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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!

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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!
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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.

Meet Kayla White!

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Feature, Latest | by — May 9, 2019

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Intense ambition, undeniable speed + pure focus, has North Carolina A&T State University’s track star, Kayla White turning heads with a solid smile all season long! 

Hailing from Miami, the dynamic Aggie broke the world record for the fastest indoor 200m at the prestigious Tyson Invitational this year. She then went on to set a MEAC Championship record by winning the 100m with a time of 10.96 seconds + won the 200m at 22.52 seconds, the fastest in the nation this year!

“If you love what you do, if you’re passionate about doing it, no one can take that from you,” Kayla states while conquering this season!

Let’s get to know Kayla a little better…

Hailing from Miami, when did you first take an interest in track + field and what made you want to take it seriously?

 When I first took an interest in track and field, I decided I didn’t like it after two days of practice. I eventually picked it back up in high school in my junior year and that’s when I started to take it serious. When I realize I’m good at something I make sure to commit to it.  I realized my potential and knew I had to lean into my natural talent.

Clocking the world’s fastest time in the 200 M dash is simply A-MAZ-ING! How did you feel once you finished the race + what was your reaction when you realized your time?

 Finishing that race with a PR I was pretty happy! I walked off the track, went to get dressed and cool down, when my coaches ran up to me. They gave me a huge hug of congratulations. I didn’t know it was a world lead until they told me and that’s  when all of my social media started to blow up. It truly was an amazing feeling and it still doesn’t feel real!

Being a proud Aggie at North Carolina A+T, how has the support of your team, school + coach motivated you to step into your potential?

 The support of my team, school, coaches and alumni has been there since my freshman year. Being on a team where everyone has one common goal which is to win has definitely helped me step into my potential as an athlete and as a role model. Without them pushing me on and off the track I wouldn’t be the athlete that I am today.

Track + field is such a mental sport, how do you mentally prep before a race? Best piece of advice from your coach?

 The way I mentally prepare for a meet is that I put my phone on DND and try to block out any distractions. I listen to my ‘Meet Day’ playlist from the moment I wake up until after I run. The best piece of advice that my coach has given me is to always have fun whenever you step on the track.

Being young, juggling responsibilities while walking towards your dreams can sometimes get to be a bit overwhelming, how do you regroup and motivate yourself when you’re feeling a little defeated?

 Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed or a little stressed I like to take mental days for myself. So I’ll probably take myself to the movies or to dinner, or get my nails done. 

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

What empowerment means to me is uplifting and supporting everyone around you.

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

 The advice I would give them is if you love what you do, if you’re passionate about doing it, no one can take that from you! So embrace your talents and have fun!

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Self-Care For Your Coins!

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Finance, Latest | by — May 1, 2019

Summer is finally here and we’re ready to live our best lives! We’re ready for the late nights, beach days, cookouts, etc. The catch is that we’re also trying to mind our wallets. Just because summer is here doesn’t mean that we need to let go of our budgeting tactics. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the next few months without blowing through your savings and here’s how:

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Skip the Coffee Shop

We know you’re a regular at your local Starbucks, but it’s time to go on a hiatus this summer. Switch out your favorite Starbucks order and opt for water, the best form of hydration. Make it fancy, add some fruit and mint leaves! It tastes amazing, and your skin will benefit from it too!

 

Get Your Own Glow

Body Lava is going to be a big thing this summer. Everyone wants to glow and sparkle while out in the sun. You can easily make your own by adding your favorite highlight to a bottle of baby oil. Shake and you’re done!

 

Staycation

It happens so often where your friends all want to take a group vacation, but everyone is broke. It’s the worst. Try a staycation, which is a vacation that doesn’t require any traveling and can happen at your house. Facemasks and mocktails poolside or chill sleepover are both great ideas.

 

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Nope, Next, He Gotta Go.

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Relationships, Latest | by — April 24, 2019

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Becoming emotionally invested in a relationship can hinder your view of reality. Like they say, love is blind. The person that you think would be the most genuine could actually be hurting you emotionally. A lot of times when you want something to work so badly, you miss all the signs telling you how much of a player they actually are. We’ve all been there, so here are some major signs to look for.

He flirts with other girls

It’s one thing if he flirts with other girls, but to do it in front of you is another story. It’s his way of telling you that he has no respect for you, which means the relationship needs to be over.

 He makes you feel guilty, no apologies

Often times he wants you to do the things he wants. When you don’t comply, he makes you feel guilty about it. He offers no apologies for making you feel bad or anything he does for that matter. He’s got to go.

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You don’t hit my line no more/excuses

He’ll promise to call or text you, but time passes and before you know it he’s ghosted you all day. When you finally get a hold on him, He’s got excuse after excuse. This behavior is intolerable and it’s time to break it off.

Double standards

He can hang with the guys for a night out but you can’t hang with the girls? It’s called a double standard, which is detrimental to a relationship. It’s also something you cannot let slide because he shouldn’t be putting restrictions on your life. Time to say goodbye.

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

Beauty Diary x Dorian!

 Scroll through the Beauty Diary of College Youtuber + Blogger, Dorian!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is Dorian Clark and I live in Memphis, TN.

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

One beauty trend I am loving this year is the bold & weird combination of color choices for eyeshadow and lip color. It makes the look more unique and interesting to study. Another beauty trend I am loving this year is that makeup artist are creating art pieces within their makeup looks. Meaning, they are expressing their style through art on their faces.

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

If I had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, I would grab an eyebrow pencil, mascara, and my favorite lip gloss!

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

My ultimate beauty icon is Jackie Aina because she express her love and passion for the black community through her love for makeup. She also gives her supporters helpful tips for makeup application and has relatable content. You can tell she has a genuine passion for creativeness. She also has an awesome sense of humor!

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?

One beauty must have that lives in my bag is chap stick. You can’t be cute with crusty lips!

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

My number 1 beauty rule is to ALWAYS have fun while doing your makeup. When creating different makeup looks, you have to have fun with it and put on your hat of creativeness. Also, don’t care what others may think of your weird combination of color choices!

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