Hidden Figures: A Review By Village Bloggurls

By: Diana and Jiale

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Hidden Figures is about the journey of 3 Black women – Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monaé) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) –  who worked in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in NASA in 1961. Their goal was to send John Glenn, an American Senator from Ohio, into space to orbit around the earth before the Russians. The 3 women were called “computers” because they would do the math and space calculations and make sure they were accurate.

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FREE Capoeira Session with the Village Bloggurls!

bloggurls_capoeira111Capoeira in Action:

Join the Village Bloggurls in a FREE self-defense workshop for all self-identified girls and women aged 11 and up. There are only 25 spots. To register, please fill out the registration form here and email it to jboampong@nych.ca or return it to the Lotherton ANC Office.

Date: March 3, 2017

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Location: Lotherton ANC Office (109 Lotherton Pathway)

Light refreshments will be served.

This workshop is funded by the Girls Action Foundation

Introducing: The Lotherton Newsletter Volume 1

The very first newsletter for the Lotherton community created by a few of our Village Bloggurls. Inside, you will find essays about community engagement, beautiful visuals and what’s going on in the community. Please share and spread the word!

VBG Sleepover Extravaganza!

Friday Dec. 16, 2016.

The Village Bloggurls did something we’ve never done before in the history of ANC Lotherton…

We had a massive sleepover…in the program space!

Yes, it was fun.

Yes, it was full of magical moments.

Yes, there was (too much) pizza.

Yes, we had all the sugar in the world in one room…before heading to sleep.

Yes, we stayed up all night.

But most importantly, we grew closer together. We reninisced and spoke in each other in ways that demonstrate what having a solid foundatiom of friendship looks like.

The Village Bloggurls has been around since 2012, and we have seen over 40 girls grow up together before our eyes. Even though this year is the start of a new cycle, the mentees are now able to connect on a deeper level because of their shared experiences in this program. The icing on the cake? Previous members of the Village Bloggurls program came back! The sleepover gave way for them to connect and catch up!

(Mentors new and old. 4 people missing from the photo)

There is a real power in having spaces for girls to be and have fun. It didn’t feel like work that day; it felt like a celebration.

Until next year!

CH Best Gurls Meet the Village Bloggurls

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On seeing the Village Bloggurls site:

Kim (CH Best): My first impression is that it’s nice and cozy. There’s a lot of art inside, and the blue Dream Board poster caught my eye because it’s shiny and colourful. This space is much smaller and there’s more room decoration. I wish we could decorate our room in the school!

Jade (CH Best): It’s smaller than I thought it would be. The sewed patterns stood out to me, as well as the books and all the art. I really like art, so seeing it makes me feel excited.

Zayide (CH Best): There are so many creative things in the space, such as drawings and painting. The timeline of VBG from 2012-2016 stood out to me because it’s so colourful and noticeable.

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Window Art

On meeting the Village Bloggurls for the first time:

Kim (CH Best): I feel like this is a community that is very tight. The girls are really grown together.

Jade (CH Best): The group started out small, but it became bigger as time went by and it became more fun. The girls are really nice and social.

Zayide (CH Best): I didn’t know there were so many girls in the program! They’re very sweet and nice.

Sarah and Zeynep (CH Best) our first impression to was all the girls was so nice and kind

On meeting the CH Best Gurls for the first time:

Jiale (VBG): The group was so diverse, and when they came in they were really open and not shy to talk to us. They’re also really fun to talk to. It was fun to meet another group of girls from a different school and community because I’ve been in this community in so long and I haven’t experienced any other community. It was cool to experience another girls’ group in Lotherton.

On the day’s events:

Kim (CH Best): Putting on make-up on myself was fun because I’ve never put on make-up, and it was weird. I prefer my natural face.

Codie (CH Best): Two of the Village Bloggurls were talking about the window art and they went outside to decide where to put the title of their art. They were so animated that we made up dialogue about what they were saying. According to us, they were talking about spicy Doritos. It was so funny!

Jade (CH Best): Favourite moment so far was putting on make-up on my friend Isabelle and doing my own nail polish. It was exciting, nerve-wracking and really fun.

Jiale (VBG): Working on the window and seeing Diana and Rachel argue about their artwork was really funny. They were so serious about the placement of the title. And everyone, including the CH Best girls, came out and joined in. There was so much laughter!

Zayide (CH Best): Putting make-up on Isabelle was my favourite part of the day as well as painting because I like to paint, and it makes me feel relaxed.

The Girl Who Stayed The Same (iMovie Trailer)

14976707_1833943220183951_7737385535068279743_oLast week, we talked about stereotypes and movie tropes that are often pinned to female characters. There’s the damsel in distress, the girl who gets a makeover, the funny fat friend, the dumb blonde, the best Black friend, women of colour who are merely plot devices and many more things we noticed in movie trailers. Not only are many female characters sexualized, but they are also narrowly defined by capital standards that women don’t often control. In other words, big media corporations are creating images/characters of women and girls that don’t reflect who we actually are.

When a girl says “I’m not like other girls”, we should be saying “neither are we!”

“Other girls” don’t exist!


To challenge these film tropes, we created a film trailer in hopes that other girls can start to question why we are seeing the same tropes over and over again and ask what the impact is on our confidence, sense of self and how we see other girls.

Shot & Edited by: Vanessa Tang
Starring: Jiale & Diana’s hand

Top 10 Good Things (not in any specific order) about another 4 Years of Funding for VBG

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By: Diana and Jiale

  1. Making new friends – every year in VBG, new members join the program. This means that we get to become friends with them and they get to meet new people
  2. Food- we get to try new foods when they are served for snack and it’s free! (which is awesome because we get free food)
  3. Learning about the world of Media – VBG teaches us a lot about media and how different groups of people are represented through it and so much more (it’s also good for helping us navigate the online world)
  4. Making Zines – every year we get to make a new zine which is a difficult but fun process
  5. Having somewhere to go on Fridays – motivates us to get out of our houses and makes us socialized
  6. Fun activities – these activities help us relieve stress and helps us decompress and enjoy our lives
  7. Safe Space For Girls – as girls, we face many barriers every day. Having a safe space to talk about matters that are very important to us is a necessity
  8. Art Pieces – time to get creative! Art lets us express our feelings and exercises our creativity
  9. Cooking and Baking – this lets us experience what it’s like to make food in the kitchen. In the end, we get try new foods, usually delicious *cough* new foods
  10. TRIPS – TRIPSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Trips are very awesome, especially when they’re overnight. Overnight trips bring us together so that we can bond and have a wonderful experience together. Trips in general are a great way to experience a whole day of fun!

Thank you to the Canadian Women’s Foundation for making this program possible!!!

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