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The Future is Young Loud Proud

I launched this Blog site “Young Loud Proud” and “Speak Up: a podcast for invincible girls” to encourage and educate my peers,  break stereotypes, promote diversity & inclusion, promote self-love/care, self-expression, and to celebrate art.

I want to continue with this theme and over the next five years transform Young Loud Proud into a mentoring program that engulfs my current MISSION and will encourage young people to strive for greatness despite their current shortcomings.

I want to expand YLP’s reach by visiting various areas across the world to bridge the gap between various cultures, conduct classes that celebrates individuality through art, and share the mission of  YLP while campaigning “I like me.”

There are young people with deep emotional issues and there are children who may not be able to express themselves; as a result I see a need for this mentoring art program.

The art classes given through this mentoring program will be a huge developmental benefit because it will help strengthen cognitive skills, communication, team building, and this will help children with self-expression.

Poetry

This program will be based on art that promotes the production of: poetry writing.

We’ll explore poetry throughout history and have the opportunity to review a variety of previous works (from Dr. Suess to Langston Hughes).

The educational components will include an overview of famous/infamous poets in history.

The overall goal will be to motivate children to be accepting of each other, promote diversity, and to spread love between cultures.

Cosmetic Making

These classes will teach young people how to create beauty products from scratch (this craft will help with team building, promote camaraderie, and bridge the gap between foreign cultures).

Participants will be given a variety of ingredients to create their beauty products.

They will be mixing ingredients together and (I will melt them and mold them); increasing knowledge on how cosmetics are made is a great skill to obtain.

Podcasting

I want to help young people create Podcasts ultimately teaching the importance of communication.

After learning how to create their own poetry/ short stories participants will be given the opportunity to read and record their stories and poems, explain their meaning, learn how to splice recordings/ add music & sound effects, and ultimately create an “episode” for a Podcast.

I have submitted this propsal to many different agencies for funding and have filled out a ton of grant applications. It can be fustrating to have a vision of this magnitude (without funding) and without a solid/ concrete plan to execute goals… but I am hopeful and positive!

I know I’m making these ideas real every time I talk about them, type them out, and put them on paper.

I shared this idea with everyone, I thought it was time I shared it with you.

I love you Young Loud Proud, I see the prgress, and I see your future (it’s BRIGHT)!

If you are interested in supporting this mission please email: proudloudyoung@gmail.com or support Mystiky Maquillage.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Suppressed Deity & Young Loud Proud’s presents: Sick, Lit & LOUD

“We have been on a journey from the age of 7, creating our own stories and characters. Being underrepresented as young girls of color, we began designing our own worlds where we were able to exist freely. Presently, we are still creating platforms for disenfranchised groups, proclaiming self-acceptance. Our most recent project, Sick & Lit, is an empowering series that pokes holes in the stereotypes surrounding race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. Please join the movement by sharing & following the link in our bio to donate to our cause.” —Suppressed Deity, LLC.

“Suppressed Deity, LLC” is an organization based in Philly that produces media content for entertainment and educational purposes.

SuppressedDeity is looking to fund their first project: “Sick & Lit” a project based on the struggles of Millennials. (please follow this link to help support their project https://www.gofundme.com/sick-and-lit-series

✨✨Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!!!✨✨

Founders, Gabbi (@november_drums) & Mishea (@diva_sass), are special guests on #YoungLoudProud’s #SpeakUpPodcast (Episode 4 titled “Sick, Lit & Loud” with #MayaDanielle @mystik.y) where they’re discussing the series Sick & Lit as well as Race, Hair, Gender, Sexuality SocialMedia, MentalHealth & so much more 🖤✨

・・・THANK YOU for a very exciting collaboration 🙏🏽💕Catch the episodes 1-4 of @YoungLoudProud’s Podcast Speak Up: An Invincible Girl’s Podcast (clickable link in bio) https://anchor.fm/invinciblegirl

Make sure you’re following @suppressed_deity (on Twitter& IG) so you don’t miss any of their upcoming projects! Stay Tuned!

Please email: proudloudyoung@gmail.com for all inquiries.

