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Notes From The 6 Train: #ATLast

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During the finally weekend in September I took a mini break from and headed home for the Outkast show! Before I continue, there are a few things I must explain so you, the reader, are able to grasp why this was so transformative for me. I literally grew up listening to Outkast, the lullabies of my childhood. There’s something so gratifying about seeing the people of your town coming together for a shared experience. Andre 3000 & Big Boi permeated my youth as familiar figures in my life, reminiscent of boys from around my neighborhood. To me, they demonstrated the complexities of maturing in an city environment. Sometimes by sending out messages that sometimes seem conflicted, displaying the yearning to do right while simultaneously maintaining their ever coveted “manhood.”

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There was so much passion this weekend, overflowing from the center of Centennial Park, into the streets of Atlanta. It was impossible to escape. This irresistible sense of belonging sucked me. This was my tribe, I was home.

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As an out of state student, it’s can be easy to get sucked into this NY state of mind. I recognize just how important it is for me to stay connected to my hometown. Sometimes that means listening to some southern music, eating some southern food, or taking a weekend break to fly down South. New York is an amazing place to study, travel & live, but remembering your home & then bringing that flavor is makes you special! Don’t shy away from it!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Student Sucess this week!

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You all know how I love FIT student success week! The week before spring break I had the amazing opportunity to go meet some new people at the make your own bunny event in the A building on the 8th floor. This week in the same room there will be Decorate a picture frame from 12-2pm in A739 this is held by the department of student life on Tuesday . Also on Wednesday there will be Sip tea and make beaded Jewelry from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm same place held by the department of student life. ( Most likely I will be there for this one taking pictures and interviewing students). Then on Thursday there is Make burlap crafts with N’ketian from 11-3pm!

Also get ready for some goodies! Bake Sales are always yummy! There is a Brag Bake Sale from 12-2 on Tuesday in the Dubinsky Lobby. Then another one on Wednesday same place for the Black student union from 11-6pm!

Some more special things going on this week are Blush magazine(  run with one of our very own bloggers Ashley ) is looking for models for a photo shoot. if you are interested please email: blush_magazine@fitnyc.edu .

On Wednesday Night the movie Ride along will be playing from 8-10pm with free popcorn being given away. I highly suggest it, I saw it already and I was dying laughing.

Lastly on Thursday from 2:15-3:15 Six flags tickets will be sold in A734 it is first come first serve! $25 dollars per ticket and only 2 tickets per FIT ID.

Have a good week,

Xoxo Kailee

 

Let’s Clarify: He’s not an FIT Student

Multiple websites are claiming that the man apprehended for the Boston Marathon Bomb Hoax is an FIT student (just Google it and you will see) , I can assure you he is NOT a current FIT student. Sometimes miss-information like this makes it to mass media and its not long before it becomes a PR disaster and everyone starts to look at our college under a different eye (scrutiny by our competition even if irrelevant). I’m here to let everyone out there know that blogs, websites, newspapers and other news outlets should verify their sources before posting information that could potentially cause harm to others.

Lets face it, we live in a world where speed trumps fact checking, and it is all about who reports first. With lack of accuracy, our news stream is being filled by churnalism which is the death of original journalism. If only Kevin “Kayvon” Edson would have taken the time to update his Facebook page (yes, this is where they got the info, ridiculous) this would have not even been portrayed in the news (but as my friend says, people have Facebook to brag about stuff, even when its not true). Today, a few minutes ago, we recieved an email from President Brown, which I will share with you:

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I was there last year during the days following the attack. We were at an Entrepreneurship Forum at Babson College and we were in lock-down as they searched and caught the culprit. It was a scary situation, but one thing can be said, tragedy unites us all to our cores. We as Latin American students along with Boston citizens, and people from around the globe came together in support of others’ pain.

With that in mind, the Fashion Institute of Technology, pays homage to all the fallen people, victims and survivors from the Boston Marathon Bombing. Boston STAY STRONG.

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Notes From the 6 Train: Breaking Up With Heartbreak

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( Don’t take Wiz Khalifa’s advice!)

