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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Is The Weeknd really a 'starboy' though? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Is-The-Weeknd-really-a-starboy-though- He shocked the internet with the Daft Punk collaboration that certainly is a bit of a departure sound-wise from the hits like The Hills and Earned It, but proves his musical prowess and willingness to switch things up.<br /> <br /> The Weeknd brings all the confidence and narcissism of a typical rapper/ R&B singer to the upbeat pop song as he sings, "Pockets overweight getting hefty ah, coming for the king that's a far cry, I"<br /> <br /> Jamaicans and fans of Jamaican music have, of course, found a way to inject humour into the entire thing and have declared that the only 'Starboy' they acknowledge is Mavado (referencing his 2011 hit of the same title).<br /> <br /> As DJ Khaled would say, "Another one":<br /> <br /> And: <br /> <br /> And: <br /> <br /> One person wasn't angry, she was just disappointed: <br /> <br /> Wonder what this man has to say about it:<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> All jokes aside, what do you think about The Weeknd's Starboy - hit or miss? Starboy, The Weeknd's second LP comes out November 25 and is currently available for pre-order. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308449/Mavado-and-The-Weeknd_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 23, 2016 2:05 PM Rushane Campbell &mdash; blogger, fashionisto, law student http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Rushane-Campbell--Blogger--fashionisto--law-student Check out the interview below after some teenAGE casual questions (TCQs): <br /> <br /> TCQ1: If you could have any super power what would it be?<br /> <br /> Rushane: Um.....to be invisible. Yeah.<br /> <br /> TCQ2: What's the most trouble you've ever been in with your parents?<br /> <br /> Rushane: One time I went to this party and I was supposed to be home at 11. I'm like, 'Yes, killin' it' and I don't know what happened but eventually I got home at like four.  I disrespected them - they didn't even want to send me to the party in the first place either. I never went to another party for a year and it was just a mess.<br /> <br /> TCQ3: Which of these kids were you in high school: the popular kid, the nerd or just a part of the crowd?<br /> <br /> Rushane: I was not just a part of the crowd. I think I was popular...yeah, I was.<br /> <br /> TCQ4: What's the most teenAGE thing you do on a daily basis?<br /> <br /> Rushane: This is going to be so embarrassing but....check my face for pimples. That's a very teenAGE thing.<br /> <br /> teenAGE: Why did you get into lifestyle blogging?<br /> <br /> Rushane: Because there was a serious gap in terms of opportunities to see what to do for Caribbean men. So, first of all, in the Caribbean we don't have a lot of blogs. It seems to be somewhat of an American or European thing. We don't like to write, we don't like to read, we don't like to have to put out a lot of effort in what we wear. That's number one. Number two is: men in the Caribbean are not into the whole style and lifestyle thing, but I am very interested in it so I thought I'd just bring it to life and provide a source for normal guys. Because not everyone's going to dress up all the time but normal guys need to know what to do and I thought I could be that source [of information and inspiration] for people.<br /> <br /> teenAGE: Did you think your blog RushCamStyle would be this big when you started out?<br /> <br /> Rushane: No. It was a hobby and I just told myself if I only had two readers plus myself I'd be fine, even if I had no readers besides myself I'd be fine. I just liked taking pictures, I never imagined I'd start getting invites to events or that I'd get recognised by people when I go out.<br /> <br /> teenAGE: How did you get your start?<br /> <br /> Rushane: When I was in high school I had a tumblr blog called 'The Smoking Jacket' and I eventually realised it was a hot mess. So I took a break and I thought I'd never go back to blogging, but I ended up spending my last six months while working on my degree in Barbados doing intense research. It was about a lot of preparation to know which platform to use and to figure out which aesthetic I wanted. It was a lot of research and trial and error. What people don't know is whatever they see now on my page was probably drafted three months before and has to be edited again and again until I'm ready to show it to the public. <br /> <br /> teenAGE: You're building a brand, maintaining a blog, you have a great Instagram aesthetic and you're a student - a Law student at that - how do you manage all that?<br /> <br /> Rushane: I actually wasn't managing for a while but I began to understand the importance of planning and writing things down. I have a book that's just for blogging, so if I'm sitting around and I have an idea it goes in there. Then for school I have to be constantly working, working,working; so I write down those assignments as well. Keeping up appearances on Instagram means you have to know what you want and you have to be very focused. I used to make opportunities out of even the most random things; if I saw something and it was pretty I'd take a picture of it. It's about seeing beautiful things and remembering what you're about at all times.<br /> <br /> teenAGE: What's your closet staple?<br /> <br /> Rushane: That's kind of hard. But if I have to choose I'd say you must have a good fitting pair of jeans.<br /> <br /> teenAGE: What's your favourite fashion season?<br /> <br /> Rushane: Definitely Summer. Summer and spring - that's all we have in Jamaica,  and I love the colours. But if we had real seasonal differences I'd say winter; I love layering.<br /> <br /> teenAGE: In your opinion, what's the most important fashion tip ever?<br /> <br /> Rushane: Make it fit; you can have literally four pieces of clothes in your closet and because they are well-fitted you look great and they'll always look good on you. It's about making sure that the things you wear fit your body and that they're not too tight or too loose or too shabby but sit on your body just right. And remember your body type....and lastly, always be yourself.<br /> <br /> teenAGE: What's your personal style?<br /> <br /> Rushane: I'd say it's simple but elegant. I don't think I'm one of those super eccentric dressers but it's very neat and polished.<br /> <br /> Rushane Campbell, 'RushCam', is a 22 year-old law student that blogs about grooming, DIY tips and secrets, travel and style. You can check out his blog posts at: www.rushcamstyle.com and follow him on Instragram and Twitter at @RushCam  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308435/Rushane-Campbell_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 23, 2016 1:47 PM teenAGE sports writers Matchday 6 predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/teenAGE-sports-writers-Matchday-6-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner, and two points for the correct scoreline. Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions, as well as your own predictions. <br /> <br /> The current table looks like this:<br /> <br /> Yakum &ndash; 8<br /> <br /> Brian &ndash; 5<br /> <br /> Trevann &ndash; 4<br /> <br /> Alexei &ndash; 3<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-1 Leicester<br /> <br /> Liverpool 4-1 Hull<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-1 Leicester<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-2 Hull<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-3 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-2 Leicester<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-0 Hull City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Swansea 1-4 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-1 Leicester<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-0 Hull City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Swansea 1-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308378/ARSENAL_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 23, 2016 1:28 PM Entrepreneurial 'Diamond Challenge' comes to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Entrepreneurial--Diamond-Challenge--comes-to-Jamaica The Diamond Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition designed to expose high school students to entrepreneurship as a viable career path, is coming to Jamaica. The challenge was created by the University of Delaware in 2012, and will this year be partnering with Jamaican non-profit organization Next Gen Creators to have an international pitch here in Jamaica. <br /> <br /> Winners will advance to the prelimary round at the University of Delaware and might have a chance to pitch their products at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit - a worldwide conference of young entrepreneurs.<br /> <br /> The Diamond Challenge seeks to provide young people with an opportunity to learn about the entrepreneurial process as they put their ideas for their  new businesses into action. It provides an age-appropriate introduction to state-of-the-art best practices for entrepreneurship, which focuses on the use of start-up methods. The Diamond Challenge's curriculum focuses on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and helping students to gain first-hand experience with entrepreneurial skills for any career they may choose. <br /> <br /> "Successful ventures are great, but empowerment through experimental learning is the primary goal" Ja'dan Johnson (one of three co-founders of Next Gen Creators, and formerly featured as a #teenBOSS) tells teenAGE. <br /> <br /> The Diamond Challenge is open to all high school students, including youths who want to form teams outside of their institutions. Teachers are also being invited to mentor their students. These students will have the opportunity to develop their talents as entrepreneurs through the workshops and summits planned for the culminating event. Next Gen will also be engaging in a school tour which will include entrereneurs who will share their experiences with the students. Deadline for registration is November 27,2016.<br /> <br /> The winning team and their mentor will be awarded participation in the Global Diamond Challenge semi-finals in Delaware and a cash prize.<br /> <br /> For more information contact (Ja'dan Johnson) - (1) 876 451-3421 - info@nextgencreators.com http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308260/Next-Gen-Creators_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 23, 2016 11:44 AM Shea-Ann and Michaela &mdash; the 'Racket Duo'  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Shea-Ann-and-Michaela---the--Racket-Duo- Kameka who attends the Montego Bay High School for Girls started playing tennis when she was three years old and won her first tournament at age eight.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I love everything about tennis,&rdquo; the young Kameka said after winning the Girl&rsquo;s Under 18 Hardball.<br /> <br /> The young tennis star whose last tally of her combined medals and trophies stopped at over 70, trains with her stepfather who is a coach of the sport in her Montego Bay community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My stepfather has been my inspiration to continue playing the sport,&rdquo; Kameka said.<br /> <br /> She expressed that on and off the court she has continued to encourage herself and her family and friends act as a support system as they too encourage her development in the sport. When questioned about her role model, Kameka said that she admires the fighting spirit of Serena Williams.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Serena fights to the end and that&rsquo;s something I&rsquo;ve noticed about myself. I don&rsquo;t give up until the game is over,&rdquo; Kameka said.<br /> <br /> With her drive and enthusiasm for the sport, Kameka said that in the next 5-10 years she hopes to be a competitor at the US Open.<br /> <br /> Her partner, Michaela Stephens is a student at Liberty Academy and started playing in tennis tournaments at age eight. She said was introduced to the sport by her former coach, Thomas Plummer and since then her young tennis career has been nothing short of successful. With over fifty medals and trophies combined from different tournaments she has played in, Stephens who trains at Tennis Jamaica HQ said that the sport has helped her develop a level of discipline and commitment. For Stephens, it&rsquo;s all about putting your best foot forward.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;You have to show that you have talent and going out there and doing your best and that&rsquo;s what really matters,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> With her mind set on beating Serena Williams, if she still in the game in the next five to ten years, Stephens said she is confident in her abilities and has never harboured the thought of giving up on the sport even after a loss.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I see myself excelling at tennis and winning tournaments and that has always been my game plan,&rdquo; Stephens noted.<br /> <br /> Like Kameka, Stephens expressed how grateful she was for the encouragement she has received from her parents. Moreover, Stephens said that she is her biggest motivator because she believes in herself.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I know I can make it,&rdquo; Stephens said.<br /> <br /> Both Kameka and Stephens have competed on the international stage, representing Jamaica in Curacao, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Mexico and the USA.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308236/Racket-Duo_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 23, 2016 11:24 AM Kool Runnings now has a NASA-tested astronaut ride  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Kool-Runnings-now-has-a-NASA-tested-astronaut-ride The newly introduced ride is one of only five in the western hemisphere, with the others being in the United States and one in Trinidad.<br /> <br /> According to Dr. Garfield Munroe, Park Development Director of Kool Runnings Adventure Park, the new ride consists of a human gyroscope capable of spinning four people head over heels, thereby giving a feeling of weightlessness as if in outer space.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The supplier of this new, exciting ride also provides similar rides to NASA for the training of its astronauts,&rdquo; said Dr Munroe.<br /> <br /> The park will now also be open all year. In making the announcements, Munroe said the decision to upgrade its offerings and to keep the park open year long, was taken because of patrons&rsquo; demands for continuous access to the attraction.  <br /> <br /> The adventure park has 15 attractions, and has introduced other new features like a stand-up paddle boarding, new private cabanas, improved play and dining facilities &ndash; all  to enhance the experience of its patrons.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As of this month we will be open year round on Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays. Up to this point, however, we would usually have closed the property from the end of August until May of the following year,&rdquo; Munroe said.<br /> <br /> He explained that a major marketing campaign has been launched, to include new radio and television advertisements, as well as the  installation of billboards in Lucea, Kingston Mandeville and Negril, to emphasise the all-year opening.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We promise more adventure and more &lsquo;wow&rsquo; for the dollar,&rdquo; is the message in the new advertisements.<br /> <br /> The Kool Runnings Adventure Park is located on the Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril.  It was set up in 2007 and consists of state-of-the-art facilities with activities for visitors  to the island and locals.