Get to Know AExME Council Member Saaneah Jamison

 

R&B Artist & Body Positive Activist

@saaneah

 

If you don’t already recognize AExME Council member Saaneah from the summer AExME cast, you’re gonna recognize her soon. The rising R&B artist and body-positive activist is taking over big-time, using music and movement to transform hearts and minds.

 

She’s appeared on American Idol, opened for Ledisi, and created a series of mega-popular classes—called “Curvy Confidence”—that blend dance, fitness, and self-love.

 

“It’s about body gratitude, showing love for the body that you have because no one else has it… That’s how you bloom where you are,”

says the Tennessee State University grad who’s worked in her hometown of Nashville as an educator, including with students with disabilities.

@saaneah

Saaneah lives by the mantra that it’s an “artist’s duty to reflect the times” (words by the great Nina Simone), and her art reflects both the times and her unique take on them: everything Saaneah does it about eliminating self-hate, building self-confidence, and helping people find their voice.

 

“Spend some time alone,”

Saaneah advises anyone looking to find their voice.

“Listen inside of your soul and find the things that you may need to heal. Find the things that get you out of your comfort zone so that you can get to a place where you function in your freedom.”

Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.

 

 

Get to Know AExME Council Member Tim Johnson Jr.

 

Actor & Musician

@cityboyjr  

 

AExME Council member Tim Johnson Jr. is making his joyful mark on entertainment and the world.

 

“I like going with the flow, wherever it goes,”

says the Philly native who got his start playing Young Simba in the Las Vegas production of The Lion King. Since that life-changing opportunity he nailed at age 10 (when you know, you know), Tim has appeared in major network dramas including FBI, as well as Pacific Rim: Uprising and the Hulu show Future Man with Josh Hutcherson. #TeamPeeta 4ever

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“Soul is everything to me,”

says Tim, who recently sang the soul classic “Let’s Stay Together” on the show The Four, earing praise from judges Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, and Diddy. “The sun is in the building, shining,” Khaled raved after Tim hit all the high notes, and made it look easy, all with his infectious smile, of course.

 

Tim lives by the words “walk by faith and not by sight”—from 2 Corinthians 5:6-7—seeing life as a journey where you’ve got to trust yourself and live every moment to its fullest.

 

“I feel like we are products of love.”

 

Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.

 

 

Game Day, Your Way

Hit your next game-day look out of the park with inspiration from Tailgate’s MLB apparel line

It’s the best time of the year! With summer break, long weekends, road trips, concerts, ball games, vacations, days at the park & all the other outdoor activities you have planned, you’ll want to spend every minute of this summer outside. And sure, you’ve already got all your outfits picked out for the next beach trip and festival weekend coming up, but have you thought about what to wear to your next baseball game? Whether you’re a huge fan of your local MLB team, you’re just jumping into the world of baseball fandom, or you’re a casual fan who likes repping your city, you still want to show up to a day at the ballpark looking and feeling good. There are tons of ways to show off your team or city pride, so follow along as we outline a few game-changing ideas that’ll elevate your outfit and help you figure out what to wear to a baseball game this season. Start with MLB clothing, then round out the looks with your favorite jeans, shorts and accessories to make the look yours just in time for the first pitch.

Peanuts + Cracker Jack for two:

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For an easy and laid-back style worth repeating all summer for all your baseball game dates, start with a Tailgate MLB graphic tee supporting the home team. Or the away team – wherever your allegiance lies is okay with us. These MLB t-shirts are super soft and breathable, making them ideal for sunny days spent outside. Wear them with your favorite women’s shorts like Mom shorts, midi shorts, short shorts & more, and pair them with a baseball hat to continue the baseball theme of the date. If it’s a hot, summer day, try to pick out lightweight materials for your date outfit and make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen! There’s nothing more romantic than SPF protection for you and your boo.

 

Grand slam style at a night game:

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Whether you’re heading to the ballpark after a day of fun in the sun or after a long day at work, a night game can be just what you need to cap off a great day. As always though, you’ll want to be prepared for whatever comes your way when the sun sets and the game starts. You can easily make your game day outfits better with some layers, so make sure you bring a long sleeve t-shirt or hoodie just in case temperatures take a dive while you’re watching your favorite team take the field. And since you’ll want plenty of coverage, jeans and denim overalls are a great choice to make sure you’re comfortable during the game.

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Pair a Pittsburgh Pirates shirt with some ripped jeans for a look that’s just right in early spring, or pair high-waisted jeans with your Mets gear at the next night game to show off your team spirit. Try something different with a pair of overalls to go with your St. Louis Cardinals t-shirts, then top off your outfit with a hat for a look that’s all you. Bright a jacket along and you’re set for a night at the park.

