StrongGIRL Fest

StrongGIRL Fest

Stronggirl fest
By Emily Grace Cater
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StrongGIRL Fest, what a wonderful way to support girls and women from all over. Girls are sometimes not able to do and be what they want to be, which this fest goes against all those negative thoughts. With fun activities, girls were able to be themselves while showing their strong attributes.

The activity that I helped run was with public speaking. Public speaking, though nerve-racking at times, shows that you have a voice. You get to speak your mind on a certain matter and show a different point of view that some people would have not seen before. I wanted to lead in this activity because I have seen when girls thought that they did not have voices, when their opinions did not matter. This activity supported girls and their ideas.

Hutchison and the Girl Scouts teamed up to create this fun day; they also created a spark in the girls that came. Whenever I would say what we would be doing in our room, I saw doubt that they would not be able to speak in front of everyone. Then I was surprised. The girls that looked like they were unable to speak in front of people, got up and spoke.

You could tell by how they woke up when they were faced with a challenge. They stood up front of the audience and told us what they would do if they were president and what they believe makes a strong girl. Though some girls did not know what to say, in my mind I thought that the fact that they got up and spoke and that is what made them strong.

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Moments like this show how we will react to something that we are uncomfortable with. It shows that we can do something we thought we could never do. It paves the way for what girls might overcome in the future. Nevertheless, when you see the different people walking through the door you feel as though our future, as strong women, is secure.

The different places and faces show that we a strong in so many ways. In so many different people, with different backgrounds. It is so diverse but still connected over a broad subject, what makes a girl strong? Girls, they are supported and there is nothing anybody can do about it. This fest is just one example of our numbers, of our supporters, of our future.

It is a great feeling to know that I am supported as much as you are. Whether you are introverted, extroverted, girl, boy, different, you a supported even when you do not feel like it. Memphis supports you, your friends, you family they support you. The strong girl fest is a great way to show how wonderful you are.

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9 Year Old Writer/Director Will Premier His Movie

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9 year old writer/director will

premiere his movie

in Houston for Bully prevention month

By I AM HOUSTON MEDIA

Michael Myles Hayes, the 9-year-old director from Houston, Texas will Premiere his short film ‘Beast Factor’ in Hollywood during National Bully Prevention Month!

Beast Factor a movie selected by Reel Black Men Movie Festival brought to by Black Hollywood will premiere at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood on October13th, 2018 at 7:00pm.

I AM HOUSTON MEDIA is pleased to announce the release of its new short film ‘Beast Factor’ during National Bully Prevention Month, starring Braden Balazik, Jean R. Shaw, Jaylen Christopher, So ‘Cara Milan Anaye. The film is written and directed by Michael Myles Hayes, and produced by Chukwuemeka Uchegbu.

Beast Factor tells a story of a 6 year old Connor MCFarmland. At just two years old CONNOR MCFARLAND goes in for a flu shot with his parents, but the doctor’s poor hygiene causes the standard shot to morph into a strange serum that causes little boys to grow beast-like tendencies when taunted or angered. Six years later, Connor is now is third grade and known to be the quietest in the 30-student classroom. After arriving late to class, he’s subjected to relentless bullying from his peers, including name-calling, taunting, paper balls being thrown, just to name a few.

 Although their teacher MS. GARRETSON tries to stop the bullying, it always happens when her back faces the class. But soon, Connor reaches full rage, screams, and dives for the corner, where he plugs his ears and curls into himself. Although the biggest bully, JASON, suspects Connor is faking his anger to get attention, everyone else believes there’s something more going on. Ms. Garretson attempts to console Connor, but they’re forced to bring his big sister CASEY MCFARLAND in to help settle him down. She explains the truth about Connor’s past and reveals that the only way for his full rage to disappear is to offer him some kind words. Immediately, the students compliment Connor on all his positive attributes. Even the nastiest bullies speak kindly to Conner as he slowly returns to normal. Ms. Garretson ends the day by asking the students about the valuable lesson they have learned, as they stop treating Connor differently for simply being different. 

‘Beast Factor’ is making a huge debut throughout the country during October which is National Bully Prevention Month.  ‘Beast Factor’ will premiere at Galveston Island Film Festival & Conference on October 6th, 2018 in Galveston, Texas. Also, the epic movie will get to premier at the 2018 MPAC Film Fest Event happening in Houston, Texas on October 11-13.

