This week in the Black Girl Magic series we will hear from Ileri Jaiyeoba, Executive Director of Code Red! Ileri is a freshman at New York University. She believes that all girls and women should have access to menstrual products. Ileri wants youth to know that it does not matter where you come from or what you are lacking, but to acknowledge the advantages and privileges you have and use it to follow your passion of making an impact in the world. Read on to learn more about how Ileri is changing the world one package at a time.
Name: Ileri Jaiyeoba
Adjusting to the reality of our new President-elect has reminded me of a different, more fictitious but just as dangerous villain.Read more
The Black Girl Magic series has shared stories about young women making a difference around the world. This week, we will hear from Jaynay Chanel Johnson, author of Dear Teen Self, teen advocate, speaker and family therapist. Jaynay will share with us her journey: from growing up in Newark, NJ to being an inspiration to teens all around the country. Jaynay never took her eye off her vision, and she will encourage us to keep going even if disappointments may come our way. Read more to learn Jaynay’s inspiring story.
Name: Jaynay Chanel Johnson
This Thanksgiving holiday comes at a time when many Americans are afraid. With hate crime rates soaring in a way they have not since the aftermath of 9/11, it is important that we take this time to acknowledge the horrors that are taking place in our society. People from all sorts of marginalized groups are facing threats of violence, deportation, persecution, and discrimination.Read more
What Does it Mean to "Man Up" Or "Be a Lady"?: How Gender Norms Affect the Upbringing of Children and Teenagers
By Angie Zhang, HS junior
Today at school, my advisory group talked about gender norms and what it means to “man up” or “act like a lady.” These phrases are very commonly used by parents to their sons and daughters-- but what does it even mean to “act like a lady” or to “man up?” When we think of traditional gender roles, men are supposed to act strong and not be open about their emotions or show weakness. Women, on the other hand, are supposed to be nurturing, kind, sensitive, and relatively subservient. When my advisor asked me and the other students how we felt about these phrases, most of the people, even the girls, didn’t seem to think it was a big deal that people said such things.Read more
November 15th is the day of the action for the #NoDAPL protests.Read more
Our Black Girl Magic series has shared stories about wonderful girls and women using their passion to make a difference in the world. This week we will hear from Stacey Filé, a fashion designer whose designs are meant to inspire girls and women so that they can take on any challenge in life. Stacey graduated from Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Stacey Filé about her journey as a fashion designer and the need for good representation in the media for black girls. Read on to learn more about Stacey’s inspiring story.
By Kjerstyn J., 14
It's a word that stirs many emotions: for some, it brings fear; for others, it's something to joke about; for many, it simply brings indifference.
The truth is, rape and sexual assault are horrible things that affect us all. No matter your age or gender, rape is your issue.
As a high schooler, I've seen many people look at rape as something that happens to other people and will not affect them, or people they know. I myself have thought regarding rape, "That's something that happens to other people, not me or my friends." But ever since a few weeks ago, my understanding of rape and sexual assault has completely changed.Read more
So far throughout the Black Girl Magic series we have heard from entrepreneurs and founders of non-profits. This week we will hear from youth activist and filmmaker Natalie. Natalie is an activist and filmmaker who hopes to create a more accurate representation of all marginalized people through her films. She is a freshman at American University in Washington, DC where she is majoring in film/media arts. I had the amazing opportunity to interview Natalie about her dreams, aspirations, recent events, and how she is changing the world one film at a time.Read more