GEMS MAGAZINE JULY ISSUE 2020

Page 1

S M e G RACISM AND OUR YOUTH

TURNING

21

A MILESTONE

JULY 2020

BEAUTYÂ & HEALTH ANXIETY

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

MACIE HILL

ONLY IN DARKNESS CAN YOU SEE THE STARS

photo credit: JJ Horton Photography


CONTACT US GEMS MAGAZINE 407-508-7000 iawprov31@gmail.com www.iawprov31.org

EDITORIAL JAMAYA QUETANT

WELCOME Cool to see you again in this issue.

I’d like to welcome you all to the second issue of GEMS Magazine. In this issue we have many great articles from different G.E.M.S participants including articles on police brutality, promotions for small businesses, more on Covid and mental health and empowerment. We also have a very special exclusive interview, so, please, enjoy. This magazine was created by our G.E.M.S. founder Marielle Pierrot and written by many G.E.M.S girls editors. This magazine goal is to empower young Black girls and also women. We have made it our goal and top priority to make sure that we reach out to as many people who may be in need of Cultural and Societal empowerment or even empowerment within themselves.

Editor-In-Chief

MARIELLE PIERROT Operations Editor

CONTRIBUTORS Leia Perez Michaella Desruisseaux Betty Louny Destines Jaasiel Thomas Patrice Kebreau-Pierre Alexa Cruz Morgan Pierrot Rene Kebreau-Pierre

SUBSCRIPTIONS SUBSCRIBE ONLINE

Anyway, we hope you enjoy this one.

www.iawprov31.org

JAMAYA QUETANT Editor-In-Chief

GEMS MAGAZINE | 2


GEMS MAGAZINE

CONTENTS 16 Exclusive interview with Macie Hill

21 Turning 21 A Milestone

Rene shares what he would do if he was able to stop police brutality. Page 34

43 WRITER SPOTLIGHT: Can't Breathe...

2 Editor's Note 5 A Note From Our President 8 Mental Health: For The Teens 21 Turning 21: A Milestone Annika's Perspectives: Education, Growing up, and Racism 25 5 young Emerging Writers Police Brutality: When will it stop? 36 What Makeup means to me The Art of Painting Faces: By Louny Destines 39 Girls By: Jaasiel Mompoint - Jerome 42 CHEF'S CORNER: A Sweet-tooth in Candy Land

25 5 Young Emerging Writers students were asked what they would do to stop police brutality. GEMS MAGAZINE | 3


Paving the Way for a Brighter Tomorrow VISIT US @ IAWPROV31.ORG

GEMS MAGAZINE | 4


A note from Our President We are super excited to announce our official launch of GEMS Magazine. So much has happened during the pandemic in our world through which it has led us to put a slight freeze on our programming for the safety and health of our youth and our staff, but one of the great thing that has developed during this global pandemic is creating a different outlet to allow our youth, our volunteers, and staff to share the voices and resources in a different way and that is through GEMS Magazine. Our goal is for our audience to receive, a beautiful and meaningful— we hope— package of ideas, words and images that our team prepares for its readers. We understand and know that while technology efficiently delivers news stories to our desktops, laptops and mobile devices, please be reminded that magazines are all about context—how ideas and images are presented. Magazines are about trust and partnership: We, the editors, will strive always to keep you engaged. We would love your feedback about this issue, GEMS in general, and our program. You can email us at iawprov31@gmail.com. Thank you and happy reading.

Marielle Pierrot GEMS MAGAZINE | 3


G.E.M.S. each girl is created to be a gems

GENUINE Authentic, one of the kind, unique Psalm 139:14 EXEMPLARY Flawless, model, admirable 2 Timothy 2:15 MINDFUL Wise, alert, sensible Philippians 4:13 SUCCESSFUL Achiever, prosperous, affluent Proverbs 16:3 G.E.M.S. GIRLZ offers an opportunity to engage girls 10-18 years old in a positive relationship with a role model who can direct and teach them to make good choices. The goal is to help them grow into successful members of their society. This program is aimed to point girls into making positive life choices and growing into womanhood.

