Let’s Have Girl Talk!
Nov21

Let’s Have Girl Talk!

By Leah T. Johnson ColorBlind Magazine spent a few moments with Ms. Ivy, the Founder of the Mentoring Program-Let’s Have Girl Talk …  If you you could describe yourself in 3 words what would they be and why? Ambitious, unique, and daring. I don’t always play by the rules and I’m not afraid to take chances in life. I believe that nothing in this life is given to you without hard work and sacrifice. Tell me more about your mentoring group? Such as when did it start, why did you want to start it, and what activities does your mentoring group do? Let’s Have Girl Talk started as a mentoring program this past summer in June of 2015 at the Joseph Walker Williams Center, but the concept originated during my first year studying social work as I began my internship at Alternatives For Girls. I’ve learned that it’s not what you say but how you say it. Know one, especially young African American women will admit that the need professional help such as therapy or counseling, but will feel comfortable “kicking it” and having girl talk. It was at that moment I realized that these young women just need someone to talk to and assist them with redirection. On December 5, 2015, Let’s Have Girl Talk and the Change Agent Consortium with Rev David Bullock will be hosting The Crystal Ball Affair. What makes your mentoring group different from others? We tackle real issues that are on the minds of our young women. Let’s Have Girl Talk is a filter free zone. I challenge every girl to speak on whatever she is feeling and why. Is there a reason why you are passionate about mentoring young women? I don’t like the direction in which this generation is headed. They are lost. I know how it is to grow up in an environment of an absent father, and witnessing things that should have never been around. My mission is to bring forth change with every young girl growing up in urban Detroit and teaching them of all the endless possibilities in life. If there was only one more mentoring session you could hold with a group of young women, what would the topic be and why? I love me because… The love for self is the most important relationship for every girl to...

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Pondering the Attack in Paris
Nov20

Pondering the Attack in Paris

The Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower are two places in France I have often wanted to visit, especially since I began learning French in middle school. I’d even chosen to make Paris my Honeymoon destination (but this was way before I found out that there were many other countries to visit). Therefore, when the news announced that there were attacks in Paris, “The City of Lights” and “The City of Love” my heart dropped. Then the news anchorman announced “I have just received word that at this very moment, the attackers are shooting the hostages in the Bataclan one-by-one.” With each second, and each blink of the eye, a person had just died. For me, this was my 9/11 because I understood what the word “Terrorist” meant as opposed to when I was 13 years old in eighth grade. In addition to this, I began to think about those I know personally who, ironically, had just visited Paris. For example, the Director of Photography for ColorBlind Magazine, Tina Nelson, was in France earlier this summer on behalf of her online music show In My House. Also, Nadine Zebib, a former editorial intern for ColorBlind Magazine fulfilled her dream to live in Paris for quite awhile after graduating from college. Thankfully, neither of these ladies were there during the attacks. But, I can only sympathize with those who knew people who were there during that awful Friday night. As with all things though, time will move on, and the great city of Paris will survive and thrive. And I am confident that I will one day visit Paris, France and the word “terrorist” will not even come to...

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