On March 8 at the Brooklyn YWCA, located on 3rd and Atlantic Avenue, I launched the first Little Miss Goodie, Beauty and Lunch event. The day started with 25 attendees being served lunch, then sitting in groups to introduce one another and discuss what we each believe beauty means. It gave everyone an opportunity to share at their tables right before we went into a panel discussion that included: Camara A Unique (Make Up Artist), Syreeta Gates (Future Project Dream Director); Ayanna Prescod (Our BK Social); KiKi Kelly (Creative Director and Fashion Designer); Carmen Hatchett (Hair Stylist); Renee Hastick-Motes (Beauty Consultant).
These beautiful women shared their passion for the beauty and fashion industry, but also the importance of loving the inner beauty that makes each of us unique. The honest conversation even exposed how bullying can affect people beyond their teenage years and cause issues of insecurities that is harmful to so many girls and women today.
This was another successful Little Miss Goodie event that was sponsored by the YWCA of Brooklyn, Golden Krust, B Cakes NY, The Kids League, Honey Cosmetics, and the Future Project.
It’s official! My mom Principal Nadia Lopez of Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in Brownsville Brooklyn, is the 2015 BLACK GIRL ROCKS Change Agent Recipient. On Saturday, March 28, at the NJ PAC in Newark, New Jersey, great women like Erykah Badu, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dr. Helen Gayle, Ava DuVernay, and Cicely Tyson were honored for excellence. I am so proud to know that all the hard work that goes into running a school and sleepless nights was recognized by Miss Beverly Bond.
My mom looked beautiful and her speech made everyone in the auditorium give her a standing ovation, even the First Lady Michelle Obama. She is intelligent, strong, and caring. #BlackGirlsRock
I meet three of my favorite celebrities, Regina King, Jill Scott, and Tatyana Ali who are role models positive role models for young girls my age.
I can’t believe it was almost 4 years ago, when I first met Tatyanna Ali at Black Girls Rock. She was being honored with an award that night the awards was held in New Jersey.
Another GOODIEBag Success! When I did the first mission, my mom was with me and she kept telling me that philanthropy is about giving to others to improve their lives, but it also change my life too. Back in April we arrived in Guatemala to give away 25 GOODIEBags to one class of 4th graders, this time the challenge was to give away 60, without my mom here to encourage me.
But I am happy to say, I did it! The smiles, claps and hugs from 60 kids holding their signature pink Little Miss GOODIE Bags and post cards all to smile for the camera is something I will never forget. My mom was right, it doesn’t take much to give and this has changed my life. I family who are my Little Miss Goodie Ambassadors came dressed in their PINK and helped with handing out GOODIE Bags to the families of two classes of kindergarteners at the Santa Rosita elementary school in Guatemala.
We can combat poverty! With as little as $25 you can bless someone less fortunate today! Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause and to the LMG Board of Directors who are helping to take this initiative to the next another level. We are the generation that has to teach the next generation to GIVE!
My mom is a principal at Mott Hall Bridges Academy, in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Everyday on the news there are stories about violence and nothing positive for her scholars to share. Working together with Miss Michaela angela Davis, the girls came up with Be Cool. Be Kind. a pro-kindness campaign that empowers the youth to support each other instead of tearing each other down like they see on TV or in social media.
This year I sponsored the event by providing the sidewalk chalk that the girls used to write positive words and phrases that celebrate being “GOOD” and not a bully who is mean. I was extremely excited to meet CoCo and Breezy! My Auntie Sharifa told me about their story on Thanksgiving after we gave food to the homeless. I was upset about how people talked about my weight and she shared that she had been mentoring these young ladies who were unique and super talented. She told me that they were bullied as kids and liked wearing sunglasses as kids, which they now create and have turned into a company. I looked them up online and watched their YouTube videos and she was right! They had their own style and didn’t need any one telling them how fly they were, because they really are! (Stay tuned I’m going to work on getting an interview with them soon).
