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LaNiyah told DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine thatt she was bul­lied as well as other kids. She says, “I came home cry­ing to my mom and dad when I got teased and bul­lied. I want peo­ple to learn that bul­ly­ing isn’t cool to do to other peo­ple.” Her mother, La­Toya White, sug­gested she write the book as a way of help­ing her self-es­teem. They wrote the book to­gether and her mother self-pub­lished it in March. The book de­tails the story of a fic­tional char­ac­ter name Jes­sica. Jes­sica was bul­lied be­cause of her weight, which was caused by an un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion, though she was very healthy and ac­tive. At such a young age Jes­sica had to en­dure some painful and un­happy times. The story was based on LaNiyah’s very own true to life in­stances of be­ing bul­lied and teased be­cause of her weight.

LaNiyah was six years old when her book was re­leased. As a au­thor, amaz­ing things be­gan to hap­pen for LaNiyah. March 15, 2011, she and her par­ents ap­peared on Michel Martin’s show “Tell Me More.” Broad­cast in over 500 cities; it lead a world-wide dis­cus­sion in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s an­tibul­ly­ing ini­tia­tive and the epi­demic of Bul­ly­ing in Amer­ica. LaNiyah is also the au­thor of, “Stand Up: Bully Busters Com­ing to Town.” Ma­jor me­dia out­lets such as CNN, FOX, NBC, BET, WGN, AOL, ABC, Huff­in­g­ton’s Post and many oth­ers through­out the world; in­clud­ing Lon­don and Korea has al­lowed her the plat­form to show­case her book. They wanted to know more about this young girl’s “inspiring courage” af­ter she penned along with her mother La­Toya “Toyiah Mar­quis” White and illustrator Laura Pérez Ri­caud.

LaNiyah has over­come her fear of what peo­ple say about her and stage fear. The more she in­tro­duces her book and en­cour­ages oth­ers to take a stand against bul­ly­ing, she is able to stand with courage and she is more re­laxed when speak­ing. Since the books re­lease in March 2011, LaNiyah has been fea­tured in mag­a­zines, in­ter­viewed on 100’s of ra­dio shows, blogs and TV shows. The book has­gar­nered “5-star re­views” across the board and is cur­rently in les­son plans at schools-through­out the United States and Korea.

LaNiyah has a great fu­ture ahead of her. Although she en­joys writ­ing, she wants to be a designer and own her own busi­ness. She plans to have a cloth­ing line that will ap­peal to all sizes. DT

Not Fat Be­cause I Wanna Be.” Do­ing one thing can change and in­spire so many peo­ple,” LaNiyah said. “I never knew at 6 years old, I could in­spire so many peo­ple.”

In her de­but book “Not FAT Be­cause I Wanna Be” 6-year-old, au­thor/ youth ad­vo­cate, LaNiyah Bai­ley, de­tails the strug­gle of Jes­sica, a fic­tional girl who has an un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal is­sue that causes her to gain weight. Bul­lied by her peers, Jes­sica learns to ac­cept her body and even­tu­ally opens up about her con­di­tion to her class­mates. Ama­ Poor Jes­sica was the tar­get of bul­lies in 6 year old Chicago au­thor, LaNiyah Bai­ley’s HIGHLY-AC­CLAIMED, de­but “Not fat be­cause I wanna be.” Af­ter coura­geously de­cid­ing that “enough was enough” Jes­sica was determined to take a stand against her bul­lies. Now en­list­ing her best bud “Diva-pup” they form a su­per-hero duo known as “Bully Busters.” “Jes­sica” and “Diva-pup” are on an adventure. Tak­ing over the town one bully at a time. Fol­low them on this cool jour­ney as they travel the world pro­vid­ing their very own “Bully Buster” in­ter­ven­tion. In this ed­u­ca­tional col­or­ing/ac­tiv­ity book this duo will teach chil­dren of all ages that bul­ly­ing and teas­ing peo­ple be­cause of their dif­fer­ences is NEVER ok and that you should al­ways love your­self no mat­ter what. LaNiyah Bai­ley’s mission is to in­flu­ence chil­dren to ac­cept peo­ple the way they are and to treat oth­ers the way they’d like to be treated. With fifty pages of light­hearted draw­ings il­lus­trated by Laura Pérez Ri­caud, it de­liv­ers light-hearted true to life sce­nar­ios, in­spi­ra­tional quotes, and chal­leng­ing games for all chil­dren. It al­lows chil­dren to dis­cover, think and use their very own imag­i­na­tion while learn­ing the im­por­tance of anti-bul­ly­ing. This book will spark the much

