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Style Diary x Nzinga Suluki-Bey!

Scroll through the style diary of  Philly based teen style blogger, Nzinga Suluki-Bey:

Style is showing who you are with out having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?

My three favorite style pieces are black bottoms, big sweatshirts and gold accent jewelry. In the morning usually only have 30 seconds to decide what to throw on and it’s always black bottoms and one of my favorite sweatshirts. Of course I have been taught to wear earrings and they just always happen to be gold.

What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?

I do have to say this was the easiest question because its a mantra of mine. My number one rule is “You wear the clothes. The clothes shouldn’t wear you!” Before fashion, I was just a little girl putting on clothing until I found the meaning of self expression. So now when I dress I always remember that I make the clothing on my body look good.

Getting ready for class 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 when I’m in a rush is all black jeans, my Miles Culture sweatshirt with a simple t-shirt, gold earrings, my Michael Kors watch and Stan Smith orange and white sneakers. My go-to look is always comfort and simple only when I’m in a rush otherwise I would wear a nice jacket. I always think that people have that one favorite clothing piece and mine in 2018 will be my sweatshirts.

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Style is showing who you are without having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
Although I love my sweatshirts with everything that is not my favorite trend this season. I love the amount of breaking the unwritten rules of fashion. I wear white all the time even after labor day. I also wear a lot of jeans that have accent pieces on them which are why I wear and love that fashion trend. Before jeans with accents, I didn’t know what I was missing. Now my jeans have zippers, spray paint, words or patches on them. Now my third and final trend is self expressive clothing. T-shirts that have #blacklivesmatter, sheorthority and black by popular demand. I mean I am obsessed with clothing that shows someones best self.
Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?

I, Nzinga, love expressing myself. Showing people my voice has never been a problem, but when it comes to showing my style to others it’s always been hard. I have now learned from Kat Graham that it doesn’t matter what people think about what you put on your body because it’s about being true to oneself. My ultimate fashion icon is Kat Graham because she doesn’t have a set style and that drives people crazy. They try and define her as this person that she isn’t and she indulges them with just a taste of who she is. Kat Graham wears 90’s one day and she’s a hippie another. Sometimes she even brings out old trends like bell bottom jeans or women suits on the red carpet. Kat Graham has showed me that when my mother and aunts say I wear tom boyish shoes just smile and say thank you. She has also showed me to spread my wings a little when it comes to ones closet. Without Kat Graham I don’t think I would have started my blog because she became a producer without knowing anything. She started being the face for a nonprofit because she wanted to give back. If any star influenced me it would be her. My ultimate fashion icon is Kat Graham because I see myself in her, it is that simple.

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Study Break x Poppin’ Playlist!

Second semester is in full session! And we’ve put together a poppin’ playlist to get you through those all nighters. You’ll thank us later!

1. Lemon – N.E.R.D & Rihanna

2. Crew – GoldLink

3. Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B

4. Sky Walker – Miguel

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5. Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lavato

6. Love Galore – SZA

7. Questions – Chris Brown

8. Loyalty – Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna

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9. So Excited – Fat Joe & Dre

10. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller

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Meet Shaiann Hogan!

How do you add flavor + style to your look with just a few strokes? Beautiful shades of nail polish, of course! Teen beautypreneur, Shaiann Hogan, created the vibrant + fun collection Shai’s World 5 Free Nail to express herself while showcasing her passion. Founded in August 2013, the LA based teenpreneur launched her beauty biz + went on to open her first online boutique carving out and creating her own lane of fashion forward colors. Both vegan + cruelty-free, this collection will have you + your style looking flawless while feeling good!

Let’s get to know Shai a little better..

You have such a vibrant selection of nail colors perfect for every season, what motivated you to launch Shai’s World?

What motivated me to launch Shai’s World is because I love everything “beauty”. My mom found a video that I created on my i-touch some years ago where I was using her make-up. She was highly upset but saw great potential within me and showed me how to create my own indie polish. I love creating my own colors and getting great responses and reviews from customers and not to mention the pretty glitter colors.

Being a teenpreneur is such an awesome accomplishment, what do you love most about owning + running your own business?

What I love most about running my business is making my own colors, especially the glitter polishes and making a profit doing what I LOVE!

