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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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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!

(Maria Miller, CORE Mag intern/blogger)

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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

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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

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!

Check it out:

 

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

Girls from STEM from Dance

 

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Tools for Change!

Easter Day at Wards Island Men’s Shelter

Youth  activist Victoria Pannell has made an influential impact on her community by  launching her non-profit organization, Tools For Change! She created this platform to give young people basic life tools toward a better future. See how her organization served Easter dinner at  Wards Island Men’s Shelter + registered them to vote!

Please tell our readers a little about Ward’s Island Men’s Shelter.
Wards Island is made up of a collection of mostly male homeless shelters. We believe there are 4 shelters on the Island. My mother had the idea to go to Wards Island after attending a town hall meeting for candidates running for city council. One person asked the candidates what they were going to do about all the homeless men coming to 125th st and Lexington ave. Not one candidate had an answer and most didn’t even know anything about Wards Island. My mother and I along with a friend starting visiting the Island. We talked to so many men who were just down on their luck. The men are grouped together. You have men who are just homeless residing with the mentally ill, recent parolees from Rikers Island and drug addicts. There is no separation so each group cannot get the needs and services addressed for their particular problems.

 

Why was it important for your non profit Tools for Change to serve Easter Dinner and register these men to vote?
We served the dinner as a way to communicate and let the men know they are not alone. We wanted them to know we will be on the main Island fighting for them long after Easter. Although we will be fighting for them they must reclaim some of their own power and one way to do that is vote the politicians out of office that don’t care about them. A lot of the men believe because they are homeless they can’t vote or because of their criminal record they can’t vote. That is why I had informational pamphlets available to let the residents know being homeless doesn’t disqualify someone from being eligible to vote. Also having a criminal record doesn’t automatically disqualify someone. Feeding them and giving away gift bags was to get their attention. Once we had their attention we wanted them to take back their power, hence registering to vote.


The men cannot take any food inside the shelter including water. The food at the shelters has been described as slop by all of them. There’s absolutely nothing to do during the day, not even television, so the men take the free M35 bus to 125th st and Lexington to eat and stand around.

Find out more here!

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Spruce Up Your Locker!

Ok, so spring is around the corner. We know you hear your parents go on and on about spring cleaning around the house + with your room. So the last thing you want to hear about is more tidying up, right? So we’re not giving you tips to clean your locker but to SPRUCE it up as you rock out your second semester. Finals will be here sooner than later and a clean locker equals a clear mind.

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1.) Purchase yourself a white board to hang on your locker. You can put up reminders,
inspirational quotes for the day, the list can go on.

2.) Cute magnets that can also be used as hangers.

3.) Color Coordinate your books and have a key; each class has a specific color.

4.) Get a calender to keep up with homework, plans, extra-curriculars, etc.

5.) Decorate your locker with things that represent you, i.e using wallpaper, pictures with family and friends, any old memories, etc.

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Clean up + study up!

-Teen writer, Semhar Solomon

8 Girl Power Quotes To Live Bold!

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We ALL need a dose of inspiration to unlock our  GIRL POWER! Check out these influential quotes to help you finish out your week strong!

“Success is liking yourself liking what you do and how you do it. “~ Maya Angelou

“I say if I’m Beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story.” ~ Amy Schumer

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“Think like a Queen. A Queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.” -Susan B. Anthony

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“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” ~ Hillary Clinton

“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

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“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” ~ Beyoncé

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~ Ayn Rand

 

-Content Intern Semhar Solomon

10 Songs To Kick Your Study Break In Gear!

You just chugged a Red Bull but you can’t get pass the 1st sentence of your U.S. History notes. We’ve all been there when our mind and energy level seems to be gliding on EMPTY. Well, well haven’t you heard that music is medicine? And the right dose can get you back on track! Check out 10 songs that we guarantee will kick your study break back into gear!

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1. Cold water- Major Lazor ft. Justin Bieber 

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 2. Let me love you – Mario

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3. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran 

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4. Best thing I Never had – Beyoncé 

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5. Hanging up my Jersey – PnB Rock

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6. I just wanna – Lucas Coly 

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7. Miss Independent – Ne-yo

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8. Finesse – Bruno Mars

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9. F.U.B.U. – Solange ft. The-Dream and BJ the Chicago Kid 

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10.  Chloe and Halle – Red Lights

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Study on!

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List created by CORE Intern Semhar Solomon

Beautifully Bold Recap!

CORE Magazine was thrilled to host our Beautifully Bold NYC teen panel event at Unarthodox in Chelsea during the holidays! On Saturday, December 17th from 1p-4p we had an afternoon of interactive tutorials, a panel of beauty influencers, and flavorful favors geared towards young ladies. Check it out!

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Photo + Video Credit: EJ White