Ode to Trayvon: How the teen’s death sparked a movement around the world.

Trayvon Martin Artwork by MOOKAXBROOK

On July 13th, 2013, Alicia Garza posted on her Facebook page a love letter to black people after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Garza decided to write a “love letter to black people” with the idea that inspired the first #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.

She writes “black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.” Her friend Patrisse Marie Cullors- Brignac types a response, and reposts “ declaration; black bodies bro no longer be sacrificed for the rest of the world’s enlightenment. I am done. Trayvon you are loved infinitely. #blacklivesmatter

Alicia Garza, co founder of BLM photo credit: http://www.blacklivesmatter.com

Another friend Opal Tometi reached out and offered assistance creating a digital platform and thus Black Lives Matter was created. It is a movement and a foundation that pledges to eradicate white supremacy and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities, as stated on their website.

We asked teens around the country their thoughts on Black Lives Matter and how they feel knowing it was because of Trayvon Martin’s untimely death. Their words and photos are shared through out this article.

Mackenzie Elliot age 17, states “When Alicia Garza made her facebook post after Trayvon’s Death introducing what we now know of as #BlackLivesMatter it opened the eyes of many. it showed that Trayvon’s tragic death was more than just a murder, he was murdered beecause of the color of his skin and thats an ongoing issue in America. It’s almost as if we are an endangered species, raising awareness so that our lives can be prolonged.”

Mackenzie Eliot age 17, New York

The hashtag has turned into an international movement that campaigns against systematic racism and violence towards black people. Trayvon Martin was murdered by Zimmerman who profiled him, called 911 to report a suspicious intruder in the neighborhood, and despite being told to wait, chased him and tried to detain the teen firing his weapon as the scuffled. Trayvon,a high school junior had just turned 17 years old on February 5th, he was visiting his father. He died from the gunshot wound on February 26, 2012.

His death and the non guilty verdict sparked an entire movement about systematic racism, biased criminal justice system and the debate at large of America’s history of racism; leaving many with unanswered question of freedom, equality, and justice, for who?

“Alicia Garza’s response was very powerful and inspirational to me and many others. “ Trey, 16 shares memories of the trial and Trayvon.

“At the time I was 9 years old and it was the first time I felt a pure, undying hatred for a person. I felt afraid for my family and anger towards people like George Zimmerman, but once I saw just how many people were willing to fight against this injustice, I felt hopeful and determined; my focus shifted from the darker side of the situation to the light. Trayvon Martin’s death sparked a movement that allowed people of color to come together and find belonging. In a way, it created an army that gave the oppressed a place to have hope and combat injustice.”

Trey Custodio age 16, Virginia

Trayvon was shot and killed on February 26th 2012 while returning from the near by 7-Eleven with Skittles, Arizona ice tea, earphones, a cigarette lighter and about $40 in cash. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer was patrolling the townhouse community of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. He claims he shot Trayvon in self defense after a physical altercation. Officers arrived on the scene to find the teen was unresponsive and Zimmerman with a bloody nose and cuts on the back of his head. There were no eyewitnesses and he wasn’t arrested as he claimed self defense.

Trayvon’s parents demanded there be a throughout investigation as their son had no prior arrests or criminal background. Protests and rallies were held in cities all over the nation. In New York City, March 21, 2013 hundreds of people gathered for the Million Hoodie March, demanding justice for Martin. Six weeks later, April 11th 2012, Zimmerman was arrested and then later tried for second-degree murder.

It took 3 weeks for the jury, composed of 6 women to reach a verdict, on July 12th 2012 Zimmerman was found not guilty on all counts. He maintained he shot Martin in self defense after being knocked to the ground and having his head banged in the ground. “We’re ecstatic with the results,” defense attorney for Zimmerman, Mark O’Mara stated after the verdict. “George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self-defense.”

His parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton were not at the verdict reading, his father tweeted “Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY.” They founded the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which is dedicated to helping parents and families that have lost children to gun violence.

Tracy Martin & Sybrina Fulton s
at the screening of Rest In Power
Photo Credit: Evan Agostini


“I feel that the Black Lives Matter Movement is very powerful, but the cries of people around the world for justice, especially black people, should have been heard centuries ago and not just now. Justice is not being served, and we are getting a LITTLE bit of justice because deaths and crimes are being filmed on camera.

