This Young Feminist is Making Moves #TWT

You have probably heard all about this 12 year old girl, who founded her own book drive, #1000BlackGirlsBooks, which asked for novels featuring black girls as the protagonists. This girl has also appeared on The Ellen Show, and interviewed former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Marley Dias!


I am so happy that there are intelligent girls making a difference at a young age. Marley Dias started her book drive when she was eleven years old. While in fifth grade, she realized black girls weren’t being represented in the books they would read in school. Marley wanted to make sure her fellow classmates were receiving the right resources and were exposed to books with diverse characters as the protagonists. After posting her book drive on Twitter, many people saw it and supported her. “Next thing I knew Fox 29 Philadelphia was calling, and then I got a laptop and $10,000 on The Ellen Show. The rest was history, as they say,” Marley stated in an interview with InStyle.


Now at twelve years old, Marley landed a book deal with Scholastic and came out with her novel Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, in January. This guide is for ages 10 and up to take the things that they love to do and combine social media to help other people like them.


Marley Dias shows that you can start changing the world at any age. She has inspired and motivated many people, younger and older, including myself. If you aren’t happy with your circumstances, then you should try to fix it. That is what Marley did; she wasn’t happy reading books about just “white boys and their dog,” so she created a book drive to collect books that are more diverse in characters and culture. Marley Dias is a girl with beauty and brains!


Terrific Woman Tuesday: Malala Yousafzai

When I first read this young lady’s book and learned about her story, I was completely in awe of her bravery and her dedication. This girl is a Pakistani school pupil and spokesperson for women’s right to education. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is, Malala Yousafzai.


Malala lived in Mingora, the Swat District of north-west Pakistan. She had a blog on BBC and would write about the cruel actions of the Talibans. After ending her blog, she was in a documentary made by New York Times, which brought a lot of publicity to her name. In 2011, Malala received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, and she was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. The Talibans had noticed her strident criticism of them, and planned to kill her in 2012.


On October 9, 2012 as Malala was on the bus on her way to school, a masked gunman came on looking for Malala. When they found her they shot her and the bullet went through her head, neck, and shoulder. It was  a miracle that she survived, she was in such critical condition her family was planning her funeral at the time.


When Malala recovered, she wrote a book named, “I am Malala,” to bring awareness to her story. It was such a moving story and a well written book that by 2014 she won the Noble Peace Prize. Malala continues to fight for women’s rights, specifically in Pakistan where girls are prohibited to go to school and get an education. I admire her bravery and persistence, and I thank her for continuing to fight for what is right and allowing her voice to be heard.


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,

I hope you all enjoyed this Fabulous Confabulation! Please like, comment, and subscribe.

What was your favorite part of the video?

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.


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.”


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!



  •  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.  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 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! 💓 

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Scholarships- Late 2017/ Early 2018

Hello Beauties!

Because I recently just did my Fabulous Confabulation with my guidance counselor, Mrs. Stout, I am giving you legit websites that you can apply for scholarships on! (If you haven’t seen it yet, please go watch it September: My Fabulous Confabulation with Ms. Stout).  Apply to all that you are eligible for; you never know what you might get!!

Scholarships are not just limited to the websites listed below. Research for more because there are scholarships for ANYTHING! 😁

1. The Prudential Spirit of Community Award – OPEN TO ALL GRADE LEVELS. If you have engaged in volunteer activity at least during the previous 12 months, you should apply. Generally, the winners have established the activity or donated an unusually large amount of time and effort to existing volunteer activities. $5000 award – Access your application instruction sheet at Deadline 11/03/2017


2. Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership- SOPHOMORES! HOBY’s Leadership Conference mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. If interested visit to learn about HOBY. OCVTS will send two student representatives to this program at no charge. If interested in applying, pick up your application in the office. Deadline 10/20/17.


3. a. Elks National Foundation(ENF)- Most Valuable Student (MVS) contest is open to all high school seniors who are US Citizens, whether or not related to an Elk. Application available on line at Students should submit a hard copy of the application to the local Elks Lodge closest to their residence. Deadline 11/27/17

b. Elks Legacy Award – this contest is open to senior students who are children or grandchildren of an Elk member. This may be any Elks Lodge in the country. Application is available at Legacy applications must be completed online and submitted online. Deadline 2/02/18 by noon.

4. National Young Arts Foundation- GRADE 10 – 12. Up to a $10,000 award, access to scholarships, career opportunities and professional contacts. Applications accepted in cinematic arts, classical music, dance, design arts, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. Deadline is October 13, 2017.  


5. Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship – Open to all seniors who participate in a sport at their home school. Visit the site to see list of criteria. DEADLINE: October 2, 2017  


6. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation – A national scholarship for seniors who will be attending a US post-secondary institution and has a GPA of 3.0. DEADLINE: October 31, 2017.


7. AXA Achievement Scholarships – seniors AXA Achievement has awarded over $25 million to more than 6,000 students, making AXA one of the nation’s largest corporate providers of scholarships. For details visit Deadline: December 15, 2018.

8.  New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Competition – OPEN TO ALL GRADE LEVELS 12th Annual competition, challenges NJ high school student to create original music and lyrics with powerful substance abuse prevention messages. Visit for details. Deadline 02/1/18.


9. Volunteer Internship with Congressman Chris Smith – Seniors Office location in New Egypt, need to commit minimum of 8 hours per week, must have genuine desire to help people and be dedicated students, well spoken, proficient in word processing applications and interested in the world happenings. Contact Jill Morales or Jessica Rohr at 732-780-3035.


10. 2017 Congressional App Challenge – OPEN TO ALL GRADE LEVELS. Representative Chris Smith is hosting the App Challenge for the 4th district of New Jersey. Visit for details and to submit. Deadline October 31, 2017.


11. Congressman Chris Smith is currently accepting applications for Service Academy Nominations – to receive an application, call Congressman Smith’s Freehold Constituent Service Center at 732-780-3035. Deadline October 16, 2017.


12. Horatio Alger Association – If integrity, determination and courage describe you – you have what it takes to be a Horatio Alger Scholar. Visit Deadline October 25, 2017.


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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!!

stay focused


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.

rest up

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! ❤️



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 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. created citation page which temporarily blocks social media while you’re studying so you can stay focus.

8. For homework help,,, and

9. You can take real college classes online for free with,,,, and

10. has the answers to every textbook.

11. For college students, you can use free textbooks on,,, and


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