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TRUTH IS 6 TEENS GOING GREEN

TECH 21 8G IPHONE REVIEW

By Patricia Bogard

By Shamari Truss

7 2008 ELECTION COVERAGE By Jerian Mainor

8 THE BLING AND THE BLOOD By Simone Taylor Deaderick

9 THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ‘N’ WORD By Tonia “Hollywood” Brumfield

REAL TALK 10 QUIZ: ARE YOU A STUNNER? 11 SUMMER HOT SPOTS 12 IS 18 GROWN?

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THRU DA WIRE 22 RISING STAR: NOEL GOURDIN

SUMMER 2008 YOUNG LUV 35 INTERNET BLOGGING How NOT to get Caught Up

By Maya Powe and Kenyatta Bryant

By Jerian Mainor

By Mac Gordon

Can They Work?:

24 IS HIP HOP REALLY DEAD? 25 BRAND NEW DAY

36 LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS By Antoinette M. Copeland

P Diddy’s newest group is taking the world by storm By Maya Powe

TEEN BIZ 37 JASMINE LAWRENCE

A Life of Her Own

Teen CEO

By Shannon Smith

By Simone Taylor Deaderick

WITH AN EX?

28 UNDER THE RADAR:

By Steven Hall

Spotlighting Chicago’s underground artist scene

By Courtney Coleman

By Sharon McKinney

13 CAN YOU BE FRIENDS

26 KEYSHIA COLE:

38 DRESSING FOR SUCCESS 40 TRUE STAR ON THE SCENE: Anti-Violence Dance Down

FASHION 14 CANDYLAND:

INSIDE & OUT 31 CHANI CHRISTI:

Candy-colored fashions perfect

Ambassador for Change

for the summer heat!

By Maya Powe

19 SNEAKER MANIA:

32 ORGANICS PRODUCT REVIEW:

A look at some of the hottest kicks on the streets.

Must-have Grooming Products for Teens

ON THE COURT 41 ATHLETES AT THEIR BEST

Acne Myths and Solutions

by Jaleesa Coleman

TRUE STAR MAGAZINE 1130 SOUTH WABASH SUITE 302 CHICAGO, IL 60605 312.588.0100 OFFICE 312.588.0175 FAX

34 FACE FORWARD: By Sade Cooley

by Maya Powe

FLUEROTICA FASHION SHOW By Patricia Bogard and Rosalyn Westerfield

42 PINK PANTHERS DOUBLE DUTCH TEAM by Maya Powe TRUESTAR MAGAZINE 3

Greetings from True Star and welcome to our 2008 Summer issue! True Star Magazine’s objective is to address and discuss the apparent issues of teens today. We cater ything that’s been happening in the world, this time around True Star chose to focus on an issue that can be many people’s biggest fear: CHANGE. Change can be a very scary thing, but at True Star, it is encouraged. All of the content in this magazine is created by teens, and with teens being the future, True Star believes that change is something teens can control. This issue showcases everything from tips for dressing for success in Teen Biz, blazing music from newcomer Noel Gourdin in Under the Radar, to the latest coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election in Truth Is. Whatever you desire to know, True Star’s got it covered. Turn the page and enjoy! Shannon Smith Teen Staff Editor

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS J. Na-Tae’ Thompson DeAnna McLeary

Special Thanks to:

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Deborah Walker ART DIRECTION, DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION Angel D’Amico INSTRUCTORS Editorial – Kimeco Dodd & Marcus Davis Graphic Design – Samantha Barrett Photography – Mireya Acierto & Deshaun Adams Event Planning – Joi Mitchell & Janielle Taylor Sales and Marketing – Quinn Riley ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Carlin Tools

Editorial Staff

Michelle Clark High School Jermaine Howard Sarina Jones Valencia Smith Barbara Amos Ashley Anderson Tonia Brumfield Rosalyn Westerfield Sha’ron McKinney Raven Spellman Maquita Conner Sheniqua Moore Janisha Moore Antoinette Copeland Zakiya Woods Shiara Jackson Shaquita Pearson Aujulay Myles

Editorial Staff King College Prep Melody Howard Ashley Beridon Patricia Bogard Jaleesa Campbell Courtney Coleman Shannon Smith Macanen Gordon

Steven Hall Timarah Harris Nosha Lawrence Robin Love Maya Powe Jerian Mainor Diamond Parsons Jade Riggs Zahkiyah Sims Simone Taylor-Deaderick Shamari Truss JauRisha West

Gwen Spight Charles Perry LaTonia Porter Terry Matthews Jr. Courtney Brutus Mekeya Bell Tremayne Dumas Cameron Harris Peter Austin Gloria Coleman Shareese Arnold

Creative Staff

Percy L. Julian High School

Simeon High School Joy Heard Barbara English Gabriel Ross Loreal Nixon Hassan Childs Donald Jackson Devonye Wildon Darius Hillery Jason Perry Dante Sawyer Anthony Hamilton Anthony Whitehead Azure Dee Muldrow Michael King Gregory McElrath

Photography Staff Lockreg Blackwell De’angelo Brown Gabrielle Davis Jerome Dunkinsel Leeza Earl Darine Gosha Revon Gougis Brittany Gould Micilin Jones Alfonso Jose Beronica Littlejohn Cheria Moore Denzel Nelson Ricky Powell Nicole Richardson Stacy Rivers

Robert Sanders Shakaria Smith Rashon Snyder Jessamyn Sterling Regina Toney Malcome Townsend Ashley Washington Symone Wiley Nehemiah Young

Event Planning Staff

Harlan Community Academy Justin Allen Takeysha Brown Kenyatta Bryant Deshaun Clair Demetrius Cook Maurice Crawford Stephen Gordon Diamond Haywood Tatyana Henderson Ashley Jefferson Darmonique Hill Anna jenkins Daniel Merrick Jeremy Moore Deonca Mosley Candise Nelson Maurice Sutton Shelley Thomas

Waldel Tompkins Jr. Christian Walton Johnniemae Watson Brittney Williams

Sales & Marketing Staff Hyde Park Career Academy Michelle Barksdale Jaleel Brack Sydney Brown Gabriel Carrington Jazmin Collins Ocie Duncan IV Mariah Griffin Shawanda Jackson Alyssa Johnson Ashlee Jordan Mylia Jordan Michael Mahaffy Lichele Raye Dominique Richardson Nicolette Scott Antranell Smith Michael Ware Dominique Williams Donte’ Williams Janae’ Witherspoon

THE MAJORITY OF THIS MAGAZINE IS DEVELOPED BY TEENS IN SEVERAL AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS PROGRAMS. THESE PROGRAMS ARE HOSTED BY ITS PARTNER AND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION, TRUE STAR MAGAZINE. AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT OFFERS CHICAGO TEENS INNOVATIVE OUT-OF-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES THROUGH SCIENCE37, SPORTS37, TECH37, WORDS37 AND THE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED GALLERY37 PROGRAMS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.AFTERSCHOOLMATTERS.ORG OR CALL (312) 742-4182.

