Every one else go home: Amandla Stenberg and Jaden Smith are killing it at Prom

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As the prom season comes to a close with all schools out for the summer, I wanted to take a minute to comment on my favorite moments. Out of all the prom pictures to come out of this 2015 season, Amandla Stenberg and Jaden Smith’s easily beats out the rest.

Despite Jaden Smith having already attended another prom last week dressed as Batman (which was sick), this week’s outfit was a step above with his black suit paired with contrasting white gloves and white skirt and brought back together with black and white Nikes. And beyond having a very solid color pallete, Smith breaks gender CGO-uzCUYAAj19wnorms once again and looks damn good while doing it.

Beside Jaden, Amandla looks stunning in a floor-length golden halter dress with a sheer calf to floor. Her gray/white/black braids look amazing and compliment the colors of Smith’s ensemble. Also her septum piercing and cranberry lipstick/eye shadow duo finish off this amazing look.

Overall, our young, black youth stay winning.

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#HeforShe, Feminism and the need to continue

In the past few months I’ve felt the desire to educate myself on topics I previously had been interested in, but never knew much. One, in particular, was feminism.

Now I had always been about women’s rights and equality, but I had never paid attention to the word “feminism” until one of my anti-feminist friends brought it up in the middle of a rant back when I was about 14/15. She asked me if I was and I wasn’t sure. Was I? I mean, I was raised pro choice and being told that women had made strives but were still fighting for fair pay. I didn’t know about oversexualization, the term “sexual harassment” didn’t exist in my vocabulary until seventh grade and double standards didn’t show up until ninth grade, but it didn’t even really register for another year or more. So being a 14 year old on the spot, I said, “I don’t hate them, but I just don’t like the ones that don’t shave.”

I was shaming women for their personal choices and I still didn’t see the need of feminism. I was clueless, but nonetheless feminism came naturally with my upbringing, though my parents contradict some of the views I’ve developed (I blame the age gap and major generation separation honestly). It just kinda happened, one day I was clueless and the next I was realizing how important it was to stop blaming the victim and work towards gender equality. One night my mom and I stayed up to watch a full documentary of the beginning’s of the feminist movement and that just sealed my fate.

I saw nothing wrong with it, I couldn’t understand why so many people were against feminism, something fighting for gender equality.

Fast forward to this summer and I suddenly realize just how degraded women are in many cases. Women are oversexualized constantly: our legs, our butts, our nipples – all of it. The Free the Nipple Movement and numerous discussions with a friend in english brought me to the solid conclusion that I don’t care which way it goes, but I want full nipple equality for both sexes. Either censor men’s nips or let women be free. Pretty simple, but still controversial. Noticing the oversexualization of men was a bit harder, but thanks to Twitter, was made apparent. Also Twitter made it very apparent that there’s so much more important things regarding feminism to worry about than just showing a nipple.

I guess what I’m really getting at is, I’ve been on the path of educating myself for a while now and I’m feeling amazing about where it’s going. The world is also taking an odd turn of events.

In the past week many celebrity men and thousands of men around the world have taken the pledge and shown their support for He For She, a movement that’s main points are you can’t have gender equality without having both genders on board for change. Emma Watson has brought the campaign to the forefront every since her speech regarding feminism to the UN Conference.

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Harry Styles, Logan Lerman and many others have already shown they’re support so far. Taylor Swift has also renounced feminism recently, though being a past feminist-phobic.

I think this is great. People are starting to see that gender equality is a necessary thing in all parts of the world for all races and every gender and every sexuality. And hopefully we’re on our way there.

I wish…

I wish I had my driver’s license.
I wish I lived in New York City.
I wish I knew Aaron Tveit.
I wish July 19th would get here sooner so I can go to Warped Tour already.
I wish I didn’t have the stress of getting into a college on me already.
I wish I didn’t have the stress of doing well on my ACTs.
I wish I had time to read again.
I wish I had time to write again.

Yesterday, June 13, 2013, marks the two-year anniversary of this blog. It honestly baffles me to think that I decided to make this blog only two years ago when I was an unhappy 13 year-old who felt like an outcast to the rest of her school. That’s where my name came from, you know. From my need to find somewhere I could be different and be accepted for that difference. The strange thing about the internet is, it’s one large community of people who vaguely no each other and sometimes things get catty and ugly, but we still all come from the same general place: we all want to be heard. By someone, anyone.

From my years exploring social networking, that’s the one thing that I have taken out of the experience starting with Myspace in 7th grade up until now. It’s strange to think that 7th grade was 4 full years ago and now I’m going to start my junior year of high school which means ACTs and the beginning of scholarship applications.

Time seems to just fly by, you know?

 

One Thing I Love- the New Myspace

New-Myspace-Main-Image-with-Justin-TimberlakeOnce upon a time, I had a MySpace and all of my friend’s did, too. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I posted hundreds of statuses, photos and all else you could do on that website back three years ago. I honestly can’t even remember, it’s been that long since it was cool. Anyway, the website lost its appeal and everyone moved on to twitter or Facebook. Well, one day about two months ago, I saw a tweet about the new MySpace coming out that day and how no one knew and/or cared and it made me curious. I mean, MySpace had tried changing things on the site, but all of it made it worse. A “new” site was exactly what they needed.

My curiosity got the best of me and I went to take a look at the site. And boy was I in shock.

It was gorgeous. Based around music and made to promote bands, bloggers, curators and others, it’s exactly what MySpace should have been all along. Now I feel like it’s actually my space to create and share things with the people connected to me. Yes, connected. You see, instead of having to accept friend requests which means you’re forced to get a person’s posts in your feed when they were ones who wanted to see yours, not vice versa, you can now connect to whose posts and music you want to see and you don’t have to see who’s you don’t.

It’s kind of like Twitter just with more substance.

And then for the music junkies/graphic artists, you can create mixes (playlists) with any songs you’d like and an image of your choice. They also have radio stations based off artists and songs. It’s like Pandora just everything on the radio makes sense and is actually similar in some way.

Personally, I’m proud of MySpace for finally getting their act together. I probably Justin Timberlake to thank, but I’ll save that for another post.

One Thing I Love: Oversized Sweaters

I have discovered the wonder of oversized sweaters earlier in the school year and now I really want more and more of them. I think I just really love them because of the fact they are so comfortable and if I’m having a bad, bloated day, no one will ever know in an oversized sweater. Forever21 is my current obsession and the main store I shop at, but for this little compilation I looked in every single store I wish I could shop at. Now, I know I’m a little late posting about the trend since it’s the beginning of March, but oh well, it’s still cold in Michigan and I love this trend.

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These six are all from Urban Outfitters ranging in price from $44-$115 (though 1, 3 and 4 are all on sale now).

I also have my own oversized sweater which is black and white with a cross on it from Forever21.

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These six are from Forever21 and range in price from $19.80-$24.80.