Take a stroll on the social side! In 2017 it’s pretty impossible to not be attached to some sort of social media platform. From friends to your fave brands, it just seems that you’re always missing an update every minute of the day. But remember to create a life that you love IRL and not just online. So let’s hit the social scene!
Reality, much? – So let’s be honest. How many takes did it take for you to get the perfect selfie? I would be surprised if it’s less than 10. No worries, that’s all of us! Even your favorite blogger and celebs (and they have a full makeup + hair crew) take multiple pics in special lighting before hitting the ‘share’ button. So drop the comparison game of you and others on social media and love your life + who you are each day. Remember, you’re only seeing the best parts of people’s lives which is a small percentage of reality.
Keep It Low-Key– So we admit it’s super fun to share pieces of your life BUT that doesn’t mean you have to share every aspect. Being cool + comfortable is keeping parts of your life mysterious or private. Trust us, it brings peace and less drama. So the next time you think about updating a status about your rotten ex-boyfriend. Think twice. Not everybody needs to know your business and plus he’s not worth one keystroke on your laptop, right?
Give It A Break! – You get holiday break, summer breaks and lunch breaks during your school year, what makes you think you don’t need a social media break too? Okay, don’t completely lose your mind yet. But think about it, you’re surrounded by teachers, parents and friends every day. Don’t you just want to check out to get to your OWN thoughts together for once? Just a little breather for a couple of days can help a ton, especially when prepping for big exam or project.
So be social but start creating an awesome life of your own in real life!
In honor of the greatest First Family leaving the White House, we’re sharing a couple of gems that they showed us to keep you fired up for 2017!
Know when to *drop mic* & exit! – This year remind yourself that you don’t have to prove anything to anyone other than yourself. Just be the best version of YOU and if others don’t approve… Yep, you got it. *Drop mic & walk away*
Show love to yourself & your crew! It’s sometimes tough to find loyal friends that motivate you and want you to win in life, so take time to celebrate them! Show the awesome people in your life that you love + appreciate them. And sprinkle love your way too!
Brush it off! Yep, brush it off this year! Anyone or anything who doesn’t pour into your goals or dreams you just need one simple move as you walk forward. Two swipes to the shoulder as you continue crushing your goals!
Stand in YOUR truth– You are AMAZING. And now it’s simply time for you to believe that about yourself. You have strong ideas that are going to change the world. That makes you a boss not bossy.
NO Distractions– If it’s Netflix, your homegirls, TV, or even our most beloved internet, work on trying to not get distracted on a daily basis this semester. Trying to score a dope internship or make the honor’s list at school? FOCUS.
HAVE FUN! Yes, have fun! There’s time for working hard but also there’s time to let loose and celebrate your accomplishments. Scored high on your PSAT or got accepted to your college of choice? CELEBRATE!
If you’re passionate about something go for it! Don’t let age or what people may think stop you. That’s something I learned from the brilliant Victoria Pannell who has done so much for not only her community, but for people everywhere whether its directly or indirectly. At such a young age she has accomplished so much and she has only gotten started. Tools for Change is a growing organization that will only get bigger especially since it’s in such capable hands. Want to start your own organization? What are you waiting for, go ahead and do it. Want to make a change in your community? It’s possible, I know you can do it. Just remember it doesn’t take a village to make something happen, all it takes is one dedicated person.
What is Tools for Change and what was the reason that you started it?
I started Tools for Change, because you can not tell young people to have hope when all they see is bleakness in their future. They need tools to have a better future. They need state IDs, passports, bank accounts, jobs and financial literacy. They need to learn to use social media as an effective networking tool. They need to know that money for college will be there for them. They need an organization that will supply the necessities to help achieve their goals. This is where Tools For Change comes in.
Please share where you see Tools for Change in the next couple of years. Because I am getting ready to go to college, I would love to start a chapter wherever I am at. I want Tools For Change to expand into chapters all around the country. I also would like to have my own building.
When did you realize that you wanted to do something for your community and why?
I was the youngest volunteer in a hurricane Katrina relief effort and seeing so many homes destroyed made me realize I wanted to help people in general. I didn’t know in what area I wanted to help in yet, but I knew I wanted to do something for others.