Between midterms, applying for scholarships and summer internships/ jobs, working on honors project, and the million other things most FIT students are doing, it’s easy to become a bit scattered brained. Not to mention something I hadn’t planned for, a very abrupt ending to an three & half year experience ( ranging from relationship, to friendship and many complicated middle passages) with someone I really cared about, of which I was informed through a text message. Usually, I don’t get personal on this blog, but as a writer, I am committed to to telling the truth, whatever that means. And I know that this is not just my truth, because breakups are a universal experience. They happen, usually at the most inconvenient times, ( what is a “convenient time,” though) and, if you let them, have the ability to completely throw you off. Here’s a mini list of things I’m doing while in this transitional period in my life.

You can’t control what people do, but you only how you respond. Be sad. After putting you’re all into something and it doesn’t work out, you’re allowed to be sad. Trying to ignore what you’re feeling isn’t healthy, and you’re doing a dishonor to yourself. But don’t let the sadness consume you. Give yourself a prescribed amount of time to be sad, a week, a month, three months, whatever that may be and then, begin to move on.

Reach out to your support system. I am fortunate to have an amazinggg support system. Unfortunately, we’re scattered across the globe, but despite that I’ve received love from all over. My sister queen in LA even sent me an inspirational video of her dancing around. Another friend, this one located in NYC, brought me so magical Indian food, (I’m totally a believer that food holds healing qualities) and just hung out with me. If you don’t have anyone in New York, and just need someone to talk to, that’s what the health center is for. Sometimes you just need a good cry, in a private place, between classes and that’s what the FIT therapist’s offices are for.

Spoil yourself. Sometimes when we become accustomed to other people treating us well, we stop doing it ourselves. Breakups are the universe’s little reminder that you always deserve to be treated well. So, spoil yourself, whatever that means. Whether that means that extra piece of cake or getting those shoes you’ve been eyeing. Hey, you know they’ll never leave you. For me, that meant going to acupuncture ( at FIT for free) which is super relaxing, eating veggie burgers all weekend (which I’ve discovered is my comfort food) and NOT running all over New York, for once. Allowing myself to relax, if only for a week, is a treat in it’s self.

There are lots of other tasks I have taken up during this growth period but there’s no way I can list them all. I think that most important is remembering to be happy. Happiness is definitely a choice. I am coming to peace with my past, all the good and the bad, and am excited about what’s next. Everyday I wake up and remember “you’re young, you’re living in New York and this is all to prepare for whatever greatness lays ahead.” I hope you tell yourself the same.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: All For Afrofuturism

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As a student I’m always trying to do free things (duh) and as I’m sure you’ve noticed before, I’m a bit of a museum buff. A few weeks ago I visited The Studio Museum with a friend. The Studio Museum is one of those famous landmarks that every borough has. Located right on 125th in Harlem, it’s in the heart of history. 125th is a pillar of black history, it is known as the hub for black excellence and revolution. Harlem is home to the Harlem Renaissance to the place where Malcolm X was assassinated nearly ( # of years ago.) 125th remains the place where the African American Day Parade is held Annually, and where Studio Museum is located.On Sunday’s, it’s free and there’s usually an activity; an artist performance, discussion, or storytelling for children.

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The exhibit “The Shadows Took Shape,” about Afrofuturism, a concept inspired by an esoteric poem written by Sun Ra. Afrofuturism refers to “a creative and intellectual genre that emerged as a strategy to explore science fiction, fantasy, magical realism and pan-Africanism.” (Studio Museum) The exhibit featured 29 artists of the African diaspora and was simply stunning. The Afrofuturism concept was displayed through all types of media; film, poetry, photography, etc. and thought provoking and mentally tangible, the perfect blend of esoteric & understandably abstract. It captured many of the complexities and magical magnificence people of the African diaspora have maintained across the globe. If the cold has been driving you indoors, take a trip uptown to remember how enchanting we all can be by entering the world of Afrofuturism, a place where recalls just how magical they are.

Below I have posted the links to link to the museum and the blog for “The Shadows Took Shape.”

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http://www.studiomuseum.org/

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes From The 6 Train: The Director’s Cut

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Last week felt like an unofficial movie week for the FIT community. We were lucky enough to have two movies & their directors come to hold discussions and answer questions. Monday, as Jaiah mentioned, Spike Lee came to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Do The Right Thing.” Do The Right Thing is a movie about the events that take place in Brooklyn on a particularly hot & crazy day. As a fan of Spike, I had already seen the movie, but I have never been lucky enough to view it on a large screen such as the one in the FIT auditorium. This movie is so iconic, that it was quite a special treat to hear Spike’s thoughts about the film, it’s impact and the relevancy to U.S. society. I know Spike often gets a bad rap for being too outspoken, and though he does has his fair share of slip ups, I can appreciate a celebrity that openly speaks their mind and isn’t afraid to talk about issues that matter, even if that makes them subject to public ridicule.