needed “bully” con­ver­sa­tion early on. Ama­

iLuminate - Artist of Light JUN 24, 2013 - JAN 18, 2015 RUN­NING TIME: 1:20 PLAY­ING @ New World Stages 340 W 50th St FULL-PRICE TICK­ETS $58.00 - $68.00 New York, NY 10019 Mu­sic, art, and the mag­i­cal light suits of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and ro­mance told through dance styles from hip-hop, break­ing land lock­ing to con­tem­po­rary jazz us­ing the power of light. Artist of Light fol­lows Ja­cob, a tal­ented but in­se­cure young artist, and his mag­i­cal paint­brush. When a jeal­ous bully steals the paint­brush and uses it for evil, Ja­cob must fight to save his town and friends. Into The Woods DEC 18, 2014 - MAR 22, 2015 RUN­NING TIME: 2:10 PLAY­ING @ Laura Pels Theatre 111 W 46th St New York, NY 10036 FULL-PRICE TICK­ETS $99.00 Ven­ture back Into The Woods as Round­about Theatre Com­pany presents the ac­claimed McCarter Theatre Cen­ter and Fi­asco Theater pro­duc­tion of the Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal clas­sic by Stephen Sond­heim and James Lap­ine. With only 10 ac­tors, one pi­ano and bound­less imag­i­na­tion, this witty and wildly the­atri­cal re-in­ven­tion is Into The Woods like you’ve never seen it be­fore! In­clud­ing daz­zling songs like “Chil­dren Will Lis­ten” and “No One Is Alone,” this stripped-down, thrillingly clever new ver­sion made Ben Brant­ley of The New York Times fall “head over heels.” Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the gi­ant in the sky at this ex­tra­or­di­nary mu­si­cal about the power of wishes and what re­ally hap­pens af­ter they come true. Mo­town:The Mu­si­cal MAR 11, 2013 - JAN 18, 2015 RUN­NING TIME: 2:20 PLAY­ING @ Lunt-Fon­tanne Theatre 205 W 46th St New York, NY 10036 FULL-PRICE TICK­ETS $57.00 - $140.00 MO­TOWN: THE MU­SI­CAL is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the air­waves in 1959 and changed our cul­ture for­ever. This ex­hil­a­rat­ing show charts Mo­town Founder Berry Gordy’s in­cred­i­ble jour­ney from feath­er­weight boxer to the heavy­weight mu­sic mogul who launched the ca­reers of Diana Ross, Michael Jack­son, Ste­vie Won­der, Smokey Robin­son, Marvin Gaye, and so many more. Fea­tur­ing all the clas­sics you love, MO­TOWN: THE MU­SI­CAL tells the story be­hind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Mo­town fam­ily fight against the odds to cre­ate the sound­track that changed Amer­ica. Mo­town shat­tered bar­ri­ers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same

DREAM TEEN Jan­uary - Fe­bru­ary 2015 | beat.

Fif­teen-year-old singer Madi­son Beer at The Florida Mall MAC store open­ing event. Great news for the teen make-up loveers. MAC NOW is cre­at­ing a new type of store to ap­peal to Mil­len­ni­als and Gen­er­a­tion Z—you know, the young­sters born af­ter Mil­len­ni­als who are just get­ting into lip gloss. WWD re­ports that the makeup brand is de­but­ing dif­fer­ent tem­plates for new MAC stores, from “a fash­ion author­ity tem­plate” to a “youth” tem­plate. The look for youth-ori­ented stores in­cludes a gi­ant curved ta­ble loaded with prod­ucts to try out and a ma­jor fo­cus on self­ies. Ap­par­ently, the tac­tic is work­ing. The first youth-ori­ented MAC store opened this sum­mer in Or­lando, and WWD re­ports that it’s al­ready one of MAC’s top five stores in North Amer­ica. MAC’s next youth for­mat store will open this De­cem­ber in New York City near NYU. Re­ports from:­chives/2014/10/17/mac-youth-store-for­mat-mil­len­nial.php

Front Cover : Gabrielle Jor­dan Wil­liams/ Lay­out de­sign Tar­ran Carter/ Photography Ron A. Wil­liams R.A.W Cinema Pro­duc­tion 1208 Her­itage Hills Drive Up­per Marlb­ora, MD 20774

P. 2. 3 Mali­cia An­der­son UJOMA Col­lec­tion www.Lill­cre­ Photography by Rickey Allen

P. 3, 4 Zariah Jani Sin­gle­tary LaFrances26@ya­

P. 5 Daisy Dean Marc Ja­cobs

P. 12 Edi­tor’s Page Tar­ran Carter, What is Pur­pose

P. 13 Tif­fany & co.

P. 14 First LOOK www.thefash­,,­ter­fash­, the­di­ollinrouge­

P. 15 Our Pick Myles Munroe

P. 16 The BUZZ Jor­dan & Joelle The screen Ac­tors Guild The Golden Globe

P. 17 Beauty Tip Is It A Myth

P. 18 Hand­bags Un­de­ni­able, Joelle Bo­ers Breg­je­cox, Ma­rina Lar­roueli

P. 20 10 Top Gospel Hits with Mr. C Yes Hour Ra­dio

P. 21 Happy New Year Tip

P. 22,23 Chef Jeremiah James http://www.chef­

P. 24 Black His­tory Month, Selma The Movie

P. 26, 27 Col­lege Aware­ness Lau­ren Cham­b­liss Her­nan­dez A New Year New You, Com­mon Stu­dent Res­o­lu­tions You Can Keep

P. 28, 29 Cover Story Gabrielle Jor­dan Wil­liams?Photography Ron A. Wil­liams R.A.W Cinema Pro­duc­tion 1208 Her­itage Hills Drive Up­per

Marlb­ora, MD 20774

P. 30, 32 2014 Tal­ent

P. 34 Be In­spired Jea­nine De­Honey “Mind Your Words In 2015”

P. 36, 37 Book Re­view - Au­thor LaNiyah Ba­ley www.NotFatBe­causeIWan­

P. 38, 39 Book Re­view Nkiyasi Helm http://www.writ­ten­

P. 40, 41 En­ter­tain­ment What’s Hot in the Theatre Now

P. 44, 45 The Princess Pro­gram P. 46 News P. 48, 49 Book NOOK

P. 51 Back Cover Makeup Deb­o­rah DeeDee/ Photography Rickey Allen http://rick­

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