In This Together: Teens Help At-Risk Individuals, Photo Series Celebrates Black Girls


Teens Help At-Risk Individuals With Groceries

Founded by four high schoolers, Teens 4 Help is helping people who are at risk go grocery shopping. People interested in seeking help can fill out an online form with their information and grocery list, which a group of volunteer shoppers then receive. The shoppers then drop off the grocery order and accept reimbursement through Venmo or other cash apps.
The experience has brought Teens 4 Help’s founders even closer and taught them the importance of helping others,
“No matter how old you are, anyone can help make a difference in the community during this time,” co-founder Ahmed Alcassab said.

Princess Photo Series Celebrates Black Girls 

When hairstylist LaChanda Gatson was growing up, she rarely saw herself represented in television, movies, or books – including classic fairy tales. So she decided to reimagine traditional princesses “with a twist of Black girl magic.”

Gatson’s images resemble classic characters in tales such as “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” and “The Little Mermaid,” but show “diversity in fantasy and imagination” – a concept Gatson said that she rarely sees reflected on film sets. 

“As an adult, I’ve been hired on many sets in Hollywood in both film and editorial for children, and to no surprise, [the lack of diversity is] the same. Not much fantasy in that,” she told NowThis. “I want to continue to create and develop spaces for inclusivity. [I’m inspired] to create more conversation by filling those huge gaps.”

To create the princesses’ looks, Gatson said she enlisted help from costumes designers around the globe, from cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, Dallas and New York, to countries such as  Nigeria, Canada, Amsterdam, Bulgaria, and the UK.

This episode is sponsored by Ulta Beauty.