Page 1

issue #2 january - february 2012

2nd issue free

Interview with Entrepreneur Lesly Silvethorn

Is Reading a Dying Art in Today’s World? Katia Cadet, by Marlene Malone

+

A distinct world


Cover story

content

7-8-9 Is Reading is a Dying Art in Today’s World?

Page 7-8-9

Features 6 From decisions to motivation 10 Katia Cadet 11 Beauty of the month 14-15 Fashion & Style 16-17 Lesley Silverthorn 12-13 Let’s Evolve

Page 14-15

Page 16-17 Page 10


editor’s letter

W

ith 2012 freshly upon us, I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year on behalf of J.E Mag. May this year bring you new opportunities, new experiences, and new happiness. This is the second issue of J.E Mag, but the first one that I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of. On a whim in late November, I answered a job posting for magazine article writing posted by Jean edouard Gustave, the publisher of J.E Mag. Jean struck me with his uninhibited determination to realize his dreams. Immediately upon discussing his magazine with him, and hearing his story up to that point, I knew I wanted to join his enterprise and help him build his magazine from the ground up. Being only 22 and fresh out of college with a B.A. in English, I must say Jean was brave to take me on as Editor-in-Chief. I am confident I will answer his faith with hard work and progress though, and that together we can truly make a positive impact on our readers and the world around us with this magazine. We hope to create and continue improving on a magazine that promotes well-being, self-esteem, education, inner and outer beauty, art appreciation, and general ideas that generate positive living and motivate people to brighten the world around them. I wrote an article featured in this month’s issue called “Let’s Evolve” that recounts the story of my wake-up call as to how violent our world has become. As an innocent by-stander to a gun fight, I was put in almost as much danger as the people involved in the altercation, and that enrages and saddens me. In a world where there are so many things to distract and consume us, we at the J.E Mag want to remind people what really matters and what will continue to matter even while current trends and conceptions change and fade with time. With this issue, we’d like to dedicate the month of January to reading. Reading is an exceedingly worthwhile endeavor that should always exist as an integral part of everyone’s life, but is unfortunately evermore underappreciated in today’s society. Marlene Malone deftly addresses this issue in her article “Reading is a Dying Art” included in this issue. She makes note of the deficiency in habitual reading performed by American students in comparison to some foreign countries, and also states how important it is for reading to be enforced in the home from early childhood on. She even offers suggestions for getting the family actively involved in reading and getting them excited about it. I hope you enjoy this issue of J.E Mag, and that with every issue that comes out, you can put it down with a little more wisdom than when you picked it up. Spread the word and see the real effects of positive ideas. Happy reading. Kaela E.F. Amaral

kaela e.f. amaral Page 4 - The j.e Mag

Editor-in-Chief


The j.e Magazine P.O. Box 54 Green Cove Spring, FL 32043 Email: info@thejemag.com Publisher Jean edouard Gustave Editor in Chief Kaela Amaral Contributing Photographer Wally Sears Contributing Writers Malerne Malone Kimberly Scott Fashion & Style Mica Fleur


lifetime

f

by kimberly scott

rom decisions to motivation

O

ne of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make was the decision to further my education. There are many complications, obstacles, and challenges such as the financial aid process, admission, and orientation. There is also the repayment of student loans and the heavy burden of slipping into debt to worry about. Money and finances are not the only challenging aspects of higher education. Time constraints and family obligations also weigh heavy on many students’ minds. Stress management and time management are pertinent to a student’s success as well as self-motivation, perseverance, and dedication. My name is Kimberly Scott. I am a mother of five children and I am enrolled in an associate program to obtain my degree in psychology. My ultimate goal is to achieve a master in adult education to enable me to teach others at the collegiate level. I attend The University of Phoenix online program and I face challenges every day. ne of the largest motivating factors for me is my children. I want to set a good example for them and show them that anything is possible, no matter what the challenges. When I am faced with obstacles, I look to the light at the end of the tunnel, the ultimate goal is the degree. The one positive emotion that keeps me going [even in the roughest of times] is the sense of accomplishment. Not long ago I was enrolled in a course for humanities, a critical and creative thinking course. In the middle of the first year of school I was already feeling quite burned out. I pushed through until the end of the course and received the most insightful and thoughtful feedback. The instructor informed me that in the four years he had been teaching at this institution I had been the only student to make it through with a complete 100%. This inspired me to continue pushing through and the next thing I knew, I had finished my first year sequence. Feedbacks from instructors are great but nothing beats the love and support from family and friends. Recently, I was in a math class, (like many other people math is not my strongest subject) and growing frustrated I willingly threw in the towel. I talked to family and friends about my decision and with much persistence they convinced me to continue, even though in my mind, failure was inevitable. I continued my course work and at the end of the term I passed, barely with a D, but I passed. he support you receive will make the difference on how you view the successes and failures in your journey. And how you perceive your successes and failures determines the amount of motivation you will have through the rest of that journey. Regardless of the challenges and obstacles I face, pursuing the power of knowledge was absolutely the best decision I have ever made.

