Award-Winning Actress #TWF

Cicely Tyson is a legend to many! She’s an award winning actress seen in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’ ‘The Help,’ and Broadway’s ‘The Trip to Bountiful.’ She is our terrific woman this Friday!

Cicely was very secretive with her personal life. But she was very involved in her community. After the assassination of Martin Luther King, she co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem. She would also teach master classes at a performing arts school in East Orange, which was actually named after her.

She has won many awards such as 2013 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress. In 1977 she was added to the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and was honored by the congress of Racial Equality. Cicely was also awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

Cicely is 93 years old and is still acting and setting the bar high for aspiring actresses. She is a girl with beauty and brains.

Actress by day, activist by night #TWT

This beauty is known for major role in Black-ish and Grown-ish. Yup, our terrific woman this Tuesday is Yara Shahidi. 

Not only is Yara a talented and successful actress, she is also a social activist and a role model to others. Between filming episodes of Black-ish, attending award shows, and taking classes, Yara still continued to stay active and excel in high school. In school, she started Yara’s Club, an extension membership program partnered with the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which focused on “empowering the youth to defeat poverty through education.” That’s amazing how she was about to use her resources to benefit the school and her community. 

Yara has also partnered with Always on the #LikeAGirl campaign. She has always loved mathematics and the sciences so partnering with them was just another platform for her to tell her story and motivate other girls to focus on STEM subjects. 

Yara has participated in many women marches, spoke about difficult topics, inspired others, and have received awards regarding the service and work she has done. 

Yara is currently attending Harvard University while still filming for her show Grown-ish. Yara exemplifies someone of many talents. She stands for more than just an actress, she is an intelligent black young woman who is leading the younger generation into the right direction. Yara is a girl with beauty and brains! 

She’s an Advocate for Feminism in the Comics Industry #TWT

This beauty has changed the comic book business for good by creating a female Muslim superhero. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is G. Willow Wilson.  

G. Willow Wilson has been reading comic books since she was a little girl. Her first encounter with comics was when she read an anti-smoking pamphlet featuring X-Men. From that point on, Wilson loved comic books, but she noticed that only boys were being spotlighted as the heroes.

Wilson is the writer behind Marvel’s series, Ms. Marvel, which features a Muslim girl with superpowers. Not only does she touch on girl power but her series also touches on religion. Wilson is also the creator and writer behind Marvel’s series, A-Force, which is about an all-girls superhero team. She uses her comic books as a platform to stop discrimination and to acknowledge what girls are capable of. Ms. Marvel received a lot of negativity, but it also was named one of Marvel’s bestselling series.

Thank you, Wilson, for writing about topics that many authors are too uncomfortable to talk about. G. Willow Wilson is a girl with beauty and brains!

My Fabulous Confabulation with Ms.Tracey Moore

Hello, Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Tracey Moore, who is a renowned casting director! In this chat, she drops some wisdom and tips regarding the acting business. If you’re an aspiring actor or director then this chat is for you!

Follow Tracey on Instagram @thespiritedactor
If you would like to work one on one with Tracey, you can email her at traceymoorecasting@gmail.com

To purchase her book, “The Spirited Actor: Principles for a Successful Audition,” click here.

 

What was your favorite part of the interview?

May: My Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Denise Pease

Hello, Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Denise Pease! In this chat, she talks about the many positions she has worked in the government, including being an appointee by Barack Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. GSA. Ms. Denise is also a breast cancer survivor and has epilepsy, but that hasn’t stopped her from giving back to her community and advocating for others with disabilities. This confabulation is very informative and I hope you learn as much as I did while interviewing her.

The First Woman to be Elected President of an African Country #TWT

Today’s terrific woman this Tuesday is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf! She was the first woman to be elected head of state of an African country. Ellen was president of Liberia from 2006-2018.

She was also one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Peace for her efforts to further women’s rights.

During her presidency she made many positive changes. Liberia had more than 15,000 United Nations peacekeepers in the country and the unemployment was running at 80 percent; the debt was high. By 2010, Ellen had erased all of Liberia’s debt. So who runs the world? Oh yeah, girls!!

Ellen also established a Truth and Reconciliation Committee in 2006 to investigate corruption and heal ethnic tensions, which eventually led to the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2008.

Due to all of her hard work, she was awarded the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This award provided her with $5 million disbursed over 10 years. There are so many woman who are powerful leaders changing the world and breaking gender stereotypes, and Ellen Johnson is definitely one of them!

January: My Fabulous Confabulation with Rachel Reiss

Hello Beauties!