The case of Trayvon Martin was very sad because he passed away at such a young age. Trayvon Martin passed away because he looked ‘suspicious’ I feel that George Zimmerman should be behind bars right now. You do the crime, you do the time.” In addition, the fact that George Zimmerman is suing the family of Trayvon Martin for $100 million is disgusting and shows that he had no sympathy for the sweet teenager that just bought skittles.” Ameenha Lee is a 17 year old journalist, author and model from NJ.

Ameenha Lee 17, New Jersey

I had the urge to write this piece after seeing lots of “all lives matter” comments on social media and in the news. I thought to myself that these individuals need to know why we promote and say Black Lives Matter. I pondered did people forget this was started in response to the death of a teenager, going to the store for treats, who was racially profiled and shot with a bag of Skittles in his pocket? After the verdict President Barack Obama state’s “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon.”

Shauna and MJ Flowers Brooklyn, NY

I have a son, he’s 11 years old, his birthday is on February 6th, a day after Trayvon’s he also loves Skittles and drinks Arizona ice tea, Mucho Mango, which I often discourage him from purchasing. He is allowed to go to the store by himself. I pray he will always make his way back home.

It’s crazy to think that in 2020 with so much going on in the world, high rent, 30 million unemployed and massive cuts to education and healthcare; I also have to worry about the color of my child’s skin because it will make him a target. That anyone would have negative thoughts or presumptions about a person because of their heritage.

Kids attend a peaceful protest honoring a George Floyd June 2020 Photo Credit: Instagram @leah.janvier

When a person says “Black Lives Matter” does it mean that others don’t, the focus is on Black lives because our judicial system is biased. The American experience is haunted by centuries of systematic racial abuse and inequality. When you hear Black Lives Matter, think of Trayvon Martin, he is the reason we proclaim this.

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Written by : Shauna Flowers Founding Editor

For more information visit:

https://www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org/

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Our favorite Pillow Challenge looks.

Photo Credit from @marujordan_

The pillow challenge is a social media phenomenon in which people take large pillows and make them into a mini dress or cooloutfit simply by adding a belt to your waist. The main featured image was posted by fashionable mom Yisney Lagrange showing her daughters playing dress up in their mom’s closet.

Apparently, the trend started on April 5th by IG users @stylebynelli and @myforteisfashion

Photo from Instagram user @stylebynelli

If you look up the hashtags #pillowchallenge #quarantinepillowchallenge you can find thousands of images from people all over the world. Use the hashtag #pillowchallengekids to see adorable kids. Check out baby kiki in a lovely seashell ensemble 💖 with a matching bow head wrap.

Photo Credit from Instagram user @kikiaria_

We picked our favorite looks worn by babies, kids and teens from around the globe to feature in this article and on our Instagram page. Singer and teen model Lex Gibbon slayed her look with a Gucci Belt and a high low effect with a sheet!

Photo Credit from Instagram user @lexgibbon

Even though your back may be exposed from the front looks like you have a really cool and fluffy outfit so we suggest making sure you wear some shorts or a tank top when doing this! We love this textured pink pillow dress by these two sisters who have over 1,600 likes on their photo.

Photo Credit Instagram user @zelal.acr

Don’t forget to accessorize with sunglasses, hats, cool hair etc. you can even choose a theme like this SpongeBob mom and son duo. Theresa Nowell, is a fashion stylist and created this fun themed look with her son Hunter.

Photo Credit from Instagram user @powerstyling

Speaking of Mommy and Me photos, how New York Chic is April and her fashionista daughters in their all black pillow dresses? They totally nailed this look with the perfect accessories to really pay tribute to the city that never sleeps!

Photo Credit from Instagram User @d_and_d_girlz

Here is another great parent look from a dad @davidelefant who joined in with his daughter Tali. They both look incredible and this photo is adorable!

Photo Credit from @hindy_hess

This viral trend requires, no sewing skills at all. Thousands of people from around the world have uploaded photos to Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and fun videos to TikTok showing off their pillow creations.

We came across these adorable brothers who joined in on the challenge. They accessories with bright fanny packs and matching beanies. A major plus, as you don’t see many guys doing the challenge.

Photo Credit from Instagram user @Taylansworld

These fashionable sisters, kid fashion influencers created a fun video for Tik Tok with their Louis Vuitton pillow outfits.