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308227/Kool-Runnings_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 23, 2016 11:19 AM Adam Levine is officially a dad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Adam-Levine-is-officially-a-dad Reports are that the couple has named their baby girl Dusty Rose Levine.<br /> <br /> Though there's no word from either of the two on their various social media accounts as of yet, Adam recently posted a video apologising to Maroon 5 fans for a few tour date cancellations and explained that Behati was due to have their baby soon. He called life 'beautiful' but not uncomplicated.<br /> <br /> And with how well-documented the pregnancy was via Instagram photos, there may be hope for cute baby photos hitting the web soon. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/10091966/Adam-Levine_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:06 AM Brangelina calls it quits http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Brangelina-calls-it-quits According to the court documents, the couple separated on September 15, 2016 because Jolie felt that Pitts&rsquo;s marijuana and alcohol consumption as well as his temper could be dangerous to their children. In a statement made by Pitt to CNN he says &ldquo;I am very saddened by this but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids.&rdquo; Jolie&rsquo;s main focus is also the children. She is seeking physical custody of all six, three of which are adopted. She is asking that the court grant Pitt visitation rights.<br /> <br /> The former lovebirds&rsquo; relationship became the topic of conversation back in 2004 when they starred in the hit movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith. (Yea ,the director knew exactly what he was doing). However, at the time Pitt was married to the Friends star Jennifer Aniston.<br /> <br /> In January 2005 Pitt and Aniston reported that they were splitting up and in April 2005 photos surfaced of Pitt, Jolie and her adopted son Maddox in Kenya. <br /> <br /> After years of captivating international audiences with their jet-setting glamour we can only imagine how the &ldquo;Brangelina&rdquo; fandom is in shambles. But this is basically what it looks like:<br /> <br /> While the Aniston fandom looks a little more like this:<br /> <br /> All in all most are just saying farewell to the ultimate power couple.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/4032030/brad1_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:33 PM One Direction back? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/One-Direction-back- When ex-member Zayn Malik infamously split from the British-Irish boy band sensation, and the remaining four later announced a hiatus, cynics weren't so sure they'd really be back. Fans have continued to hold on to Niall, Harry, Louis and Liam's promises to return amid Hollywood whispers of solo projects for each of the guys.<br /> <br /> And now it appears Directioners can see the light at the end of the tunnel; on Sunday a new listing option popped up on the band's site onedirectionmusic.com for future events. New merch has also been previewed on the site and will be available for purchase next month.<br /> <br /> It mightn't be much of a guarantee as it relates to the boys' return and there have been no hints as to the date of their planned return but the Internet and Directioners are pretty pleased with these tidbits. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12454628/171959_w300.jpg Teenage Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:29 PM Inhuman hours and illegalities: summer work and travel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Inhuman-hours-and-illegalities--summer-work-and-travel2016-09-20T00-13-47 Each year thousands of our tertiary students venture to the United States on the summer work and travel programme. The programme&rsquo;s main purpose is to facilitate cultural exchange, however, as the Jamaican dollar is undoubtedly weak against the US dollar, most students go for the money. The profits from the programme typically go towards tuition, boarding and new gadgets. Indeed, without the existence of this programme many students would not be able to fund their tertiary education. Thus, it is truly alarming and disheartening that these same students are muddying the very waters they hope to drink.<br /> <br /> Last year many were disappointed when five of our students were arrested after using their employment at Walmart as an opportunity to steal from the store. Unfortunately, these incidents are far from rare. In July of this year, two male students were fired (and subsequently deported) as they had been stealing guests' smartphones from the theme park where they worked. Some of the guests were relentless in tracking their phones and led the police right to the dorm these gentlemen shared. Another student was apprehended as he had been saving credit card information hotel given to him by guests over the phone to book their rooms, and subsequently using the information to make his own personal purchases online.<br /> <br /> Jamaicans themselves are hardly safe from the crimes of their fellow students. Many students believed they could make large purchases using other person&rsquo;s credit/debit cards. This summer saw one student being brazen enough to pay her entire school fee with her roommate's earnings after gaining access to the young lady's debit card. Another female student ended up being detained by the police in Wisconsin, after she had purchased a Samsung S7 Edge with her co-worker's debit card, until her parents in Jamaica were able to wire money to the victim.<br /> <br /> Several of the sponsoring agencies in the US have become weary of the issues that seem affiliated with bringing our students overseas. The sponsors are responsible for the students when they are abroad and thus drawn into basically all issues surrounding the students. Employers too are losing interest in hiring Jamaican students, despite acknowledging that they possess an admirable work ethic. When the primary employers provide the job offer form which enables the students to enter the US, they are expecting a certain kind of loyalty. However, the Jamaican students are loyal to the money, not an employer. Once many of the students find a second job, their performance at their primary job declines due to either fatigue or lack of interest. In the students&rsquo; defense, the programme itself can become little more than modern day indentureship. Many of the students endure some horrible realities during the summer, but few ever really discuss them in Jamaica as once you were in &ldquo;foreign&rdquo;, this equates to prosperity and progress.<br /> <br /> Several of our students are faced with new, and scary instances of racism. In Jamaica we may have class prejudice, but racial prejudice is a new experience for many first-timers. One may easily understand why a student said she &ldquo;just felt like returning home&rdquo; after a customer told her child not to purchase a ticket from the &ldquo;black ticket seller&rdquo;. Another culture shock stems from the fact that the jobs our students end up doing abroad are low-end jobs that most Americans have no interest in. Often the work environment becomes stressful as suddenly Jamaican students who study things such as law and accounting find themselves reduced to only black minimum wage earners in a country where they expect to be treated equal.<br /> <br /> Some students face inequality in instances where their supervisors are not Americans. Many European supervisors in theme/water parks (the most popular employers) were once students on the cultural exchange programme who decided not to return home (mostly Bulgarians and Romanians). Often these supervisors give preferential treatment to the students from their countries by way of extra hours and favorable work positions whilst the Jamaicans suffer. Complaints to sponsors typically fall on deaf ears. Most Jamaican students report that they receive better treatment at their second jobs (usually a store or fast food restaurant) but stay with their primary job either because it is attached to their housing or because their second job is unwilling to go through the process of assisting them with documentation to return the following year.