seconds to grab your 3 favorite style pieces, what would they be?
ONLY 30 seconds!! It’s takes me like 30 minutes to pick out my outfits haha. I’d probably grab some oversized jacket, my doc martens, anddd a simple necklace.
 
Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?
That’s a good question. I don’t really have a style icon, I mostly just kind of wear however I’m feeling that day (if that makes any sense). I also tend to mindlessly scroll on Instagram and then if I see someone wearing something I like, I save it so this folder I have called “fashion.” yes I know, how original. By now I’ve accumulated tonsss of pictures in this folder, so I guess you could say I get my style inspo from Instagram! 
 
Getting ready in the morning can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s your go-to look if you’re in a rush?
 My go-to look would probably be high waisted jean shorts, nike air force 1s, my gold cross necklace, my gold star choker, small gold hoops, and some cute graphic tee.
 
What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?
My #1 rule when it comes to style is to be yourself. It’s not required of you to follow the crowd. I wear whatever I like and sometimes it may not be considered “trendy.” But I dress for myself and if I like it, then that’s all that matters. If you don’t want to follow trends then don’t. Remember no item of clothing is ever wrong if you like it 🙂
 
Follow more of Kira’s dope style here!
 

Flirt or Scroll! Crush IRL

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Relationships, Latest | by — June 19, 2019

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“Yes! He liked my bomb selfie I just posted on the gram! I wonder if this means that he likes me too?! Well, he didn’t leave a comment so maybe we’re just friends?”

If you find yourself having conversations similar to this, keep reading to find out how he really feels about you. His actions speak louder than his words and we don’t want you to miss the message he’s trying to send you!

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Calls vs Texts|Texts are simple, easy, and convenient. They can also be sent to anyone and interpreted differently. If he takes the time to call you, answer! He likes hearing your voice and is definitely into you!

Laid back vs. Dapper|If he wears his nicest sneakers and has a fresh line up whenever he sees you, it’s a very good sign. He’s trying to impress you. Otherwise, if he comes around you looking a little too “comfortable”, you could be falling into the friend zone.

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Focus| Where is his focus when you both are together? Is he looking at his phone and doing other things while listening to you talk or is he fully engaged in your conversation without distractions? This is a major sign. We are glued to our phones constantly and if he takes the time to put the phone on mute for you, he’s a keeper!

Girl Talk vs You Talk| What are they conversations of discussion? Does he talk about other girls that he likes or is talking to? That’s a major sign of being in the friend zone. However, if his conversations are focused around you and what he likes about you, you’re golden!

~Tia Banks

Beauty Diary x Bernice!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of teen blogger, Bernice!

What’s your name + the city you live in?

Bernice Ndegwa and I live in South Plainfield.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

Two beauty trends that I absolutely love this year is less is more and pops of color on a bare face. For the majority of my life, I didn’t like the color of my skin and when I hit puberty I hated my dark spots even more. This is something I still struggle with to this day  but one thing that has helped tremendously is the wave of positivity that has come with showing your natural beauty. I still love makeup just as much as the next girl but being able to step into the world and be comfortable in my bare skin is the most important thing to me. Another trend that I have fallen in love with is the pops of color in makeup. Whether, a bare face with some pigmented shadow or a bold lip, this trend has really stolen my heart. To me the basis of makeup is to express yourself and this trend does exactly that. I love seeing the thought process of someone’s look just by observing the color and how they used it in their look.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

I would grab tea tree oil, vaseline, and some falsies.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

My fashion icons are Kiitan A., Zendaya, and Jackie Aina. These three women carry such elegance and confidence in their day to day lives and are so unapologetically black that it’s hard not to be completely mesmerized by their presence.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

My absolute must have is chapstick. Whether that be carmex, vaseline, or any other brand I’m trying at that particular time. I always make sure to have a lip moisturizing product on me because having chapped lips is one of my biggest pet peeves

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number one beauty rule is a saying that my mom always says to me when I’m feeling a bit self conscious. Look good, do good, be good, feel good. I live by these words and to me if I look good than everything else can’t be that bad.

Follow more of Bernice beauty inspo here!

Bernice Ndgewa

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Summer Visual Playlist!

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Daily Blog, Latest | by — June 6, 2019

The thing that rounds out a perfect summer is a dope playlist. Good music is always a vibe for summer night drives with the crew, windows down and the warm air blowing on you or poolside kickbacks. Having a playlist –a good one– is a big deal. Now, some of us are visual people so we’ve put together a visual playlist of some songs you’ll have on repeat through the end of the season.

DJ Khaled ~ Higher

Beyonce ~ Before I Let Go

Khalid~Talk

Lil Nas X ~ Old Town Road

J.Cole ~ Middle Child

Style Diary x Taylor!

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Fashion, Latest | by — May 28, 2019

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Scroll through the style diary of teen blogger, Taylor Cassidy!

 
What’s your name, age + city you’re from?
My name is Taylor Cassidy, I’m sixteen, and I live in St Louis!
 
