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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. Amazon.com 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. Amazon.com
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
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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: http://racked.com/archives/2014/10/17/mac-youth-store-format-millennial.php
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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
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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
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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.NotFatBecauseIWannaBe.com
P. 38, 39 Book Review Nkiyasi Helm http://www.writtenbykids.com/
P. 40, 41 Entertainment What’s Hot in the Theatre Now
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