 “I am hoping that everyone will come out and see my movie and after seeing it they become more aware of the serious consequences of bullying and realize NO ONE IS BORN A BULLY!” said Michael Myles Hayes director of ‘Beast Factor.’

About the Director

Michael Myles Hayes is known to be an actor, musician and business owner. At 9, he wrote and directed his first film ‘Beast Factor’. The Texas born actor has featured in the popular TV mini-series The Long Road Home (2017), Queen Sugar and Undercover Boss. Michael has played prominent roles in films such as The Beach (2018), Monkey Up (2016) and Caeli Auxilium (2015). He’s mission is to work hard and expand his horizons and become the greatest actor ever to be known in Hollywood.

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Dad, I’m Okay

Dad, I’m Okay

Dad, i’m okay

afraid of judgement

By /u/dad_i_am_okay of Reddit

Dad, I’m sorry.

All I said was, “It’s actually not that bad here.” It was a very tinny telephone, so maybe you didn’t quite understand: all I meant was that I liked the hot food, the central heating, and the luxury of a lumpy bed that wasn’t by the side of the road. I meant, “Don’t worry, Dad, it’s not like the movies.” I wanted you to know that I wasn’t about to be shanked. But I guess you heard “I like being in juvie,” so you went nuts.

Dad, if you had asked me over the phone why I did it, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t know how to explain the hole inside me. Why did I steal that car and put two thousand miles on it? Well, why do people swim? Because we love the water? No. Because we don’t want to drown. And in our hometown, I was drowning, Dad.

It was never about the car, really. The car was just–there. A convenience. And I never really cared about where I was going. All directions were away.

When you flew two thousand miles to retrieve me from juvenile detention, you were worried that this was the start of the end. That some integral part of me had been knocked askew–that next it would be drugs, or older men, or stripping. And I don’t blame you. What were you supposed to think? Your respectful, obedient, introverted, straight-A daughter, who was a virgin and had never tried drugs in her life, who did the dishes every night without complaint, had become a felon literally overnight. Christ, you probably thought I’d gotten brain damage!

 

In retrospect, hey, maybe I was a little brain damaged. Dad, do you know what my greatest worry was that day? My hair. Juvenile detention doesn’t allow hair dryers, you see, and if I don’t blow dry my hair it gets frizzy. While you worried that I was going to start a career in prostitution, I worried that the other inmates thought I was ugly.

Consider all I have done since. I graduated high school as a valedictorian. I have a full ride in college. I still get straight A’s. I’m graduating without debt. I’ve won a prestigious internship. But I am afraid that when you look at me, all you see is a teenager in an ugly orange uniform and frizzy, frizzy hair.

Please look at me, Dad.

I used to think that the worst thing I’ve ever done was running away or stealing that car. Then I thought it was enjoying being caught, because surely I was meant to be suffering in juvie, wasn’t I? But now, I think the very worst thing I’ve ever done was hang up that phone.

So Dad, I’m sorry. Every time I look at you, or hear your voice, or think about you, I am back on the other end of a telephone line, unable to explain to you that I am going to be okay. And I’m sorry if every time you think about me, you still wonder whether I have a screw loose or something.

I’m okay, Dad. But I’m sorry–I just don’t know how to explain that to you.

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LYE and Kida The Great team up to Inspire Memphis Youth

LYE and Kida The Great team up to Inspire Memphis Youth

LYE and Kida The Great team up to Inspire Memphis Youth

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JULY, 2017

Young Voices

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Greatness can be found all over this city. It makes me so happy to see young ones giving back to the community. Especially here in Memphis, Tennessee. A few day ago JustMy got an invite to attend a dancing event that was hosted by Ladia Yates (professional dancer).

Alongside highlighting her students at LYE Academy, Kida The Great came in town to show some love to the city. Despite having some bigtime booking offers, Kida decided he wanted to come from California to Memphis, Tennessee to see these young dancers. Helping them to stay inspired to chase their dreams to become professional dancers themselves.

Meet Ladia Yates

So let’s highlight the night. Ladia had this event set up nice. The venue was set up with a cool backdrop for photos. There were spaces for local vendors to come out and promote their businesses as well. My favorite was the 8 year old girl who owns her own lemonade business. This wasn’t just a regular lemonade stand we are used to seeing in the neighborhoods. No, she had an actual lemonade BUSINESS making fresh lemonade drinks for her clients along with other real fruit options. That was truly a great and inspiring thing to witness. From those at JustMy, we really want to wish her the best.