<br /> <br /> As the students are interested in earning, many work long hours that are almost unheard of in our society - standing for thirteen hours with only one-hour break is hardly a part of our culture. However, when the students are ready to collect their earnings, some of their hours are magically missing, resulting in less pay as they are paid hourly. A student of the University of the West Indies reported that after he had been on training for almost three weeks at a New Jersey restaurant, the owner claimed he &ldquo;had no knowledge of him working there&rdquo; and threatened to call the police when he inquired about his paycheck.<br /> <br /> Not all the students humbly deal with these realities. Some female students eagerly seek out older Caucasian men (fewer male students seek women) to supplement their paychecks, while some males focus on other illegal ventures.          <br /> <br /> The work and travel programme provides unprecedented opportunities for learning and financing of tertiary education. However, many workers returned this summer having suffered, while some may have caused country to suffer. For all the good the programme may do, it is not the bed of roses many of us picture 'foreign' to be, and some Jamaican students may cause it to be even worse for future workers. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13299351/travel_w300.jpg Teenage Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:00 AM Liverpool vs Chelsea and other BPL predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Liverpool-vs-Chelsea-and-other-BPL-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner, and two points for the correct scoreline. Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions, as well as your own predictions. <br /> <br /> The scores after last week are: <br /> <br /> Brian - 4 <br /> <br /> Yakum - 4<br /> <br /> Alexei - 1<br /> <br /> Trevann - 0<br /> <br /> This week's predictions are:<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Hull 0-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-0 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Watford 0-1 Manchester United <br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 3-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Hull 2-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Manchester City 4-1 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Watford 1-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Hull 2-1 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Manchester City 3-0 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Watford 0-2 Manchester United<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool<br /> <br /> Hull City 0-2 Arsenal<br /> <br /> Manchester City 2-1 Bournemouth<br /> <br /> Watford 1-0 Manchester United http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12591290/181889__w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 16, 2016 12:44 PM Champions League player of the week   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Champions-League-player-of-the-week There were many standout players this week but there is only one CL player of the week. While most would give this title to Lionel Messi for scoring a hat-trick and helping Barcelona FC to demolish Celtic FC 7-0, the real MVP was Alvaro Morata.<br /> <br /> Morata aided Cristiano Ronaldo in rescuing Real Madrid from sheer embarrassment by netting a goal in the 90+3' minutes to give Los Blancos the 2-1 win over Sporting.  <br /> <br /> It is significant that it was Morata that scored the winning goal as he has been desperately trying to prove his worth to his club that had sold him once before. Morata almost owed Real Madrid this goal in Champions League because not too long ago his goal with Juventus helped to knock Real Madrid out of Champions League. <br /> <br /> Alvaro wins the award because he did two things this week: proved himself and won Real Madrid three points. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13288849/Morata-and-Ronaldo_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:01 PM Children must be seen and not heard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Children-must-be-seen-and-not-heard 'Children must be seen and not heard' is an old saying that many young children - blessedly - are now growing without hearing. But some still are.<br /> <br /> When I was little I had the misfortune of hearing it a time or two, and of receiving my share of disappointed looks when adults couldn't get me to stop talking.<br /> <br /> Now, genuinely rude behavior aside, children ought not to be punished for having opinions and ideas. The aforementioned saying demands silence from young people and makes us into decorative ornaments that are called upon to be admired from time to time but relegated to a fairly dusty shelf otherwise.<br /> <br /> And this is wrong. Youthful energy and vivacity is best put to use when young people are engaged in societal issues and feel at ease developing and expressing their opinions on matters of interest.<br /> <br /> Even though this saying is not as commonplace today in Jamaica as it was say five or six years ago. Its effects are felt when persons dismiss youth views and involvement, and children are punished and labeled as rude for merely daring to disagree (even if it is done respectfully).<br /> <br /> And this is something that must be changed if we are to really tap into the full potential of our local youth.<br /> <br /> Parents and guardians would be mindful to remember that it is the same children that are opinionated and curious and willing to defend their beliefs even in the face of opposition, that become great leaders and<br /> <br /> adults that are comfortable standing up to opposition as is necessary.<br /> <br /> The time to put this saying and its attitude to bed is long overdue - 'gwaan talk my yute'. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13288835/shh_w445_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:49 PM Ten excuses we give for not having our homework http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Ten-excuses-we-give-for-not-having-our-homework 1. I left it at home<br /> <br /> Whether or not we had actually done it, this excuse sure did the job with getting us out of hot water with our teachers. It also bought us some extra time to go home and get it done for real.<br /> <br /> 2. I didn&rsquo;t understand it<br /> <br /> Usually met with the response of: "Why didn't you come to me before?". Then our response: "Er..."<br /> <br /> 3. I don&rsquo;t know what homework you&rsquo;re talking about/I wasn&rsquo;t there when it was given<br /> <br /> This one was a classic, especially if you had fallen asleep during the class the assignment was given in. With just the right amount of confusion on your face and whole lot of sincerity in our voice we got a bit of mileage out of this one.<br /> <br /> 4. I was sick<br /> <br /> Maybe we actually were, maybe we were just a little lazy.<br /> <br /> 5. I packed my bag for the wrong day<br /> <br /> Another classic. Some of us will go as far as to tell the teacher to look in our bags so we could prove we weren&rsquo;t lying.<br /> <br /> 6. I didn&rsquo;t have access to a printer<br /> <br /> For the teachers who demanded we present only neat, organised work and nothing less, here&rsquo;s what we used to placate them. Couple this excuse with a promise to get it to them at a later date, we were all good to go.