Issue 8: Colorism and Black History Month
Who doesn’t love a little magic? Well, how about some Black Girl Magic? Got your attention? Then I have something fabulous to share with you. I had the recent opportunity to get the full experience of a pop-up museum in Mesquite, Texas, part of the Dallas Metro. Ms. Dominique Hamilton, founder of the “Black Girl Magic Museum”, wanted to have a place “where girls could see Black Women doing great things and not just being killed.” The staff was full of positive energy as they guided guests, making sure they understood each exhibit, the history, the meanings, and also the artists who used their talents throughout the Museum.
The guest for this episode is Stephanie Bell. Stephanie Bell is a media producer and journalist who specializes in photography and video production. Listen to this podcast to hear more about her story, advice, and how she got to where she is today.
The Bollywood Industry holds talented and amazing actors who engage with their audience throughout India. However, the majority of the successful celebrities in the Indian film industry tend to be light-skinned. Dark-skinned actors do not get as many chances to show their talent in Bollywood solely because of the color of their skin. This is an illustration of colorism where one’s skin color determines the probability of success and failure.
Happy Black History Month! To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of songs by our favorite Black artists. Music has defined many aspects of Black culture and it’s important to recognize all the genres Black people and culture have contributed to. We promise you’ll feel empowered, teary-eyed, liberated, and every other emotion while listening. Who’s your favorite Black musician and what’s your favorite song by them? Let us know in the comments!
Maya Whites is the Girl of the Month for our 8th issue! Maya is a senior at The Brearley School. She is the Co-Head of Umoja and on the Advisory Board. She also is the Host and Founder of the podcast: Independently Black. Listen to this podcast to hear more about Maya’s story and about the initiatives, programs, and events she’s put in place for Umoja.
Hello and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s 8th issue! Happy Black History Month! 🤎🤎🤎 What is Black History Month?Black History Month was started in 1915 and it gives us the opportunity to celebrate and share Black culture and achievements. It is a month where we educate ourselves on Black history and heritage, a time to recognize Black people’s contributions to history, and honors Black people from all periods of history.
Issue 7: College
Today’s guest for this episode is Jada Jones. Jada is a YouTuber, podcaster, actor, dancer, and singer. Today we are talking about the different paths and options besides attending college and Jada’s experience. Come hear her journey and advice for those considering this path.
Applying to college as a young Black woman during a pandemic has been an experience, to say the least. Before going into this process, I thought I would have ample time to visit the colleges I was interested in and importantly, speak to current—specifically Black—students about their experience at that college in regards to diversity, equity and inclusion, and other thoughts they could give insight on. However, since I was not able to do this, I had to rely on YouTube videos and countless virtual events in order to get a glimpse into college life.
Dear Excited Yet Nervous Freshman, You’ve worked for this moment your entire life, and it’s finally here. Standing in the halls of academia you experience euphoria. The marble columns and founder’s statue gazing down on you, you feel peace at last. Your war of work is finally over, with you claiming victory. But as you enter the first week of classes, surprised over and over again with the grandeur of university, another feeling snakes its way into your mind, attaching itself with every single thought and feeling you have.
If you think being a college student during a pandemic is hard, how about being in a Reserve Officer Training Corps, ROTC, program while attending college and you are only a freshman. Here is some background information before I get into my day. ROTC is tough to balance when it comes with school and trying to become an officer, but it is doable! There are many rules that a first year has to follow such as making sure you follow the correct walkway since every freshman has a certain path you must take to go from class to class. This includes not taking a certain walkway, staircase, and/ or not walking on the grass.
Want to get some advice about being a dance major in college? Reilly Wiggins is a Junior Dance Major at Sam Houston State University. In this video, she gives some advice about being a dance major.
On August 26, I moved into my college dorm. I was surprised to make it that far. The entire week, I half-expected Wellesley to cancel, to say that there were too many cases in the country and we had to go back home. When I moved in that day, I was required to quarantine in my room until I received my negative test result. Though this gave me a full day and a half to unpack my things, I couldn’t bother–I was prepared to be sent back home at any moment.