Being young and having responsibilities can sometimes get to be a bit overwhelming, how do you regroup and motivate yourself when you’re feeling a little defeated?

The way I regroup and stay motivated is by way of cheer, hanging out with my friends and taking a “rest” day. I enjoy my childhood years and told my parents that I want to enjoy my teenage years while working on my business.

We tend to pull characteristics from others in our lives or from people we admire, who inspires you and why?

Besides my grandmother & my mom, Michelle Obama inspires me. I love her and how she responds to people as she knows what she is worth. I love that about her and it has helped me to recognize my worth as well.

We are all about empowerment, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?

Empowerment means to me, to inspire and/or reform. Make a change in the world. Inspire others to go after their dreams and help one another.

What advice would you give girls who want to follow their dreams and passions but are nervous or intimidated?

The advice that I would give girls who want to follow their dreams and passions who are nervous are to be GREATER than their fears. In other words, there is GREATNESS within you and if never look at your fears face to face, you will never know what’s on the other side of fear that could possibly take you to the next level.

Time for faves! Celeb Crush? Artist? Food? Movie?

My celebrity crush : Michael Ealy
Favorite Artist : Chris Brown
Favorite food : Ceviche
Favorite Movie: Finding Dory

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Weekend Fresh!

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Happy Weekend!

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Spotlight x Girls On Bikes!

Break a sweat, floss your style + express yourself as you pedal your way to ultimate movement! Girls On Bikes is a stylish initiative to help empower young urban girls by promoting health and encouraging participation in more recreational activities. Founder Kala makes it her mission to embrace girl power while encouraging teens to express their creativity, strength and physical + mental health.

Let’s get to know Girls On Bikes a little better…

Tell us about yourself – who you are, what you do, who inspires you and why, and what matters to you the most?

I am originally from Harlem; I grew up in Newark. I graduated from Rutgers at age 20. I majored in logistics (managing chain of supply) and fashion. There is a long history of fashion in my family. I did styling after finishing college. I loved everything about it. I decided to build up GOB and come back to styling full time later on.

I love me some Oprah Winfrey. I love watching her interviews. Not only for her business ethics and her work flow. More so because of how she knows what her purpose is in this world. She is all about self-love and being able to recognize what you are meant to do. Once you figure that out, why you are placed here, then you can really go out and flourish.

I love girls so much. Right now girl power is so in right now. I think it is great that we are able to recognize our self worth across all races, all people and women of color. Some girls may not be able to recognize their self worth and what they’re capable of and you just have to bring that to light by telling them you can do this and more. I also care about making my community a stronger place. That’s why it is important for me to do this with Girls on Bikes.

What is Girls on Bikes?

Girls on Bikes is a stylish initiative to help empower young urban girls by promoting health and encouraging participation in more recreational activities. The creation of GOB was inspired by the need for more recreation activities in my community. Our target is young girls and women of color. If you don’t know how to ride a bike, we teach you. I love the moment when someone learns how to ride a bike when they didn’t think that they could. That’s why we do what we do.

I used to ride my bicycle in my community in the west ward of NJ. I feel it is very therapeutic. I would get cute because it makes me feel good. I would go to the park and write in diary. One time this guy said keep on doing what you’re doing because you don’t see a lot of people out here doing that. It really dawned on me wow I really don’t see any other girls riding their bicycles in the community.

I started by highlighting girls actually on bicycles, girls with style. I would style them before the bike rides.  We would go on the bike ride and take photos. Then I would interview them about what it means to be a girl on a bike and how they feel after the ride. Eventually I started a page for Girls on Bikes. Through that I actually got connected to a guy who works in Newark public school system and he said why don’t we do after school program for Girls on Bikes.  First of all I never thought we would do an afterschool program for high school students. That was crazy; I had no idea I could do this. We designed a 6-week curriculum. It is one of the many curriculums we have designed covering topics such as bike history, self-love, affirmations, and natural hair styling tips for wearing a helmet.

What types of opportunities are available for teen girls through Girls on Bikes?

