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January 25, 2018

Family Activity: Bromance


Design a card for your "bro," challenge your family to a competition and find your inner balance in this Family Activity! You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Bromantine

There are loads of ways to tell someone you appreciate them. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, write a card to your favorite "bro."

Materials: Paper, coloring and writing utensils

Step One: Discuss what you think a bromance is. Is it a gendered term? Can two females have a bromance?

Step Two: Think of someone that you have a special relationship with. This could be anyone, a teacher, a sibling, a parent or a coach. Consider these questions:
  • What makes that person special?
  • What is one thing they do that you really appreciate?
  • How would you describe your relationship with them?

Step Three: Once you have chosen your person, think of a relationship in popular culture that reminds you of the relationship you have with that person. 

Examples:
Bert and Ernie
Bert and Ernie
 
Simone and Aly
Simone Biles and Aly Raisman

Joe Biden and Barack Obama
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Former President Barack Obama

Step Three: Using markers and crayons, write and decorate a card. HINT: Use the relationship you identified in Step Two as the text for your card. 

Example: You are the Bert to my Ernie, a true friendmance. Thank you for always making me laugh!

Example

Step Four: Once you have finished your card, don't forget to give it to the person and make their day! 

BONUS: Bromance is the combination of the two words "brother" and "romance." What other words can you smash together to create a new word for a type of relationship? For example if you are close to your cousin and think of them like a sibling, you could call them your "cousling!"

Anything you can do, I can do better!

The bros of Bromance are always one-upping each other. In this activity, see which family member can do these quirky challenges the best! 

Step One: Try out these challenges below.

Most Ambidextrous
Together, choose a word and then everyone try to write it with their left and right hand. Whoever writes both words best gets a point. 

Most Bendy Fingers
Bend your index finger back to your wrist. Whoever gets closest gets a point. 

Longest Tongue
Touch your nose with your tongue. Whoever can reach the furthest gets a point.

Most Likely to Tie Themselves in a Knot
Try to touch your tongue to your elbow. Whoever can do it gets a point.

Most Flexible
Touch the ground without bending your knees. Whoever can do it gets a point. 

Most Eye Control
Cross your eyes. Whoever can do it gets a point. 

Step Two: Once you finish the challenges, tally your points.

Step Three: Do you have any other hidden talents? Show your family. If you are the only one that can do it add a point to your tally. Whoever has the most points at the end, wins! 

All in the Balance

In Bromance, you will see jaw dropping tricks and physical feats, including those with a Cyr Wheel! To perform acrobatics with a Cyr wheel, you have to have excellent balance. In this activity, practice your balancing skills and see if you can be like the guys from Bromance

Cyr Wheel
Materials: Books of varying shapes and sizes, coins, masking tape 

Challenge One: Quarter Spin
  • Every person playing picks up a quarter.
  • At the same time, try spinning quarters on a table and see whose coin spins the longest.
  • Bonus: Try spinning the quarter and see if you can make it stop while keeping it standing up.
Quarter Spin

Challenge Two: Book Balance
  • Using masking tape, create a path on the floor.
  • Take turns balancing the books on your head and seeing if you can walk on the line.
  • Bonus: Add extra challenges like adding more books or trying to distract people while they are walking.

Challenge Three: Spin Doctors
  • Close your eyes and spin around three times.
  • See if you can walk on the tape line without falling.
  • Whoever can do it best, wins!
Photos: Chris Nash

 
Bromance Thumb In Bromance, the astonishing talent of these three mates from London will make a hopeless bromantic out of you. Get your tickets today!

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
January 17, 2018

The Music of Generation NYZ

 
The first thing you notice at Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ is the playlist greeting you as you take your seat. From the beginning, you know that this will be an entirely unique experience. Although each of the seven members of the cast has lived through incredibly different circumstances, the one thread that binds them is their love of music. Four of the performers, Monica, Edwin, Syl and Mohammad share the songs that inspire them the most. 
 

Monica Victoria Tatacoya Castañeda

Monica"Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato makes me feel unapologetic about being me. In a world where you are shunned for not conforming to what society wants from you, it’s important to be confident in yourself.