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That’s exactly what both he and, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the director of Blackfish did last week. Blackfish was an emotional roller coaster. It started off pleasant enough, showcasing all the smile stained faces in the audience at Seaworld. Then the documentary slowing starting shifting from the “happy” killer whales at Seaworld to the more sinister side of this fish paradise. From one of the fisherman who helped to catch the first orcas for Seaworld, ( which was over 40 years ago), to past, but recent, employees at Seaworld. The documentary did a good job of letting both sides speak about the death, or near death of several Seaworld employees while interacting with the orcas. The director, and one of the former employees from the movie, did a good job of remaining unbiased during the Q & A session when some pretty difficult questions were asked of them. They talked about the intertwined complexities of the orcas, employees and business of Seaworld. Both of these movies are definitely must sees.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: What I’ve Been Up To

One thing I love about FIT’s winter break is that it’s so long. We have over a month to celebrate, travel and rejuvenate before beginning the new semester and it’s much appreciated. This break I have been able to accomplish so much and there’s still two weeks left. One main priority of mines was to spend as much time with Catherine as possible. Catherine is essentially my ten year old daughter, or at least it feels like it. I’ve been playing with her since I was a sophomore in high year school, six years, and have learned so much from her. I’ve found that kids are some of the best teachers because they are unknowingly honest, haven’t learned to view the world through the various lenses adults have and are usually far less judgmental then adults as well.

Catherine is extra special. She has Aspergers Syndrome, which is on the high end of the Autism spectrum. I began playing wit Catherine in high school to combat my fears of people with special needs, (not to mention the pay was pretty great for a high school sophomore.) But what started as a part time job grew into a journey of love and acceptance. As mentioned before, I will admit that I was afraid or people with special needs, mostly because I didn’t know or ever have to interact with people with special needs.

Throughout the years of play with Catherine, I’ve learned that people with special needs and I are not very different, we experience the world in different ways. I am not necessarily smarter or better then her, we just excel in different capacities. She can do things I wish I could do. Her memory is astonishing. She can hear something once and repeat it back perfectly, it’s simply amazing. What is most amazing though, is her lack of judgement and ability to truly love unconditionally. I don’t think even think race or color resonates with her, the only color she ever makes a fuss about is the color of my hair ( which is constantly changing). People claim to be “color-blind,”  which is simply not true. There are several studies that prove that color is the first thing humans notice, it does cover our entire body, making it a bit difficult to ignore. Being loved by someone who does try and turn a blind eye to our differences, but rather simply accepts me as I am, is a privilege.

I could literally write an entire paper on what Catherine has taught me. As we get closer to the beginning of the semester, remember the classroom is not the only to place to learn. Grow your soul.

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(Here’s a photo of us from this summer attempting to paddle boat)

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes from the 6 Train: Creating New Traditions

College, for many, is the first time that they may spend the holiday season away from their family. However, this not mean that the feeling of the season should simply disseapper! This is the perfect time of year to create new, exciting traditions tailored to your interests. For students who may not be able to travel home, ( like international students, or working students who can’t miss work, etc.), it’s the perfect time to start the holiday tradition you may have always wanted as a kid, but never had! Like a pink tree or eating pizza for holiday dinner.

For me, it was to create a safe space for my friends and I during the holiday season. Having lots of family around can be joyful, but being under the scrunity of prying family members can also be stressful. This is especially true for young queers. My solution was to create a safe haven, if only for a few hours. This was the original idea behind the annual “Queer- Friendly, Ugly Christmas Sweater Potluck.” A place for us all to congregate to eat, drink and be merry, with no uncomfortable table talk about relationships or other topics many students don’t want to discuss during the holiday season (grades, plans after graduation, etc.). This year will be our fourth potluck and every year it grows. It’s become a tradition that I’m asked about every year, and grows annually. It’s amazing to see that this event has picked up a life of its own and is apart of my holiday traditions.

Remember, family comes in many forms. For some, immediate family is really important, and others find family within their friend group. The holidays are what you make them.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.