We participate in city-wide events, host monthly bike rides and workshops, and partner with other bike organizations. This summer we offered bike riding lessons every first and third Saturday. Seeing women of color cycling disturbs the norm. Bike riding is for everybody not just for privileged people. Every day you are a piece of art work; its like having art work riding down the block. We love this because we are doing things that people don’t think people in the hood do. It also disturbs the gender norm. From the point of being a person of color on a bicycle to then another level of being someone who can even afford a bicycle to then even being a woman on a bicycle. Why is society uncomfortable with girls biking? Don’t box girls in to only playing with dolls. It is important to expose them to other things. Girls are strong no matter what.

What advice would you give girls who want to follow their dreams and passions but are unsure which direction to go in?

Don’t overthink it. Start small. Do some research. Make the connections and start grinding. Things will come together when you are prepared. Take one step at a time. Everything happens at the right moment.

 

Fun Faves! Song? Food? Artist? Celeb Crush?

Song-No Limit by G Eazy. Food-Doubles (Trini Dish). Artist- Kanye. Crush-J. Cole

 

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IG: @GirlsOnBikess

 

Interview by Jasmine Utterback

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Inspo Break!

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Here’s some inspo to get you through FINALS week!

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Find Your Holiday Chill!

Christmas is coming and we are all excited about the various gifts that we will be receiving. Bells are ringing, stockings are being hanged, carols are being sung, and snowmans are coming to life. Though this is a season of celebration and festivities, we must not forget reality.

I want to focus on stress. Those in high school are taking midterms next month. High school seniors have college deadlines due and college students are currently taking finals. It seems as though Santa isn’t the only one busy this season. For it is the season of preparation and rigorous work for many of us!

With so many deadlines and pressures, it is understandable that you are stressed or filled with anxiety. Luckily I have a few ways that we can deal with these issues…

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  1. I believe everyone is good at something…so I recommend you find time to yourself to do something you enjoy.
  2. Sometimes taking up a new hobby can help relieve stresses
  3. Meditation! Take the time to become one with yourself and the universe ;)Interact with people…sometimes being by yourself isn’t the best, especially if you are a people’s person and find enjoyment in those around you.
  4. Go out and have fun with friends!
  5. Music…not only does it connect us as a peoples but it also take us to a realm of excitement, relaxation, and contentment.

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A lot of the pressures we feel not only come from school, but from home and those we choose to surround ourselves with. Though everyone deals with these stresses differently, I encourage you to look deeper into what makes you happy. And to remember the immense amount of potential you hold and the power you have to benefit and change the world. With all these external expectations, it can be easy to forget just how amazing you are. Sometimes the key is to express your feelings…shamelessly. Furthermore, to achieve your goals I encourage all of us to step into the world shamelessly. With that level of confidence, your stress and anxiety will diminish because you are taking control of your life.

-Written by Brynn Hutchinson

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Meet Muhga Eltigani!

We always hear about how important it is to nourish your body with fresh foods but what about your tresses? Muhga Eltigani, Founder and CEO of NaturAll Club, proves that superfoods promote superstar strands! This dope beautypreneur started making hair products in her college dorm room. Frustrated with commercial hair products that left her hair dry and brittle, and supported by a small youtube following, she committed to a three-month journey of using only FRESH and NATURAL ingredients in her hair, and absolutely no chemicals. Those three months turned into three years, 32 inches of growth, and a youtube following of 40,000. In 2016, this dynamic entrepreneur launched NaturAll Club to share products and empower young ladies + girls everywhere.

Muhga continues to build and blaze a path in the beauty industry! She was featured as Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree 2017 and was the only black entrepreneur included on the retail list! She was also featured on CBS and Fireside Chat with Gary Vee just to name a few.

Let’s get to know Muhga a little better…

We’re in a day and age where more girls + women of color are embracing their natural curls! What made you launch your fresh hair care products, NaturAll Club?
I wanted a product that would celebrate women’s natural curls rather than damage them. I was frustrated with the current hair product options that left my hair feeling dry, brittle, and unhealthy, so I decided to create a better line.

We love that you allow beauties to personalize their products for their specific hair texture! What motivated you to create a variety of selections to cater to all natural hair types?
There is no one size fits all for curly hair types, contrary to what some commercial brands would like you to believe. In order to understand the many needs of different curl types, you have to understand density, porosity, curl pattern and more. We customize to different hair needs at NaturAll Club so we can give curly women the very best results!

