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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.

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.


Clean up + study up!

-Teen writer, Semhar Solomon

8 Girl Power Quotes To Live Bold!

Photo via Instagram

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


“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


“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


“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!

study mode


1. Cold water- Major Lazor ft. Justin Bieber 


 2. Let me love you – Mario


3. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran 


4. Best thing I Never had – Beyoncé 


5. Hanging up my Jersey – PnB Rock


6. I just wanna – Lucas Coly 


7. Miss Independent – Ne-yo


8. Finesse – Bruno Mars


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


10.  Chloe and Halle – Red Lights


Study on!


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!














Photo + Video Credit: EJ White

STEM From Dance Showcase!

Break a sweat + dance! On July 15th STEM From Dance celebrated their  Summer Showcase 2016 at Achievement First Brooklyn High School!

The beautiful and talented girls participating in STEM from Dance performed an original choreography to music that they’ve created and costumes they have designed – all through coding and wearable electronics.

Let’s take a look!











 You can find more about the organization at the website, and follow
them on twitter: @stemfromdance

Stay COOL!

All good things come in threes! Well, atleast that’s the way it’s coming your way for the perfect summer kit to keep you cool + calm this summer! Yes, it’s true the new semester is creeping right around the corner but don’t sweat. We have the perfect treats to keep your stress down and your health + beauty up while you’re getting your back-to-school list in gear!

Let’s take a peek!


So what’s better than a refreshing drink that your taste buds love and is actually healthy for you? INVO Coconut Water is what you need to pack your fridge with this summer to get your brain cells flowing for a new school year! INVO is packed with 5-essential electrolytes that restores hydration. It is low in sugar, fat free and has as much potassium as one banana. Low in sugar and 99% fat-free, coconut water lets you enjoy the taste of the tropics without the guilt. Sip this treat as you’re walking across campus to ease the pain of your 8 am class! Get more of the scoop on INVO!


Long day? Need a spa break in between your study breaks? Pick up your peace in a cute package. Take 20 minutes, kick up your feet and give your skin the gift of glow with Miss Spa’s Sheet Mask! The silky pre-treated sheet masks helps purify and rejuvenate skin, leaving it looking + feeling refreshed. Perfect for all skin types, especially for dull, tired looking skin. Pick them up at your local Target HERE!


You may be an angel but your nails are allowed to be a devilish! Sinful Colors Nail Polish kicks up your personal style adding a sense of flair to your entire look. Even if you have to rock a uniform at school share your flavor with pops of colors.  Check out hues here! Sinful Colors

You’ll Thank Us Later!

Beyoncé x Sorry

We’re sure you peeped this already but hey, you can now keep it on repeat for your summertime soundtrack!

Check out Beyoncé – Sorry featuring superstar Serena Williams—>

Love & Found NYC Recap!

Our hearts are still fluttering for all of the support that came pouring out for our Love & Found NYC drive hosted by C.O.R.E Mag & Creative Dreamers on February 18th! On a cool Thursday evening from 6p-10p young professionals came out to create Love Baskets for the teens of the Ali Forney organization. Take a peek into this beautiful night….


Before packing the Love Baskets

Before packing the Love Baskets


Volunteers listening to Bill Torres of Ali Forney

Volunteers listening to Bill Torres of Ali Forney

Bill Torres of Ali Forney

Bill Torres of Ali Forney

Volunteers listening to Bill Torres of ALi Forney Center

Volunteers listening to Bill Torres of Ali Forney Center

Packing up goodies

Packing up goodies

Love notes for the baskets

Love notes for the baskets

Packing it up:)

Packing it up:)

Beautiful volunteers

Beautiful volunteers

Eden  & Ellisa Oyewo, with our awesome  teen C.O.R.E Mag  contributor!

Eden & Ellisa Oyewo, with our awesome teen C.O.R.E Mag contributor, Xandria Remi Milligan!


A BIG Thank YOU to all of the loves who poured out their love!

C.O.R.E Mag + Creative Dreamers want to thank you!

