Wednesday, August 31, 2016

13 year old Zulaikha Patel leads protest against racist hair policy

Meet 13-year-old Zulaikha Patel, one of the students who helped lead a protest against the discriminatory hair policy at Pretoria Girls High School (a formerly white-only institution in South Africa). 

During the school's weekend fair on Saturday, Zulaikha and her fellow classmates staged a silent protest against their school's hair policy, which targets and restricts how Black girls wear their hair to school. On top of being disciplined for wearing her natural hair, Zulaikha has had to move schools three times because her hair did not comply with the code of conduct. Furthermore, Pretoria High's teachers also prohibit students from speaking their own local African languages in the classroom. 

For Zulaikha this is about: "Fighting for every Black child in this country, because it’s time for our endless cries to be heard."  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Next 'Iron Man' Is A 15-Year-Old Black Girl


When we think of super intelligent “good guys” in the Marvel Universe, there’s a few names that come to mind. We might think of Tony Stark, who built the Iron Man suit (and Spider-Man’s new threads), or Reed Richards AKA Mister Fantastic, who has basically mastered all aspects of physics, biology, and chemistry.

But according to an announcement made at San Diego Comic-Con, the smartest hero in the Marvel Universe is not Tony Stark or Reed Richards or any of the other superheroes that might have claimed the title in the past. The smartest protagonist in all of Marvel is a little black girl named Lunella Lafayette.

Lunella is the main character in the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur comics, which is a remake of Devil Dinosaur, a classic graphic novel that follows a T-Rex that is magically transported to modern day NYC. In the new version, Lunella replaces the original hero, Moon Boy, and she eventually teams up with the monstrous dino. Part of what makes Lunella so smart is the fact that she carries an “inhuman gene,” and she also is a skillful engineer.

BuzzFeed spoke to Marvel senior editor Mark Paniccia about what’s in store for Lunella in the upcoming issues of the series. Mark said that, “In the third arc of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Lunella faces an impossible half-dozen science-challenges that might not only prove her smarts, but also save the world.”

And that is pretty exciting, not just for older fans of comics, but for the young girls who might read them while growing up. Representation matters, and this news, which follows on the heels of the news that Roxane Gay will write a Black Panther book, is a sign that Marvel is moving in the right direction.

Source: Now This Entertainment/ Teen Vogue

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Puerto Rican Superhero Makes Debut

Inspired by the Puerto Rican national anthem of the same name, the superhero La Borinqueña — a woman named Marisol Rios De La Luz, wearing a costume inspired by the Puerto Rican flag — will make her debut this summer at the Puerto Rican Day Parade. She also will be featured in a comic book to be printed in the fall during an event organized by the creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez called Café Con Comics (“Coffee With Comics”); it will be held at the CUNY East Harlem campus building in a historically Puerto Rican neighborhood.

La Borinqueña has the powers of nature — such as hurricanes, the sea and the sun — and protects Puerto Rico from natural disasters. Her greatest power, Miranda-Rodriguez says, will be showing Puerto Ricans — those on the island and in the United States — that the power to make Puerto Rico better lies within them as much as it does inside of her.
“It’s not about [her powers], but it’s about what the character represents,” Miranda-Rodriguez says. “She’s here to remind you that the power of our people comes from our people. We don’t have to ask for something when it is already within us. It’s a narrative that’s going to remind us of ourselves. We’ve always had that power. Being Puerto Rican is our superpower.”

It was the Marvel comic featuring Grandma Estela — the one that touched so many readers — that led to Miranda-Rodriguez’s creation of other Puerto Rican comic-book heroes. He says there is power in those panels when you’re able to see yourself through art.
“People saw themselves. And when you see yourself, that’s empowering,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “When you hear your story, you recognize for the first time that you have that superpower.”

Source: The Washington Post

Zendaya Is Leading By Example With Her Message On Anti-Bullying

Zendaya is proving herself to be the perfect role model, yet again.

From consistently using her voice to empower others to speaking out against society’s routine racist and sexist ways, Zendaya is a positive force to be reckoned with. 
The 19-year-old actress-singer-activist revealed to People magazine what’s behind her motivation to continuously use her platform to stand up for those who are often marginalized, bullied and unfairly judged.

“I feel like it’s really important for young people dealing with bullying to see a symbol of confidence,” she told People in April. “Whether that be from me on social media or from someone in their family, I feel like that is really important to have someone that they can look to and know that confidence is possible. That’s why I do it.”  

Zendaya is no stranger to being bullied. Time and time again she’s clapped back at critics for their hateful words (i.e. when people criticized her parent’s looks or herfaux dreadlocks last year).

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dej Loaf celebrates 25th birthday with 'Coming to America' themed party

Dej Loaf celebrated her 25th birthday yesterday (April 8) with a private soiree in Atlanta. But this was no regular party. The Detroit rapper pulled out all the stops, coming correct with a Coming to America themed shindig.

Loaf entered the party proceeded by women throwing flower pedals at her feet, ala the movie. She was adorned in an extravagant gold dress and a bejeweled head piece. Those in attendance included Cee-Lo, Young Thug and Toya Wright. Loaf performed some of her recent tracks during the event and later thanked the crowd for sharing the monumental moment with her.