Being an entrepreneur + running your own business can sometimes get to be a bit overwhelming, how do you regroup and motivate yourself when you’re feeling a little defeated?
When I feel defeated, I grab a pen and write out on a piece of paper why I am feeling that way. Putting my feelings into words helps me deal with them and think more logically about next steps. I am my own biggest cheerleader and motivator, so I start out my day with positive mental messaging in order to recover more quickly with each new hurdle.

Health is an important aspect of beauty! Why did you focus on using FRESH avocados in your hair masks?
We go the extra mile to hand-make products with fresh avocados to ensure that your hair gets the best nutrients. Fresh avocados contain vitamin B, which is essential for hair growth, and vitamin E which helps repair damage on the scalp that may slow or prevent hair growth. When mixed with the right oils, avocados act as an incredible moisturizer for curly hair. There’s a big movement right now to eat healthy and watch what we put in our bodies. But our hair is part of our body, right? Why don’t we take the same care with what we put ON our bodies as we do with what we put IN our bodies? This is the mission and reason I decided to start NaturAll Club.

If you had to give one piece of advice to teen girls who are struggling with being comfortable in their own skin, what would it be?
The longest relationship that you will ever have is the one with yourself.You wouldn’t speak harshly to your longest best friend, so why would you do that to yourself? Practice using kind words for yourself everyday. You’ll slowly start to see a shift in your mental energy. Remember, you are the most beautiful you!

We tend to pull characteristics from others in our lives or from people we admire, who inspires you and why?
I draw inspiration from my mom. She transitioned from being a stay at home mom to going back to school, and finally became a doctor. So many people assume they can’t advance in their careers or start something new once they start raising children, but my mom showed incredible persistence. Her determination inspired me to move forward and start my own business, and when I feel like I have a lot on my plate with NaturAll Club, I just think of her going back to school while raising four kids.

We’re all about empowerment at C.O.R.E Mag, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?
A person who is truly empowered helps others. Empowerment means the ability to share with others what you have learned in order to uplift them.

Fun Faves! Fave Food? Artist? Song? Celeb Crush?
Fave food: Baba Ganoush (eggplant dish)
Artis: Alicia Keys
Song: If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys
Celeb Crush: Trevor Noah

 

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Study Break!

 

Only a few more weeks until Christmas break! You got this, loves!

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Meet Brianna Young!

When AMBITION meets PASSION it instantly begins to carve out a bright future and Brianna Young is walking boldly on her journey! With a beautiful spirit and a huge heart, she launched a non-profit called Sisters All Around Inc. to encourage a life of  empowerment. The organization consists of  a group of teen girls helping young ladies to stay on the right path while encouraging self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect, and self-etiquette. She was motivated to launch her non-profit because she did not want other girls to ever feel inadequate in life.

Brianna also ran for Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2018 where she was inspired to use her platform to educate others on Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy as well as showing the world that a covered Muslim girl can indeed take the modeling world by storm!

Let’s get to know Brianna a little better…

 

Sisters All Around Inc. empowers young African American girls in the Newark, New Jersey area through different programs what made you launch this powerful organization? And share with our audience the mission of Sisters All Around non-profit.

I decided to launch my nonprofit organization “Sisters All Around Inc” because for a long time I grew up watching girls get bullied about how they look or what they wore. Besides that, I’d listen to a close friend/sister talking about how she’s too fat and need to lose weight.  I always say “God created us on earth a certain way because in his eyes being different is the new unique, not only that everybody is beautiful inside and out just the way they are”.

For my organization the mission is to help grow young ladies in self-esteem, teach them etiquette, share volunteer opportunities, expose them to trips, and much more. Empowering young girls is very important for the fact that we are the main source for developing humans.

Being a voice in the community motivates others to be great, what type of programs and events does Sisters All Around host?

Sisters All Around Inc. hasn’t hosted any events yet. Since we are an up and coming non-profit organization, things are just beginning. However, we are currently working on a project to gather feminine products and clothes to send to Puerto Rico while connecting with “Celebration of Womanhood” and a S.T.E.M program.

What made you decide to run for Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2018? And what message do you want to share with others on your platform?