Photo Credit from Instagram users @Diamondtreasure84

Some people have really lovely pillows, in bright colors and textures like sequins. These flashy pillows make amazing dresses. Look at this bold red outfit worn by little Moreen with black embroidered print! The gold belt is the perfect choice!

It’s really refreshing to unite with such a fun and kind of silly challenge during this time. Have you participated in the pillow challenge? If so we would love to see your photos simply tag us on Instagram @freshkidnation 🥰

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Real Style File: Dai Time

Real Style File interviews are back! Here is our 5th edition with Dai Time. Dai is a teen influencer, media correspondent, author and the creator of Dai Time Magazine. Dai has interviewed numerous celebrities, entrepreneurs and politicians such as Shaquille O’Neal, Gabrielle Union, Tiffany Haddish, Storm Reid, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Marley Davis and more!

MY TUTU - THE CHILDREN'S BOOK - DAI TIME
Dai published her first book in 2016

She has done Red Carpet interviews for BET Honors, The Mayor’s Masked Ball, and numerous movie premieres. Dai also dances, skates, is a top student and gives back to her community! She donates during the holidays to The Ronald McDonald House, Free Wishes Foundation, Hosea Williams Feeds The Homeless, and had her own program Reading is Lit. Dai goes on a reading tour visiting schools across the country, motivating kids to read and sharing her own published book My Tutu.

Name : Dai Time

Age: 14

Hometown: Atlanta but resides in Los Angeles

Where do you like to shop, What is you favorite clothing & accessory brands?

Clothing selection varies depending on what’s different at that moment definitely bright bold colors normally found at DOLLS KILL FOREVER 21 and random shopping at the mall.

How would you describe your fashion sense?

My fashion sense could be trendy yet bold at various times. A dope jacket is always a good accent pieces. Winter is my favorite season but summer shorts is a definitely a must have.

DAI TIME - DAI TIME MAGAZINE

What are your special talents?

Talking is something I truly enjoy which lead me to do interviews and hosting. Dancing acting singing and skating also joins my list of talents.

Who inspires you and why?

So many people inspire me but first my mom because she is a hard worker and a go getter and then I’ll add anyone that’s working hard towards their individual goal that alone inspires me especially when you see them like STORM REID and ZENDAYA.

Do you have any upcoming projects, events or a business venture?

Wow due to COVID 19 a lot is placed on hold however starting on Tuesday I’m going live with youth favorites in entertainment from my personal ig page.

During this pandemic, how has this changed your life? What advice can you give others to stay positive? 

The pandemic has totally impacted my life by continuing to stay humble and not taking nothing for granted. I was able to meditate more and focus more on my studies without worrying about leaving the house. 

For more information visit:

www.Officiallydaitime.com

Follow on Instagram @officiallydaitime

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Motivation Monday: Ayden Mekus Actor and Entrepreneur

Name: Ayden Mekus

Hometown: Burbank, CA

Name of brand or clothing line: Positive Choice Apparel by Ayden Mekus

Type of design, accessories, t shirts, denim, clothing etc.

Positive Tee Shirts and accessories with positive messages.

Ayden is a 14 year old actor, anti-bullying activist and entrepreneur. He has appeared in short films The Lilac Thief and Mr. Strange and on television. He was featured on the documentary series Teens Wanna Know in 2019. After being bullied for nearly 2 years he started designing as a way to promote anti-bullying awareness and as a vehicle to spread joy.

Why did you choose to design for young people?

I wanted to help spread kindness and positivity and help bring awareness to anti-bullying. My brand is all about positivity and spreading awareness to anti bullying. I want you to know what my mission is. I was bullied for 2 years and it affected me deeply.

I have a desire help and inspire kids everywhere, so they understand there are ways to handle and stop bullying.” “My wish is to also interact with schools to spread my message. It’s important that all of this be accomplished in a fun and exciting way.”

I also have long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, I am now designing crop tops, tank tops, beanies.

How is your label different from the other childrens’ brand already on the market?

My designs are vibrant, colorful, fun and all have positive messages to help remind us that we are all amazing. It’s a pick me up. Many different designs and messages on each tee shirt.I’ve worked hard to make the brand unique as there is an abundance of anti-bullying information out there but much of it is presented in an uninteresting way which means many people may not read or learn from the information that is being conveyed. I feel that exposure to anti-bullying could be presented in a more fun and interactive way to help more people get comfortable and involved.

Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?

I collaborate with my mom and also a friend of mine Jesse. He lives in Georgia and we’ve become friends and we work as a team. We come up with positive messages first and then we stretch out what design would fit that message.

Where can Fresh Kid Nation readers find your work?

https://represent.com/store/aydenmekusmerch

Follow Ayden on Social Media!

@ayden.mekus


Https://www.instagram.com/positive.choice.apparel

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Star Studded 5th edition of Mini Mode: Global Kids Fashion Week

Jare in Ray and Roy
📸 Anna Clare Photography

The fifth edition of Mini Mode wows the fashion industry once again. Over the years the show has gained notoriety as a well produced children’s fashion event. Up and coming brands along with established brands presented collections at St. Mary’s in London. A*Dee, Mitch & Son, MiTCH, Baronessa Demi-Couture, Bebebebe, Bellos Boutique, Billieblush, Charabia, Embroidery by FJ, IScream, Zoo Bug x Kate Hill, LB Swim, Leya.me, Little People London, MadPax, Présent de l’ondée, Princess Ford, Ray and Roy, The Garment Streak and The Bow Kids.

Shamuel & Grace join Cara Delahoyde-Massey
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The Industry Show was held on Friday 14th February 2020 and is open to industry professionals including buyers and press, bloggers, influencers and celebs.

Emilio in Mitch & Sons
📸 Anna Clare Photography

Two Consumer Shows took place the following day on Saturday 15th February 2020 and was open to the public. Attendees got to experience the latest See-Now-Buy-Now collections for SS2020. Television personality Cara Delahoyde-Masey presented her new line Embroidery by FJ.

Freya in Iscream London
📸 Gemma Mount

The day was filled with family friendly entertainment, kid’s DJs, kid’s hosts, a pop-up shop featuring the latest children’s apparel and accessories.

Azaelea in Little People London
📸 MACARONIS Kids

Guests could also get mini makeovers and enjoy treats and beverages while enjoying music from DJ Zel.

DJ Zel on the Red Carpet

Mini Mode’s founder and fashion designer Amanda Rabor stayed “This was an amazing show, despite the external challenges that the fashion industry as a whole faced with the coronavirus.

Zayn in Garment Streak


“We showcased a fabulous offering of both UK and global brands, which were as exciting as they were beautiful. We have a huge Mini Mode family that is going from strength to strength. I’m extremely proud of everyone who made Season 5 magical.”

Our UK Blogger Vanessa Sam walked in the show and also provided coverage for our social media platforms!

A portion of the shows proceeds will support Osteopathic Centre for Children. “ The OCC provides specialist paediatric osteopathy for perinatal women, babies, children and teens on a donate-what-you-can basis. They also treat older children up to 18 years old with various issues and support families with children with disabilities and learning difficulties.”

For more information visit: 

www.mini-mode.co.uk

Twitter: @minimode_lkfw

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Real Style File: Kinder Mode

Name: Delores Hutchinson

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Kinder Mode Inc. offers clothing, accessories and shoes for babies, kids and tweens. Delores Hutchinson launches the online boutique in December 2019.

Delores Hutchinson boutique owner

Why did you choose to design for children?

I founded on the belief that fashion and functionality can co-exist. Timeless, chic clothing designed with simple patterns, quality fabrics and playful sophistication.

I offer clothes for babies and kids that look best when they’re lived in, simply put STYLE OVER FASHION.

I chose to design and create for children because I like the simplicity of children’s clothing. I enjoy the freedom it allows to view fashion from a child’s perspective, the freedom of being a kid, and risk taking in fashion to form their own identity.

Where do you get your ideas from and what or who inspires you as a designer?

I would like my brand to be known for its unique playful designs, quality fabrics and premium goods.

My ideas are inspired by nature. I enjoy the mountains, hiking, and braving the elements. Kids are a force of nature and love adventure. My brand offers, durable stylish clothes for any adventure.



What brands do you offer?

I offer a variety of brands, such as Joules, Doe a Dear, Bari Lynn Accesories, Sweet Bamboo and Piccoli Principi Swimwear. I am always on look out for quality, unique, and fun brands.

