Black & Body Beautiful Olympian Gymnasts Cover Teen Vogue

Top Gymnasts cover Teen Vogue

This is what an Olympian looks like ~ brown, buff, bodied & beautiful. Top U.S. gymnasts Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles each cover Teen Vogue’s August “Body Beautiful” issue. That’s a double dose of #blackgirlmagic & double trouble for the competition at next month’s summer Olympic games. Black girls have been featured on the cover […]

Homegirl Mentor Inspires Teens Girls in Raleigh

Mentors can make a big difference – for teens and adults – especially those who you feel you can relate to in some way. Maybe they grew up in the same neighborhood you did, went to the same school, speak some of the same slang, experienced some of the same issues, or just know what […]

Teens Tackle “Blackgirlhood”

On last Sunday, a group of teen girls spoke about #blackgirlhood, during the Uniquely You Summit‘s #WhatIKnowNow Brunch for women and girls. Meet the panelists: Moderator Khanya Brann (EIC of #fortheloveofblackgirls, Victoria Pannell (16) Known for her work fighting child sex trafficking, Leah Boyd (19) Leukemia survivor, Jazlyn Crawford (16) activist and world traveler, Noor […]

Teen Prom Dress Design Star Continues to Shine

Prom is always a big deal – the final night of high school where you can get dressed way up, go out to a huge party, and just enjoy being young, beautiful and happy while your friends and family celebrate your moment. But I don’t ever remember prom being as big of a deal as it was […]

There’s A “Got Beauty” Movement Underway. Are You Ready to Start #MirrorMackin’?

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Can you appreciate what you see or do you start to critique what’s there? For most teens, it’s probably a little bit of both and that’s where the “Got Beauty” movement comes into play. Got Beauty is “a movement that helps young women (and men) to realize […]

Homegirls Learn to #BeGreat at the 8th Annual Sista-2-Sista Youth Summit

On Saturday, almost 200 middle school and high school aged girls met up at St. Francis College in Brooklyn for the 8th Annual Sista-2-Sista Youth Summit, where they danced, laughed, learned, and made new friends. If you weren’t there, here’s what you missed! Sista-2-Sista (S2S) is a FREE two-day youth summit held every year during […]

My Black is Beautiful

My name is Shaleah Sylla. I was born and raised in New York City. Most of the important events in my life took place here in the Big Apple, but a lot of my pain was born here too. A lot has happened in my life but, through it all, I thank God that I […]