(#34ExcusesForWhyWeFailedAt__________)

(#34ExcusesForWhyWeFailedAtWork) inspired by the social media hashtag #34ExcusesForWhyWeFailedAtLove

1. We were from two different generations

2. I don’t really know what a real manager looks like

3. I couldn’t accept the way you talked to me

4. I always swore I was too good for you

5. I wanted to grow and learn more

6. You wanted to box me in

7. I wanted to be free from you

8. I don’t want to take direction from someone lazy

9. I vented too much to other people

10. HR never helped me

11. I laughed too hard and cried often

12. I was too stressed and got high blood pressure

13. Y’all talked about my hair

14. The Que divided us

15. I made a huge mistake in Charlotte

16. My letters were only well written

17. My light shines too bright for you

18. I can write a mean email (no pun intended)

19. I used too much color ink

20. I got high every morning; the cookie did it

21. I took exclusion for granted

22. I made a huge mistake in Miami

23. I got too comfortable and you can’t control your temper

24. I let scenarios rule

25. I called you too much, I called out too much

26. I stopped communicating

27. I was late when it counted most

28. You used a black cushion

29. You think you’re better than me

30. “I’ve never had a day” like any of you

31. I don’t have authority

32. You don’t believe in confidentiality

33. You’re a liar, You’re retiring

34. I’m a believer, I’m just getting started

Journalism ❤️ YLP blogging (Thank You)

New blog posts are up on #youngloudproud.com I’m continuing to shine light on #blackexcellence ✨ “I can’t help but to SHOUT OUT the #YLP kings & queens and their incredible stories.

There are always so many noteworthy #blackexcellence posts being shared all over my social media timelines/dashboards/feeds/etc. and I feel like the positive needs more recognition period!!!!

Thank you all!!! From the people who post/repost, to the people being shouted out- who are out here putting in the work, paving the way and grinding!

You fuel this blog:. I find so many melinated people so inspirational and motivating and at the end of the day that’s why this blog YOUNG LOUD PROUD even exists, so again, thank you all.

If you have a personal story or someone you want to SHOUT OUT for being #YLP don’t be afraid to email me: proudloudyoung@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you.”💪🏾❤️🙌🏾💕✨ (blogged by @mystik.y)

Here’s a bit of background just Incase you’re curious on how/why YLP came to be:

My interests in journalism continuously grow. I love to read and have always enjoyed creating stories both fictional and non-fictional. I have a strong interest in literature and always wanted to spread knowledge to teach people while spreading the truth. Growing up, my mother nicknamed me Action News because I reminded her of a reporter; consistently gathering information and investigating.

My long term goals include writing/publishing a novel and ultimately publishing my own magazine. I’m slowly but surely accomplishing my goals (An Ode to the “Good Girl” is now available through Amazon). My short term goals include continuing my education to advance my journalistic integrity and acquire additional skills. A girl can never really stop learning right?

One thing I’ll always need is to hear from YOU!! Please email me you thoughts comments concerns contributions, etc. proudloudyoung@gmail.com stay blessed, stay YLP!!

“Good Girl” #SpeakUp

(An ode to good girls)

You think you’re a good girl

Good girl, who do you think you are?

You walk around smiling, always happy, you won’t get too far

See this is the “real world” niggas will eat you alive

You can’t stand tall before shrinking down to my size

You think you’re a good girl

Goodie two shoes, kinda girl

Conceited think you’re worth something kinda girl

Who told you to smile, wear your hair all wild?

Who said you could go to church on Sundays to praise your God

Good girl, you think you are

But I know the real you

Sneaky girl, you won’t get far

I know all about girls like you

I’ll play you real close

I’ll tell you I love you while I hate you

I know how to hurt you most

You act like a good girl

Good girl, you think you are

But if it’s up to me, I’ll make sure you’ll never fill the void in your heart

You’ll never learn to love yourself truly

You’ll never see those better days

I’m your negative thoughts, self-doubt, that inner hate.

If you’re not careful, I’ll be here to stay,

always.

An excerpt from “An Ode to the ‘Good Girl’” available in paperback or kindle (e-book)

Tiptoe to life through my words #Trial&Error

Where have you been all my life?

I love the idea of you.