Style is showing who you are without having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
You’re completely right. I express and communicate through my fashion all the time.  If you see me walking down the street, you’ll know my mood by my clothes. Because fashion design is my dream once I get older, the world of fashion is in every corner of my life. Funky earrings are my thing. My friends can catch me styled with watermelon ones, some that look like faces, or even a pair that resemble Oreos. In conjunction with earrings, one can never go wrong with the simple T-shirt and skinny jeans trend. Just roll up the hem twice, tuck the shirt in (don’t forget your earrings!)and your good to go! This season I’ve really been into a good pair of sandal heels. With summer approaching, adding a pair of short- heeled sandals can make any outfit exude a bold femininity. 
 
If you had 30 seconds to grab your 3 favorite style pieces, what would they be?
This is a hard question. I know that if I were to plan a trip where I need to pack very light, I would never forget my St. John’s Bay rain jacket that I found at the thrift store. It was a man’s extra large, but it just looked way too good on me to pass up. In addition, you will rarely see me without my Tommy Hilfiger Slip ons. They are easy to take on and off and they look like trendy tennis shoes while still having a unique touch. For me, it’s all in the details, so the last thing I would grab would be a couple of rings. If you were wearing a simple long sleeve, jeans, and a pair of those heeled sandals, adding a subtle bling will make it so memorable. There are usually super affordable ones at Forever 21.
 
Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?
Well, first off, personal style to me is taking inspiration from each and every person, art-piece, or feeling that you may experience. However, if I had to pick one (which is so hard!) I would choose between Yara Shahidi and the character Whitley Gilbert from A Different World. Yara serves me a contemporary street style with a side of elegance with each look. She’s a great role model for young black women as well, which makes her outfits ten times better! Whitley was one of the first black women I saw on Tv when I was younger and said to myself, “I want that outfit!” Now, as a sixteen year old, I can appreciate the nostalgia and make it modern, leaving out Whitley’s (although we love her!) not-so-humble attitude!
 
Getting ready in the morning can be fun  but stressful  if you’re in a time crunch, what’s your go-to look if you’re in a rush?
I know this is extra, but I always pick my outfits the night before. It gives me a clearer head, I can have more fun, and it takes off one less thing to do in the morning. However, if I woke up an hour late and I have a test first period, I’d slap on a pair of Adidas sweatpants with the bottoms rolled up, tuck in a graphic tee and throw on a jacket or cardigan, wear white sneakers, and make sure to pick my favorite pair of earrings (it’s the watermelon ones by the way).
What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?
Listen, if you have the plainest outfit in the whole room, if you’re wearing a new garment and you’re not sure how people will react, just know that you exude an energy. How you carry yourself is an addition to your outfit. Your facial expression is an accessory. People will know that you love your outfit by the way you wear it, so my tip is to know who you are before you get dressed. It’s easy to dress like someone your not, but when you express yourself fully, that’s when you’ll feel best. Try new things and be open to change, but first have a foundation in your mind and accessorize from there. 
 
Follow more of Taylor’s style here!
Instagram ~ @TaylorCassidy
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Envy Eye? Catch Your Vibe

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Daily Blog, Latest | by — May 22, 2019

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Friendships, like most relationships, are very dynamic and go through lots of highs and lows. One issue that friendships often face is jealousy. Although it’s difficult feeling to admit, if it isn’t handled appropriately, it can put your friendship at risk. Here are some signs you’re experiencing jealousy and how to handle it.

Good News, Bad News| When your friend shares good news with you, they are expecting nothing less than positive vibes. As a friend, your job is to give them the positive affirmation and support they are looking for because they would do the same for you. If their good news doesn’t genuinely spark joy, it could be due to jealousy. Instead, figure out why. Is it because they achieved something before you did? Remember: Their accomplishments don’t diminish how far you’ve come and the hard work you put in.

Space| Sometimes when you’re jealous, you limit your time with this friend. You don’t want to stand by their side as they are achieving goals because it makes you feel less than. Remember: Your friend wants to share their successes with you, which is why they call you a friend. When you reach your personal goals, you’re going to want them by your side to share in your own glory.

Clingy| Jealousy also sparks when your bestie makes a new friend. You find yourself wanting to be by their side more often, calling and texting like a maniac. It’s quite the opposite of pushing yourself away. You are subliminally sending the message that you refuse to be replaced. Remember: You have a place in your friend’s life. They never let you go, they are just embracing new faces. You might like this person too.

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~Tia Banks, Content Editor

Clique Switch-Up?

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Daily Blog, Latest | by — May 14, 2019

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Friendships and bonds in high school differ from those in college. Each are significant but also built on different foundations. You’ve most likely known a lot of your high school friends since elementary school and saw them everyday since. You all grew up together. Your college friends don’t have the same history with you, but you know them just as well. The quality of your friendships will evolve as you evolve too.

Different foundations | Like stated, your high school friendships are built on time, whereas, your college friendships are built on experience, which is why you may feel more connected with them. These are the people who you’ve lived with, shared meals with, and have navigated college life with and what it means to be independent. That builds a deep friendship.

Maturity | Some of your high school friends, especially the ones that decided not to attend college, are still stuck in that mindset. College allows you to mature and think about your goals for the future. You tend to want to surround yourself with people who are on that same wavelength.

Friendship Beyond | College friends are more likely to be life long friends because these are the people you chose to come into your life. You’re sort of forced to be together in high school. College allows you to surround yourself with people you like based on your major, clubs, sports, etc. and you live within walking distance of them. This friendship is bound to last forever.