GEMS MAGAZINE Â |Â 6


Let no one despise your youth. But be an example in the way you speak, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. 1 TIMOTHY 4:12

GEMS MAGAZINE | 7


MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE TEEN

By Michaelle Desruisseaux Photography credit: Joyanne Panton

Teenagers: Hey, I want to ask you some questions and I want you to keep it one hundred percent with me, okay? Be honest because I promise to keep it real with you. Do your palms sweat and heart race really fast constantly? Do you find that you’re having a hard time concentrating because you’re worried about something? Do you have a hard time sleeping? If you said yes to any of these questions, I want you to know that you may be experiencing anxiety. What is anxiety, you ask? Anxiety is an intense, excessive, and persistent worry or fear about everyday situations. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all get anxious sometimes. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, like when you’re about to take a test or sing in front of people. But the anxiety I’m talking about seems to always be around. You always have “that thing” that you’re worrying about on your mind. You constantly think that something bad is going to happen. I call it the “what-if syndrome.” What if I get into an accident? What if someone kidnaps me? What if my parents get hurt? What if I get sick? What if there’s a shooter at school? The list goes on and on. These “what ifs” seem to always be on your mind. Now, I get it. These are all valid concerns – especially in the days we’ve been living in – but when you’re worrying thoughts become all you think about majority of the day, that’s when it’s a problem.

GEMS MAGAZINE | 8


ANXIETY "Anxiety is an intense, excessive, and persistent worry or fear about everyday situations. always have “that thing” that you’re worrying about on your mind. You constantly think that something bad is going to happen."


So how do you deal with it you ask? First off, talk to someone you trust about how you have been feeling. It would be best to talk to an adult like your mom, dad, auntie, teacher, counselor or a mentor because they would be able to help guide you to the next steps in getting help. Now let’s make it clear: nothing is wrong with you. You’re not cray cray or anything like that. Even adults experience anxiety. The good thing is that you don’t have to suffer in silence. You can begin to get relief from anxiety if you’re open to it. The first thing your parents might do is take you to your doctor to make sure that your anxiety is not caused by a medical condition (such as heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, or respiratory disorder). If you’re good medically you will be referred to a counselor who will help you talk to you and teach you ways to better deal with your anxiety. Sometimes, the counseling alone may be enough, and in other cases you might have to be given some medication to help you relax. Don’t worry – these medications will not harm you and in many cases they are temporary. Here are some things you can actually begin doing today on your own to help you reduce your anxiety. The 4-7-8 breathing technique. You breathe in slowly for 4 seconds. Hold your breath for count of 7 and finally exhale like your blowing out a candle slowly for a count of 8. Eat healthy meals and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. You can play a favorite game you like. Go for a walk outside. Listen to music. Cuddle with your pet if you have one. Journaling; write down your feelings. You can also pray. Talking to God about what you’re feeling and ask him to help you find peace when you are feeling anxious. I suffered from anxiety for many years, so I know how hard it could be to really open up to talk to someone about it. I use to be so ashamed and embarrassed because I didn’t want anyone to think I was weak. I had to learn that getting help actually proved how strong I was. I was bold enough to face my fears and deal with them. I hope you do the same. If you suffer from anxiety, I’m here to tell you that you stronger than you know! In life, you will face some hard and scary times, and when you do, just remember that there is help out there. You are not alone. GEMS MAGAZINE | 10


Black lives matter Stronger together

e w t ' n do e n o d n o c ! m is c a R

 FREEDO OF SPEE M CH!