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“It’s getting hot in here…I’ll take off all my clothes…” Believe it or not, that’s probably what the Earth would be saying if it was 1) Human and 2) Could talk. Every where you go it seems more and more people are getting hip to the idea of going green. From Oprah to presidential campaigns, it seems everyone is talking about going green and being eco-friendly. While going green is definitely not changing your whole wardrobe to include only green clothing, it is being concerned about preservation, restoration, and improvement of the natural environment. When you go green not only do you help the environment, but you also help yourself! Pollution can cause health problems such as cancer, asthma, allergies, and also increases your risks of getting sick! Teens and students should beware because “This will be our world soon,” says Cassie Hatzgeld, an environmental specialist in Chicago.

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THE ISSUES: Pollution It’s not passing gas, but it’s the undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities. Myth: Pollution only comes from a car and litter. Truth: Pollution comes from a variety of things including cows who emit methane when they burp or pass gas. There are 6 different types of pollution including air, water, radioactive, soil, noise and thermal pollution.

Disappearance of Natural Resources The world is equipped with numerous amounts of natural resources, but in some cases there are only limited amounts. Myth: We can always make some more natural gas, coal, and oil, technology won’t allow them to fade away. Truth: It took millions of years to make natural gas, coal, and oil, and technology isn’t that advanced. Also, these items emit more CO2 in the atmosphere than anything else.

Global Warming Climate changes over time. It doesn’t necessarily mean it is always an increase in temperature. Myth: Global warming is limited only to air pollution. Truth: Global warming is affected by all types of pollution. Some people believe that it occurs naturally and has stages while others believe that its caused by pollution. One thing is for sure, the earth is heating up and ice caps will melt if there is nothing done!

How Can You Help

* Carpool * Use florescent light bulbs rather than the standard incandescent * Instead of turning up the heat, add layers. * Eat less meat. * Consume less. * Buy in bulk. * Avoid anti-bacterial soaps. * Buy used items. * Use and reuse items if possible. * Forget the bottled water.

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BY JERIAN MAINOR

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eens Can Make A Difference’, or how about ‘Every Vote Counts’? Many teens hear these corny slogans all the time and think these are just

this was the first presidential election where they had the option to either vote for a woman or for an African American man. Many teens do not agree

John McCain is the only candidate running for the republicans after the other candidates dropped out of the race. In today’s society, many teens

ways for the politicians to sound good. But do you ever think about how these politicians and their views are affecting us? Think about the War and how there could be a possible draft sending thousands of teenagers to fight the war in Iraq. Or what about our friends and loved ones who are dying each minute of the day due to drugs

with the war in Iraq and many have family fighting in the war. Obama’s main goal if he is elected to become president is to bring the soldiers home and end the war in Iraq. Barack Obama will save a lot of lives and it gives us a chance to focus on something more important as a country.

and gun violence? Everything that’s going on in

Hilary Clinton was aiming for affordable

America is affecting us - everything from the rising gas prices to health care. With all these issues in the air, we need to learn about the candidates and what they are willing to do to help us.

healthcare. Affordable health care is important to many teens living in America. Many families do not have affordable healthcare plans and are often left paying bills they cannot afford or cannot get the proper attention they deserve. Teens are currently having this problem in their families today and want change. Everyone should have the same opportunities as others when it comes to proper healthcare.

and children are victims of gun shootings. School shootings and random shootings are causing many children and teens to lose their lives. McCain believes that America should “maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement” with gun laws. Teens are afraid to walk to the streets of their neighborhoods and sometimes afraid to step out their doors. If the laws are strengthened, teens will have a better chance of living a better life.

The run for the 2008 presidential election has been a close one and also a historic one. For the democratic side, it was Senator Barack Obama and first lady Hilary Clinton. On the Republican side, it’s John McCain. For many teens out there,

The run for the 2008 election has its many ups and downs, but teens have a voice. If they get out and vote, teens can make a change.

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TRUTH IS

Blood Diamond Conflict Diamonds from Sierra Leone The Bling and the Blood BY SIMONE TAYLOR DEADERICK

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has become a part of the hip hop culture today. Everywhere you look, you see artists rocking layers and layers of bling. In the hip hop world, if you don’t have the expensive chains and earrings, your whole appearance isn’t worth much at all. You see Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Jay Z rocking the hottest diamond chains, giving off the subliminal message to young, influential teens that this is a part of the ‘American Dream’. However, do we ever take time to sit down and think about where these conflict diamonds actually come from? Conflict diamond is a term used to describe the gems that are taken from Africa and brought to America, but in that process many people die. The war in Sierra Leone has been going on since March of 1991. According to Partnership Africa, Canada has caused 50,000 deaths and has generated annual revenues of $7.5 billion, but can we really put a price on those peoples’ lives? All we know and really care about as young teens in America is that the stones are available at the store when we are ready to buy the next hottest piece of jewelry --whatever the rappers are rocking in the videos. Although teens have been blind to the origin of the diamonds they rock, some artists have tried to educate. Kanye West’s song, Diamonds Are Forever, was as an unsuccessful attempt to bring the truth to the light. While the song was a hit, it didn’t make consumers think twice before spending money on diamonds, which before they got to the store -- even before they got to America-- were the result of so many deaths in Africa. According to therapup.com, hip-hop should get knocked off for its blind acceptance of bling into our culture. They were 8 TRUESTAR MAGAZINE

the kind of diamonds that someone died for. The reality of the fact is that young girls in Africa are being raped by the militia and the young boys are being made into child soldiers running around with guns half their sizes with the money we spend on our precious jewelry. It is the jeweler’s accountability to decide whether the diamonds they buy from the merchants are conflict free or not, but some jewelers may believe that even if they were in fact conflict diamonds, consumers wouldn’t take the time to prove it. Diamonds are nearly impossible to trace back to their original source because the movement of diamonds from the mine to the consumer has no set pattern and they change hands numerous times, the hands of people who more than likely end up dying so that we can look cool. While some artists fight against conflict diamonds, other artists believe wearing conflict diamonds have no affect on us. In his comeback song, Diamonds Are Forever, rapper Lupe Fiasco says he didn’t think twice when he would put his diamonds on, that his ‘neck leash’ was funding a rebellion. He figured that his conflict diamonds didn’t affect him directly. And that seems to be our problem today. Teenagers feel that if something doesn’t affect us directly, they shouldn’t have to worry about it. “I want what I want,” says Larry Trotter, a senior at a south side high school. “Its unfortunate that somebody has possibly died over the diamonds, but it’s not like if I stop buying them all the problems will stop.” Since we, as the black community, make up almost half of the consumer rate in America, we are the generation that can make a difference. All we need to do is to take a stand, take a second and just think.

