The start of the school year has been deeply impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Children around the world have to adapt to hybrid, remote learning or going back to school with restrictions put in place. The school season has officially started all around the world and we interviewed children about their experiences.
I’m both excited and nervous, I missed my friends and even my grade 4 teacher. Mom walks me through the protocols over and over so that I do my part to keep safe. I can’t wait to see my bff they coming to school too because their moms have to work.
“I like going to school and seeing my friends”
Grace Avera Pierce
North Carolina, USA
I can’t wait to go back. Mom states, As long as protocols are followed then some form of normalcy is needed.
I feel happy about kindergarten but sometimes it’s hard with using the computer and I really miss being in a classroom with my friends (she’s doing distance learning)
I’m a little bit scared, but I really want to see my friends. Change isn’t always bad.
I don’t really like going back to school online. Staring at a screen all day is lonely and the connection issues frustrate me at times.i can’t wait until we can go back in person. I want to see my friends and hug them. I miss being able to hug people. I miss competitions in class. I miss being able to go to clubs and getting music lessons in person. I miss not having to worry about wearing a mask everywhere! I just want to enjoy my last year of elementary with my friends.
North Carolina, USA
I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see my friends again!
It’s a weird feeling. Part of me feels blah, because I’ve been spending so much time at home and now I’m kind of used to it. But on the other hand I’m excited to see my friends. I haven’t seen most of them since things shut down. We are doing hybrid so two days in school and three days online.
Hi everyone! My name is Maya aka Maya Glitters and I am one of Fresh Kid Nation’s Uk bloggers! I am a kidpreneur fashion blogger, kid fashionista, presenter, podcast host and content creator. I am also fashion editor for Cocoa Girl Magazine!
Here’s how to get started: Layer #1 – Cute camo trousers and off – the – shoulder top
Layer #2 – Cute camo trousers, off – the – shoulder top, star – pattern gilet
Layer #3 – Cute camo trousers, off – the – shoulder top, star – pattern gilet, pom pom hairband from Maya Style.
I founded the challenge and I am planning to launch it on social media networks in the future. I started the challenge because I wanted to show the versatility of clothing items. And many ways they can be used!
Check out fashion influencer Rimya and her layered look! She starts with a pink polka dot dress as her base layer, scarf for her second item and finishes the look off with a ruffle shawl and sunglasses.
Geianna perfectly nails her fall 3 layer outfit that is cozy and chic for the changing weather!
This challenge is a predicted social media phenomenon! Savannah is a teen entrepreneur who rocked her 3 layers look. Her denim duster is versatile and can be worn tied up.
I love how Aubrielle created a new look with by layering a bright yellow shirt and coordinating headband over her jeans.
Don’t forget to tag your own videos on social media with #mayaglitterschallenge #3layerschallenge
On June 28th 2020, the prestigious Georgia based media platform NTH3CRiB held a community Red Carpet Meet and Greet event along with a Youth Talent Show in the city of Atlanta, GA to provide children and young teens a safe, fun environment to be themselves, play and showcase their talents during the COVID19 pandemic. Hundreds of people in Atlanta and surrounding cities came out to celebrate and be a part of the milestone event catered to the youth and designed to give inner-city children something positive to participate in during these harsh times.
Over 150 guests came out to enjoy meeting young star and entertainers! Including our own Aniya Sims who performed and showcased her clothing line NY NY Closet.
Appearances were made by:
* Zariah * Angel Joi * Aniya * Kaci the Model * Poppin Squad * Slay Gang * We are Young and Famous * Layla Young (Ashlynn) * Jojo * RJ * Fly girl Mari * Zuri Nicole * Caleb * Kalothe1 * Jessica Ariel * Trinity * Rey Sunshine * Lil Strawberry * Legynd * Dj Bear
The NTH3CRiB Red Carpet Meet and Greet event was created to treat the young stars of the future like a celebrity today, make all the event attendees feel like VIPs and to bring the people of the community together for family friendly entertainment and fun during these bleak times. The event was also created to spread awareness of the NTH3CRiB brand as a whole. We also created the event to encourage networking, relationship building and the opportunity to mingle with many other like minded individuals in the area.
In a statement we learn that “NTH3CRiB is the premiere media platform and brand founded by Michael Terry along with his wife / business partner Alyscia Terry in Sept. of 2019 in the state of Georgia. The concept for NTH3CRiB was initiated by being inspired by programs and stations such as ESPN, The Breakfast Club, Red Table, 85 South, The Joe Budden Podcast just to name a few. The concept of the show is to give the audience an at home “in the crib” type of feeling and vibe hence the title NTH3CRiB.
The vastly growing media platform also hosts interviews from various entertainers, public figures, movers, shakers and prominent voices in the community and NTH3CRiB gives every single guest the red carpet treatment regardless of their background or status. In the future the platform plans to include debates, skits, live performance segments and TV Shows to their programming. Moving forward, NTH3CRiB plans to make a difference and impact in the community as well, creating job opportunities for others, working with the youth, collaborating with and assisting non profit organizations, Churches and charities.”
Fresh Kid Nation brings the only Global Kids Fashion Meet Up to the virtual world. Partnering with Super Rich Kids Brand, this event will bring together fashion industry experts, agents, mommy bloggers, young models and photographers. This event will inform attendees on how to break into the fashion industry and the various opportunities besides modeling.
Day 1 Saturday September 26th 2020 3pm EST- 4pm EST
Day 2 Sunday September 27th 3pm EST-4pm EST
A panel discussion of fashion industry insiders will share their insights and journey, followed by an audience Q &A. Moderated by Sincere of Kids Want To Know and Inspiring Vanessa
Sincere Quinones @Kidswanttoknow
Vanessa Sam @inspiringvanessa
We invite parents of youth ages 0-17 years from the around the world who are interested in breaking into the modeling industry. We also invite parents and youth who have experience but would like to learn how to book an agent, get more gigs and to network with industry insiders. Children who are interested in modeling, designing, or photography are also encouraged to attend!
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
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
These fashionable sisters, kid fashion influencers created a fun video for Tik Tok with their Louis Vuitton pillow outfits.
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 🥰
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!
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Industry Show was held on Friday 14th February 2020 and is open to industry professionals including buyers and press, bloggers, influencers and celebs.
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.
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.
Guests could also get mini makeovers and enjoy treats and beverages while enjoying music from DJ Zel.
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.
“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.”
Kinder Mode Inc. offers clothing, accessories and shoes for babies, kids and tweens. Delores Hutchinson launches the online boutique in December 2019.
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.