This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Rachel Reiss! In this chat, she talks about what it is like to be a casting director, and she also explains the do’s and don’ts all actors should know before coming into an audition. This Fabulous Confabulation was so informative and if you are an aspiring actor, then you should definitely watch this!

 

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December: My Fabulous Confabulation with Essynce Moore

Hello Beauties!

Before 2018, I wanted to post one more Fabulous Confabulation! This one is with Essynce Moore. You might’ve seen her on social media or read about her in many different articles. She is only 15 years old and has so much going for herself! Essynce is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, writer, actress, motivational speaker, and so much more! She has written 3 books that are mandatory readings for several school districts; wow!

In this chat, Essynce talks about what inspired her to be an entrepreneur, fashion designer, and writer. She also gives tips and advice on how you can start. You can support her and learn more about her on her website, http://www.essyncecouture.com/

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Also, a shout out to Sun Tavern in Roselle Park, NJ for allowing us to have our interview there! I love their pizza!! 😁😁😁

My First Spoken Word Experience

Girl! Be Heard Unplugged showWhen I was younger, I always wanted to go to a poetry slam or a spoken word cafe. The people snapping when they can relate, the engagement, the stories being told. It seemed like a great experience!

In September,  I auditioned for Girl Be Heard’s Sunday Workshops. Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making. Their philosophy is ” if a girl can change her own life, she can change the lives of girls everywhere. We envision a world in which every girl is valued and encouraged to be a leader and change maker.” I wanted to be apart of this wonderful organization because I wanted to grow as a writer. I wanted to write about what I was passionate about. I wanted my voice to be heard.

We met every Sunday starting, October 22. When I got into this program, I met so many amazing and talented girls. They all had a story and they were all ready to be heard. On December 17th, Girl Be Heard held their annual Unplugged Holiday Showcase to give all the girls in the program an opportunity to share the pieces they’ve been working on.

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My amazing group! Manhattan Sunday Workshops!

I did an original piece called “You Can’t Touch My Hair.” I created this piece because I wanted to express the love I have for my hair, the experiences I’ve been through regarding my hair, and why I love my hair so much!

The show started at 3pm and I was the 7th person to go. I was so scared. Yes, I’ve been on stage before. Yes, I perform on stage all time, but this was different. It was different because I never performed an original piece before. That is a whole other stage of vulnerability! When I stepped on stage, I was still a little nervous and my heart was beating really fast, but as I started to recite my piece I felt completely comfortable. The audience was so engaged and supportive. When they could relate they snapped. When they really liked a line they made a sound like, “mmm” or “yesss!” IMG_5957Hearing that feedback while I was reciting, made me even more confident in my piece. It made me feel accomplished. I felt as if I actually touched someone’s heart with my piece. My piece could’ve made someone’s day or encouraged them to love themselves. My piece was more than about touching my hair. It was about making other girls aware that they aren’t alone! The feedback I received after I got off of stage was so heart warming. Girls came up to me and shared their experiences with me. Some told me they just got the courage to embrace their hair, and others told me they can 100% relate to my piece.

Overall, it was a great experience like I imagined! If you live near New York and you love writing, I advise you to check out Girl! Be Heard and see how you can get involved. The next time they have auditions, I encourage you to go! If you don’t live near New York and you love to write, find out what is in your community. I am sure there are writing workshops or cafes where you can recite your pieces!

Alright, enough chit chatting!! 😆 Here is my piece, “You Can’t Touch My Hair.”

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I hope you enjoyed it! Please let me know in the comments what you think. Also let me know if you guys like to write!

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Scholarships- December 2017

Hello Beauties! My gift to you this holiday season are some scholarships! If you are eligible please apply! Also, do not just limit yourself to these scholarships here. There are scholarships for EVERYTHING and EVERYONE!😊👍🏾 Best of luck and let me know in the comments what colleges you guys are looking at or what you want to major in when you go to college. I would love to get to know you all better!

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  •  Diller Teen Tikkun Olam AwardsUp to fifteen teenagers in the United States who self-identify as Jewish will receive awards of $36,000 in honor of their exceptional leadership and community service.  Open to all grades levels.  http://www.dillerteenawards.org/apply-and-nominate/  Deadline December 18, 2017

 

  • Ocean County Retired Educators AssociationOCREA Philanthropic Fund College Scholarship (applied to 2 or 4 year college and pursuing a degree in education) – $1,000 non-renewable award Top 15% of class http://ocrea.net/about/ocrea-scholarship Deadline is April 1st, 2018. 

 

 

 

 

This websites has a ton of scholarships for everyone! In order to access any of the scholarships you must make an account with them, but it is free and legit! There is money out there, you just have to go for it! 💓 https://www.unigo.com/scholarships 

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