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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 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

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.

College Culture Shock?

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Daily Blog, Latest | by — April 10, 2019

Yay! You made it to college, a pivotal point in your life. The experience is brand new and much needed for growth. It can be pretty uncomfortable too, especially when you are spending your four years in an unfamiliar environment surrounded by a noticeably different crowd.

Being a minority on campus can bring another level angst to the college experience. You may find yourself missing home more often because your culture isn’t represented on campus in a way that makes you feel confident. Those feelings are valid. There are so many ways to bring that level of comfort to campus. Take a look below for some tips!

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Go best friend, that’s my best friend!

You’re not the only minority student on campus and you’re definitely not the only minority student feeling this way. Making friends in college with all different kinds of students is important, but having a close-knit friend group that consists of other minorities will really help you through. They understand your issues and can relate to you in a way the majority cannot.

Welcome to our cluuub!

It will behoove you to take the Student Activities Fair seriously. Find the clubs that are lead by minorities and have a mission to bring more representation to campus. Their initiatives are most likely related to your own issues and desires. They are working towards a good cause, it gives you a chance to make friends, and looks great on your resume!

You’ve Got Mail

If you’ve found your crew and are still feeling uncomfortable, a care package from home could be what you need. Maybe there are certain mementos from home that could make you feel better. For example, if you have a favorite snack at home, but can’t find it on campus, ask your parents to send some to you (maybe throw in some extra for your friends). Maybe there are some products that you like or movies you love that can be mailed to school. The idea is to bring the comfort of home to campus with you.

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~Tia Banks, Content Editor

Snatched Culture? How To Deal!

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Daily Blog, Latest | by — March 5, 2019

Riding trends is the new wave. People base things like their wardrobe and hairstyle choices on whatever is popular at the moment. However, a lot of these “trends” are rooted from different cultures; and without acknowledging or understanding the significance of them, they can be easily appropriated and seen as offensive especially when it’s your culture. So when you see a culture vulture on campus here are some ways to effectively handle it.

Be Understanding | Most of the time when people appropriate culture, they do it unknowingly. Explain to them the situation and why it is seen as inappropriate and how it bothers you personally. Never miss an opportunity to educate them.

An Open Door | Invite your friends who are unknowledgeable to cultural club meetings and events on campus. This gives them the opportunity to get a taste of something different, ask questions, and see what cultural practices are similar to popular trends.

Check Yourself | You can’t call people out on appropriation if your are appropriating as well. Do a self-check and make sure that you aren’t in a position to be called a hypocrite.

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

Surviving PMS x BLUME!

Although having your period can be a hallelujah moment for some, it can be a nuisance for others. There are so many symptoms that accompany your period and PMS. Between cramps, mood swings, and breakouts, it’s a time of the month no one looks forward to. On the bright side, we recently tried some amazing products from BLUME, a company that makes “safe, sustainable period products for your life”. They offer monthly customizable boxes to be delivered to your house with all the essentials including face wash, PMS oil, blemish treatment, and organic tampons and pads. Keep reading to find out what we loved about BLUME!

Meltdown (blemish treatment)
This all-natural treatment is perfect for when you get a breakout or when you feel a pimple coming on. I used it at night right after using the face wash and it felt so good on my skin. Plus, since you only need a drop or two for each use, the bottle will last you a
while.

Daydreamer (face wash)
I’ve used other face washes in the past, but this one felt different. It was light and felt so good on my face, especially when it massaged it in. After rinsing, it didn’t leave my face feeling dry or anything. This product is a keeper.

Cloud 9 (PMS oil)
First and foremost, I love this oil for the smell. The rollerball style application makes it feel like I’m putting on a light perfume. Not only, does it smell divine, it also helps with PMS symptoms including cramps. A few circular motions on the chest, wrists, and abs will do the trick.

NYC Beauties! Shop Blume in real life at their pop-up in NYC from February 4th-17th!  Click for more deets HERE!

~ Tia Banks, Content Editor

Throw The Whole GPA Away!

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Not every semester is going to be amazing. Even Lebron has a bad game every once in a while. This is only to say that if you focus and re-strategize, your come back can be spectacular. A bad semester doesn’t have to ruin your whole career. It should be a learning experience instead. Here are three techniques for rebounding from a bad semester.

“Dis tew much” | Taking on more classes than the average student doesn’t equate to better grades or a better outcome for the semester. It can actually be detrimental to your GPA if you bite off more than you can chew.

Quality vs. Quantity | Make sure you take the time use good studying techniques. The amount of hours you take to study matters less than the quality of your study session.

Teacher’s Pet | Being teacher’s pet could make or break your semester. Be there during their office hours. Sit in the front row. Always do the extra credit. By doing these things, you will show the professor that you’re putting in the effort to do well.

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

New Semester, Old You?

A new semester is upon us! Our schedules just got busier and our workload is a little heavier. Just the thought of this would make any normal person a bit uneasy. However, there are ways to get ahead of the game so that you’re fully prepared for the semester and anxiety won’t creep up on you like those forgotten assignments!

Pull up with a planner|

Planners are extremely helpful especially when you have a schedule full of club meetings, due dates, and get-togethers. It will allow you to write things down and have a visual representation of what your schedule looks like so you’ll know when you can squeeze in a nap!

Get a head start|
I know this is easier said than done, but anything you do to get a head start on an assignment will help you tremendously. You’ll have more time to plan and ask questions if needed. You’ll even have room for those days when you’re procrastinating.

Sleep, sleep + sleep|
This is a fan favorite. Sleeping is not only a hobby for those who stay busy; it is also an essential part of your health. Getting a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a night will improve your mood and give you the energy you need to kill it!

Content Editor, Tia Banks