Alright, now, back to the rest of the event. The whole evening was mainly centered around a dance battle, which was AWESOME. Dancers came from all over to participate in this battle. There were local Memphis dancers and some from Alabama, and even Florida. So this was a big thing for these amazingly talented people. In between the breaks in the tournament, Ladia gave us the privilege to witness the positive impact she has had on the youth here in Memphis. We all got a chance to see what the young ones had to show us. The dance routines made everyone so proud. They truly are future stars straight out of Memphis.

Kida the Great

They truly are future stars straight out of Memphis

The Youth of LYE

We also got to see other dance teams perform who came in from out of town to add to the positive energy radiating from the building. Kida The Great even got on stage and danced with LYE. He also did a dance solo for everyone. While watching him dance you could really see the passion, confidence, and great energy that came from his every move. Which was the case with everyone else who performed. At the end of it all, trophies were handed out to reward the top two dancers in the competition. Then afterwards, they allotted some time for people to get pictures with Kida.

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In all, that night was very nice! From everyone at JustMy, we want to thank Ladia Yates and LYE Academy for the invite! Who knows, maybe next time we will get on stage and show everyone how we get down here (jokes). Again, what a great night, and we look forward to attending more things these amazing people put together for the community.

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Willow Oaks 5th Grade Promo Ceremony

Willow Oaks 5th Grade Promo Ceremony

Willow Oaks 5th grade promo Ceremony

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MAY, 2017

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Fifth graders at Willow Oaks Elementary celebrated their transition from elementary to middle school today with a promotional ceremony. Students welcomed guests, recited original poetry, and performed a musical number to Pharrell’s “Happy”. Additionally, every spoken part was given in English and in Spanish.

Jerome Robinson of JustMyMemphis was the guest speaker. He encouraged students to make a daily decisions to be amazing, to begin each day with the intention of doing their very best.  Josephine Leatherwood who is retiring after more than 35 years of teaching was the Guest of Honor. Students and teachers paid tribute to Ms. Leatherwood with poetry, flowers, and gifts.

Mayor Jim Strickland spends time with the students of Willow Oaks Elementary.

Students received an exciting surprise at the end of the ceremony — a visit from Mayor Strickland! Mayor Strickland visited with students and parents, offering congratulations, encouragement, and many photo opportunities.

JustMyMemphis Founder Jerome Robinson served as the Guest Speaker.

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The Learning Garden  Willow Oaks learning garden is an outdoor classroom funded by The Kitchen Community. The garden gives students an opportunity to grow healthy foods from start to finish, while studying the germination process.  Students explained to Mayor Strickland how they prune, water, and harvest the vegetables.  The students pointed out the various plants they are growing to the Mayor which include:  kale, swiss chard, mint, basil, and lettuce.

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Girls in Leadership Summer Camp

Girls in Leadership Summer Camp

Girls in Leadership
Tracey  Ford
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MAY, 2017

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What:
Leadership Camp for Girls

When:
6/20/2017 8:30
6/22/2017 12:30

Where:
1740 Ridgeway Road
Memphis, TN 38119
(901) 2145450

Cost: $35 per session
Both sessions are the same content.
www.hutchisoncfe.campmanagement.com/campers

For girls entering grades 8-10
Hone your creativity as you build your brand, explore your growth mindset, and find your purpose in this camp designed for you.

Date/Time: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Session I: June 20-22
Session II: June 27-29
Instructor: Erika Cain (Girl24 Movement founder)

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Hutchison is dedicated to academic excellence and to the parallel development of mind, body, and spirit as it educates young women for success in college and for lives of integrity and responsible citizenship.

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Tracey Ford

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Tracey Zerwig Ford serves as both the Fine Arts Director and the Center for Excellence Director. Before joining Hutchison, Ms. Ford served as the Artistic Director of the Arts Memphis Center for Arts Education. She has commissioned works from all major arts groups in the Memphis area, trained artists of all disciplines, and visited classrooms through Lincoln Center’s prestigious Aesthetic Education Institute. Ms. Ford has performed professionally in New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lindenwood University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University.

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