Justice for all www.iawprov31.org


I'M SO EXCITED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU!!! I know that the whole world is on edge right now between the pandemic and social unrest. That's why The CLIC has been working hard to create inspiration in various ways, for the communities we serve. _______After a beautiful conversation with my 2 little girls about life, I partnered with a fantastic artist named Mark Baiz and created this AMAZING CHILDREN'S BOOK!!! __________"Far Away & Very Near" is all about the perception of connectedness. Are we really so different? Can you feel someone's presence if you can't see them? Yes! and God is as close to us as we want Him to be! __________Writing this book and watching the art come together, was therapeutic for me! I know that it will be a blessing to you and your family too! In honor of Juneteenth and the celebration of freedom for the oppressed, this collectible is AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER for just $6.19! After June 19th the discount will drop and the pre-order will continue @ $9.99 until the July 31st release date. ORDER YOUR COPY NOW AND RECEIVE IT HOT OFF OF THE PRESS! You can send Juneteenth early payment here: paypal.me/clichouse OR CashApp $theclic.

GEMS MAGAZINE | 12


Masks alone won't protect you from Covid-19. Remember to sanitize your hands and practice social distancing.

SOURCE: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION


STOP THE SPREAD

2 M / 6 FT

WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY

MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCING

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

! OID V A

AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, COUGH AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING, SEEK MEDICAL Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.

Source: World Health Organization

GEMS MAGAZINE | 14


Macie Hill


Macie Hill Exclusive Interview

ONLY IN DARKNESS CAN YOU SEE THE STARS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MACIE HILL BY JAMAYA QUETANT & LORE CINEUS

Macie Hill and Her Story Macie Hill is a high school student at Madison Southern high school in Kentucky who experienced daily racist and ignorant remarks from her peers. She had to deal with seeing confederate flags in school in a place where you should feel safe. Macie Hill chose to use her voice to speak up about what was happening in her school and in places around her and decided to give those who felt silenced, a voice. What advice would you give anyone going through your current situation Don't let these types of things slide, racism isn't and will never be okay. Don't let anyone around you pretend it's okay. If you need help, it may help to go to someone who understands what you have been or may be currently going through. Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself.

@Macie Hill

@Macie Hill

How do you want to help others? What message are you trying send? Things may be bad now but it's going to start changing soon for the better, so keep the faith. I want everyone to know we are not okay and things need to change. I believe it's more effective if you have multiple voices who want change versus one person asking for change.

Has this expirence made you better? Um yes of course. I really think it has because all the things that kept happening to me doesn't define who I am. They have actually made me stronger because I've dealt with this all my life. It has kind of given me confidence because now I know how friends, family and God sees me.

What are You Most proud of ? How I figured out a way to handle my situation even when everyone around me told me I couldn't. I am most proud of giving a voice to anyone who felt like they had no voice or was unheard in my school and community.

GEMS MAGAZINE Â |Â 16


17

GEMS MAGAZINE

More from Macie Hill Adjjd a little bit of boy text some more inspiration from maciehill Macie Hill goes on to talk about her internalized conflict she faced with being bi-racial. She says the struggle of being bi-racial means one part of her feels like she knows she goes through the many complications and struggles everyone faces while being Black. Even though Macie goes through all these different complications she still does normal things to make light of everything. She says ''the support that my peers have given me has definitely made this situation less hard.'' Another big factor that helped her through this tough time was also the fact that she could lead a pretty normal life while speaking up for others while on her road to activism..

"he who is not courageous enough to take risk will accomplish nothing in life" -Muhammad Ali


I can use my voice. It is the most powerful weapon God has given me.

GEMS MAGAZINE | 18


Everybody has questions and others have answers!

INTRODUCING


TURNING ANNIAKA Polk State College Student

GEMS MAGAZINE | 20


PROFILE

"The little things bring so much joy and I thank God everyday for being able to experience life in so many different ways.”

DECEMBER 2016

IMPRINTMAGAZINE.COM

We asked Annaika to share with us her views on what it means to turn 21 and most importantly what it means to be "HER" , a young woman with so many thoughts and views on who she is as woman and her place in the world for what it is today. Here is some of her thoughts: I’m currently a student at Polk State College. This year I will be graduating with my AA degree in Liberal Arts. Overall, I would describe myself as a ray of sunshine. My favorite hobby is to smile. The little things in life bring so much joy to me and I thank god everyday for being able to experience life in so many different ways. I am also very reserved. I prefer staying home and watching anime or Korean dramas. I spend a lot of time reading and dancing in my room. I am really devoted to learning. I am always looking to gain more knowledge. More knowledge makes me feel powerful.