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According to many teens, turning 18 means that you are officially ‘grown’ in today’s society. By the time you reach that magic number, you are able to live on your own and take control of your

“18 IS WHEN TEENS GET A SENSE OF ADULTHOOD AND HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF AN ADULT,” she says.

own life, without the guidance of your parents or any other adults.

“I BELIEVE THAT 18 IS GROWN BECAUSE LEGALLY, THAT’S WHEN YOU GET CERTAIN RIGHTS AND YOU GET MORE RESPONSIBILITY AND HAVE TO LIVE ON YOUR ON,” says Shanekia, age 17. While many teens think turning 18 is the age of adulthood, some teens have different thoughts.

“I DON’T BELIEVE 18-YEAR-OLDS ARE GROWN BECAUSE YOU ARE IMMATURE EVEN AFTER TURNING 18. BEING 18 DOESN’T MEAN YOU ARE GROWN BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL LIVING OFF YOUR PARENTS AND HAVEN’T QUITE REACHED THE MATURITY OF AN ADULT, OR THE RESPONSIBILITY.” Mary Haywood, age 45, agrees.

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Other adults disagree and believe that 18 is just an age and doesn’t justify whether you are an adult or a child.

“I DON’T BELIEVE THAT AN 18-YEAR-OLD HAS ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO HAVE THE MIND SET OF AN ADULT, BUT AN 18-YEAR-OLD IS CONSIDERED AN ADULT BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DICTATES THAT 18 IS AN ADULT. THEY CAN GO FIGHT IN WAR AND DIE FOR THEIR COUNTRY,” says Ms. Jordan, age 52. The law says that turning 18 gives you the right to vote, sign legal documents, and get married. And while many people may debate about whether 18 is truly the age of adulthood, it seems to be the age when most teens begin to change their lives.

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BY STEVEN HALL

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heartbeat you can hear in your ears, frittering nerves and a knotted stomach. Hands that can’t stop touching each other, lips that can’t stop kissing each other and feelings so intense they feel like they will never fade. These are usually the serene moments… before two people become bitter exes. Relationships start off with the couple being head over heels, but this doesn’t always last forever. The beginning is fueled by all kinds of emotion and attraction and the simple curiosity of meeting someone new. Like most relationships, it usually shifts to a feeling of euphoria and blissfulness, and sometimes even love. This feeling of love (closely related to an adrenaline rush) wears off sooner or later, but the true test of a love relationship is rational thinking, rather than sentimental motions of the heart. However, with rational thinking, most relationships can’t take the heat and usually complain of boredom, or the other break-up word, ‘incompatibility’. Nevertheless, relationships that usually began as friendships can usually end as friendships. Those partnerships build a true relationship of rationale, stability, and compatibility. With those qualities in mind, the pair must have some type of common interests, which lessen ramifications and keeps them from hurting each other after the breakup. Exes can get along when they work together, and although sometimes it’s difficult to maintain the mutuality and sincerity of the juncture, some people are worth the effort. TRUESTAR MAGAZINE 13

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FASHION FASHIONTAKES TAKESAAHINT HINTFROM FROMTHE THERAINBOW RAINBOWWITH WITHCANDY-COLORED CANDY-COLOREDSTYLES STYLESPERFECT PERFECTFOR FORTHE THESUMMER SUMMERHEAT! HEAT!

On her: Akademiks orange jumpsuit. White and copper striped purse, also by Akademiks. Chinese Laundry Orange Pumps. Sunglasses, provided by stylist. Turquoise beaded necklace (worn as a bracelet), provided by stylist. On him: All boys’ clothing provided by Self Conscious, 1021 W. Lake St. and Leaders 1354, 1400 N. Milwaukee.

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On her: Black & white cheetah tank, purple sheer backless tank top, lime green skinny pants w/ cheetah accents, all Luxirie by LRG. Red and purple round toe pumps, provided by stylist.

Guys: All boys’ clothing provided by Self Conscious, 1021 W. Lake St. and Leaders 1354, 1400 N. Milwaukee.

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Akademiks high waisted shorts. White purse also by Akademiks. Graphic lips tee by Luxirie by LRG. Blue and orange bangles by b. Flirty, 607 Elm Place, Highland Park, IL.

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On him: All boys’ clothing provided by Self Conscious, 1021 W. Lake St. and Leaders 1354, 1400 N. Milwaukee. Sneakers provided by Self Conscious.

On her: Orange flutter top and white suspender shorts by Akademiks. Chinese laundry silver peep toe pumps. b. Flirty bangle. Gold hoop earrings, provided by stylist.

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On him: All boys’ clothing provided by Self Conscious, 1021 W. Lake St. and Leaders 1354, 1400 N. Milwaukee. On her: Akademiks white two-piece jumpsuit with colorful striped band. Green pumps by Chinese Laundry. Blue and Green bangles by b. Flirty. Photographer Mireya Acierto Assistant Deshaun Adams Stylist Dana Anderson & K-Boogie for Boogiewear Makeup Artist Krystyn J Johnson Hair Lauren Gresham Models Amber Gibson De’Angelo Brown Kehinde Smith Denzel Nelson Robert Sanders

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today’s society of ever-growing technology, we have been presented with a gizmo that shuts ones before it down (well, at least until something more exclusive comes out). Y’all know we follow the latest trends, and the 8G Iphone is no exception. This gadget is a combo of your cellie, computer, digital cam, and Ipod, all rolled into one. “Keeps you connected,” says Andrew Lobban, a student at UIC. Even though this phone costs $400 and connects you to almost anything possible, students who can afford it don’t use it to its full advantage. It looks cool, but most teens don’t know they are holding a devise that could be the center of their teenage lives and could possibly help make school life even easier. According to anonymous chatters on Ilounge in 2004, “…the compelling applications are still a secret.” This was posted almost four years ago, so just imagine the unexpected features the latest edition has. The Iphone even has features that can be unlocked, such as the recorder. This simple device can be used easily to record lectures instead of constantly

taking boring notes. Besides this feature, there are many other applications on the Iphone that can be applied to your academics. The 8G Iphone, unlike older models such as 3G and 4G, has more space, so it allows you to save more files, such as papers, notes, etc. When it comes down to it, there are a variety of unique ways this phone can be applied to improving you as a student - you just have to take the time to test them. Maybe if you cut the music off it will be easier! “Many students make this ‘multi-purpose’ phone the center of their life,” says Andrew. “Once you get it, you can’t live without it.” For those trying to make school life as easy as possible, teens should use this phone until the screen goes blank! After all, it’s a trend, so there will be a better one in a minute. We might as well be productive with this one while it’s hot! TRUESTAR MAGAZINE 21

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rowing up listening to the likes of Sam Cooke, Teddy Riley and Otis Redding, there is no doubt that 24-year-old Noel Gourdin has an older tone. However, as he walked through the doors of True Star, he was far from the old soul we’d pictured. As a child, Gourdin grew up singing in church and always had a passion for music. From his childhood in the South to being a starving artist, Gourdin’s experiences have been far from ordinary.