You know what time it isss! Happy New Year! Looking for new music to start your year off right? Want to find a new artist to listen to allll of 2021? Well, do we have just the thing for you: Our New Years/Winter playlist! We’re starting this year off with good vibes and good vibes ONLY! So hit shuffle and enjoy 🙂
Drew Townsel is the Girl of the Month for our 7th issue! Drew is the Founder & CEO of Intersect Magazine and a freshman at Loyola Marymount University. She also works with Sony Music U and has an internship with 10k Projects. Listen to our interview with Drew on Spotify or Apple Podcasts or watch the video podcast on YouTube to hear more about her story and about how she created Intersect Magazine.
Hello and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s 7th issue! Happy New Year! It is finally 2021. 2020 for me, felt like the longest year ever while simultaneously feeling like it went by so quickly. Looking back on it, I can’t believe it’s 2021! 2020 was a difficult year for many people in a variety of ways. Whether it was losing loved ones, the impact of isolation, the effect on mental health, finishing school on zoom, or not graduating in person.
Issue 6: The 2020 Election
This year in April, I turned 18; this meant I had the opportunity to vote in the 2020 Election! I was so excited, and this moment was one of the things I was looking forward to this year especially because this was such an important election in the history of our country. On November 3, I voted in person with my whole family, and I decided to vlog my experience to share it with Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine.
A vote can seem like a meaningless ballot in a sea of millions of people, voices, and opinions. It can almost seem like it doesn’t matter and won’t affect those around you. With today’s divided political climate and tense atmosphere, opting out of voting may seem like the best option. Many people share these thoughts and fears for the future, so voting is especially important this year.
The college process is in full swing for the class of 2021. November 1st was the last day for seniors to submit their ED application and with that deadline, lots of stress and anxiety imbued the minds of many. For Black students, there seems to be an added emotional weight, pressure to do especially well because of their skin color, and lack of support, aspects that their white counterparts–generally– do not experience.
Let’s be honest–– We all have that one playlist. A playlist filled with throwbacks, uplifters, movie soundtracks, and that one song we can not get out of our head . Here at Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine, we value the power of good music and wanted to share our current favorites songs and artists. We will update our official KTM playlist throughout the year, so follow us on Spotify to stay tuned!
Hello, and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s sixth issue! We just witnessed one of the most important elections in American history. Before the results of this election was released a lot of us were unsure if America will either regress, stay the same, or make progress forward. This is why voting is very important. Many of us voted for the first time, and I am so proud of Gen Z because we got out there, voted either by mail or in person, and made sure our voices were heard.
Issue 5: Wellness and Mental Health
It’s October 21. How have we made it this far? Amongst a pandemic, an intense election season, racial tensions, and irreparable damage to the climate, American students have survived. This school year has been especially challenging for our mental health, as we navigate the normal worries of starting school again amongst the new obstacles that have arisen as a result of everything happening in the world.
In many communities of color, mental health is seen as a taboo or a controversial topic. Families push an idea of resilience and perseverance as a way to overcome mental health issues. Stigmatism towards mental health causes people of color to believe they are exempt from mental health issues as weaknesses or failures.
Josie Helm is the Girl of the Month for our 5th issue! Josie is a Junior in High school at The Brearley School in New York City. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Students Demanding Change (BSDC).”BSDC is dedicated to fostering a centralized community space where Black students feel heard, supported, and celebrated. We work to implement racially equitable reform in private schools
Kaepernick can’t kneel to spread awareness, but when George is slowly
suffocated and murdered at the knee of a cop,
y’all could care less and then continue to attempt to silence us when we protest.
There’s a reason for unrest and we will not rest until something is done.
I mean, no offense, but the fact that you need to be convinced shows your part in the incidents that we experience.
