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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Back to School Advice and Tips.  

Hello Beauties! School has either just started for you or you will be starting shortly.

Here are tips and advice for this 2017-2018 school year!

Get Rid of Toxic Friendships. If you read my last blog post Choosing Your Friends you know how a bad friendship can impact your life. Don’t let friends get in the way of you doing well in school. Your education will stay with you forever, your friends.. well it’s not guaranteed.


Take Risks. Run for a spot on student council, join a new club, read more books than you did last school year, etc. It makes the school year much more interesting and less boring!

 

Join Clubs and Sports. This is similar to taking risks, but more specific. Being active in school could give you many opportunities of receiving a scholarship. Also, it looks good on college applications, but the main reason you should join different activities is because you can learn something new and make a ton of new friends.


Stay Focus. It’s easier said than done. But the older you get, the harder/stressful it becomes to procrastinate on school work. Try to discipline yourself to put the phone away (or anything else that is a distraction) and just try to get as much work done as you can. Perhaps get ahead on work too!!

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Rest up. We all have those nights where we pulled all nighters to finish a last minute project, which led to us dozing off in class. Yikes!…Guilty!! Sleep is really important and you need to be well rested in order to stay focus in class.

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Sometimes because you actually did…😂


Take a Look into Your Fashion More. Change up your style, if you would like, and express yourself more through your fashion. I know when I dress nice to school it boosts up my confidence and I feel good! Now dressing nice does not mean buying name brand clothing and shoes or following trends, it means dressing the way YOU like. If you want more information on how to find your style and anything else on fashion go on iamcrystaallxo.

How you should always feel! ❤️


 

TIPS

Here are 11 tips that can help any of you Beauties in school.

I found some of these tips from a girl named @cravingshay on twitter and I thought I would share with all of you Beauties!  

1.If you accidentally close Microsoft without saving your work type .asd into file explorer in “my/this pc” your work will be there.

2. Accidentally typed something in all caps instead of deleting it highlight it and hit shift and F3 simultaneously.

3. PDF files that end in “.exe” are viruses do not download them to your computer.

4. Use wordhippo.com to find words that you can’t think of but you can describe.

5. Its easier to remember stuff written in blue ink than it is to remember stuff written in black.

6. When studying for a test type in google “site:edu (the subject) exam.” You’ll find a lot of practice test you can use to quiz yourself.

7. Bible.org created citation page keepmeout.com which temporarily blocks social media while you’re studying so you can stay focus.

8. For homework help duolingo.com, sparknotes.com, onlineconversion.com, and khanacademy.com.

9. You can take real college classes online for free with coursera.org, ocw.mit.edu, oyc.yale.edu, ocw.jhsph.edu, and maths.ox.ac.uk/courses.

10. Slader.com has the answers to every textbook.

11. For college students, you can use free textbooks on textbooknova.com, ebookee.org, manybooks.net, and feedurbrain.com.

 

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