Turning 21 means more discipline, more responsibilities, and more wisdom. I feel a lot more adult ever since turning 21, it’s exciting yet scary. I have to remind myself I am still very young and have a lot to look forward to. I see myself as a small fish swimming through life in this world. I am surrounded with other fish that are also trying to find their way in the world. It feels as if we are all competing for something. I do not feel that I have to pretend to be someone else. I am perfectly comfortable with who I am. I could be going to an interview and I will still be Annaika. If someone else finds my personality uncomfortable or not to their liking that is perfectly fine. I am not for some people and some people are not for me. It does take time for me to warm up to people, but that is a part of me. I am shy and reserved..

ANNAIKA'S PERSPECTIVES

EDUCATION, GROWING UP& RACISM Schools do not teach students the significance of self care. I can recall back in high school I was constantly stressed about school and my image. I did not put enough effort into my well-being and it took a toll on me. It’s critical for student’s to take care of themselves both physically and mentally, and unfortunately some may not know where self care begins. If schools took the time to help develop a self care regimen with their students It would really benefit the students. When I first started college I was occupied with my club activities then my academics. I put my social life before my academics. It held me back I really regret that. I now know where my priorities should be and my education is number one.

GROWING UP Personally, when I was younger my mother would scold me because I didn’t know how to clean or cook well, however my brother’s would not receive any lecture from her even though they could not do the same. As I got older the differences between my brother’s and I grew. A lot of the things I couldn’t do, my brother’s were allowed to do. Parent’s should learn to treat girls and boys more equally. GEMS MAGAZINE | 21


RACISM I am very passionate about the black community. I want my people to thrive in every way possible. It is really important to me that there is unity within the black community especially between black men and black women. Growing up, I have seen so much friction between black men and women that I don’t see with other races, and I want that to end. Racism is nothing new. It’s unfortunate that we still have to continue to combat racism, but it’s been carved into our history for so long. I have experienced racism when I was going out to buy hair products. The shopkeeper was following and keeping and eye on me. I tried to smell one of the hair products and she misunderstood it as me trying to use some of the product. My advice to young girls is to always stand your ground. Defend yourself properly in the face of racism.

THE MILESTONES

FUN FACTS What's your favorite book? “Why I Love Black Women” by Michael Eric Dyson. I really want every black person to read this book. It feels so good to know that there are black men that love and appreciate black women. I was giggling and smiling like there was no tomorrow while reading this book. I would love to write a book titled “ Why I love Black Men”! Who would you most like to sit next to on a 10 hour flight and why?If I could, I would sit next to one of my ancestors. I would have enough questions for 10 hours. I would want to know everything about their lives and ask for wisdom. I would make sure to show my appreciation as well, because it is because our ancestors paved the way for us we are able to be here now. What are two things you know you should know how to do but don’t?I wish I knew how to cornrow and knit. Taking care of my hair would be a lot easier if I knew how to cornrow. As for knitting, I would start a business with that skill. What do most people think about you that is absolutely not true? Most people can’t see me get mad. A lot of people say “ Annaika your always happy I can’t see you get mad”. It’s ironic because I have a slight anger issue. I get angry quickly. I just learned to suppress it better.

I want my people to thrive in every way possible. It is really important to me that there is unity within the black community ... ANNAIKA If you could live your life again knowing what you do now, what would you change? I would become more active. I would also continue doing the skills that I stopped doing now. You have $1000 to burn, all your friends are busy and you have the whole day to yourself, what do you do?I would definitely go to a spa and pamper myself. Then I would buy my family and I some food. If I have some cash remaining I’ll save it.

GEMS MAGAZINE | 22


Photographer: S N S Studio Makeup by:@lounybeats

GEMS MAGAZINE | 23


@thepariswhitfieldcollection


P O L I C E

B R U T A L I T Y

#BLM W H E N

W I L L

T H E

A B U S E

S T O P ?