As the college process for students from the class of 2021 begins, it is time to also think about how this grueling task impacts Black students. Issues such as affirmative action and guidance counselor’s care towards their Black student’s success arise as they seek the equal and impartial chances that their white classmates seem to effortlessly possess.
Hello, and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s fifth issue! Thank you for coming along with us on this journey. We’ve made it to our fifth issue, and with every issue, we have made positive changes to this online magazine, through the layout, format, content, and more. This issue’s theme is Mental Health and Wellness.
Issue 4: The Arts
While August, also known as support Black-owned businesses month, may be over, the Black community remains the blueprint for much of mainstream fashion and paying that back is still necessary. Plus, there are some really sick Black-owned fashion brands!
KTM’s Girl of the Month for Issue 4 is Destiny Wimpye! She is a 16-year-old ballet dancer. You’ve probably seen her amazing dance photos on Instagram and her exceptional videos of her turning on pointe. Destiny is a Brown Girls Do Ballet and Discount Dance Ambassador, an AS Dancewear Mentee, and an advocate for representation for girls of color in the ballet world.
Khadira is an incoming junior at a New York high school. This year, she launched kashmani, a fashion brand that includes everything from clothing to deco stickers. Her products are handmade, upcycled, and reworked, and I can personally tell you, everything from her brand is amazing. Khadira has always been into the arts, specifically visual arts, and plans to continue fashion after high school.
After seeing the lack of dance studios in New York that give artists the tools and resources to expand on their work, improve, and collaborate Skye Jackson Williams created ArtHub NYC. Skye is an 18 year old artist and aspiring entrepreneur. Continue reading this article to read the interview we had with Skye that discusses her future…
Tazrean is an incoming freshman at Wellesley College. Throughout her time in high school, she performed in many school productions such as Twelfth Night and Indecent. In addition to on-stage acting, she has worked on the stage crew and was able to become an assistant director during her senior year.
Who is the photographer behind The Color of Dance Project? Her name is Tiana Kargbo, and she recently moved to New York City after earning her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a dance photographer, and her newest project is The Color of Dance Project.
Oftentimes in the ballet world, individuals are “born into dance”. They pick it up at a young age and continue to enhance their abilities by carrying it with them as they grow. I have always had a love for ballet. Watching dancers elegantly prance across the stage has never failed to amaze me. I can still remember watching Angelina Ballerina as a kid and attempting to follow along.
Hello, and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s fourth issue! This issue’s theme is The Arts. In this issue, we will be talking about the different art forms, black-owned clothing, jewelry businesses, & more. KTM will also be sharing personal experiences and interviews with many young artists.
Issue 3: We Will NOT Be Silent
Hi and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s podcast. My name is Madalyn Salkowsky and I am a human being. First I’d like to start off by saying how proud I am of you for tuning into this podcast and wanting to further your knowledge on some problems in the world today. This podcast will be about societal and systemic racism and how we as Americans can be the best versions of ourselves.
In this episode, we will talk about the importance of solidarity between people of color in order to dismantle the roots of all of this: white supremacy. We will place the Black Lives Matter movement in the context of everything else happening in the world right now, and learn to stop playing the Oppression Olympics.
In this episode, we will break down what it really means to be an ally as an Asian-American. Now that we know the history of prejudice between Asian-Americans and Black-Americans and understand why the arguments made against allyship aren’t valid
In this episode, we will debunk the arguments that Asian-Americans often use against Black Lives Matter, such as “What have they done for us?”, “We worked hard to succeed, why can’t they?”, and “We’re minorities too, so how could we even help?” through the lens of the model minority myth. We will learn about how Black activists have aided Asian-Americans in achieving civil rights.
In this episode, we will unpack the relationship between the Asian-American and Black-American communities, investigating the history of anti-Asian racism and anti-blackness. In doing so, we will understand what happened with George Floyd and Tou Thao and how our past and present continues to be rooted in white supremacy. This episode will give you the foundation needed to inform what we, Asian-Americans, must do as allies to the Black community.
rage met me when i was molting.
i was pubescent.
sensitive and aching for wholeness
but rage was there to arm me
i defended my fresh layer of skin
my tender breasts
my lengthening legs
i tucked blades into my body hair
protecting the blackness i often ignored before i met rage.