O T

Page 6 - The j.e Mag


cover story

is reading a dying Art in today’s world? by marlene d. malone photography by wally sears

D

oes anyone remember when it was an acceptable pastime to curl up with a good book and read to entertain oneself? It was a way for a person to allow their mind to temporarily escape the world around them and explore places only dreamed of. Reading is one of the most important ways to gather information. Not only can it allow a person to explore the world, but to learn about past and current events. Unfortunately in today’s world of technology, reading is fast becoming a dying art. Recently there was a special aired on PBS comparing the quality of education in the US versus education in China. Studies have shown that American children have become lax in their academics, specifically math and science. What was scary to this author was when the film crew went to a high school in Washington, DC and asked several juniors to name the first five US Presidents, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, recite the preamble to the US Constitution and how many


cover story

amendments it has. None of the US students could answer these questions. The film crew then asked several students the same questions as the American students; every Chinese student answered all of the questions correctly. What makes this worse is the answers to all of the questions asked were available on the web. How does this speak of our youth? To put it mildly, it’s not a positive picture. This is something that can be stopped by intervention at home. Most people think it is primarily the school’s responsibility to educate their children and encourage them to read, but it truly begins at home. Studies have shown a child begins to learn through observing their environment from infancy, so we must be sure to provide a home rich in opportunities to promote intellectual development. There are several ways to accomplish this. , read to your children every day. This may sound like a near-impossible task because of time constraints and life commitments, but it will do wonders for your child. It only takes thirty minutes a day to make an impression on your child. This can be done before bedtime, and it is a fun way to bond with them. Choose stories that are of interest to them so they won’t become bored. You can plan a trip to the local library or bookstore with your child so you can choose books for bedtime reading together. , keep the family informed of current news and events. While you can always watch the news on television, it would be a better use of time to read news articles aloud from the newspaper or websites like CNN or Fox News. You can even read the same news blips from different sources to see how each reporter has a different point of view on the same topic. This gets everyone involved and improves reading skills when articles are read out loud. The family can also take turns on reading the news to everyone else. , with many movies based on books, challenge yourself to read the book before seeing the movie. Instead of spending $50 to take the family to the theater, spend $15 (or less) to buy the book to read aloud to the family. You can even borrow it from the local library. Once you are familiar with the book, play a fun game when watching the movie to see who can spot the differences between the book and the film. This is a great way not only to build reading and critical

First

Second Third

Page 8 - The j.e Mag


thinking skills, but it helps teach both children and adults how to pay attention to details. , our biggest recommendation is to invest in an ereader. Prices have decreased to where many models are $70 to $100, and they last for years. There are many ways to download books onto an e-reader; they can be purchased or downloaded for free from web services such as Google Books. Some libraries also have digital books to loan to customers who have e-readers. In addition to those benefits, some models such as the Nook have games, digital magazines and puzzles to keep people entertained for hours. These are only a few ways “Parents can also work together on how reading can be revived in the home. Parents with the school to coordinate ef- can also work together with the school to coordinate efforts on this matter.� forts on this matter. If everyone works together, the quality of education in this country will drastically improve. The fact is if we as a society do not immediately work to solve this crisis, America could easily fall prey to foreign powers. Education is the key to success.