Your very existence blows my mind.

Before you reared your lovely head, only materialistic things mattered.

Once upon a time, I didn’t think I needed you, but you’ve continued giving me bits and pieces of you.

You know me so well, you know all about my sweet tooth, and so like calories you counted and rationed yourselves to me carefully.

Knowing I don’t deserve too much of you at once; I would waste you, so generously you presented the bits and pieces.

You’re growing with me although it seems your maturity exceeds mine.

You exist just like the wind; able to shake up and shake down the tallest…able to challenge life, control eagerness, and keep the mystery.

You’re something to look forward to in a calm place.

Please continue to haunt me.

I look forward to hearing the creaks on the wooden floor of my conscience.

Tiptoe to life through my words.

An excerpt from “An Ode to the ‘Good Girl’” available in paperback or kindle (e-book)

An Ode to the “Good Girl” (the story behind the cover art) #AnOdetoGG

I’ve never published a book before but it has always been a huge goal of mine to do so independently.

I fought with myself over every detail until I got tired and gave into creativity; not realizing that the perfect version of my book was slowly being lost in trying to obtain perfection.

For starters, the name originally was “Seven days til life” then changed to “Blue Cherry”. I came up with the title “Good Girl” right around the time I created “Young Loud Proud” as I became devoted to spreading positivity, focusing on Black excellence and breaking stereotypes. I thought about a label I’ve been associated with and how I’ve been constantly proving otherwise. It took almost two years to decide on the final structure; my heart (and the right side of my brain) chose the official name: “An Ode to the Good Girl.”

I came to the realization that in order to achieve perfection I needed to stay true to myself and express my art exactly as I wanted to.

Before I officially came up with the title, the structure of my book was just all over the place. Did I want to tell a specific story? Did I want to mix fiction with non-fiction? Do I incorporate my own stories? Maybe. Nah…my life isn’t that exciting. Or is it?

I already think of myself as a rhyming individual so my story was already very poetic. The first three drafts of this book were not (entirely) in poetry form but it flowed very nicely that with a lot of mind power and creativity I was able to create something that reminds me of some of the books I grew up on.

Imagine Shel Silverstein and Maya Angelou’s love child that was raised by Dr. Suess and Solange who’s god mommy is Sister Soulja. You may think “Maya is the best future ghostwriter of our generation” or “what in the knock off Shakespearian Tupac do we have here??”

That was absolutely a joke but you might get that feeling when you read through this Ode. I organized a compilation of short stories I’ve written, diary entries, poems, raps, songs, old journals, college notes, all from the past 6 years. I created an Ode to the “good girl” I thought I was, who Society deems me to be; to the girl who let her daddy down.

A lot of this comes from a sad place I was involved with a few people that I put so much hope into that I almost lost myself, but in my sadness, I found comfort in writing. I found myself by challenging myself and facing my fears.

I found a way to shed negativity and out of it came a blessing. I want to encourage the next girl to do the same.

I made a super vision board. I clipped up at least 5 magazines printed out my favorite quotes and created collage on a board that reflected myself (my wants, needs, aspirations, and goals).

The cover reflects the many sides of me rather it be revolutionary or ratchet it’s a mash-up of me and I love it so what better image to use for my cover art?

I asked about three different people to draw a cover for me (previously). I sent them each a poem and offered money if they could put a visual representation to my words.

That was silly because I realized that I am the only one who can do that and I already did (through my artwork).

As I finished up the book, having picked the official title, I was confident on choosing my board as the official cover art. Not only is it unique, it is a clear representation of the words in this book of poems. It forces the reader to really take the time to think about what they’re reading and interpret the meaning on their own.

An excerpt from “An Ode to the ‘Good Girl’” available in paperback or kindle (e-book)

We write poetry too. #youngloudproud

“I am a hustler! I am not just surviving I am thriving!” Samina Martin’s journey to self-love #ILIKEME

1. Describe yourself only using three words or expressions.

Beauty, Brains, and Ambition 

2. What do you like most about yourself? What are your best qualities?

I am a hustler! I am not just surviving I am thriving! I love that when I set my mind to something I DO IT! I love that I can be involved in 1,000 different things and I am able to give all of those things my very best. I love that I try to encourage everyone around me to do the same and live their lives FEARLESSLY! 