 

How to beat the double header blues:

Wow, you want to talk serious commitment? Head to the ball field for a double header this season and enjoy double the trouble with two games IN A ROW. Dressing for a double header is a little different because while a normal game lasts about three hours, a double header game day can have you at the park for much longer. This means you’ll need the right accessories and apparel to get you through the baseball marathon ahead. First, start with a comfortable and breathable top that shows off your hometown pride. Choose a short sleeve t-shirt for days when it’s a little warm, and go for a tank top when things heat up later in the season. From there, choose a pair of jeans or shorts you know are comfortable enough to handle all the sitting and snacking that’s about to happen. And since versatility is the name of the game for double headers, bring a small bag like a crossbody bag or fanny pack to keep the essentials in (money, wallet, keys) so you’ll always have easy access to your cash when snack time rolls around.

 

Feeling inspired now that you know how to dress for a baseball game? Show us all your great baseball outfits on Instagram & Twitter with #AExME @americaneagle and you could be featured on our site, blog or social media!

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Get to Know AExME Council Member Joseph Touma

 

Bridge the Divide Co-Founder

@josephmtouma

 

There are more things that unite than divide us, believes AExME Council member Joseph Touma, who co-founded the organization Bridge the Divide to do just that—bring us together across political and cultural boundaries.

 

Joseph envisions a future where we’re unified, not in terms of believing the same things, but in the way we listen respectfully and prioritize empathy above all else.

 

Created after an eye-opening experience at summer camp in 2016—students from over 90 countries coming together, despite their differences—Bridge the Divide has grown to chapters in 30 countries, and continues to be run FOR young people BY young people.

 

“America is made up of a diverse group of people. We need to acknowledge that and embrace that,”

says Joseph, a West Virginia native who’s active in student government and the Young Republications at Duke University, where he’s studying politics and business—a passion for the Shark Tank fan.

@josephmtouma

Joseph lives by the motto that “a ship in port is safe, but that’s not why we build ships.”

 

“Putting ourselves out of our comfort zone is so important. That’s really when you grow.”

 

Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.

 

 

Get to Know AExME Council Member Peyton Klein

Global Minds Initiative Founder

@peytonklein

 

Inspired by the power of intercultural friendships, AExME Council member Peyton Klein created the Global Minds Initiative, which has grown since its 2016 launch in Pittsburgh, Pa., to a national and international movement.

 

It began one morning at school, when Peyton realized she knew the names of every student in her class except for the girl in the hijab. Feeling ashamed she hadn’t been practicing the inclusion she’d been preaching, Peyton introduced herself. The rest is history. Khwala and Peyton became great friends—including Peyton learning about Khwala’s refugee experience—and Peyton was inspired to found the Global Minds Initiative, a for-youth, by-youth organization that bridges immigrants, refugees, and U.S.-born students through after-school programming.

 

 “Diversity is a fact; inclusivity is a choice,”

says the current high school junior who is passionate about immigrant rights and educational equity.

@peytonklein

Peyton’s work has been featured on the Today Show, Fox News, Teen Vogue, and the New York Times, and the Global Minds movement now reaches over 1,500 students in 23 schools across the U.S. and Canada.

 

“The most powerful weapon we have against hate isn’t violence,”

Peyton says.

“It’s love. It’s kindness. If we can create love and hope within our communities, that can solve so many of our issues.”

Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.

 

 

Get to Know AExME Council Member Delaney Tarr

 

March for Our Lives Co-Founder

@delaneytarr

 

In March of 2018, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School helped organize March for Our Lives—the largest youth-led rally in U.S. history. AExME Council member Delaney Tarr, then active at her Parkland, Fla. school’s paper and TV/film club, was one of those students who helped turn the senseless shooting into a moment of unity and awareness.

 

And that moment has bloomed into a movement.

 

“Today and every day we will continue to fight for those things that are right,”

Delaney spoke to a crowd of about a million in Washington, DC.

“We are here for real change. We are here to lead.

 

And lead, Delaney has.

@delaneytarr

Since the shooting, Delaney has been an unfaltering advocate against gun violence and FOR youth voter registration, inspiring us with her words and actions.

 

“The only wish that I have is to be remembered as somebody who made the world a better place,”

says Delaney, now studying journalism at the University of Georgia (GO BULLDOGS!) and learning how to make the kind of media she loves, including shows like The Good Place and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and films like Roma and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

 

“What keeps me going is creation of art and stories and movements that can end hate and violence. I think that creating is the thing that can change the world and make it a better place.”

 

Meet all the members of the AExME Council here.