"Secreto de Amor" by Joan Sebastian has been my favorite since I was a child. I don’t even remember how old I was when I first heard it. At first, I loved it because it just sounded so nice. Now, I'm drawn to it because it brings back memories of much simpler times. It calms me down. 

"Praying" by Kesha makes me feel hopeful. There are people who come into your life who try to destroy who you are. "Praying" gives me that sense of hope that comes when you see a new sunrise in the horizon, the hope that you will come out better because of what you went through. 

Music is very important to me. There are some things that words alone can’t express or offer. Music gives me those things I need. Simple words can’t offer comfort when I need it or always express how I'm feeling. Music is that one thing that touches everyone. It speaks to each person in a unique way. 

Edwin Aguila

Edwin"Text Me, Call Me (I'll Be There For You)" by Jabir Farooq. This is my own song! It means so much to me because it shows how much I've grown. When I started recording this in 2016, I became more willing to take risks and put myself out there.

"1-800-273-8255" by Logic. This song by Logic is one that means a lot to me since I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts. I wish I had this song while I was dealing with my personal demons. 

"NY State of Mind" by Nas depicts the reality of my New York and paints a vivid picture through the lyrics.

Music is very important to me. It saved my life! It allows me to find an outlet for my feelings. It also allows me to heal and escape reality for a bit.

Syl Egerton

Syl"Claire de Lune" by Claude Debussy is a piece of classical music. It's probably the most beautiful, bittersweet and heart-wrenching pieces I've ever heard. I feel like it encapsulates the slight sadness I can always feel at the bottom of my stomach. At the same time, it's so calming, it lets you work through that tinge of sadness at you own pace. I like setting it to loop, lying down and listening to it as long as I need.

"Intro: Never Mind" by BTS is a song I listen to when I need to get motivated. It has lyrics that just make me want to run faster, work harder and be stronger in general. I play it when I need to smash out a paper, and just generally when I'm feeling bogged down and sluggish and need a kick.

"I Will Be King" by the Hoosiers is a weird one. It's simultaneously celebratory and slightly creepy. I like those types of songs and relate to the lyrics of this particular one a lot. The Hoosiers tell a lot of stories with their music and I just love the way they sound. 

Music is unbelievably important to me, I never leave the house without my headphones, otherwise I lose my mind. I have a playlist for every mood so my taste is all over the place. I love things from heavy rock to classical music to rap. Music is just something that makes me feel really good and helps reassure me that things will be okay. I get easily overwhelmed by thoughts, sometimes random or bad, and music helps me tune them out so I can focus or reach a goal. It's thanks to music and singing that I've been able to build up my confidence and speak in public or in front of an audience. 

Mohammad Murtaza

Mohammad"Love Never Felt so Good" by Michael Jackson makes me feel like dancing with someone. It's a song that puts you in a good mood at any time and makes you wanna get up on your feet. The first time I ever heard it was in middle school when my friend played it for me. He knew Michael Jackson was one of my favorite artists, and was surprised when I didn’t know the song. 

"Crayon" by G Dragon makes me wanna go crazy and hypes me up. I feel like partying every time I hear it. The first time I heard it was also in middle school, after my best friend had shown me a song that G Dragon's group Big Bang had put out called "Fantastic Baby." I was entranced by their swagger and electronic pop/hip-hop feeling. So I searched them up, found "Crayon," and instantly liked it.

"Return of Simba" by J Cole makes me feel like a G, like I’m tough and confident. I first heard it when I was a sophomore in high school. I thought his vibe was dope and that he was a good artist, so I searched him up online and found all his songs. I loved it all, but "Return of Simba" was such a good "come up" song and I really love it.

Music is very important to me. It's my first form of self expression. It's been an outlet for me, a way to find myself and a way to join a community. The feeling you get from appreciating an artist’s work and finding out someone else does too is indescribable. As an aspiring artist as well, I write a lot of music and find myself looking to my favorite and most respected artists for inspiration. 

Photos: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
 
 

 
From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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