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

@cityboyjr  

“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.

 

 

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.

 

 

AE ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT: Finding Inspiration From Within

All across the country, young people like you are standing up for what’s important. Inspired by the launch of the AExME Council, we turned to our amazing team of store managers, stylists, and associates to learn more about some of the issues affecting their communities and the causes they’re passionate about.

Meet Juan from store #956 in Dartmouth, NS 🇨🇦 Canada. He’s a 23-year-old actor and business major who wants to make his mark on the world through interaction and connection with the people around him.

“My vision is to inspire people to be their best without labels or insecurities.”

Q&A answered by Juan

 

Juan is passionate about environmental issues across the globe as well as mental health awareness on a more individual level. He believes in using social media for good, and the healing power of kindness.

 

Q: What does AE x ME mean to you?

A: FREEDOM. It means that you get to be whoever you are, overcoming fears and doubts.

Juan being awarded with Customer First Around the Globe in 2016

In 2016, Juan was awarded Customer First Around The Globe for his incredible contributions to the AE experience.

 

Q: How would you like to see AE become more involved in your community?

A: By influencing customers with kindness and reminding them that with unity, anything can be overcome.