5 STUDENTS SPEAKS ON POLICE BRUTALITY


Alexa Age 14

If I was a district attorney I would support the Black Lives Matter protest. I would do everything I can to help get justice for those people that have gone through police brutality. I would make it my goal to put all the cops that have done wrong behind bars so they won’t do these things to the next generation. I will fight for my people in court so they have the justice they deserve because no one should have to go through that. This is not the life we want our kids to come into. Police brutality has been around for years and a lot of innocent people have died because of it and it's horrible to see mothers and fathers lose their sons and daughters because of it. My plan is to stop all I will fight for everything I love to end this police violence. Everyone deserves equal rights, especially black people. They didn’t deserve anything that has happened to them in the past because these Caucasian people wouldn’t want these things to be done to them. Not all police officers are bad but the bad ones make the rest of them look the same. We could have peace in this world but some just don’t like to see other people happy. I would help black communities get through hard times because we’re all supposed to be there for each other and I will get justice for those who deserve it. I will make sure that the policemen who have done wrong get put behind bars because they deserve it. This wouldn’t just be for me, it would be for all the people who have died because of this and for the generation because they don’t deserve to come in this world like this.

GEMS MAGAZINE | 26


''We could have peace and justice in this world but some just dont want to see others happy.''

a x e l A

GEMS MAGAZINE | 27


Patrice Age 12

If I were a Police Commissioner, I would hold a seminar for our officers. We would discuss what has been happening on the streets and change police brutality. Police brutality is illegal and unwarranted force against a civilian. When police first come into the work force, they are called rookies. Rookies often travel with partners and along with other officers have body cams watching how they handle themselves on the playing field. That is one good thing that the force implemented during and after a rookies training process is that they are enforced or required to wear a body cam. The body cam helps because it changes behavior. Wearing a camera, police officers are encouraged to behave less aggressively and more respectively. Often when a crime is committed by an officer, they usually get away with it and only having minor fines. But the family affected is left in sorrow because their loved one is hurt or killed during the arrest process. There have been many bad judgement calls made by police officers leading to death. For example, when police tried to approach George Floyd, they pushed him to the ground and cut his air circulation with their nee on his neck. This officer has had 18 prior complaints before this. Police brutality dates back many years ago but history seems to have repeated itself. There is a lot to be said and done about the current rate of police brutality. In the past police brutality was not looked down upon or wrong, but instead used as a form of discipline. According to statita.com “In 2018 there were 996 fatal police shootings, and in 2019 this figure increased to 1,004. ”Oppressive violence and hatred may, ultimately turn (the) sheep into wolves – T.F Hodge GEMS MAGAZINE | 28


PATRICE:

POLICE BRUTALITY DATES BACK MANY YEARS AGO BUT HISTORY SEEMS TO HAVE REPEATED ITSELF.


MORGAN 14 If I was the police commissioner or district attorney there would be many things that I would do to stop police brutality. I would treat everyone equally even though others are not doing so. I would use my platform or being that I am police commissioner or district attorney to start a movement of some sort to maybe help. Equality is something that is supposed to happen without being told to, or without us having to do riots or protests to be heard and to be equal. We shouldn’t have to fight to be equal that’s something that should happen regardless. But of course, even in 2020 we are still fighting for equality and justice

That should’ve ended years ago. It is unfair that because of the color of out skin or our race or even just being a person of color that we are treated unequally. I would do speeches in different areas and things like that to get people to fight for equality as well. I wouldn’t want to do anything violent because being violent has gotten us nowhere over the years. Fighting for something like inequality IS worth fighting for.I would do speeches in different areas and things like that to get people to fight for equality as well. I wouldn’t want to do anything violent because being violent has gotten us nowhere over the years.