Learn more about Ali Forney at!

Meet Heaven Sent Sisters!

There’s nothing stronger than a bond between sisters! Heaven Sent Sisters is proof that sisterhood empowers + lifts young women up to a higher level in life.  Beverly Hooks, Tamara Thomas and Kyinqua Wright launched the  L.A. based organization Heaven Sent Sisters in 2013. These women were brought together by a common belief that many youth in their community lacked meaningful academic and career guidance as well as many other important life skills. Determined to make a difference, the women convened a series of meetings to discuss the issues. With research, hard-work and commitment to working together for the cause, Hooks, Thomas and Wright founded Heaven Sent Sisters. It is the goal of these women to carry out the Heaven Sent Sisters’ mission and vision.

This empowering organization currently coordinates outings and workshops for girls ages 13 years-18 years old in the ‘Because it Takes a Village Program’ which brings girls together to socialize, meet new people, experience music, art, culture and many other important subject matters, all while having the opportunity to experience mentorship!

Let’s get to know Heaven  Sent Sisters a little more…


Heaven Sent Sisters is an amazing organization that builds self-esteem, develops necessary life skills & increases education + awareness, what made you ladies want to create a platform to allow teen girls to shine?

The development of Heaven Sent Sisters began when our Founder/President, Beverly Hooks, called a group of women together to discuss the vision she had of starting an organization for young girls in the community to have positive role models who they could spend time with and look up to. Considering the nature of today’s society and access young girls have to so many negative images and examples, we felt it was important to get involved with girls to help them see the positive in themselves so they don’t define themselves by what they see in the bad examples that are out there. We wanted girls to see women who are prime examples of successful women. We believed that by being the example it would allow girls to see that they have the potential to be successful in whatever they set out to become no matter what and where they come from.

Being a voice in the community motivates others to be great, how do you teach young women to be a positive role models?

We teach young women to be positive role models by being the example. We teach girls to love one another and to come together rather than tearing each other down. We show girls how important it is treat everyone with kindness. We promote a sisterhood within our organization where girls can become close and develop lifelong friendships with one another.

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

There are many people who inspire us but one of our biggest inspirations is the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). I smile as I write this because she is such an example of what a woman should be. She is many, many things but most importantly, she is such a positive example to all women and girls. She carries herself with such class, speaks so eloquently and is an educated woman. She involves herself in causes that really matter and she gives her time to give back to the causes that really mean something to her.


If you had to give one piece of advice to teen girls who are struggling with being comfortable in their own skin, what would it be?

Be you. We are all made unique and we are all beautiful just the way God made us. Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks or says about you. In the words of India Arie, “What matters most is what you think of yourself!”

Working with youth both parties learn from each other, what’s one trait you have learned from working with girls?

I’ve learned how important it is to stop and listen. A lot of times we just need someone to listen. We all face different challenges in life and often times we are quick to want to tell people how to solve their problems or we try to analyze the problem for them but sometimes what we need is for someone to hear us and listen to us without judgement.


We’re all about empowerment at C.O.R.E Mag, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you + your organization?

Empowerment means to us, helping girls reach the point of self-determination. When we empower girls, we are able to help them establish as sense of hope and power within. Empowerment means we have helped them to recognize that they have the power to have, do, be and achieve anything their heart desires.

Fun Faves!

Song? Whitney Houston- Greatest Love of All

Food? Mexican Food

Artist? Common

Celeb Crush? Tyrese

Check out more here!

Heaven Sent Sisters


Love & Found NYC!

“Love makes your heart crawl out of its hiding place.” -Zora Neale Hurston

C.O.R.E Mag – Creating Opportunity to Reach Empowerment + Creative Dreamer presents LOVE & FOUND NYC. Please come out and donate your time to assemble LOVE baskets for the Ali Forney Center. We are asking everyone to donate the following items: socks, underwear, and toiletries.

Join us February 18th 6-9p at the Wyndham Hotel in Chinatown to give back with other like minded individuals.

Contact us at for donations! #LovandFoundNYC