I would like to begin with an excerpt from a famous speech given by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852.What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless…
Before I start I want to get a couple of things straight. One: you cannot pick and choose what you love about black culture. Two: just because you have black friends, that doesn’t mean you are not racist. Three: Do not just value black culture such as music, art, sports and fashion when it’s advantageous to you. It seems that almost overnight, New York City has turned from a relatively quiet ghost town to a lively, awe-inspiring, and liberating place.
I recently revisited this photo that I took in Washington on January 21st, 2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration and the day of the Women’s March on Washington. In it are the Mothers of the Movement, the mothers of Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Mohamed Bah, Trayvon Martin, and Dontre Hamilton. I vividly remember watching them onstage, my own mother and I crying as we chanted the names of these women’s sons.
He sat there waiting for his arrival
His parents hating him already, wishing he was sacrificial
His heart so pure and full of hope
Yet he doesn’t know he’s already behind because his mom was smoking dope
He’s ready to have big dreams
Yet he doesn’t know his dad has already left the scene
I compiled a list for myself that I would like to share that consists of autobiographies, fiction, and nonfiction books. If you would like to learn more about the black experience and why the social climate in America, as it pertains to racism, bias, and prejudice is the way it is, this list is for you.
It seems like everything that already happened is happening again.
The circumstances we are forced to be in.
The probability of death? High
Is there a solution? Not the concern.
Living under a life of constant struggle.
Originally I was going to make the theme for this issue about intersectionality. But when George Floyd was murdered I felt like we needed to use our platform to talk about this NOW. The utter disregard of black lives has been a problem since we were snatched up from the continent of Africa and placed into slavery.
Issue 2: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
For the majority of my life, as a Chinese-American teen living in a city as diverse as New York, I have been fortunate enough to never feel the need to fear how my identity is perceived by others. As a proud daughter of Chinese immigrants, I learned to wear my Chinese heritage on my sleeve, eager to share the beauty of my culture, speak Chinese in public, and educate others about my experiences.
This podcast is about Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix hit, Never Have I Ever, and its role in South Asian representation in the media. In this episode we discuss what worked in season one and what didn’t, and what we hope to see next season!
Hey everybody! For KTM’s first podcast, we will be talking about colorism and the media’s contribution to colorism. Feel free to leave comments down below and thank you for listening in advance. Follow us on IG @KaleidoscopeTeen and stay tuned for more podcasts.
As Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month comes to a close, it is time for us to not only celebrate Asian achievements, but to also recognize how as a society we have failed their community by labeling them the “model minority,” often discounting them as people of color, and in turn, minimizing their experiences.
This issue’s Girl of the Month is Christine Xu. She is a sophomore at The Chapin School and is the Founder and President of Gens Connect. Gens Connect connects teens and senior citizens through phone calls to help them with social isolation and promotes bonding between the generations. Below is the interview I had with Christine.
Hello and welcome to Issue 2 of Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine!!! Every issue going forward will have a theme that will guide the content for that month. Since May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month…
I have been diagnosed with obesity since I was five years old. Growing up, I exposed myself to dangerous media about what losing weight and healthiness looked like. As a result, I developed disordered eating…
Our first girl of the month is Ashfah Alam. She is a Junior at The Chapin School and is the co-founder of The Reach Project. The Reach Project is an organization that “provides access to extracurricular activities for low-income students in the Bronx.”
In the black community, there are a few things that we hold dear to us, most importantly our culture. Hair is a topic that members of a black family, male or female, constantly talk about and think about…
Hello, and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine! Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine is a online magazine and a digital platform for and by teen girls of color. The purpose of this platform is to provide a space for girls of color to express their ideas, talk and learn about issues that are important to them, and be […]
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