Fighting for something like inequality IS worth fighting for. One day we WILL get what we are fighting for, peace will come. When I have kids in the future, I wouldn’t want them to grow up in a world where people are treated unfairly for the wrong reasons, or even if police brutality is still going on. That’s why we are fighting now for a way better future. If I was the police commissioner or district attorney, I would use whatever power I have to try and stop police brutality any way possible. Sometimes speaking with your words isn’t enough, so we could go on protest and things like that, but no matter how long or much we must fight, or how many long speeches or protests we have to do, WE WILL BE HEARD! GEMS MAGAZINE | 30


WE WILL BE HEARD! Fighting for inequality IS worth fighting for. Morgan


JAMAYA 15 Police brutality is a very large issue in today's society and has been for as long as there have been police. This is an issue that many people have to work toward fixing. Police are here to protect citizen's, yet instead the citizens are told and taught to protect themselves from those very people who are set to protect. As police commissioner I would fix this by incorporating more training for police, ensuring that they are punished accordingly, and making sure they aren't sent to situations they are untrained and unable to handle alone.

If I was the Police commissioner or district attorney, I would first understand that getting rid of police brutality cannot be solved by simply firing all officers. This will do more harm than good. Police brutality often stem from racism, sexism, misunderstandings of nationalism, and abuse of power. We let the very people who support oppression of minorities into power and while they are there these problems will continue. When the people who have the power to fix these issues don’t, this causes damage and suffering. I would make sure to educate people around me and change what I am able to change.

"Fix a cracked glass before it becomes shattered" Fix a cracked glass before it becomes shattered. This relates to the training of police officers. Police officers train for a total of only 8 weeks to enforce the law, this gives police officers no time to learn thoroughly. Police training should take physical training, mental training, and also mental health checks. If I was Police commissioner or district attorney, I would make sure that the problem is fixed before it becomes a problem by training police correctly and effectively. GEMS MAGAZINE | 32


The idea shouldn’t be us against them, it should be the good vs the bad and in today's world we can't afford to have so many bad police officers. Once we have fixed these problems, we have to work on other things such as incorporating psychiatrist, Healthcare workers, and children care workers into the police force because of situations like Charles Kinsey, Keith Vidal, and many others killed in situations where police were ignorant or weren't trained to handle these situations alone and were put in positions to act as trained lawyers, healthcare workers, psychiatrists, childcare workers etc. They need actual people trained to do these things by their side. Police officers tend to abuse their power and often don’t face consequences which allows them to continue. There is a side that is powered by racism which this whole world has to fix and work on. Officers have to get rid of the idea that they are there to protect their fellow officers from the people. The idea shouldn’t be us against them, it should be the good vs the bad and in today's world we can't afford to have so many bad police officers. This has caused too much hurt and pain to people. I would make sure there is fair punishment, innocent people shouldn’t have to suffer because the very ones who are there to protect are hurting them the most. This is what the people in power have to understand and what I want real Police Commissioner or district attorney, and people with the ability to change to think about and take needed action. We repeat what we don’t repair.

GEMS MAGAZINE | 33


GEMS MAGAZINE | 34

BRUTALITY RENE 13 People may speak and protest on police brutality, but do they really know what it means? What is police brutality, how can it affect life, and if I were a police commissioner, what are ways I would stop police brutality? According to Wikipedia, the meaning of police brutality is, “legally defined as a civil rights violation where officers exercise undue or excessive force against a subject. This includes, but is not limited to, physical or verbal harassment, physical or mental injury, property damage, and death.” What police brutality means to me is… a way for the police force to think they have the right to harass or abuse fellow citizens because of wrong accusations, especially black women and men.

For example, men and women were killed such as George Floyd (killed by an officer for not resisting), Trayvon Martin (was shot for looking like an African-American wearing a black hoodie, unarmed), and Breonna Taylor (killed by white cops for protecting herself, busted into her home with no warrant. As you see, three African Americans were killed by white cops because these white cops wanted to. When will this stop people ask? This is what police brutality means to me… Subsequently, what are the ways police brutality affects life? As you can tell, the year is 2020. There have been a lot of unfortunate things that have happened in America in just the first half of the year: Covid19 pandemic, Kobe Bryant and Gigi’s death, Juice World and Pop Smokes’ death, killer hornets, etc.).