How do you manage your time between Tools for Change, school and all your extracurricular activities?
It’s really hard and I barely get any sleep. The only way I handle all of it is by incorporating everything. I look at everything as the same thing, under the same umbrella which makes things a lot easier. The school I attend is also very socially aware and active so I get to discuss Tools for change with them. And even though I mostly keep to myself, the two or three friends I have help me out with everything. Keeping a calendar, which is a little nerdy, not only helps me remember things, but it also keeps me organized.
Did being on the show Law and Order- SVU bring out any acting passions you might have or was it purely done to bring attention to the issue of sex trafficking?
I’m actually a professional actor since age four and it’s something I really enjoy. I get the opportunity to meet so many people and celebrities. Acting gave me the chance to build my craft, dive into different characters, and it was a great boost to see more of life. And although it’s fun, I have moved away from acting now that I’m older and moving into something I want to pursue in life.
Could you share with us how shutting down Lil Wayne’s music came about?
I work with the Emmett Till foundation and try to keep his name alive by going to schools and telling people his story. Emmett Till had allegedly flirted with a white woman, so her husband and his half brother beat, tortured, and dumped him in a river. Lil Wayne came out with a song comparing the beating of a woman’s female parts to the beating of Emmett till. The Till foundation had reached out to me so I could help them do something since I was young and I could reach out to other young people. Therefore, I reached out Mountain dew through social media and after 24 hours they contacted me with the news that they were suspending the tour he was doing using that same song. I was thanked for my work and received a letter. That day I realized that my voice had power and could make a change. I learned that young people can do whatever they put their minds to and we shouldn’t let others say that we can’t do something.
How did you feel knowing some of Lil Wayne’s followers might verbally attack you?
I didn’t care. I go head first into an issue without caring what people think or how they will feel about it. I knew people who are Lil Wayne’s fan, but I simply didn’t care. I felt that what I was saying was more important than what people might think or them bashing me. I’m going to tell you how I feel without letting others stopping me.
Have you encountered people that have doubted you or believed you to be too young or naive to actually help? If so, how did you deal with it?
Being the youngest member on the community board is a lot of pressure because several of the members have been serving on the board for 10 years or more. They look at me as if I don’t know what I’m doing which is quite frankly pretty intimidating, but I always have to remind myself that I’m here for a reason and a purpose. I know what I’m doing and talking about. I face people who doubt me all the time and the best thing to do is know your worth because people are going bash you and not support you, but you have to support yourself. If you don’t you won’t make it far.
Who is your idol or role model and why?
Even though my mother can get on my nerves, she is most definitely my role model. She has encouraged me to do things and taught me lessons that I will always carry with me. She has taught me to know my worth and value which is so important because a lot of young people let others walk all over them and tell them what they can and can’t do. She always tells me to stand up for myself and my beliefs because people will try to push me down. I learned to stand by people who believe and support me and that I shouldn’t be too quick to trust.
What is something you would tell other young adults who want to help the community like you have but don’t know how to start?
Identify an issue that is important to you and stays on your mind no matter what it is. Then do your research and find out everything you can about your cause. You don’t want others to say “you’re an activist, but don’t know what you’re talking about”. After you have done that, start working with other organizations that support your cause until you decide you want to start an organization yourself. One of the most important things you could do is know the benefits of social media. Used appropriately, it can be your best friend which is why it’s so important to keep your page clean.
#NYCTeens! Get ready for the holidays with CORE Mag at our Beautifully Bold NYC event on December 17th from 1p-4p! Dope tutorials, beauty panel and of course fresh goodies will have you kicking off the New Year right!
You’re never too young to get swept up by the fresh spirit of entrepreneurship! Layla + Mya Parish are two sisters who run a sweet business called Suga Babes which consists of scrumptious sugar scrubs, lotions and great smelling soaps. Layla, 15, and Mya, 10, always had an urge to dig into their mother’s sweet bath gifts and was often told to stay out of her stuff. So they took their passion into their own hands and launched their beauty company!
Suga Babes is both all natural and gluten free. They use only premium ingredients in their sugar scrubs, body creams, soaps, and bath teas. Their scrubs and lotions aid in eczema as well. Not only do they create a fantastic product line but also offers mobile spa parties!