Honestly for Miss NJ Teen USA, I didn’t even know it existed until I heard about Halima Aden. She blew my mind! The very first muslim girl to participate in a pageant fully covered and at the time I was learning Islam so I immediately went to the pageant website and there was still time left, so I applied. I had an interview over the phone and the next day received a call saying: “Congratulations! You have been selected as an Official Contestant in the 2018 Miss New Jersey USA® / Miss New Jersey Teen USA® pageant!  We feel that you have the necessary qualifications based on your photograph, telephone interview and the recommendation of your interviewer to become the new Miss New Jersey USA® or Miss New Jersey Teen USA®!

The Miss New Jersey USA® and Miss New JerseyTeen USA® pageants offer young women a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we look forward to working with you for an unforgettable life-enhancing experience.”

From that point on my mind was blown and full of excitement, I wasn’t going into the pageant to win I was there just to share my story which is my platform about how the past year has been challenging, as I was recently diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. This process has taught me a lot about myself. My strengths, my weaknesses, and also strengthened my religious beliefs. Although it has sidelined my track career, it hasn’t stopped my dream of being a model. In addition too, over the past 2 months, I have been offered many opportunities to explore the field of modeling. When my health and time allows, I am also a YouTube blogger, photographer, I partake in a teen mentorship program, as well as volunteer work. As Teen USA, I would use my platform to educate others on Epilepsy as well as showing the world that a covered Muslim girl can indeed take the modeling world by storm. My dream is beyond this world and I am here to make it a reality. Which I did, the crowed was amazed by me which felt so good. I did come home with Miss Congeniality 2018! Whoop Whoop! It was truly an honor and great experience, I hope next year I can do it all over again.

We tend to pull characteristics from others in our lives or from people we admire, who inspires you and why?

I recently stated that Halima Aden is the whole reason I even went into the pageant. She’s who inspires me the most not only because she is covered all the time, but she’s standing out so that people like her can know that it’s okay to be different. Which I totally agree with, we are who we are and nobody has the right to judge us by our appearance when they don’t know our background or hasn’t spoken one nice word to see how the reaction would be. There’s people in this society they say Islam is a terrible religion because of all the negative things that’s happened and still is happening but if you look at Halima Aden, if you look at Sahar (SimplySahar) who’s a covered YouTube girl and plenty more we’re all just humans that bleed the same way. Halima is a huge inspiration to all young muslims but more so muslim girls.

If you had to give one piece of advice to other teen girls who are struggling with being comfortable in their own skin, what would it be?

One piece of advice I’d give to other girls that’s struggling to be comfortable in their own skin is to get up go outside whether it’s in your back yard or in the front of your house and just yell “I’m just as beautiful as the girl next to me” because you are, everybody is built differently. We all have different features but that’s normal. You yell “I’m just as beautiful as the girl next me” wherever you are just to make you feel better I bet you, you’ve just made another girl feel better. It’s a girl power thing, we stick together thruogh it all. Nobody gets left out because nobody belongs left out.

We’re all about empowerment at C.O.R.E Mag, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you and your organization?

EMPOWERMENT within my organization means everybody has a say. Nobody opinion is left out. We work together as a team and make stuff happen. At the end of everything I’m trying to get my girls to a place where they are capable of speaking up and holding their own. After all for some strange reason girls are doubted but not mine, you know why. This is why, because together we stand strong, together we are sisters, together we are a powerful pact but when I let them go they hold their heads up, stand tall and proud while still being the voice for our Sisters All Around!

Fun Faves!
Fave Food? I absolutely love pizza, if that was the only thing on this earth to eat I’d be fine. Pizza is life!Fave Artist? As of right now my favorite artist is Jhené Aiko. I’m loving her new album. Although it does relate to the loss of her brother, R.I.P Jhené’s brother. There’s one song I can listen to all day
Fave Song? My favorite song now would have to be “Live Up To My Name” by Baka. That is my theme song!!!!

Check out more of Brianna here..

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Personal: @breezyy.briii

Modeling page: @briii.young

Organization page: @sistersallaroundinc

Pageant page: @2018teenusa

Clothing line page: @artisticadvocate

Twitter: @realbreezyybrii

YouTube Channel: Breezyy’s Life

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