A: First and foremost my music doesn’t contain any profanity and I don’t degrade women. I write about real life situations and things that everyone can relate to. A lot of my songs are about love and relationships, and that’s something teens can understand. So when they are going through a break up or having a crush, my music can help them. I create music so that it strikes chords in people’s hearts.

Q: What inspired you to be a musician?

Q: What type of music are you interested in and who do you currently have downloaded on your I-Pod?

A: Well, I’m from Brockton Massachusetts and my family is from Mississippi. Every year we would go down south for family reunions and my dad would play all his records on his eight track. We would listen to all the oldies like Sam Cook, Marvin Gay, Al Green, and Tyrone Davis. I grew up with that genre of music and that’s what has a lasting inspiration on me today.

A: I am interested in all kinds of music. I like soul, creed, rock; I’m pretty much across the board. My I-Pod pretty much has a soulful touch to it. Q: What is your perspective on family and how does it affect your music?

Q: What makes you different from other artists such as Ne-yo, Trey Songz, and Mario? A: I have a different texture to my voice. It’s more reminiscent and heavy, with an older style. I’m not afraid to show my vulnerability. A lot of men in the industry are preoccupied to show their emotional side and that’s what differentiates me from them.

A: I am completely family oriented. My family and I are tightly knit, to the point where it is contagious. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my family. They’re my motivation. My integrity, my morals, and everything about me came from my mom, my dad, and my grandparents. They taught me to be humble and to have respect. Those are qualities and that’s what is displayed in my music.

Q: What is your motivation for the music you produce?

Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to have a career in the music industry?

A: I write about my experience. I feel that it’s more genuine that way. I look at my family and friends and their tribulations and it gives me the opportunity to create music with different perspectives. My focal point is to keep it real. I want people to be able to take something from my records instead of just listening to them.

A: You have to master your skill and become comfortable with yourself before you put yourself out there. You have to work at it and practice. Surround yourself with positive people that will influence you. You have to have vision. If you can see it, you can be it. Be determined because in this industry, no one gives you anything.

Q: Music has always played a major role in influencing the lives of people; especially the youth. What positive influential contributions does your music provide for the youth and younger generations to come?

Q: What artists are you interested in collaborating with?

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A: I want to work with Prince, Joe, Alicia Keys, Keyshia Cole, D’angelo, Raheem Devavghn, and Tank.

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THRU THRU DA DA WIRE WIRE

BY MAC GORDON

F

rom Break Dancing to New Jack Swing to Pop-Lock & Droppin it, the image of Hip-Hop has altered over the course of time. Hip-hop is both a cultural movement and a genre of music developed in New York City in the 1970s by African Americans and Latinos. The music that inspired these dance movements seem to have a major impact on how people view what Hip-Hop really is. Is the Hip-Hop of today really that much different from what it was when it was introduced to the scene in the 70s? Is hip-hop really dead? Or is

“No I don’t think Hip-Hop is dead. I think artists nowadays are just bringing forth what they know people of this generation will enjoy. I admit there is a HUGE difference in today’s hip-hop and the hip-hop of my days, but there isn’t anything wrong with that, you get me?”

it that different generations have their own definition of hip-hop?

to come, artists are entertainers and that is what they are paid to do: be appealing to their audience so that they can make money. Kevin Dillard a.k.a K-Dee, a producer who has worked with many types of artists, gave his thoughts on the status of hip hop. “I’m not going to say hip-hop is necessarily dead, but it’s surely in intensive care.” “But seriously though, I’m not really feeling too many of the new artists that are just bringing forth club tracks and one hit wonders. I mean it’s about a hundred songs based off [one] concept, and just all these other terrible songs that ain’t bringing forth no type of messages.”

Some may argue that true Hip-Hop was still “alive and kicking” during the era of artists and DJs such as Grandwizard Theodore & the Fantastic Five, Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc & the Herculoids, Afrikaa Bambaataa, and Melle Mel: the founders of hip-hop and the hip-hop culture. Back when hiphop first entered the scene, the lyrics were based upon more fun and exciting activities: going out, enjoying life, and dancing. It was rare that you heard any curse words in early hip-hop, unlike the hip-hop of today. If you present the question “how would you describe hip-hop today” to just about anyone, they would probably respond with three words: sex, money, and drugs. Some may argue that isn’t the case with all artists. Others may say this is what’s “hot” right now. John Thompson, co-owner of southside barbershop Penny’s, gave his thoughts on the issue, ‘is hip-hop dead?’ As one of the ‘old-school brothers’, Thompson was brought up around the early hip-hop era in New York. “This is what HipHop meant to me, just good clean music, with good clean battling that didn’t involve any physical harm to anyone,” says Thompson. Smiling, he continues, 24 TRUESTAR MAGAZINE

Many people would agree with Thompson’s thoughts. Whether it is by bringing forth a one hit wonder or a “deep” song that will be a hit for years

Although hip-hop has changed over time, that doesn’t mean it is dead. Hip-hop has fallen drastically over the past few decades. There are still a few artists, such as the Cool Kids, U-N-I, and Erykah Badu who are trying to maintain the true early hip-hop style. To compare the two different styles of hip-hop (today verses when it first appeared on the scene), you could question ‘us’ as listeners and supporters. Is it our fault that most artists are producing trash and we are receiving it? People do have to support artists so they can become successful. Perhaps we should examine ourselves before we decide who is really killing hip-hop and who is resurrecting it.

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A Brand New Day TRUE STAR CATCHES UP WITH WILLIE FROM THE NEW BAND DAY 26

“WE ALL WANNA BE GREAT AND BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER.”

