Yara Shahidi is a beautiful and talented 17-year-old, African-American and Iranian model and actress. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is one of three siblings to her parents Afshin and Keri Shahidi. She began starting in ads and commercials at the age of 6 and ever since, her career has taken off.
We first saw Yara Shahidi in the movie, “Imagine That,” starring Eddie Murphy. She is now known for her character, Zoey Johnson, on Black-ish. The American sitcom, starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, has portrayed Zoey Johnson as a young African-American girl who is very well educated and driven to be successful in her upcoming college career. Continue reading Influential Woman: Yara Shahidi
November 9th, 2017, I shaved my head. This was not a drastic decision, it was planned. However, many doubted I would actually follow through; I honestly doubted myself sometimes. Change is something out of our norm. It puts us in an uncomfortable position, but sometimes it’s necessary for growth. Change allows us to see things and even ourselves in a different perspective. Continue reading The Cut, My Transformation
It’s the beginning of a new school year. You’re ready to tackle anything that comes your way. Your drive and motivation is at its peak.
*First Day of your First Year*
You get to your classes and the professors talks about the syllabus. You’re staring at the paper while it’s staring back at you saying, “Yeah, that’s right my workload is heavy enough for struggling.” You start to worry because not only are you taking this one course, but you’re taking five and that’s about 15 credits as a full time student. Continue reading Overcoming Self-Doubt
Since I was a little girl my mom would always put relaxers in my hair because of how thick it was. My mom would style my hair with the typical little black girl plaits and twists with the colorful balls and barrettes! She thought that having my hair out was a bit too grown at my age. I can remember wanting to wear my hair out so bad because all my friends had theirs out and it would flow so nice and pretty in the wind during recess. I used to beg my mom to let me wear my hair out but she was not having it! Continue reading Jasmine’s Natural Hair Journey
Entrepreneurship requires strategic planning and execution. It is comprised of two major processes: creativity and innovation. Creativity is the ability to develop new ideas and ways to look at problems as well as opportunities. Innovations involves application of those creative ideas to actual problems and opportunities to enhance lives and to enrich a society. We all have ideas that we wish to implement but too often we allow these ideas to make our minds their home. Your ideas can become substance but you must be disciplined and determined as our young entrepreneurs.
These young individuals who have taken it upon themselves to bring their visions to reality. It is not easy, and it can be very scary. You may fail the first time or even the fifth time but if you want it, you have to go get it. Don’t live through others succeed, rather, use it as encouragement to obtain your own. Continue reading Young Entrepreneurs Round Up
An inspirational woman is like a hero. Someone you know that wants you to strive and excel in life. Someone who will give you great advice for the future and that you can look up to. My inspirational woman of the week would have to be my mother. Now as cliche as it may be, a mother’s love is definitely irreplaceable. My mother is not only my hero, but a friend, a coach, a teacher (literally), a doctor, a lawyer, and everything in between.
Prior to my mother having me, she attended Montclair State University in New Jersey where she studied Chemistry. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy at St. John’s University School in Jamaica Queens, New York. She began working at Pathmark’s Pharmacy Department as well as working for Prescription Counter in South Orange, NJ up until I was about 6 years old. My mother always had it in her to give back to the children of the community, so she took it upon herself to go back to school for her teaching license. Continue reading Influential Woman of the Week
As an incoming freshman, going to a brand new school with complete independence can be a struggle and an adjustment to deal with. You really aren’t sure what to expect the first day of classes and haven’t met that many people to socialize with on campus. You’re questioning whether or not you should purchase textbooks, how much time you’d have between classes to grab a bite to eat, and fitting in your everyday workout. Prior to accomplishing day to day activities, attending classes and meeting new people, I have three tips that I feel will help you have a successful first year.Continue reading 3 Tips for Incoming College Freshman
The always anticipated annual ‘Black Girls Rock!’ event, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, showed up and did way more than deliver!
Performances from SZA, who graced the stage with ‘Normal Girl’ from her debut album ‘CTRL,’ reminded us all that it’s more than acceptable to be just who you are. Other performances included India Arie, Tyrese and Anthony Hamilton, who took us all back with his Grammy Nominated hit ‘Best of Me.’ It was definitely a show for the books! Continue reading ‘Black Girls Rock!’ 2017 Recap
Thrifting has been a hobby of mine for years. The thrill of finding timeless pieces within a store full of outdated, ugly, and super old clothes is so exhilarating!
One day, I was browsing through Instagram and I saw one of my followers selling clothes on an app. I became curious and downloaded the app and my face instantly lit up! I personally discovered that it was a marketplace called Depop that lets friends sell things to other friends! It is like a global thrift store that you can shop in the comfort of literally anywhere for affordable prices! Continue reading A Fashion App to Check Out!