“I appreciate everyone in the building, I mean that from the bottom of my heart,” she said. “I turned 25 today…I invited kings and queens only. I think I did so we don’t want none of that bullshit happening tonight right? We gone have fun.”

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Source: XXL Magazine

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ballerina Misty Copeland is getting her own reality show

Reality television junkies with a passion for ballet that challenges the status quo, we know you're out there and we bear good news. Misty Copeland, the second black woman to become a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre and an all-around inspirational badass, is getting her own show on Oxygen.
In the show, prospectively titled "The Misty Copeland Project," Copeland serves as a guide to a group of talented and diverse amateur dancers trying to make it in New York. Think "America's Next Top Model" meets "Center Stage."
Consider our DVRs set.

The description from the Hollywood Reporter reads:As talented hopefuls from diverse backgrounds descend upon New York to take on the next major step in their ballet careers, who better to train and mentor them than Copeland -- the renowned ballerina who herself has defied all odds and shattered boundaries by overcoming the cultural pressures of professional ballet. Copeland, who began taking ballet lessons on the basketball court of a Boys & Girls Club at age 13 and was considered a prodigy, made history by becoming the second African-American female soloist in the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. With the opportunity of a lifetime and chance to catapult to the top of the ballet world, these aspiring dancers' passion, commitment and hard work will be center stage in Misty’s Master Class.Oxygen's programming aims to appeal to young, multicultural women, using Copeland as a model for the evolving world of classical dance. 

"As an artist, Misty is changing the paradigm as to what a ballerina should look like," Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre told The Washington Post. "Her fierce yet delicate physicality, astonishing technique and her natural stage presence make her one of the most important female dancers in the U.S. today."

Oxygen hasn't yet released an air date for the show, but in the meantime, Copeland is slated to star as Odette/Odile in a production of Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Daily Dose: Positive Thinking

One doesn't have to be concerned or bothered by the thoughts of those that cannot hurt them or do not affect them. Don't let people talking about you negatively affect you.

The tiger represents the fierce and willful person you are while the "sheep" are those who may be mindlessly following and emulating anything that is cool at the time because "everyoe else is doing it" or simply "HATERS" as we like to call them.

Remember this statement in order to empower you to stay true to yourself and refrain from being easily influenced and persuaded, especially based on the opinions of others.View yourself as too important to care about the opinions of those are are thoughtless, and therefore less important

#be YOUnique
#be YOUtiful

Who's that Girl? Sloane Stephens: The Teenage Star Who Beat Serena Williams

Sloane Stephens recently defeated one of the greatest players to lace up tennis shoes, Serena Williams, a tennis player whose poster once adorned Stephens' bedroom wall.

The 19-year-old can now say she is the only American younger than Williams to beat the 31-year-old. Stephens, with a giant white smile from ear to ear, won 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 against Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals last Wednesday.

Off the court, Stephens, originally of Plantation, Fla., but now living in Bel Air, Calif., is a typical teenager. She texts, she tweets, she loves spending time with friends, and she has a serious shopping addiction.

"I said I was going to buy one thing but now I'm going to buy two," she said in an interview just after the big win. "I was begging my mom for these pair of shoes, but I'm sure she'll have them waiting when I get home -- so I have to think of something quick so I can tell her, so she can have it when I get home."

Stephens told ESPN she had 145 text messages after her win. She added she hoped the win would get her more Twitter followers. Her followers shot from 17,000 before the competition to 46,300 and counting.

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Newsworthy: School tells bullied teen to get a breast reduction

A Missouri mother is furious with her daughter's school for allegedly suggesting that her sixth grader get a breast reduction to avoid chronic bullying. Tammie Jackson tells KTVI that her 13-year-old daughter Gabrielle has been harassed by peers since last semester, particularly for her large breasts.

When she called the Riverview Gardens School District to complain about the problem, the woman on the other end said the girl could be transferred to another school from Central Middle School, or go under the knife. "It makes me feel like now you are telling me it's my fault, it's God's fault the way he made her."

Jackson told KTVI. "[The school should] talk with the kids, let them know, you know, people's bodies are changing, everybody's body is different but God made us all great."

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In every middle or high school class there is that one girl who develops way ahead of the pack. What's next? Telling the overweight girl that she needs to take up an eating disorder or get gastric bypass surgery so people will leave her alone? How would you react if this happened to you?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Malia and Sasha: Growing Up in the Spotlight

Growing up in the White House definitely has its perks, but Malia and Sasha Obama are just a couple of regular kids! Check out how they've grown up since the start of President Obama taking office ... Sasha (l.) and Malia (r.) Obama flash the peace sign and make funny faces as they check their phones during the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

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 I wonder how cool it is to grow up as a teenager in the White House? What are the perks? What are the drawbacks? It's interesting to wonder.... Check out the videos below to see just how much Sasha and Malia have grown up over the last four years. How will they look by 2016?


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Newsworthy: Girl Scouts fight cookie thief

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We all know how good those Thin Mints and Samoas are but these Girl Scouts are serious about their cookies!!