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Journey To Justice

The world is a beautiful place and I love it.
 I hope there’s a better way so I’ll
 be above it.
 Black people need justice. Donald Trump
Can’t touch this.
Black people are running
Cause Donald Trump came hunting.
The teachers don’t be yelling
If I hit Trump with a melon.

White and black are in a boxing ring
But the future brings a beautiful thing.
To be free instead of being on a string.

I’m in pain when the world change,
But I can do something with my skills
When I’m going uphill.

– Sanai, age  12

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Bold From Brownsville

My name is Jamira.
I come from America,
Born and raised in Brownsville.

In Brownsville, where life is upsetting for some.

My parents too come from Brownsville.

My dad was a young rapper
Trying to make it big.

My mom took care of two kids.

I am funny, loving, and kind.

I believe that people can change.

Someday, I will be a big doctor or lawyer. 

I am a strong young hero
Nobody can bring me down
Cause I’m black.
I am proud of my African American culture. 

-Jamira, Age 11

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Meet T’masia Sade!

As summer break is in full swing so should your style! New York based designer + creative director T’masia Crowder makes sure your fashion taste hits every beach with her luxe swimwear brand T’masia Sade.  This past spring our intern, Maria was able to touch base with the designer who founded her line in 2012. The brand radiates the modern femme with bold fabrics, variety of colors, accessories, edginess and playful shapes. The goal is to take risk and embody fierceness in young women swimwear  beyond the norm.

Let’s get to know T’masia a little better…

What inspired you to make such bold designs?

I am inspired by all types of art and influences. Some of my designs are based on my eclectic/eccentric personality and style. Most of the time my designs are based on stepping out the box or bold colors.

Do you hope to someday expand your line to day and evening wear?

At the moment, no. I am looking to focus on expanding in my current market first.

What were some obstacles you have faced in the fashion industry?

One obstacle I would acknowledge is being discouraged, but don’t be. I typically do not get too caught up in the other obstacles in the fashion industry, I acknowledge them but I won’t allow them to deter me from my end goal. I aim to focus more on meeting my target market needs and adjusting with SOME trends.


What advice do you have for people interested in the fashion field?

The advice I would give to anyone interested in the fashion field would be to stick to your plan and to work hard/smart. Be passionate about what you are doing and don’t be scared to be an individual or an outcast. Most people/buyers relate more to designers who are true to themselves.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?

I was always artistic and my family kept me in different arts programs. However, I always knew I wanted to be a designer since early childhood. I would always work on alterations/bedazzling or vintage apparel with my grandmother, it was our thing!

What’s the best part, in your opinion, about the fashion world?

In my opinion, the best part of the fashion world is being free to create what ever you feel will impact someone’s appearance. The relationships you build with your clientele is also satisfying.

How did you first get your swimwear recognized?

I first got my swimwear recognized when I was selected to participate in the New York RAW Artist showcase. I remember being nervous because I just finished taking the leap of faith to start my brand at the time. However, by the end of that year I was so astonished that I was voted to participate in the RAW NY Fashion finale. That was my first debut to the world honestly and I was not even expecting it.

Would you have pursued a different careers if your designs weren’t recognized?

No. Being recognize does not determine my career, recognition will eventually come. However, during this time I had just graduated from undergrad so I started my career as an engineer in the construction industry during the day and I was pursuing my designs simultaneously.

How important is communication in the fashion field?

As for any industry or relationship, communication is key. The communication keeps everything flowing and on track, it impacts every aspect of your brand and it also can assist with mitigating any risk.
What have you learned so far about fashion? I’ve learned that fashion can change within a blink of an eye and most trends repeat themselves. But most importantly I’ve learned that fashion is what you make of it, it’s the best way to express yourself without speaking.

Has living in New York somewhat influenced your designs? If so, how? 

Growing up in New York City I drew my inspiration from dope fashion in the streets. Most people in NYC are fearless with their fashion and sometimes out of the box. But that’s what makes it exciting and influential.

What do you hope to make people feel when they see and wear your designs?

I hope to make women feel confident, sexy, comfortable and edgy. I want them to say “I gotta have that” when they see my designs!

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Interview by Teen Blogger Maria Miller

Dear Jane…

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So, you’re a teenager now or at least almost there. You’re at the moment in your life when you are discovering more of your likes and dislikes. You may be trying to come up with your own sense of fashion; trying to discover who you are, what you want to look like, how you want to be received. Well, I’m thirty-two years old. I’ve been where you are before. I’ve had self-esteem issues and so many of the feelings that all preteens and teenagers experience.