Finally


k

entertainment

atia cadet a distinct world by jean edouard

photography by justin hyte

K

atia Cadet is a Grammy nominated singer and songwriter. She earned her Grammy nod for co-writing the hit tune “911”. Born in Haiti and raised in Montreal Canada, this charismatic singer and prolific songwriter is ready to share her multi-cultural background and deliver her first solo album. She has been working on this after years of carefully crafting musical skills, and working with some of the industries most renown artists such as Whitney Houston, Steve Wonder and Marc Anthony. Her first single “With You” off her debut album entitled Boundless is a Zouk-R&B track produced by Kaysha. She was also called upon by Salaam Remi to write and perform a French Jazz tune titled “L’amour Une Aventure” for the major motion picture Rush Hour 3. Katia sings in French, English, Creole, Portuguese and Italian over multi genres such as Zouk, Dance Hall, Kompa, Soca and Reggae, all with a strong R&B fusion. Boundless is a musically rich album that promises to make your head bop, your hips swing and leave you inspired. Come into the eclectic world of Katia Cadet and let her carry you through her amazing journey. Page 10 - The j.e Mag


beauty

of the month

Lindsey Hancock

Lindsey Hancock is a beauty. Her regard is magic. She is currently in school for nursing at FSCJ. I doubt that you will believe that she’s been modeling for only 3 months. In her pastime she enjoys posing in front of the camera.

want to be the next beauty? go to thejemag.com


influence

let’s evolve by kaela e.f. amaral

D

ecember 16, 2011, my friends and I were sitting outside of a club smoking one last cigarette together before we had to leave each other in the two separate cars we had taken. Meanwhile, the club next store closes at the same time and the parking lot begins to fill up as both clubs let out around 2:00 AM. Mid-cigarette, a fight breaks out about twenty yards directly in front of us in the well lit parking lot, and I’ll admit we enjoyed the front row seat to the action. The fight was slightly sloppy and scattered, and no one was really getting badly injured. It was rather nonsensical and sadistically entertaining, but then it took the inevitable turn for the worse. I saw one man, whom I do not even remember witnessing fighting in the first place, walk quickly and excitedly across a portion of the lot towards another man, saying “Give me that s—, give me that…” and very smoothly they brushed by each other and I realized I was watching a handoff of some kind. In the midst of their passing bodies, my eyes caught a glint of light reflected off something silver, shiny and metal. I immediately stood up, throwing my cigaretate, and got

my friends up. One of my friends had seen the same thing I did and was already standing up when I told my friends, “That dude’s got something. We got to go”. We start walking and before we even get to the car, a gunshot blasts out through the air. My eyes fling wide open and my neck whips around towards the sound of the shot as I strain to see where, or rather who, it came from. One of the girls walking to the car next to ours immediately drops to the ground and

Page 12 - The j.e Mag


screams at us to do the same. “My girl died this way! She got shot!” she screams, “Trying to drive away from a situation like this! Just stay down and don’t move your car ‘till it’s safe!” she cries, tears streaming. She goes on to curse the town we were in as I struggle to find my car key in my purse. Just as I find it, two more gunshots ring out. At this point I actually start feeling a little more like someone should feel when they hear live gunshots for the first time: scared. I all of a sudden comprehended the gravity of hearing a bullet explode into the world. Once a bullet leaves the barrel, it has an intended trajectory but could end up anywhere. Bullets ricochet and miss their targets only to hit unintentional ones in the distance. Being within earshot of a gun is essentially close enough to be hit by one, and that was not a place I wanted or deserved to be in. Thankfully, we saw the blue lights flashing as about seven cruisers and a couple under-cover police cars whipped into the parking lot. We left safely, but as we drove away and I replayed the night’s events in my head, it became evermore apparent just how unsafe I was only moments ago. And for what? Some stupid bar fights. I don’t know why anybody started fighting, but I know it wasn’t worth someone dying over—especially someone uninvolved and unlucky enough to be

in the wrong place at the wrong time such as myself. t is sadly true, though, that violence has been set as a standard to be met in some areas of society if you want to be seen as a strong person – probably something Darwin would attribute to a survival instinct to display dominance – and if that’s the case, then I suggest we hurry up and evolve some more. When will people learn some humility? The idea of war is absolutely absurd (even before considering the very existence of atomic bombs) when looked at objectively – thousands of young soldiers charging willingly into a death pit, where the people dying aren’t even the people actually fighting over anything, but instead “for” something: their country, its people, and their leader. Unless a conscience decision is made in the minds of all the people in the world, there will continue to be death, pain and suffering at the hands of violence. My friends and I made it out of the parking lot that night at the club, but that poor crying girl’s friend wasn’t so lucky, and it just as easily could have been me or one of my friends. It just isn’t worth it. Please world, stop the violence before something horrible happens.