3. Over the past five years, what is the most important thing you’ve learned about yourself? What happened and what made it a significant moment?

– I’ve learned that I am strong. I’ve learned that dark days don’t last forever. I’ve learned there is so substitute for hard work. I’ve learned that there is no such thing as luck but preparation and opportunity. I’ve learned that I am Brilliant.  I’ve learned that the mind is so powerful and if you’re silly enough to believe you can do anything, Well then honey, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! I can not just pinpoint one moment that led me to these realizations but instead a whole host of moments. The moment I got into medical school, the moment someone I trusted betrayed me, the moment I passed my board exam, or, the moment I had to leave my parents house and be on my own in a new city. Each of these moments was very significant in making me who I am today. 

4. Are you comfortable with being yourself on a consistent basis or do you possess many faces?

-I believe we all possess many different faces; the work face, the home face and the social face, being the most common ones. I am very comfortable being myself in all setting but based on each situation I am able to adjust.  

5. How would you survive living in a world if every other woman were just like you? What would that world look like? Would you survive in that world?

I believe very strongly in individuality and if I was to live in a world where every other woman was just like me it may be pleasing at the beginning because we will agree on everything but it would later be very boring and frustrating. I don’t think I will be able to survive a world with no individuality. 

6. Rename your favorite song, book, or movie using your name and the thing you like most about yourself.

One of my favorite songs by Natasha Bedingfield “Unwritten”. (I’m) Reaching for something in the distance, So close you (I) can almost taste it, Release (Releasing My) your inhibitions….. This song takes me to a place of total vulnerability. A place where I am cable of living my best life with no inhibitions.  

7. What does love mean to you? Has your definition of love changed over time (from being a young girl to a woman) if so, how?

Love means being understanding, Love means being a vulnerable, love means being there for someone in desperate need of companionship (friendship) even if it’s not convenient for you (putting other feelings before yours), But Love also means saying no and choosing you! Over time by definition of love has not changed it has evolved. It has matured. I am comfortable with loving someone else but I have to be able to choose me because my wellbeing has to be my priority. I’ve learned that it is okay to say no.  

8. Do you know how to love? If yes, HOW do you love and WHO do you love?

 I believe I do know how to love. The question is… Do I know how to love properly? Of course, I love my family and very close friends. I love by showing affection, by being there for the things and moments that are very important, by listening. Many people love by buying things but I think love is felt most by the time we spend and the moments we create. 

9. If I asked the closest person to you if you are capable of loving others what would they say?

HELL YEA! (hahaha)

#ILIKEME

An Ode to the “Good Girl” a book a poems that defies its title

An Ode to the “Good Girl”: A girl is many things, one thing she is not, and never can be, is easily defined.

“Good girls” have it tough. Not only to live up to society’s high expectations but to carry the weight of being “good.” What is a “good girl” anyway? That label doesn’t allow room to be wrong or selfish, disappointed or unsure, sexual or sexy, mischievous, too loud or too quiet; there’s no fair chance in growing into that woman she needs to be.

Whether she’s referred to as Maya, Mystik, or Cypher, this “good girl” is on her journey to finding self. Looking for the meaning of love and learning not to put the burden of loving her on anyone else. She’s making mistakes and learning from them. She’s been betrayed and has betrayed, love and loss, but instead of dwelling, she’s learning lessons and moving forward.

An Ode to the “Good Girl” is a collection of stories dedicated to all of the risks I’ve ever taken, the second chances I never got, and to all of the things, I thought I couldn’t say out loud. These words are for all of the girls who cry a lot and laugh out loud (especially at the worst time). For the “good girls” & the ones caught up too.

An Ode to the “Good Girls” is now available for pre order (as a Kindle e-book. Expected release 6/1/18), if you purchase the e-book you’ll get a paperback copy for a whopping 99cents. If you’re so eager and can’t wait until June the paper back version is live now for $15. Click these links for either Paperback & Kindle (e-book).

Thanks for your support.

Available in paperback & Kindle (e-book)

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