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Let me talk to you for a minute. Listen to your parents and/or your guardian. They want the best for you. I was always really close to my mother (grandmother). She was an incredible woman. She taught me so many jewels in life that I cherish and I am now able to share those same jewels with my two beautiful daughters. I want you to focus on your school work. There’s nothing wrong with having fun with your friends, but understand that there should be a balance to everything. Your parents share a lot of experiences with you because they too were your age before. They love you and want to see you blossom beautifully in life. You may think you have all the answers, but you don’t (smile). I’m sure you’re intelligent for your age, but there’s so much more in life to learn. Take your time and act your age. Be young and responsible. This is the only time in your life that you will be a preteen or teenager. After this stage-you’re an adult forever. And, that can be a wonderful time for you too, but understand that a lot of decisions you make now can shape your upcoming years to be easier or harder.

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Are you experiencing a difficult moment in your life right now? How did you get there? Take responsibility for your contribution to the issue. That’s the only way you’re going to learn from it. Whatever you’re going through will get better. It may not seem like it right now, but better days are ahead for you and you can share your experience with whomever you choose. One day someone is going to need your advice. And, never allow anyone to make you feel less that you are. Never allow anyone to hold you to yesterday. Surround yourself around ones who want the best for you and who are genuinely happy for you.
You are capable of being that outstanding person that you aspire to be. Just believe!

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Sincerely,

Jane

 

Guest blogger Jamie Jones

Meet Princess Jackson!

A kind heart, a beautiful spirit + a focused mind are the ingredients of young activist + actress Princess Jackson! This dynamic young lady birthed “Sock Out Poverty” because of her fondness for socks and seeing the need in the community. Princess came up with the idea to raise donations which would cover the needs of men, women, boys, and girls who were in need of a new pair(s) of socks. Her goal is to reduce poverty and provide socks for the less fortunate, therefore Socking Out Poverty one step at a time! Princess has continuously spread the word about her message on bettering the community which caught the ear of Steve Harvey where she was featured on his show!

Let’s get to know Princess a little bit better…

Sock Out Poverty, Inc. is an influential non-profit  that provides socks, clothing and other material goods to men, women, boys, and girls that are in need. What made you want to create this powerful organization?

Four years ago while I was on a blanket drive with my mom, I noticed the homeless had blankets, cardboard, shoes with holes in them, but they didn’t have socks to keep them warm. I wanted to give new socks to the less fortunate so Sock Out Poverty, INC was created.

You also share your gifts through acting, what do you love about the acting world? 

I love acting because it allows me to play in different roles. Improv (acting with no scripts) is my favorite. I able to pretend to be some someone else and have fun doing it.

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?

I’m active in acting, modeling, charity events, and school. I stay focus and have a schedule I go by so I will be able to accomplish my goals. I also take 30 minutes each day to listen to something positive and motivating.

The possibilities are limitless for your future! What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an actress and make music.

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

My mother and music artist ‘I AM JUSTIFIED’ inspires me. My mother inspires as I watch her give to others, it teaches me not to be selfish and give to others too. I AM JUSTIFIED inspires me because he always focus on positivity even when negativity is around. This motivates me to stay positive.

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

Empowerment means to be strong. My goal is when others see my strength, it will encourage others to be strong too.

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

Celeb Crushes are Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Bryshere Gray, and Basketball player Kelly Oubre. My favorite food is shrimp alfredo. My favorite movies are Major Payne and Rude Alone.

 

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Summer Strands Switch Up!

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Summertime is here + that means a remix to your strands is in order! With the temps heating up + your jam-packed summertime sched of summer school, pool parties and keeping your IG stories updated, your hair can be fun, chic + easy to manage. Check out these fresh styles:

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Let it go + wash n’ go! – Just breathe! A little advice for your tresses.  Embrace the humidity + heat and allow your curls to flourish. Remember, to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! You can let you hair air dry but you don’t want the sun stealing all that good ol’ coconut oil

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Braided beauty! On-the-go all summer and don’t want to be stressed about doing your hair every day? Braids + twists are awesome protective styles that are super easy to manage. Remember, don’t forget your scalp when wearing braids and to cleanse + feed your scalp. Apple Cider Vinegar + peppermint oil are both great opts!

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Lovin’ locs! We’re all about creating chic styles with your flavorful locs. Try to avoid excessive tension from styles and pulling the hair back. Too tight and it can lead to traction alopecia, causing bald spots on varies places of the scalp. Sometimes you need to just let your locs hang loose and free.

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Sew it up, sew it up! Want a whole new vibe? Sew ins + clip-ins are fun options for an instant makeover! Use a moisturizer on the nape and edges of your hair, if you have any hair out, be sure to gently moisturize that as well and try to reach your scalp at least twice a week.

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Headwrap heatwave! A quick fix of skipping out on a bad hair day is a fresh wrap! Keep a boldly printed wrap nearby for a dope accessory that can can complete your entire look.

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Chic hats! – Block the sun + look stylish at the same time! A must-have this season, wide brim hats can add an effortlessly cool touch to any outfit.

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College Call-Out!