Something that has struck me the hardest and hurt a lot of people was the racism behind the killer, Derek Chauvin, who killed of George Floyd.

can say the same for other people. But it seems that we are in a world where that can’t happen right now, and it breaks my heart…

Our world has become a war place between Trump supporters, police, and the people that who speak for us, African Americans and us, the people. In my eyes, we are all the same and there is no need for all of this to happen. Also, Donald Trump has said that black people have nothing to lose, but it’s all lies. We have been surviving for years and years and accomplished so much from creating music to creating medicine, and or helping people throughout the entire world. To me, I see people, not color, and I wish I

The state of Minneapolis has entered a state of crisis, where places are being torn apart and people are getting severely hurt because of the protests. Yes, this can be able to change the state of the way people feel about racism, but it is also causing a lot of destruction and a lot of illegalities, like looting or setting places on fire. Although, people have been are helpful in many ways. It all started on a piece of paper or cardboard sign, now it’s an action. People like celebrities as well as others are taking part in this action of defense.


I wonder how most colored officers are feeling about this world’s situation and wonder about their thoughts on police brutality. Above all, if I were a police officer or commissioner, how would I stop police brutality? To be honest, I don’t really know. I don’t know because I, alone, can’t stop the entire world from police brutality, it will take an army. Life for people like me (young African American) will continue to be very difficult. Now, what I can say is that, yes, police brutality should be committed as a crime and should be taken seriously by the police force. I am wondering how most colored officers are feeling about this our world’s situation and wonder about their thoughts on police brutality. Things that may help prevent police brutality are making police wear body cameras, police being routinely and randomly tested for steroids and other illegal drugs, and bad-apple officers MUST be fired because they are toxic and dangerous. These are some of the things that may help to stop police brutality; maybe for a while, but not for long. My thought is if an officer doesn’t read a citizen his/her rights or touches the victim roughly, that officer is sent to trial without question. That is what I would enforce as a police commissioner.

y a S me

m a N My

Trayvon Martin George Floyd Breonna Taylor Justin Howell Sean Monterrosa Jamel Floyd Tamir Rice Michael Brown Eric Garner Philando Castile Sandra Bland AND MANY MORE… RIP...

In the end, I was always told that I was supposed to be a strong black man; but I ask myself every day, how? How do I do that in a world filled with such racism? I understand that this essay was for a competition. To me, the essay is a life-changer. This essay makes me realize what’s going on in my world and I wrote it for a change and for the better. GEMS MAGAZINE | 35


the art of painting faces

WHAT MAKE UP MEANS TO ME BY LOUNY DESTINES


photography by: @eleganttimelessphotograpy model: @victorialynn

When I was young, I was always fascinated with makeup. I would watch my stepmom put makeup on and wish that she would allow me to put some on as well, but of course that wouldn't happen. I looked at makeup as a young age as something fun, something very artistic. Never in a million years I would think that make up would mean what it means to me now. What does it mean to me you ask? I can't even begin to describe, all I can say is make up has helped me through a lot. Makeup has been an outlet for me to let out my frustrations, my anxiety, my stress. It's something about applying makeup to my or someone else's face that just calms all my nerves.

Makeup has also made me find myself in many ways as well. By practicing my art, it allows me to see the full potential of the gift that I have. While I'm doing my makeup, I have time to myself to think or to not think about things. To plan out my goals and build my business. So, for anyone who is thinking about getting into makeup for whatever your reason is I would highly recommend it. Makeup is a great way for you to express your mind and your art.

@Lounybeats

Makeup has been an outlet for me to let out my frustrations, my anxiety, my stress.