With a little over 100 girls, from 7 to 15, we were broken groups to take part in workshops with counselors to talk about leadership, love, family and what it means to Be Cool and Be Kind. It was really good and we all shared.
At the end of the day we went out for the ultimate playdate! Where we played double dutch (MY FAVORITE), basketball, and wrote positive quotes and words in celebration of being girls who just want to have fun.
Whether you are a girl or boy, you should it’s so important to love who you are and what makes you different. It’s not cool or kind to talk about people because of their race, weight, height, where they are from, religion, or how they dress. We all have things that make us different. Bullies BEWARE!!!! The person you hurt could one day be someone you need who will never forget how you treated them. It’s so much better to be nice to other than give the energy in being a HATER. Oh and cyberbullying is not cool and it is a crime. Use your talents for writing and make it into a career. ‘Spread Love it’s the GOODiE Way!”
Sunday, May 4th, in Williamsburg, I attended a benefit for 14 Plus Foundation B at Baby’s Alright. Founded by Joseph Mizzi and Nchimunya Wulf, the purpose was to raise money to help build schools and orphanages for children in Zambia, Africa. The donation that was a minimum of
and her styling geniuses, Lizzy and Darlene Okpo of William Okpo, a designer collection. I was impressed by all of their style and they were surprised at my age! I appreciated their words of encouragement to, “Keep up the GOOD work”.
The one and only Shaun Ross, took me by the hand and told me to work the room. Great minds think alike, can’t you tell the connection with the colors of our clothes?
I’ve known Miss Samantha Black when I was probably 5 or 6 years old. She has what I call a unique style that is fun and flirty, which is why she was on Project Runway’s Season 11. I appreciate her remembering me and being a role model for girls my age who have an interest in fashion.
Ms. Camara is talent you can’t “beat”! Literally, she is a make-up artist and works with celebrities as well as the everyday woman. She is so COOL!
It was a great event with people who gave from the heart. Remember you can make a difference to those less
confidence with sharing why Little Miss Goodie was created. I also explained how I learned from my mistakes of using social media without my mother’s permission.
After viewing a snippet of the Melissa Hariss-Perry Show on MSNBC the group and I discussed how images of black women are portrayed on social media and television. I shared the importance of social media and and how to set the standard to create a positive image online. The women gave me compliments and shared that I inspired them to follow their passion and to be mindful of the images that they put up today can affect them in the future.
families who can’t afford to buy food because of the cost or large number of family members. Sometimes we don’t think about how those who are less fortunate will be able to manage if the schools are closed and the students will have no food to eat while they are on vacation, which is why Holy Week was PERFECT!
My mom and my grandma have always reminded me of how fortunate we are and that the fun in giving comes with the rewards of future blessings. I was a little overwhelmed at first because I didn’t know what to
It’s OFFICIAL!!! Today, I started my pastry classes at Essential Cakes in Brooklyn, NY, with my Auntie Etwin. I’ve wanted to make desserts since I was five years old, but being young wasn’t my advantage. Adults say that we kids like to change out minds because we
what we want, in my case, cooking was something I fell in live with from watching the Cooking Channel with my mom. My favorite shows have been The Great Food Truck Race, Food Network Star, Chopped, and Cupcake Wars.
On Sunday, March 23, I had a honor of working with Syreeta Gates for her kickstarter to her upcoming documentary Word is Bond, which celebrates the work of journalist on Hip Hop. I was asked to portray Dream Hampton and recite her words about the legendary Tupac. While filming, I met GOOD people who are talented in rapping and poetry.
I was the only kid among the adults, but they all encouraged me to do my best and I did! I realized that Hip Hop is more than just hearing a song on the radio, it’s a culture that can be represented in the style of your hair, your clothes, the way you stand, the beat you make, and the way you speak. I thought I would be to young to get why people loved Hip Hop so much, until I saw how free and creative the girls and guys could be for the love of this culture!