To learn more visit:

http://www.kindersmode.com

Follow on Instagram @kindersmode

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Trends We Love from Pitti Immagine Bimbo 2020

Boboli Clothing for Children

Here are our favorite looks from the runway show at Pitti Immagine. It is the most important children’s trade show in the world, featuring the best collections from designers from around the world. Fall & Winter collections were shown on January 18-20 at Fortezza da Bass (Florence, Italy)

Mad for Plaid: one of the hottest trend for the cooler weather is plaid, houndstooth and other classic fall prints!

Pero Kids

Veleveteen

IL Gufo

Chic winter coats: In NYC a puffer jacket is a winter fashion must due to chilly weather. Check out these amazing puffers and textured coats for kids!

United Colors of Benetton

IL Gufo

Tuc Tuc

Ruffles, Sequins and Lace, Oh My!: Shine and sparkle in luxe patterns, dresses and accessories during the winter months. Brand such as Monna Lisa showcased lovely frocks for the 20/21 fall and winter season. Simply layer up your looks to stay warm and fabulous.

Monna Lisa

Alitsa Kids

Phi Clothing

Benetton

Amelie Et Sophie

Photographs by Emily Kornya

https://www.emilykornya.com/

For more information visit:

https://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate.html

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Teen Rapper Brooklyn Queen meets her fans at Haus of Neon

Brooklyn Queen takes photos with her fans

Rap sensation Brooklyn Queen has been in the game since age 5. She became a viral sensation in 2017 with her hit song KeKe Taught Me. Hailing from Detroit, Brooklyn is know for her high energy music and bold fashion choices. She has rocked funky and bright Neon Kisses apparel over the years.

Brooklyn Queen and athlete Samaya Clark- Gabriel

Neon Kisses is a children’s and women apparel company based in New York City. They create ready to wear and custom looks with signature pop prints and neon hues.

Brooklyn Queen and actress/model Kelly Maria

On Jan 23rd 2020 Haus of Neon boutique in a Brooklyn hosted a meet & greet with Brooklyn Queen. Young fans were able to meet with Brooklyn, take photos and shop the latest collections.

Custom my little pony dress

For more info visit:

https://neonkissesinc.com/

Follow on IG:

@brooklynqueen03

@neonkissesinc

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9 year old actor, Jakari Fraser Launches Dance A Thon to End Childhood Hunger

Jakari Fraser joins the 10 million possibilities challenge for No Kid Hungry along with NBA superstar Stephen Curry and his mogul wife Ayesha Curry.

“Ayesha Curry and Stephen Curry’s Eat, Play, Learn Foundation has also joined the campaign to match donations made up to 2.5 million meals during the No Kid Hungry 10 Million Possibilities campaign to help reach 10 million meals.”

No Kid Hungry is a non profit based in D.C. that fights to end child hunger, a $1 donation can feed up to 10 children.

Jakari launched a dance a thon to to help raise money for this initiative. He teamed up with celebrity choreographer William “Willdabeast” Adams on December 30th at Imma Space, in North Hollywood for a 3 hour workshop. The event was sold out and many were eager to participate! He has raised enough funds from the event to provide 68,500 to children in need.

Check out this video from the Dance-A-Thon!

Dance-A-Thon to end child hunger from: @instagram

“Jakari has starred alongside Julia Roberts in Ben is Back, Melissa McCarthy in Superintelligence and many more. He can be seen most recent in the Christmas movie on the OWN network called “Baking Christmas”. He is also the voice behind many global brands on both tv and radio productions.”

For more information visit:

http://join.nokidhungry.org/site/TR?px=3584248&fr_id=1473&pg=personal

https://www.nokidhungry.org/

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SAVVY Kidtique all natural skin care products

Savannah Smith, age 10, launched Savvy Kidtique in 2015 featuring accessories, clothing, and skin care products. This month the brand releases new products, soap bars, Body Butter and hand sanitizer.

Savannah Smith

Savannah donates 10% of the proceeds from each sale goes directly to the Saint Jude Children’s Hospital. The all natural products help to heal eczema and moisturize dry skin.

Check out our product review with Jamila Smalls, a hair braider and beauty entrepreneur. She provides her insight and opinion on 3 new products.

For more information email: shopsavvykidsusa@gmail.com

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