CHI-TOWN’S OWN DAY 26 MEMBER

BY MAYA POWE

W

e first met the boys of Day 26 as eager young men ready to make a statement. After proving to Diddy that they had what it took, Qwanell, Willie, Mike, Brian, and Rob became Day 26. “The finale last season was on August 26, that’s the day that really changed our lives, the day we actually got signed with Bad Boy, the day that we stopped being in competition with one another. So we wanted something where if people called us 20 years down the line, it would have a meaning to it. We came up with the name. Diddy didn’t like it at first; we had to really drill it in him, but now he loves it.” Now, the boys of Day 26 are working towards a bigger goal, the goal of becoming a group you’ll never forget. Their talent and diversity in sound helps them reach this goal, but their relationship keeps them driven. “We are just like brothers. We love each other. If we had met under any other circumstances, we still would have asked each other to be in a group because we all have the same common goal – we all wanna be great and be part of something bigger.” In the future, the boys look forward to becoming more involved in the production of their album and working with artists like Lil Wayne and Jay Z. Willie says, “Me and a lot of the other guys do write. We didn’t get a chance to write on our first album, but we helped arrange a lot of songs. We’ll definitely be writing on the next album.”

WILLIE SAYS:

WHO TAKES THE LONGEST WHEN YOU ALL ARE GETTING DRESSED FOR A PERFORMANCE? Rob.

He likes to make sure everything is on point; he wants to be perfect before

he walks out. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN YOUR DOWN TIME? I love to write, and of course I have a son, so I like to be with him too. WHERE DID YOU GO TO HIGH SCHOOL? I went to Thornton High School in Harvey, IL. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CITY? A lot of my friends moved to ATL, so being there is like being at home. IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON AN ISLAND, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU BRING? I would definitely bring a woman! I would also bring as much food/drink as possible, and I would bring True Star because you all gave such a good interview! (Good answer Willie…) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OFF THE ALBUM? Well, the whole album is fire, but if I had to pick one song, it would be ‘Come Here’. WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS YOU LISTEN TO FOR INSPIRATION? I listen to everything! Chris Brown, Usher, Janet Jackson…everything. TRUESTAR MAGAZINE 25

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“People can tell you everything they want to criticize you but when you look in the mirror you know what you can see…”

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A LIFE OF HER OWN BY SHANNON SMITH

A

record deal, a number one single, a hit TV show -- all in a few years? What’s next for soulful R&B singer Keyshia Cole? An endorsement deal -- that’s what. As the new spokesperson for Luster Product’s Pink© Smooth Touch©, Cole found that hooking up with Luster Products was an easy transition. “Luster called me and asked would I be interested,” Cole reports. “When I came to meet with them, they were very welcoming-it was family-oriented and I definitely

“I’ve blossomed and grown into a young woman in this business and it’s gotten better.”

believe in that.” Feeling the strong sense of family pride at the initial Luster meeting, the rest was history. But little Miss Keyshia Cole could be more than just the new endorser for Luster’s new hair care product - she seems to be the spokesperson for positive change. This Oakland native had a very hard-knock life, from being adopted as a baby by the Cole family to reconnecting with her biological mother Frankie as a teenager. From a rocky family relationship, Cole found a more positive outlet in music and began singing at the tender age of 6. With inspirations stemming from one of the greatest female R&B vocalists, Mary J. Blige, Keyshia continued to show her talent which eventually earned her a record deal with A&M Geffen Interscope Records in 2004. Since her Grammy nominated debut album, The Way It Is, dropped in 2005, Cole has been making moves ever since. With the release of her sophmore album, Just Like You, Cole admits that she’s been one of the fortunate artists in the music industry. “It’s been actually good to me,” she says.

Because of her TV show, The Way It Is, millions of people are witnesses to this young woman’s strength and determination. Ms. Cole has overcome it all - from bad relationships, lost loves, to family issues. For the fans anxiously waiting, she confesses, “there will be a third season, hopefully.” Additionally, Cole is continuing to grow in this industry by taking on more roles. She confirms, “I have a book deal with my mother and sister, and I have a publishing company,” (that her TV show is under). After being in the game for 3 years, Cole absorbed everything and changed for the better. “I’ve developed myself,” she says. “I’ve worked on myself as a brand and worked on my voice and how I present myself.” Demonstrating her strength, she never let the numerous award nominations or fame break her down. “People can tell you everything they want to criticize you but when you look in the mirror you know what you can see and what can grow and get better.”

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Under The

Radar GEMSTONES MUSICAL STYLE My musical style is different because I’m rapping and singing and even though people have done both, the quality of how I can deliver [is different] and the level is real high. My music is soulful and conscious, the lyrics are real and heartfelt, no lies or just putting words together just because they rhyme. My music is 100% me and my life, it is real, raw and to the point. It’s not plagiarized; I bring you home with me.

UNIQUENESS I’m doing what other artists are scared to do; I am being myself and touching on subjects and issues that they are scared to touch on. Nobody out there is rapping and singing at a high level. I don’t look at myself as a singer or a rapper, I am an entertainer.

GOAL At first I was being a rapper, it was for the fame and money. I have matured into an artist that wants to make a change in somebody’s life and let young people know its ok to be you. I want to be a role model and an inspiration to young people. I want them to see what I went through and how I made it and let them know they can make it too.

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INFLUENCE God, my mother (who never gave up on me), and my Bowen Performance Arts High School teacher Ms. Gill, who passed away. She inspired me when I was trying to be cool, cut class, smoke and do what the average kids do. She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. She would pull me to the side and snap on me and tell me what I needed to hear. She made sure I didn’t get kicked out of high school and when I graduated from school she got me a scholarship and then I got my deal with Lupe Fiasco’s 1st & 15th Records. Contact Info: MYSPACE.COM/FNFGEMINI

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Under The

Radar

NES MUSICAL STYLE My style has yet to be titled, but I would call it rebel rap if hip hop is officially dead. What makes you unique from other hip hop artists or artists in general? I feel that I’m unique because most artists just follow the status quo. My music is bigger than me. I try to stay humble knowing that it was GOD who helped write all my songs.

INFLUENCE

UNIQUENESS

I am now learning to always put GOD first, and I do believe he or she is my ultimate influence. My newly found family would be next, being that my wife has blessed me with a beautiful son. Last, I would say any revolutionary that has fought for what is right and kept his/ her faith in through the toughest battles. This is what gives me hope in this endless war.

My plans are minuscule compared to what the most high has in store for me. My personal goal is to never give up because that’s what has gotten me this far. I’ve created my own avenue because in Chicago its not likely to receive a helping hand. That’s what I want to be for the youth today, the ‘go to’ guy for getting your mind right.