GEMS MAGAZINE | 37


BE STONG

11

girls

Girls are GEMS who should stand tall in whatever they do. Girls are fabulous, unique human beings. Girls are smart. Girls become woman and bring life to the world. Girls are hard-working and courageous. In

BE MINDFUL

the Bible, it says that: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. So there is no reason to doubt yourself because God will always be there with you. You should really remember that and tell it to yourself. If you are worried or overwhelmed you can just repeat it to yourself. JAASIEL MOMPOINT-JEROME

Be a True &

Worthy gem


@honeygirl_accessories



Chef's Corner BY LEIA PEREZ Hello readers, Please allow me to introduce myself! My name is Leia Perez and I am the owner of the designer cake bakery Candyland Designs, located in Kissimmee, FL. I'm super excited to bring you foodies some really easy recipes, tips, and tricks in my little chef's corner of the GEMS GIRLZ magazine and invite you to come to check out a hands-on cake decorating class with us anytime! At the bakery we typically create custom cakes that often take many hours of design work. But for this issue I wanted to share with you a sweet simple recipe that only requires about 10 minutes worth of work, it is really delicious and can be boxed and given away as holiday and celebratory gifts!

EASY CHOCOLATE FUDGE RECIPE INGREDIENTS 3 cups Semisweet chocolate chips 14 oz Sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup Salted Butter Optional toppings (chopped candy/nuts) INSTRUCTIONS Add all ingredients to a large microwavable bowl. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time mixing between until fully melted. This could have 2-3 minutes to cook. Once everything is melted mix until well combined. Pour these ingredients into a 8x8 casserole dish (I used parchment paper at the bottom of the pan for easy removal). Chop up and sprinkle your favorite toppings (walnuts, reese's peices, etc.) over the fudge. Place in the fridge until set. This will take at least 2 hours. Then slice into fudge pieces and enjoy!

"A SWEET SIMPLE RECIPE" GEMS MAGAZINE | 41


Candyland Designs Co. is owned by Leia Perez, a former accountant turned pastry chef! Mrs. Perez has a degree in business management and finance from Case Western Reserve University. She and her family relocated to the Disney World area of Central Florida after her husband, Sgt. Perez, was retired from the ARMY. She enjoys design work and loves to make people smile by performing Random Acts of Kindness OFTEN! A portion of all cake profits is donated each month to the bakery's favorite charity NO KID HUNGRY. Candyland Designs Co. is open for weekly cake decorating classes and client cake consultations by appointment only. The bakery is also available to rent for small gatherings and events. Our mission is to make you smile during your celebration. If you would like to contact us for a quote, please fill out the contact form or text us at 407-906-5582. Follow Us on Social Media for Contests & Prizes!


I CAN'T BREATHE I CAN'T BREATHE I CAN'T BREATHE

t ' n a C

HOW MANY MORE TIMES MUST I TELL YOU I CAN'T BREATHE? I UNDERSTAND YOU CAME TO ARREST ME, BUT WHY YOU GOTTA BE SO ROUGH? I AM CALM I AM NOT RESISTING MY NAME IS GEORGE FLOYD

e h t a e r b

MY NAME IS BREONNA TAYLOR MY NAME IS PHILANDO CASTILLE, TRAVYVON MARTIN, ANN ARBOR,STEPHON CLARK, BOTHAM JEAN, BUT I CAN'T... YOU SEE MY DAUGHTER WATCHING? SHE'S ONLY FIVE

A POEM BY

YEARS OLD. I DON'T UNDERSTAND...LIKE YEAH

ANONYMOUS

I FIT THE PROFILE, BECAUSE WHAT YOU SAY? ALL BLACKS

YOU

SIR, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, I DON' T WANT TO HURT ANYONE. SIR YOU AE HURTING ME. JESUS LOVE YOU. SIR, I

LOOK ALIKE? BUT UH YES WE ALL BLACK, BUT WITH DIFFERENT DNA, DIFFERENT

LOVE YOU. I LOVE EVERYBODY, PLEASE DON'T KILL ME. PLEASE. I HAVE A FUTURE. I HAVE KIDS. I WANT TO LIVE. I'M BEGGING YOU. I WANT TO LIVE..

SHADES, DIFFERENT HAIR, DIFFERENT ACCENT, HEIGHT, EVERYTHING!

I CAN'T BREATHE I CAN'T BREATHE I CAN'T BREATHE I CAN'T BREATHE I CAN'T BREATHE MOMMA. MOMMA I CAN'T BREATHE MOMMA I CAN'T I CAN'T I CAN'T BREATHE...

GEMS MAGAZINE | 43


BE BRAVE @