<br /> <br /> 7. My group members weren&rsquo;t co-operating<br /> <br /> In truth we probably didn&rsquo;t even know who our group members were, let alone meet as a group, but hey, the teacher didn&rsquo;t know that now did they? However, there was always that one person out of the group who would take the initiative and do the work on their own to ensure their grade was secured. If that was you, big up yuh self.<br /> <br /> 8. My internet was down<br /> <br /> "We have several computers in the library/IT labs Mr/Ms student."<br /> <br /> 9. The electricity was out<br /> <br /> No homework? No problem. There&rsquo;s no way on earth that the teacher could have known whether or not you really had electricity in your house anyways&hellip;unless they lived near you.<br /> <br /> 10. Didn't know it was due today<br /> <br /> Not quite as weak as "dog ate it", but still pretty weak, if we're being honest. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13288806/homework_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:27 PM No easy way forward on hair regulations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/No-easy-way-forward-on-hair-regulations When news broke last week of three-year-old Zavier Assam being turned away from Hopefield Prep School because of his hair, tongues wagged all across the island. But thankfully some of that wagging included necessary conversations about remnants of colonialist oppression in our present day society. <br /> <br /> Zavier's mother Dr Penelope Amritt was told to cut his hair on several occasions but refused because she wasn't 'ready' to make such a decision and has intimated to the media that she feels her son is being discriminated against on the grounds of gender.<br /> <br /> On this, it is only fair to submit that while we are all equal as a result of innate human dignity, in such a conversation equality is not on par with sameness. Boys and girls are equal as human beings but are biologically different and have, in all periods of history, in all places in the world, to lesser or greater extents, had different expectations with regards to dress and grooming.<br /> <br /> Schools have rules and the vice-principal's alleged 'rules are rules' comment is indeed correct. Rules are rules and they are no less binding because one person or even a large group of people do not like it. Gender discrimination is not at play in this circumstance or any such circumstance when grooming regulations differ according to one's sex, not when a societal majority accepts that there must be physical demarcation of the sexes. Perhaps though, society must question whether hair is truly important in that physical demarcation.<br /> <br /> That said, a great part of the validity of a rule comes from its consistency in its application. And so if there is indeed any truth to Dr Amritt's remarks about her daughter Zina being mandated to tie up her hair but the same or something similar not applying to caucasian children, her argument about unfair and discriminatory practices begins to hold water. Unnecessary demarcation between races would reek of colonialist mindsets.<br /> <br /> Some may, with reason, accuse Dr Amritt of stirring things up but her protest and subsequent highlight of such protestations has brought an important and necessary discussion to the fore once again. And indeed the answer to unfair, discriminatory rules is not to turn tail and run. One may reasonably maintain that she should have used reasoned arguments to persuade the school administration or attempt to, instead of having the matter splashed in the media and potentially tarnishing Hopefield Prep's reputation, as that is how one goes about petitioning change in ordered society. But we must all be grateful in the end that this discussion about blackness and black hair and grooming regulations in post-colonial Jamaica has been brought to the foreground. This discussion is the crux of the matter, not so much whether we ourselves, or the school's vice-principal or the Minister of Education likes or dislikes Zavier's hairstyle.<br /> <br /> Black hair is not dirty or untidy simply because it is kinky, curly and grows from a black person's scalp. Dirty hair is dirty hair, uncombed, untidy hair is just that as well, and a spade is a spade - we are under no illusions. But it is time that we shed our former coloniser's mindset that our hair is bad or somehow wrong. <br /> <br /> Black hair is not untidy just because it has not been pressed, processed or wrangled into colonially-approved modest buns or lifeless, straight shoulder-length sheets. There may be standards for hair grooming, and those might just exclude some beautiful styles that are popular but these rules must not be cover-ups for institutionalised racism. <br /> <br /> The administration of Hopefield Prep and all Jamaican schools - private and public, primary and secondary level - would do well to examine their rules regarding student grooming and the spirit behind these rules, and take steps swiftly to rid racist, unkind notions about what is 'good' or 'clean' hair from the minds of those in authority and those left to influence young minds in any way. Administrators and teachers at all Jamaican schools, particularly at the secondary level, must also remember the necessity of education. School administrators must be challenged to find reasonable alternatives in securing student compliance to grooming regulations that do not include or begin with barring students with non-regulation hair from classes.<br /> <br /> Unequivocally, no student should be barred from education because of their hair.<br /> <br /> teenAGE suggests that high schools add grooming tips beyond merely encouraging regular trimming to their existing curricula for Personal Development or Guidance classes so as to encourage a healthy appreciation for good grooming in students. This may help make administrators' work easier if students begin to take pride in their grooming and are equipped to make good choices about it on their own, with school regulation in mind. Indeed many black people do not know about healthy hair practices and care for natural black hair, and schools should be at the forefront of that push for knowledge.<br /> <br /> We note and welcome the Ministry of Education's consideration of instituting a few points of general policy to limit or provide the framework for all our schools' grooming related rules. We would encourage that the rules be more on the general side of merely requiring neatness.<br /> <br /> Finally, though it may be hard with the public outrage still very fresh, we must all bear with school administrators as they adjust age-old rules and adjust to rethought norms while attempting to keep reasonable standards for grooming for students of all races and hair types and textures. This, while they juggle their many other responsibilities. We must appreciate school administrators' dilemma in creating and enforcing rules that represent and satisfy an ever-changing society while still maintaining standards.<br /> <br /> There is no easy way forward, but we must press forward nonetheless.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13282636/Zavier-Assam_w300.jpg Teenage Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:36 AM Schoolboy football players to look out for this Manning Cup season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Schoolboy-football-players-to-look-out-for-in-the-Manning-Cup-this-season Alex Marshall<br /> <br /> Undoubtedly the best player last season, Marshall&rsquo;s goals and consistent performances helped his team reach the finals of the competition where they dramatically lost to rivals JC in an unforgettable encounter at Sabina Park. The Cavalier striker was recently in the headlines for heading to Germany to try out for 2.Bundesliga side St. Pauli. However, he is set to play for STGC this season and is one of the players many expect to lead what is a relatively inexperienced St. Georges team.  <br /> <br /> Jahwahni Hinds<br /> <br /> Hinds has recently started to blossom as a dominant centre back, representing his country as both the captain of the U-17 and U-20 Jamaican teams. His tall and muscular presence at the back is an attribute every coach desires in their team. Last season wasn&rsquo;t the best of seasons for Hinds, after just switching Calabar for Wolmers. However, he is expected to be one of the senior members in a Wolmer&rsquo;s squad which seems set and ready to win their first title since 1994.<br /> <br /> Tyreek Magee<br /> <br /> Fresh from his life-changing trip to train at Manchester City in June, Tryeek Magee is back to lead defending champions Jamaica College to their second consecutive title. His presence will be felt more so than last year because of the massive exodus of the team&rsquo;s star players. His clinical finishing and clever dribbling is what coach Miguel Coley will be looking for to guide his team to victory again this season.<br /> <br /> Dominic James<br /> <br /> Following the departure of target man Shevon Stewart, it is Dominic James who Neville Bell has deemed it fit to wear the captain&rsquo;s armband this season. The imposing midfielder has been a driving force for STGC for a number of seasons and with this being his final year with the team, he would want to ensure they avenge that heart-breaking defeat to Jamaica College last time out by bringing the trophy back to the light blue half of North Street. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13281632/ALEX-MARSHALL_w300.jpg Teenage Monday, September 12, 2016 3:09 PM #StruttingTheWorld: 16-year-old Saint model Lydia Barnett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Strutting-the-World--Saint-Model-Lydia-Barnett PHOTOS: Bryan Cummings<br /> <br /> Let&rsquo;s get to know her with our teenAGE Casual Questions (TCQs):<br /> <br /> TCQ1: If you could have any super power, what would it be?<br /> <br /> LB: I would want to be super smart and super strong to get better grades and fight criminals.<br /> <br /> TCQ2: What&rsquo;s the most trouble you&rsquo;ve ever been in with your parents?<br /> <br /> LB: Fighting with my little sister. And my parents would take away my phone<br /> <br /> TCQ3: Which of these kids were you in high school: the popular kid, the nerd, or just a part of the crowd?<br /> <br /> LB: The Popular Kid, my friends and I<br /> <br /> TCQ4: What is the most teenAGE thing that you do on a daily basis?<br /> <br /> LB: I&rsquo;m all over social media.<br /> <br /> Barnett admits that she wasn&rsquo;t always interested in modeling, as she didn&rsquo;t know of the opportunities that existed in the field. Her sister was the model in the family, but when Saint International CEO, Deiwight Peters saw the younger Lydia, he at once saw star quality.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;My older sister Taylor Barnett was a model for Saint model but she gave it up recently. When she used to go training my daddy would take me with her and Deiwight would see me and say,&rsquo;I want her.&rsquo; From that, he followed it up and when I grew up, he saw me and remembered me,&rdquo; she told teenAGE.<br /> <br /> So last October when the Saint team visited her high school, Donald Quarrie High, she couldn&rsquo;t shy away from the audition.<br /> <br /> Today, Barnett, who will be a part of the fifth form cohort at Donald Quarrie, is signed to four major international modeling agencies--Wilhemina Modeling Agency, London; Wilhemina Modeling Agency, New York; Why Not Models, Milan; and Silent Models, Paris. She just returned from London after flying out for a 2-week development stint.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I love being a model. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Modeling is one of the best things a teenager can do, if they have the talent,&rdquo; smiled Barnett, who, in addition to modeling, wants to be a midwife.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always wanted to be a midwife because I love babies. Modelling won&rsquo;t be forever, I know that, so you have to prepare something out so that when my modeling career ends you won&rsquo;t be left with nothing to do. That&rsquo;s what I will do,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Though she hasn&rsquo;t walked an international runway yet, it is naturally the next strut for this beautiful and confident TEEN. Confidence, she believes, differentiates winners and losers, especially in her field.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Everybody has the chance to be successful in what they are interested in. You just have to have confidence in it. Don&rsquo;t doubt yourself. You are the one that is going to make it happen, so if you put your mind to it, you can be anyone you can,&rdquo; she said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13275608/Lydia-Barnett_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 09, 2016 1:57 PM Barclays Premier League weekend match predictions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/BPL-weekend-match-predictions One point is awarded for the correct winner, and two points for the correct scoreline. Join us and let us know your thoughts on our predictions, as well as your own predictions. <br /> <br /> This week's predictions are:<br /> <br /> Alexei&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-0 Southampton<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-2 Leicester<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Trevann&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 0-0 Southampton<br /> <br /> Liverpool 1-2 Leicester<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-1 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Brian&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-1 Southampton<br /> <br /> Liverpool 2-0 Leicester<br /> <br /> Swansea 1-2 Chelsea<br /> <br /> Yakum&rsquo;s predictions:<br /> <br /> Manchester United 1-1 Manchester City<br /> <br /> Arsenal 2-1 Southampton<br /> <br /> Liverpool 3-0 Leicester<br /> <br /> Swansea 0-1 Chelsea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13275568/MAN-CITY_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 09, 2016 1:19 PM Lady Gaga ends pop music hiatus with release of 'Perfect Illusion' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Lady-Gaga-ends-pop-music-hiatus-with-release-of--Perfect-Illusion- The dance-music diva told the BBC that her latest song was written on a manual typewriter, composed with music impresario Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker, of the Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala.<br /> <br /> "Kevin flew to us from Australia and he came with this idea, that was the beginning of a song called 'Illusion,'" Gaga told the BBC.<br /> <br /> "I work on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth."<br /> <br /> She added: "We stripped everything away. Changed the melody, shifted it. I sat at piano, Kevin was on guitar, Mark was on the bass."<br /> <br /> Gaga, 30, also revealed that her upcoming fifth album, which includes "Perfect Illusion," will also feature a duet with Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.<br /> <br /> Lady Gaga has been teasing the release of her new single for several days on Twitter, including snippets of lyrics.<br /> <br /> "I don't need eyes to see/ I felt you touchin' me/ High like amphetamine/ Maybe you're just a dream," the singer wrote in a tweet this week, with the hashtag #PerfectIllusion.<br /> <br /> Another tweet on Friday informed her fans, whom she affectionately has referred to over the years as "Little Monsters" that "PERFECTILLUSION is available NOW on @Spotify," including a link to the song.<br /> <br /> Over the last several years, the singer of such disco-inspired dance-pop hits as "Paparazzi," "Poker Face" and "Born This Way" has taken a break from commercial music.<br /> <br /> She has focused instead on standards from an earlier era, including duets with 90-year old crooner Tony Bennett, and headlined the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.<br /> <br /> In recent years Gaga has toned down her outrageous and extravagant attire, which once famously included an outfit made of raw meat. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/9303887/lady-gaga_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 09, 2016 1:16 PM Jamaica Yellow Pages' 'Wi Proud A Dem' competition help kids with school  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Jamaica-Yellow-Pages---Wi-Proud-A-Dem--competition-help-kids-with-school What started last year as an online Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) competition dubbed "Wi Proud A Dem", continued this year with the public being invited to submit entries detailing why they were proud of their GSAT scholars.<br /> <br /> With an overwhelming response, the company decided to extend the application beyond GSAT students and made it applicable to anyone pursuing their education at all levels. <br /> <br /> At the awards ceremony last Wednesday, 10 students, which included six GSAT students, three high schoolers and one primary school student, each received gift certificates valued $20,000. <br /> <br /> Marketing Manager, Ayanna Kirton, says the company will continue to extend its reach to our youth, and by providing help towards education is a great platform to achieving sustainable development.  <br /> <br /> The company is currently running another online back to school competition, where the entrants have to state how they are preparing for school. 10 winners will receive $5000 each. <br /> <br /> Daniel Neil, one of the award recipients, sharing how he attained a 98% average in GSAT. <br /> <br /> Joining JYP Marketing Manager, Ayanna Kirton was the youngest of the recipients, five-year-old Dominic Powell, along with dad Kevin Powell<br /> <br /> Donnovon Findlater sharing his GSAT experience, as his older sister and main support Shanna-Kay Findlater (left) looks on. Donnovon will be going to Kingston College. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13275555/YP-helps-kids_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 09, 2016 1:02 PM What we know about the Mavado v Popcaan war of words so far http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/What-we-know-about-the-Mavado-v-Popcaan-war-of-words-so-far Well, nobody really knows for sure, but we've tried to create a timeline of events. <br /> <br /> At the end of April this year, Canadian rapper Drake dropped his album, and a version of the song Controlla which previously had only been heard with a Popcaan feature, without the Unruly boss. <br /> <br /> Mr Vegas shared his views on Views and accused Drake of exploiting dancehall artistes. Popcaan defended Drake, saying that Mr Vegas should mind his own business. <br /> <br /> Soon after Mavado and Alkaline (two of the big three in dancehall, along with Popcaan), recorded a collab called Farewell, which some fans interpreted as 'lowkey' calling Popcaan fake. <br /> <br /> Afterwards Mavado released yet another song called Big League, which seemed to be innocent, but Poppy caught wind of this and poked fun at it in his single World Cup. The first line in that song is &ldquo;We nuh know bout league cause a we name worl' cup&rdquo;. That was clearly directed at Mavado. <br /> <br /> 'Vado responded in the best way he knows how, with another song. <br /> <br /> Dem Run Een was Mavado's response, also calling out Demarco, calling him &ldquo;King Kong&rdquo;. The line &ldquo;But me laugh, cause me nuh kill likkle children&rdquo; seemed to be directed at Popcaan, given that the former Portmore Empire member has only been making music for eight years, whereas Mavado has been making music for 11. <br /> <br /> There, the clear lyrical shots began. <br /> <br /> Popcaan added more fuel to the fire when he dropped Dutty Dread.  About a month elapsed and it seemed that the lyrical clashing had come and gone quickly. Then Mavado drops Funeral - containing clear shots at Popcaan and his friends. <br /> <br /> Rumours began swirling that Black Ryno might also have gotten involved.<br /> <br /> Demarco drops King Kong, as Mavado had called him out in Dem Run Een, or so he assumed? Then Black Ryno slides in to defend his &lsquo;little brother&rsquo; Popcaan, with his single Big Bredda. Both songs fell pretty flat.  <br /> <br /> It seems as if Popcaan had been lurking in the shadows and waiting for Mavado to make his next move, because as soon as 'Vado dropped Funeral,  Poppy fired two hot diss tracks namely, Slaughter House and RPG, calling Mavado the &ldquo;Jamaican Meek Mill&rdquo; for taking a lengthy time to respond in RPG.  <br /> <br /> Mavado then responds the very next day with Dem Dead Already, but not before leaking a snippet of the song on his Instagram page (@Mavadogully) with the caption &lsquo;RIP&rsquo;. This seems to be the fan favourite of the lyrical battle so far, containing memorable lines about Popcaan sleeping on tile at Mavado's house etc. <br /> <br /> Demarco seems to really like the name &lsquo;King Kong&rsquo; because in his new, diss track, Dem Fraid, he happily refers to himself as King Kong. He continued to play only background to the main battle however. <br /> <br /> Popcaan fired again with Born Ready, intimating that even though he may be young to the game, he came ready, prepared for anything anyone could throw his way. It's yet to be seen whether the self proclaimed 'Gully Gad' will respond, as most fans have proclaimed a flawless victory for Mavado.<br /> <br /> However, following this feud is like watching a game of table tennis. Mavado and Popcaan are the players, and Demarco and Black Ryno are almost able to be likened to the ones who run after the ball when it goes out of bounds. <br /> <br /> Now that you have the facts, whose side are you on? #TeamMavado or #TeamPopcaan?<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13273201/Popcaan-v-Mavado_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 09, 2016 11:04 AM The case for unplugging from social media from time to time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/The-case-for-unplugging-from-social-media-ever-so-often And now we're all a little bit addicted to it. There's no shame, though. It's pretty nice to be able to keep up with friends, family and acquaintances, no matter how far away they may be. It's also nice to be able to be up to date on news and other topics of interest on a regional and international level.<br /> <br /> Still, studies continue to prove that our parents might just be on to something when they tell us to get off Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and do something else for a bit. In a January 2016 publication of the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)'s journal it was concluded that social media use was significantly associated with increased depression.<br /> <br /> Increased social media use has also been linked to increased levels of anxiety in the past. There are also countless articles online and in print about how our obsession with our amount of likes, followers and friends online is kind of sort of ruining our lives.<br /> <br /> Between the old compare and despair routine, and fear of missing out (on news or the latest social media 'thing') it's important that we all listen to our inner selves and abstain as necessary. If comparison is the thief of joy, imagine how much we can lose while spending so much time in an atmosphere that thrives on comparison.<br /> <br /> There is a whole great big world outside of our phone screens waiting to be explored. There are people to meet irl (in real life), places to go and things to do. You'd be amazed just how much fun you can have or how relaxed you can be when your main concern isn't being up to the minute or taking the perfect selfie for the 'Gram or figuring out the perfect status update or photo caption.<br /> <br /> It's important that all us TEENs unplug from time to time and give ourselves pause to reflect and refresh ourselves. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13273156/social-media_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, September 08, 2016 1:44 PM Talk Up Yout kicks off new season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Talk-Up-Yout-kicks-off-new-season The show featured new, dynamic young people from across the island and a brand new topic, #BlackLivesMatter , for the cast to tackle. Other pressing issues such as 'definitions of beauty', and 'youth & sex' are set to be introduced in the future episodes.<br /> <br /> Talk Up Yout has helped hundreds of youths from all different types of background directing their time and resources into not only solving their personal problems, but also the issues within their communities and the nation. <br /> <br /> The dream of television personality, entrepreneur and 'Talk Up Yout' host Emprezz Golding, and lead producer of the show Nadia Stanley, is to engage the creative and problem-solving capacities of young people and to broadcast this youth engagement to all of Jamaica. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Young people are vital to the progression and improvement of any nation, their energy, quick minds and their knowledge of the contemporary landscape makes them the ideal drivers of innovation&rdquo; Emprezz told teenAGE. When asked the question why she found it fit to start this particular show, the TV host replied saying &ldquo;Well at one point there were so many young people that were coming to me complaining about various issues and were asking for advice. Sometimes I&rsquo;d just sit down and talk one on one and reason with them and ask them ok, what are you going to do about it?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> She stated that the aim was to create a space where youths could talk freely and express themselves, giving them that one hundred percent. Emprezz admitted that &lsquo;it took a team to see the vision&rsquo; and she couldn&rsquo;t have been successful without her business partner and co- executive producer, Stanley and the Talk Up Yout crew.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13273109/TUY_w300.jpg Teenage Thursday, September 08, 2016 12:57 PM Being your best self this semester http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Being-your-best-self-this-semester A new school year has dawned, and as we all bravely face the semester it's important that we put our best foot forward.<br /> <br /> Here are a few tips from your friends at teenAGE to help you be your best self this semester:<br /> <br /> 1. Set some goals<br /> <br /> It may be that you want to make new friends, or speak up more in class, or turn last year's 'C' average into a 'B+' average. Whatever it is that you wish to accomplish this semester, write it down, and remind yourself regularly.<br /> <br /> 2. Don't look back (too much) <br /> <br /> What's past is past, and crying over spilled milk is a total waste of your time. But if you must look back make sure you look just long enough to learn from your mistakes, but don't dwell.<br /> <br /> 3. Start early<br /> <br /> The saying "procrastination is the thief of time" is very much true.<br /> <br /> 4. Stay positive <br /> <br /> There's no room for negativity in dream-chasing. Don't get into the habit of screaming your failures, and whispering your accomplishments with your internal voice. If you do well, it's okay to cherish that. And if you fall short, there is always next time.<br /> <br /> 5. Prioritise<br /> <br /> Achieving your goals and having the best possible semester becomes far easier when things are put into perspective. You may not always be to make a list of where things fall, but keep you main goals in mind and judge each new situation in that light.<br /> <br /> 6. Know what works for you, and what doesn't<br /> <br /> Try to assess which study tactics work best for you as early as possible. Group study, flash cards or camping out in the library might work for some people but maybe those aren't for you. No one knows you like you. (PS: don't be afraid to get creative in your study approach.)<br /> <br /> 7. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy<br /> <br /> If most of your goals for this semester are scholastic, be certain to fit in a little fun in your busy, colour-coded schedule. It's only healthy. But if your goals for this semester are more social, the opposite applies. Balance is key.<br /> <br /> 8. Be healthy<br /> <br /> Eat healthy meals, get a good night's sleep and drink lots of water. Make room for breaks and mentally freeing activities that keep you relaxed and centred.<br /> <br /> Put these tips to work and have yourself an awesome first semester! Don't be afraid to get help from parents, or those kind teachers. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13266566/ZZ25C74F0E_w300.jpg Teenage Tuesday, September 06, 2016 12:00 AM Five essentials for your first semester in university http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/teenage/Five-essentials-for-your-first-semester-in-university Comfortable shoes<br /> <br /> These may vary by gender, but whether it is a pair of loafers, flats or sneakers, comfortable shoes are an undeniable essential when it comes to university life. Universities and colleges are sometimes double or even triple the sizes of your old high school or community college, so going from place to place won&rsquo;t be as easy as before. Therefore comfortable shoes are a must for the long treks from the library to class, to a food place and back. Especially for the standing in the long lines that will be at the bursary when exams roll around in November.<br /> <br /> Caps/Hats<br /> <br /> Bucket hats, floppy hats, baseball caps, even your mama&rsquo;s church hat it doesn&rsquo;t matter. As said before campuses are huge and our Caribbean temperatures don&rsquo;t play. In order to beat the heat and avoid sunburn, hats are an essential staple to every college student. Also they work wonders when you wake up 9:15 for a 9 o'clock class, and the hair won&rsquo;t budge. Bad hair day crisis averted.<br /> <br /> Dark Jeans<br /> <br /> We can argue whether black or blue jeans are the better choice, but it is agreed upon the dark jeans are a staple in any university student&rsquo;s closet. They are neutral, working with any colour. Also they are easy to dress up and dress down. But most importantly, they are perfect for the days you forgot to do laundry and get stuck wearing that pair of blue jeans on repeat. Couldn&rsquo;t run that risk with noticeable floral pants, now could you?<br /> <br /> Headphones and chargers<br /> <br /> These might seem frivolous, but they are in fact very important. Imagine, getting ready for a presentation and your laptop or tablet battery is dead? Always have your chargers ready for any sticky situations that may arise. Also, having a dead battery when you need to take notes is a natural disaster in itself. Headphones are a university essential, they are perfect for blocking out annoying acquaintances when you want to get in the frame of mind for school, and also perfect for awkward situations with strangers.<br /> <br /> Formal clothes for presentations and functions<br /> <br /> Of all the essentials, this is one of the most important ones. Clothes for presentations are a staple as it is undeniable that presentations will be required from you and it is important to look the part. You&rsquo;ll not only get a better grade but also leave a professional image in your lecturer&rsquo;s mind and he/she may consider you for future job opportunities. Also, you never know when a formal function might pop up on campus. Formal clothes does not mean dinner attire or a fancy tuxedo, a simple clean cut professional look will do.<br /> <br /> University may seem overwhelming and even frightening at first, but once you&rsquo;ve gotten the hang of it you&rsquo;ll be fine. Always have these essentials, remember your purpose and still find time to have fun and enjoy the experience.  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13260559/Black-cap_w300.jpg Teenage Friday, September 02, 2016 2:10 PM