Contact Info: N.E.S. PRO BLK. MUSIC 773 474 9343, PROBLK.MUSIC@GMAIL.COM MYSPACE.COM/DO4SELF

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INSIDE INSIDE && OUT OUT

BY MAYA POWE

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ou’d probably expect an average 14-year-old to be worrying about high school classes and keeping up with the latest fads. However, Chantal ‘Chani’ Christie is not your average teen. As the United States National Youth Ambassador on HIV/AIDS and the Washington D.C. YMCA Outreach Spokesperson, Christie’s attention is more focused on the education of her peers about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. “It’s about education to the youth,” says Christie. “Most schools don’t really talk about practicing safe sex. They talk about abstinence, ‘tsk tsk, don’t have sex’, but if you’re gonna have sex, I would prefer that you use a condom and you have safe sex. You can’t tell by the way somebody looks, so it’s out there for anybody to catch.” Though there are many major issues in the world, Christie focuses on HIV/AIDS because of its widespread consequences. “With drugs and poverty, most of those kids survive and get help. With HIV and AIDS, there is no stopping it as of now. Christie, who is the daughter of NBA star Doug Christie, also draws inspiration from her family. “My dad says, ‘a moment of pleasure can lead to a lifetime of pain’,” Christie cautions.

In educating others, Christie also learned more about the disease and it has affected her life in a major way. “I didn’t view AIDS and HIV as a big thing. I’m only 14. I knew it was a disease and it killed people, but not until I got this ambassadorship and truly started to educate myself did I see that 6000 youth a day are infected with this virus. So, it was heartbreaking.” Along with her role as ambassadorship and spokesperson, Christie also wishes to reach people through her music. With a new CD hitting the stores in June, she hopes her messages continue to educate. “I don’t really don’t have a target audience, maybe from 12 or 13 to 25, but my songs can touch anybody and they are family friendly. There’s not any cursing or anything. The messages in each song, whether it’s about relationships or anything else, can touch people any age.”

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ORGANIC HAIR TIPS FROM SCHOOL TO THE BEACH TO A NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS, ORGANIC ROOT STIMULATOR EDUCATOR REGINALD ‘DR. HAIR’ MITCHELL OFFERS ESSENTIAL ADVICE FOR LOOKING COOL IN THE SUMMER.

Got Weave? Depending on the type of weave you have (sewn-in or bonded), there are several tips to remember.

Sew-Ins

Bonded Weave (Glued)

Do

Do shampoo and condition the hair every time bonded

Do massage scalp at least once a week to increase blood

Do

Do oil the scalp as needed using a non-petroleum product

Do

Don’t allow your stylist to sew tracks in too tight.

Don’t

shampoo and condition the hair every week as if there is no weave in the hair. flow.

such as Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil or Olive Oil Weave Rx Ultimate.

Too

much stress on the hair causes hair loss.

apply glue to the hair track and not on the scalp.

use Organic Root Simulator Bond Remover to remove bonded hair. This keeps the hair from being pulled from the scalp when removing the track. use oil on or near the scalp; this can loosen the

tracks.

Don’t

Don’t comb and/or brush hair vigorously.

Don’t

Don’t shampoo hair unless you are putting new tracks in.

comb and/or brush hair vigorously. This loosens the weave track. do any chemical processing (relaxing or coloring) without removing the tracks first!

Are you a Weave-ologist? Test your ‘Weave-IQ’ below.

TRUE OR FALSE? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6,

tracks are removed.

Wearing a weave makes your hair grow. Hair grows better if you don’t wash it too often. All weaves are created equal; they never tangle. You can wear a weave for months without shampooing. All weave hair is 100% human hair. You can oil your scalp with sheen spray and the bonded

(glued) tracks will not loosen. Answers below: Answers: 1. False 2. False 3. False 4. False 5. False 6. False

This loosens

the weave track.

Guy Grooming 101 KEEPING YOUR STYLE IN CHECK IS NOT JUST FOR THE LADIES. DR. HAIR GIVES GUYS A FEW TIPS ON LOOKING THEIR BEST. Q: How can guys get waves in their hair? A: You can elongate or define natural waves with a relaxer texturizer. This chemical process softens the natural wave pattern and makes the wave pattern more visible. However, if you have course, wiry hair (with no visible wave pattern), do not try the texturizing process as the hair will straighten and not wave. Q: Can guys use any type of soap to get their hair clean? A: No, don’t use shower gel or regular soap to shampoo the hair. These types of soaps dry the hair and make it more brittle. Always condition the hair after shampooing to replenish the hair with lubricants. Q: Do guys need to worry about moisturizing their hair? A: Yes. Guys should always massage a hairdress, such as Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil or Olive Oil, into the scalp at least once or twice a week to keep the scalp lubricated and healthy. Q: What’s the deal with shaving? How can guys avoid those nasty razor bumps? A: Whether shaving with a razor or clippers, there is a chance of developing razor bumps. Shaving with the Organic Root Stimulator Tea Tree Oil Anti-Bump Lotion aids in eliminating the bacteria that causes bumps, evens skin tone and texture, has no burning sensation and helps soothe and heal skin. Use it as a shaving cream on face or head and as an after shave balm. Q: How about the bumps on the back of the neck? How can guys get rid of those? A: When sporting a fade, use a product like the Organic Root Stimulator Tea Tree Oil Anti-Bump Spray to kill any sign of clipper bumps. Remember to see a

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Dermatologist if the condition worsens.

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INSIDE & OUT

BY SADE COOLEY

W

hether it’s on your face or your body, almost every teen in America has to deal with acne in one way or another. Some teens have to deal with it more than others, which leads them to try the weirdest things to get rid of it. Toothpaste, popping zits, and other old school remedies will have us going crazy, especially if nothing works. Throughout all of this acne madness, it can be a real hurdle trying to separate fact from fiction. To help with your conquest, here are some myths, realities and very useful tips on how to work with and cure your acne nightmares.

Myth: Chocolate and oily foods cause acne Reality: There is no evidence that these foods cause acne. However, you should avoid consuming chocolate and oily foods because they are typically high in fat and don’t provide much nutrition.

Reducing Acne: What you can do

Acne – What is it and where does it come from?

• Wash your face in the morning and at night, and after you work out. Keep your hair off your face and don’t squeeze or pick at your pimples. Wash your hands before touching your face.

Dermatology.about.com describes acne as an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin that is marked by the eruption of pimples or pustules, especially on the face. These eruptions are typically

• Breakouts are loosely associated with stress, so take note of what’s going on when your skin erupts. You may find your acne is associated with your period, a challenging test at school or other stress.

caused by the rise in hormones during puberty, especially androgens, and their effect on oil glands in the skin.

Myth Busters – What’s Real, What’s Not

• Talk to your dermatologist if your acne seems to get worse, or if it’s especially bothersome to you. A variety of prescription treatments are available to fight acne.

Myth: Washing your face often will help clear up acne Reality: Blemishes are not caused by dirt, so washing your face every hour will not clear your acne problem. In reality, frequent washing with a washcloth can cause irritation, so the best way to cleanse your face is with clean, bare hands.

Facial Cleansers – What Really Works?

Myth: Stress causes acne Reality: Stress does have an effect on hormones, which is connected to acne. However, an effective acne treatment regimen is more powerful than a bout of stress any day.