I

Read The j.e Mag online

www.thejemag.com


fashion & style

I taught myself how to shop at a very young age. I wouldn’t say that using coupons and looking for a bargain makes a person cheap but rather a smart consumer.” Page 14 - The j.e Mag

find the perf


fect dress with the matching hat

I

Hat: Brown Dress: brown scarf blue bracelets blue and brown

taught myself how to shop at a very young age. So fashion comes natural to me. To say that using coupons or looking for a bargain makes a person cheap is far from the truth. A smart consumer is interested in more than just style. I’ve always been able to inspire poeple to get dressed up. I look forward to sharing some of my fun and trendy looks with you. I can say that I’m riding around experiencing the celebrity life style while I’m still trying to inspire other young women to be as confident about their body image as well as their personal sense of style. Thank you for reading and Happy New Year!

mica fleur Page 15 - The j.e Mag


icon lesley silverthorn entrepreneurial mode by jean edouard

photography by Santa Clara University Global Social Benefit Incubator Staff

I always follow young people who have a positive attitude and the ability to inspire others. Every year, like everyone else, I’m always curious to see who is selected to be the next 30 finalists for Businessweek’s America Best Young Entrepreuneur. Last year I saw Lesley selected and her story was inspiring to me. I quickly made contact to meet her for an interview so her story could inspire my readers. It was quite an honor for me to interview Lesley Silverthorn. She was involved with the first three generations of the Amazon Kindle and now has her own company named Angaza. From July to about October 2011, her company made $30,000 in profit. Imagine how much her company will make every quarter. The future looks bright for this young woman. j.e. Can you present yourself for The j.e Mag readers, please? LS. I’m the CEO of Angaza Design, a for-profit social venture dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in the developing world. We create highquality, affordable solar lighting and cell phone charging products designed specifically for under-served markets. We focus on low-income customers who do not have access to electricity.

LS. I’m 25 and when I started Angaza Design, I didn’t even consider myself an “entrepreneur”… it just felt right at that time to start the company. Now I do self-identify as a “social entrepreneur.” After working in East African villages for several months initially, I saw such a prevalent need for clean and affordable energy products, so starting Angaza to solve this problem was the driving factor for me.

j.e. How old are you and what made you become an entrepreneur?

j.e. How do you feel to be named one of the 30 finalists of the 2011 Business-

Page 16 - The j.e Mag


week’s America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs? LS. It is quite an honor to be named a finalist for Businessweek’s America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur, there is little break from working to build your company, so recognition of our hard-earned progress was wonderful. It was also a great opportunity to show the world that this kind of work in the developing world needs to be done. j.e. You were working on the first three generations of the Amazon Kindle, why did you leave to create Angaza Design? LS. The Amazon Kindle is considered a ground-breaking product in the world of consumer electronics, specifically for e-readers. I wanted to have the same ground-breaking effect with solar lighting across the world. The Kindle taught me that a simple problem – the difficulty with hauling multiple books during travel - could be solved in an elegant technological way, and I aimed to do the same with energy poverty. j.e. Where do you see yourself in 3

years from now? LS. In three years from now I hope to still be building Angaza to be a leader in the field of poverty alleviation through energy solutions. By that point, I have to have impacted millions of lives around the world. j.e. Any message for other young entrepreneurs who are inspired by you? LS. There will be people who don’t believe in you, and people who think you’re crazy, so just know yourself what your goals are and how you aim to achieve them, and stick to that path! Take constructive feedback where appropriate, but don’t let someone talk you out of your dream. j.e. Thank you and wish you more success in your future endeavors! LS. Thank you! If you wish to get involved with our work, please consider a contribution to our IndieGoGo campaign where you can buy a solar light, and give a solar light to a family without access to electricity. Check out the campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/ Angaza-Design-Eradicating-EnergyPoverty?a=324577

Advertise with us advertisement@thejemag.com

Page 17 - The j.e Mag


The j.e Magazine (issue #2)  

The j.e Magazine - January 01-2012 Issue #2 www.thejemag.com