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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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April: My Fabulous Confabulation with Jennifer Tepper

Hello Beauties! For the month of April, I confabulated with Jennifer Tepper, who is a producer, theatre historian, and the creative and programming director for Feinstein’s/54 Below! If you love theatre then you should definitely watch!! In this chat, she talks about her responsibilities at 54 Below and how you can perform there! It was such a fun and informative chat!
To suggest a show idea or to request to be in a show, you can email booking@54below.com
Comment something you learned or a fact that you found interesting!

March: My Fabulous Confabulation with Kakila Hunter

Hello Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Kakila Hunter! In this chat, she explains what domestic violence is and how you can help someone who is currently in an abusive relationship.

Domestic Violence helpline and website:

1-800-799-7233

www.Ncadv.com

To contact Kakila:

Cell: 718-253-3997

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1162273973

The Dressing Room – https://www.facebook.com/TheDressingRoomNJ/

February: My Fabulous Confabulation with Sarah Paul

Hello Beauties! For the month of February, I had a Fabulous Confabulation with Sarah Paul. In this chat, Sarah talks about what the modeling business is like, how she signed with a modeling agency, and her goals for the future. She also shares some of her most fiercest and favorite modeling looks, so that you can slay the next time you take a selfie. This was a super fun chat as well as an informative one! I hope you enjoy this Fabulous Confabulation!

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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/

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

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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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October: My Fabulous Confabulation with Dr. Furlong and Dr. Bennett

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Hello Beauties! This is my Fabulous Confabulation with Dr. Furlong and Dr. Bennett. In this chat, they discuss how they became orthodontists, what they do, and shared some tips on how to maintain good oral hygiene! I had so much fun interviewing them and it was very informative. Please share what you learned by watching this video. Also, please like, share, and tag people who might like this video!

If you are looking for an amazing Orthodontics please call Jackson Orthodontics for an appointment. Trust me you will be in excellent hands. I love my experience there and so will you 💕

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