• Dove bar soap

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With so many skincare products on the market, choosing the best can be a challenge. In a recent poll on skincare, twenty teens listed their favorite facial cleansers. The results included:

• Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash • Clean and Clear Products • Oil of Olay Smooth Skin Scrub • Nu Skin Products • Proactiv Skin Care System

INTERNET CHEATING

YOUNG YOUNG LUV LUV

BY JERIAN MAINOR Name: Sasha Birthday: 12-1-89 Birthplace: Chicago Eye Color: Brown Hair Color: Brown Height: 5’5 Right Handed or Left Handed: Lefty The Shoes You Wore Today: flip flops Your Weakness: none Your Fears: none Your Perfect Pizza: cheese please! Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year: graduate! Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger: omg Your Best Physical Feature: eyes Your Bedtime: 11 Your Most Missed Memory: gramps Pepsi or Coke: coke MacDonalds or Burger King: mickey d’s Single or Group Dates: group Chocolate or Vanilla: chocolate Cappuccino or Coffee: capp Do you Smoke: no Do you Swear: sometimes Do you Sing: ya la la la! Have you Been in Love: maybe Do you want to go to College: yes Do you want to get Married: yes Do you think you are Attractive: yeah Are you a Health Freak: no I eat mickey d’s remember Do you get along with your Parents: sometimes In the past month have you Drank Alcohol: no In the past month have you Smoked: no way In the past month have you been on Drugs: no In the past month have you gone on a Date: yeah In the past month have you gone to a Mall: yes In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos: I wish What do you want to be when you Grow Up: a writer

Facebook, Myspace, Black Planet…

It seems that

now-a-days you can’t meet anyone who doesn’t have an account. But what is your purpose for having a page? Is it to keep in touch with old friends, meet new friends, or just to be plain nosy? While it’s pretty easy to talk to someone on the site and feel confident about yourself, what if you are in a relationship and you get on one of these sites? Most couples wouldn’t care and actually like being known as “in a relationship” on these sites, but how do you avoid being caught up? To avoid any drama, there are different approaches you can take. One way is to just be low key; don’t have all your information out there if you are in a relationship. Another way is to be “caked up” with your girl/guy and just put pictures of you two and make your pages dedicated to each other. If that sounds like too much of a hassle, you have to learn how to get out of sticky situations (which, if you got game, should be easy). However, if you don’t have game, the number one thing you must do is to WATCH WHO YOU MAKE YOUR ONLINE FRIENDS! There are a lot of haters out there and a lot of phony people. If you know people like that don’t even give them the chance to review your page, because they will always try to start some mess. Last but not least, if you can’t follow any of these rules on ways NOT to get caught up, do what the smart people do -- just don’t have a page! With these simple rules you should be straight. If you follow them and you still get caught up, it’s either one of two things; internet sites aren’t for you or relationships aren’t for you! TRUESTAR MAGAZINE 35

YOUNG LUV

BY ANTOINETTE M. COPELAND

T

he thought of being away from your significant other for more than a

day (or even five minutes) can drive some people wild. You feel as though you’re missing something, as if you left your cell phone at home on the charger. Well, if that scenario sounds scary, just think how the people who are involved in long distance relationships feel. While some couples believe they have it bad because they live in two different neighborhoods or attend different schools, and other couples think their world is coming to a tragic end because their “boo” hasn’t been at school for the last couple of weeks, there are couples who have it far worse than you. Imagine being hours away from your loved one, incapable of seeing them on a daily basis. Communication is through text messages, phone conversations, letters and the internet. You’re spending a lot of money in order to travel back and forth to see each other, and with the price of gas, we all know that is far from being cheap. Aside from travel costs and not seeing each other on a regular basis, those involved in a long distance relationship also have to fight temptation by staying faithful. This can definitely be difficult when the person you’re committed to is seven hours away from you. Anthony Copeland has been on the long distance relationship side of the fence. He has been in two of

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them (one lasted two years and the other for four years). “It’s okay if it’s with someone you really care about and trust,” Copeland says. According to Copeland, trust is the key in any relationship to begin with, and without it, you have nothing at all. Sara Roszak agrees. “[Long distance relationships] don’t work unless the people who are in this relationship can commit to it.” By committing to the relationship, you will not give into temptation because you are truly into the person you are with. Also, you won’t be intimidated by the miles apart because at the end of the day, your love for each other is real. No matter if you are in Canada and your other half is in Georgia, you still wouldn’t be cheating because you love them and you value your relationship. Long distance relationships are capable of working out if the trust, communication, love, commitment, support and effort is there. If you are in a long distance, don’t set yourself in a trap by flirting or exchanging phone numbers with people who are expecting more than a friendship. It’s best that you keep your mind focused on your significant other and how to make your relationship stronger and more prosperous.

TEEN TEENBIZ BIZ

BY SIMONE TAYLOR DEADERICK

H

ow many teens do you know who own a growing business? Jasmine Lawrence, CEO of EDEN Body Works, is one of the few teenagers who do. With the help of her mom, the 16 year old is the President and CEO of Eden Body Works, an all natural hair and body care business based in Williamstown, New Jersey that she started at the age of 13. Though she has the daily load of owning her own business, Lawrence is still a teenager at heart. Like every other teen, Lawrence attends school and is involved in many extracurricular activities. She also loves to go out with her friends, adores penguins and has an interesting habit of making her food into sandwiches. Her days are spent productively and the thing that keeps her going is her passion for what she does. “It’s just the love I have to see smiles on other people’s faces, to read my blog on my website and to hear people saying thank you so much and you changed my life,” says Lawrence. Being raised by a family that knows a lot about business, Lawrence knows exactly what she wants out of life. She plans to write a book about teen entrepreneurship for other teens her age because she believes that when you want to do something you can really do it, no matter what. She also plans to attend college majoring in electrical and computer engineering. There is no doubt that this young lady is very well rounded. Ten years down the road she sees herself studying, running an international business and traveling all over the world. With the mindset she has, there is no doubt that she will be very successful. “Find your passion and live your dream,” Lawrence says.

YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT BAD? Check out a day in the life of this teen business owner.