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We’re shooting confetti for our CORE Mag high school grads! Each one of these AWESOME young ladies have shared their talents, gifts and beautiful spirits with the C.O.R.E Mag team + we’re ecstatic to see them grow as they begin to navigate their way through college life! Get the inside scoop on where they’re attending + words of wisdom for high school students counting down until it’s their special day!

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School: Temple University
Major: Undecided
Quote:  “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagine.”

Semhar Solomon teen blogger/intern

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School: SUNY Plattsburgh
Major: Sociology
Quote: ‘Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself senior year, it will be nothing but helpful to you in the future.’

Victoria Pannell, teen blogger

Victoria Pannell
School: Duke University
Major: Political Science
Quote: “Work before play or you will regret it later.”
 

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Congrats, ladies!  Continue to share your light + gifts to the world!
You’ve only just begun!

The Rundown On Dear White People

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The highly talked about 10-episode series of the Netflix original Dear White People aired on April 28th, 2017. The series follows a group of students of color around a predominately white Ivy League institution. While watching the show I couldn’t help but think ‘wow’ this is a reality many students face while trying to further their education. Whether it’s dealing with police brutality or blackface parties there will always be a barrier that people of color will have to overcome.

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The series goes deeper than just racial issues, Dear White People is also about identity. What it means to be gay, proper, light skinned or dark skinned, and etc. The whole series revolves around everyone trying to understand who they truly are, what they can and cannot do as a black person, and how to be successful.

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This film certainly does not have any answers but it does wake people up. It makes us realize the world we live in by asking all the right questions and putting emphasis on the issues we have to face. I loved watching this series. It is refreshing watching a series that actually had a real relatable message, not something we see often.

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If you haven’t seen it yet it’s time schedule a Netflix + chill weekend with Dear White People.

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-Semhar Solomon, Teen blogger

Meet Kheris Rogers!

Confidence, beauty + freedom overflows from the stunningly beautiful, Kheris Rogers! This dynamic 10-year-old is blazing the path for young women of color everywhere to embrace their beauty and to rise above insecurities + ignorance of others.

As Kheris began to navigate through her school life she dealt with bullying from her peers when it came to her flawlessly chocolate complexion. Having a strong family foundation her older sister, Taylor, encouraged her to be proud of her beauty + not let anyone dim her light. Her sister then went on to post a photo of Kheris on Twitter using the hashtag #FlexinInMyComplexion and it went viral while receiving much love + support. She then developed her campaign into a t-shirt line which combats colorism by simply encouraging others to  embrace their natural beauty!

Let’s get to know Kheris a little better!

You are absolutely gorgeous both inside + out! What motivated you to start the campaign Flexin’ In My Complexion?

I was motivated to start the campaign “Flexin’ In My Complexion” because after sharing my story, there was so many people that reached out to me to let me know how they relate to my story and went through the same challenges that I am going through now. This inspired me to start my own fashion line called “Flexin’ In My Complexion” so that others can proudly flex in their skin as well.

Your movement has not only inspired young girls but adults to love themselves! How did you tap into your confidence + overcome being bullied?

I have the confidence to speak out because of my family. They have also told me to stand up for what I believe in and to not be afraid to speak up when something is wrong.

We all have tough days when we’re feeling down, what motivates you to stay positive?

Just seeing the impact my story has had on people motivates me to stay positive. It lets me know that I am not alone with how I am feeling.

The possibilities are limitless for your future! What do you want to be when you grow up?

My dream is to get into acting or modeling so that I can open doors for more people who look like me to follow their dreams as well.

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

I am inspired by Michelle Obama because she motivates a lot of people to become a better them. She also works a lot with kids and looks stylish while doing it.

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

Empowering people is important because sometimes all someone needs is an extra push to become a better them.

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

My celebrity crush is Yazz (Hakeem from Empire). My favorite artists are Zendaya and Miss Mulatto from The Rap Game. The Rap Game is my favorite show as well. My favorite food is french fries that are extra crispy and alfredo pasta. My favorite Movie is Annie 2014.

Shop, support + follow Kheris here:

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Let My Baby Stay

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Need a chill song to help you ease yourself into the weekend? Amandla Stenberg dropped a dope cover to Marc Demarco’s Let My Baby Stay. She also directed + edited the dreamy video herself!

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We are here for it!

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STEM from Dance MOVE Event!

NYC! Come + support the MOVE event from STEM from Dance for their fundraiser for the 2017-2018 academic year. The focus is to expose young  to explore STEM ( STEM = Science , Technology, Engineering, Math) careers by fusing together computer programming and dance.

DETAILS:

WHEN: May 11th

WHERE: SoHo – 69 Charlton St.

TO EAT/DRINK: Drinks + Food will be provided

INCLUDES:  a silent auction + general mingling + a good time

Tickets can be purchased here: http://stemfromdance.org/move/

Tickets are $35

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