These amazing sisters have been fortunate to use their business as a platform to give back to the community and inspire other young girls to conquer their dreams.
Let’s get to know the Layla + Mya a little better…
Going into the beauty biz with your sister is awesome! What first motivated you to launch Suga Babes product line + mobile spa services?
We launched Suga Babes initially because we would use our mom’s bath and body products and she would always run us out. So we thought why not create our own product line of sugar scrubs, lotions, and soaps! We told our mom our idea and she helped us to make it a reality. We started our business April 2012. Shortly after getting our product line up and running we thought how cool would it be to include mobile spa parties. We launched our mobile spa service July 2012, and it was a hit! Moms love us! We offer mini services which would include mani’s, pedi’s and facials. And at the end of each party we give a inspirational message to our clients.
It’s beautiful that as you’re building your business as young, female entrepreneurs & giving back to the community! Why is that important to you both and what changes do you want to see in your generation?
Our mom has always taught us the importance of giving back and serving others. As we were putting the plan in place for our mobile spa parties we thought it would be awesome to use this service as a platform to motivate and inspire other young girls that there is no limit in what they can do in life when they put God first and believe. Then they take it a step further by putting their plans into action. That’s exactly what we did!
We would love to see our generation be more involved in their communities; and to remember those who came before us and what they had to endure for us to be able to enjoy the things we enjoy. We are our communities and we can make a difference. We all are a part of the puzzle and we fit perfectly.
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?
We have balance. Our mom makes sure of that part. We have time where we work Suga Babes and a time where we let our hair down from being young entrepreneurs to young girls. Our mom is our motivator. She constantly tells us we can do this! She does a lot and supports us 100%. She makes sure we are not burned out or overwhelmed by having checks and balances in place. We also watch our peers who are entrepreneurs and that motivates us to keep going because if they can do it we can too.
We tend to pull characteristics from others in our lives or from people we admire, who inspires you and why?
Our mother. She is our inspiration and biggest cheerleader! Our mom is a strong woman who has experienced a lot. She is organized, smart and very pretty. She is full of wisdom and strength. When we came to her with our idea she didn’t hesitate to help us. She was a single mom at the time with one income. Every extra cent she had went into our business. We are so grateful for her and all of her sacrifices that she has made just for us! She is our “first lady”, “celebrity” and “rock star!” Our mom totally ROCKS!
What are 3 pieces of advice you would give girls to be confident in themselves?
To believe in yourself and your abilities. To step out of your comfort zone. Take risks and never give up.
We are all about empowerment, What does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?
Empowerment means to have the power and will to achieve your goals. To never stop. To never quit. To make it happen.
Time for the Faves! Celeb Crush? Artist? Food? Movie?
Mya: Jace Norman. Ariana Grande. Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. Home.
Layla: Jacob Latimore. Solange. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. Stomp the Yard
What is your dream job and why?
My dream job has changed a lot over the years, but for now I think I would like to be a columnist because I like to listen to people’s problems and try to give them advice. I feel as if I would be able to help individuals and hopefully change their life for the better.
Which hobbies do you enjoy?
I like to read(mainly on wattpad), listen to music, watch movies/T.V shows, and hanging out with my friends.
Who is your biggest crush?
What’s your fave song to jam out to right now?
It’s so hard to choose only one song so I hope we could compromise to two songs. The first being Weight in Gold(Ekali remix) by Gallant. And the second being You Don’t Own Me by Grace.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would change the effect media has on people. Media is a great thing, but sometimes it portrays unrealistic things that has a negative effect on young girls. That leads to so many issues that range from low self esteem to eating disorders and so many other problems.
What does empowerment mean to you?
Empowerment means not letting others put you down. It means confidence and self appreciation.
What are your plans after high school?
After high school I will go to college. I’ll figure out the rest of my life as I go along since the best things are unexpected. Hopefully my life will be full of exciting adventures. I would hate to get to a certain point in my life and realize that I have done nothing except play it safe.
How have you helped someone in your life lately?
I gave my fries from Mcdonalds to a homeless guy who was asking for money to buy food.
Who is your role model and why?
My role model is my mother because she always encourages me to do better. Even when we argue I know she only wants the best for me.