5:00am: Rise and shine 6:30am: Arrive at school 7:00 – 3:00pm: Attend regular classes, plus extracurricular activities that include the National Honors Society, the REBEL club (a youth lead anti- tobacco organization), Student Council, and this year she manages the girls basketball team for her school. 4:00pm: Back home. Time to check her blog and go through email. Prepare for photoshoots and/or magazine interviews for the afternoon. 9:00pm: Eat dinner, do homework, check emails again, check schedule for the next day. 11:00pm: Time for bed! Lawrence’s days are so hectic that she has a different alarm sound on her iphone for each activity to keep her on track! TRUESTAR MAGAZINE 37

TEEN BIZ

BY COURTNEY COLEMAN

T

here are different ways to dress for success for every occasion. If you are dressing up for work, usually khakis and a nice buttoned shirt would work. Or, if you are going on a special event or interview, slacks and a fancy shirt would be nice. Maria, manager at JC Penney’s in River Oaks shopping mall says, “The first impression represents you. You should look professional, and have a clean, nice look. Men should wear ties, slacks, and hair should be well done. Women should wear pants or business dress suits, hair should look nice and be well groomed and they should also wear closed toe shoes”. So with all the rules, how can you make sure your style is in check? In most cases, khakis and a professional shirt can go a long way for guys and girls in any professional field. “People coming in for an interview should be conservative, have neatness and show professionalism,” says Debbie, Manager of Carson Pirie Scott in the Evergreen Plaza shopping mall. When it comes to colors, darker is usually better, especially in very professional fields such as business. Instead of reaching for bright colors such as orange or yellow, stick with dark blue and black, which are more acceptable. On a lighter note, if you work somewhere local or you just want to dress nice for that day, accessories, a nice shirt and even some dress jeans can express your desire to dress for success.

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WHAT TO WEAR: • KHAKIS • DRESS PANTS/SUITS • PROFESSIONAL SHIRTS AND SHOES (USUALLY THE DARKER THE BETTER) • CLOSED TOE SHOES

WHAT NOT TO WEAR: • REGULAR JEANS • WRINKLED CLOTHING • SMALL/TIGHT FITTING CLOTHING • BRIGHT COLORS SUCH AS ORANGE AND YELLOW • CLOTHES WITH TOO MUCH EXPOSURE

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TEEN BIZ

true star on the scene:

dancin’ for peace I

BY MAYA POWE

magine walking home from school, afraid that with every step you take you’re walking further into danger. Imagine worrying everyday if this is the day you’ll die. Now, live where your mind has taken you. You have stepped into the life of an average Chicago teen. However, imagine yourself in a safe haven, away from the danger of gangs and guns. Open your eyes. You are now front, row and center at True Star’s No Weapons Just Two Steppin’ Dance Down. Sitting in the auditorium of the Gary Comer Youth Center, many people are expecting another lecture on how violence affects their communities. Little do they know, they have already taken the first step in stopping the violence. The focus of this event was both to provide a safe place for teens to have fun and also to raise awareness about prevention of gang and gun activity. To reach this goal, True Star’s Event Planning Team put together an event that would bring teens together in a positive way. Dance teams from all over the city came together and put on a phenomenal show. From footwork to crunk to modern, there was a dance style for everyone in the audience to enjoy. Topping off the event were guest speakers 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Harrison and Claude Robinson (Yukan).

fleurotica fashion show 2008 TAKING GREEN TO THE EXTREME

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BY PATRICIA BOGARD AND ROSALYNN WESTERFIELD

he atmosphere: Amazing. The mood: Relaxed. The smell: A spring day with freshly watered plants and flowers. The hors d’oeuvre: Scrumptious. The 2008 Fleurotica fashion show, which took place at the Garfield Park Conservatory showcased a number of inspiring designs for the spring / summer season. Each and every magnificent piece was made completely of flowers and other greenery, designed 24- 48 hours before the show began. Who knew you could create a pencil skirt out of tea leaves and an Elizabethan dress out of flowers? A collaborative effort with the School of the Art Institute, the fashionable flowers represented a whole new concept of using new materials. This show took going green to the extreme, showing that you could use nature for almost anything. The show started out with ‘Adam and Eve’ wear, then moved into more ready-to-wear clothing. The models, who unfortunately had to stand for hours since they had to be sewn in their outfits, showed the crowd in less than 2 minutes the inventive ideas of fashion designers as they worked with raw mother nature. As more of an emphasis gets put on the world to change, the fashion industry has already taken its leap towards green. And although the designs won’t last more than a day, the ideas and creativeness will. 40 TRUESTAR MAGAZINE

ON ON THE THE COURT COURT

at their

best

BY JALEESA CAMPBELL

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chievement in sports, like success in life, requires commitment, teamwork, discipline and hard work. School and recreational sports programs are now in full circulation, and under the right circumstances, these programs can be a self motivated mixture. Ikenna Nwanpa, an 18year-old student at King College Prep, talks about how sports can play a negative and positive influence on a teen’s life.

“ATHLETICS AND SPORTS COULD HAVE A NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE EFFECT. YOU HAVE SOME ATHLETES WHO ARE LAZY ABOUT SCHOOL WORK….YET WHEN ITS GAME TIME THEY ARE READY TO COMMIT AND WORK HARD TO WIN. THEN ON A MORE POSITIVE LEVEL, SOME ATHLETES ARE ENCOURAGED TO PUT IN THE SAME WORK WHICH THEY WOULD DO IN SCHOOL.” Stephon Harris, a junior at Crane High School, believes sports have a more negative impact.

“I THINK SPORTS COULD HINDER AN ATHLETE’S ACADEMICS,” SAYS HARRIS. “THEY AREN’T FOCUSED ON SCHOOL, AND EVENTUALLY THIS WILL LEAD TO THEM BEING ONE-TRACK-MINDED ATHLETES. THEY’RE NOT FOCUSED ON SCHOOL OR OTHER ASPECTS IN LIFE.” Although both agree that sports and academics are difficult to balance, there are ways to help a student athlete achieve these goals. Teen athletes

need more encouragement from their coaches, confirms Nwanpa. .”I do believe that coaches have a role in pursuing a great athlete. Their position is to teach and enlighten the player to perform better.” Harris agrees. “Coaches are a major part of an athlete’s career,” he says.

“THE COACH SHOULD GUIDE, INFORM, AND EDUCATE THE ATHLETE OUTSIDE OF SPORTS.” Aside from academic changes, student athletes are often faced with developmental challenges. Mental and physical health plays a major part. Athletes are physically healthy most of time; however some don’t have the best mental health. According to “Understanding and Promoting College Student-Athlete Health: Essential Issues for Student Affairs Professionals”, in many ways drugs in sports have been combined with the student’s athletic careers. “Athletes are cheating themselves when they use steroids,” says Nwanpa.

“TRUE ATHLETES WORK HARD AND PUT IN TIME AND SWEAT FOR WHAT THEY WANT. THOSE ATHLETES WHO ARE USING DRUGS TO GET BY IN SPORTS SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED.” With all the challenges in sports and school, participation in sports continues to grow each year. According to one study, the estimated probability of competing in athletics is 64.7% in males and 19.1% for females, and continues to increase. These teens strive for the best in their high school teams because these achievements, like success in life, have the value of enlightening our futures. TRUESTAR MAGAZINE 41

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