Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amid the usual back-to-school shuffle this week, something else was brewing: a rally on Thursday that was equally a protest against Common Core as well as a campaign pit stop for Zephyr Teachout, who is challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. On the lawn in front of the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, approximately a hundred anti-Common Core, pro-Teachout protestors gathered to voice their opposition to Andrew Cuomo’s education policies, and by extension, his governorship. Organized by Rockville Centre principal Carol Burris, speakers included Teachout, Lace to the Top’s Kevin Glynn, Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association President Beth Dimino, Long Island Opt-Out’s Jeanette Deuterman, Adam Yuro, the past president of the Bedford Teachers Association, and Michael Lillis, president of the Lakeland Teachers Association.These speakers have been working this circuit for over a year, voicing their accusations about the Common Core initiative, and everything from funding to the lack of scholarship and research behind it to the hours of instructional time lost to testing and prepping for the high-stakes standardized state tests – linked to what they describe as curriculums that lack empirical evidence, thereby invalidating results, setting kids up to fail, and for using these scores to rate teachers’ performance.Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, who was named 2010 Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators’ Association of New York State, spoke passionately about her love of “a wonderful institution called public education,” that she believes had been under attack by the Cuomo administration. “But because of our collective voices, things are starting to turn around,” she said into a microphone, as supporters held signs that said “Dump Cuomo” and “Vote Teachout and Wu.” “One of the reasons I believe they are starting to turn around is because of courageous people like Zephyr Teachout.” Burris painted the candidate as someone “courageous” who “stands firmly for public education and its values.”An invigorated Teachout, a Fordham Law professor, took to the mic to decry the “old boys’ network” she says that makes up New York’s highest office. “People are very excited about the idea of the first woman governor of the state of New York!” she boomed.She went on to describe how both she and running mate Tim Wu are “both products of public education.” She spoke of her early years as a teacher’s aid in a special education class and about how that experience helped to shape her views on education policy.“I will tell you that children thrive when you have small class sizes, when teachers are trusted, and when every child can be seen for who they are,” Teachout professed. “And schools and children suffer when you have overcrowded classes, when teachers are treated like suspects, and when children are treated as if they are made of the exact same material. I am so proud to be here with kids, teachers, parent, and community members to say I think we need to pay the six billion dollars that we owe to our schools back to our schools.”Her speech was met with robust applause and shouts of “Cuomo Out! Teachout In!” overtook the crowd.
“It makes you want to watch more,” Aliyah said. “[Seeing them] painting their face in the best way possible makes you want to sit down with a cup of coffee and watch them do their work.” When Davis is not experimenting and creating different makeup looks or working on photography, they can be found writing in their journal, filming videos or participating in student organizations, like the Black Student Assembly’s Creative Experience, all of which are key passions in their life. “There are a lot of really helpful resources on there for learning the basics of filming and editing. Every time I’m not too sure about something, I just look up a YouTube tutorial, and those definitely help out a lot,” Davis said. “For makeup, I’d say you’ve just got to practice a lot. So I would literally just do makeup at like 3 in the morning.” Glam, glitter and bold lashes — since the first moment makeup artist and photographer Avery Davis laid eyes on the dramatic painted faces and elongated winged eyeliner integral to drag queen makeup, they have always been attracted to a bold and colorful aesthetic. From both their professional work and personal creative endeavors on YouTube and Instagram, Davis is an icon on campus known for their dark and beautiful works of art, be it through makeup or photography. In the beginning stages of their makeup journey, Davis said that their favorite beauty influencer was Michelle Phan, a pioneer of the YouTube beauty community, who arguably invented the concept of a beauty guru. Some of their favorite content creators on the YouTube platform include Jackie Aina and Miles Jai, both of whom are YouTubers who produce videos, such as wig reviews and foundation range tests, that cater specifically to the Black community’s experience in beauty. Their makeup rates range from $45 to $60, totaling $80 to $100 if a photoshoot is included, Davis said. When Davis first began delving into makeup, Davis’ family and friends were greatly supportive of their interest in the art form and their self-starter attitude. Gaining rising popularity on their YouTube channel, Davis also eagerly shares their enthusiasm for makeup artistry online through storytimes and “Get Ready With Me” style videos. One of Davis’ goals as an influencer is to be an active role model, encouraging others to disregard hateful opinions and freely express themselves. Photo courtesy of Avery Davis Davis’ self-confidence has allowed them to pursue bold and transformative looks, featuring dramatic eyelashes, reflective glitter and colorful rhinestones. Some of these looks include drag and pride makeup, and tutorials for them can be found on Davis’ YouTube channel. Davis said they are interested in pursuing YouTube as a career if it takes off in the future, but as of now, they use it as a creative outlet to share their passion for makeup and explore content creation. Described by USC alumna Kenya Aliyah, a close friend of Davis, their YouTube videos are almost like ASMR. Their online presence on Instagram and YouTube has also been met with positive engagement, and Davis hopes to grow their following to be an inspiration for more makeup enthusiasts. Aliyah, who has modeled for Davis several times, described the photoshoot process as very professional, yet fun and collaborative. Though Aliyah was new to modeling when she worked with Davis for the first time, they shared creative freedom in order for Davis’ characteristic dark and beautiful aesthetic to shine through. “Sometimes I’ll be like, ‘I want something really smoky,’ or ‘I want the base makeup and face to look really shiny,’ and just go off of that,” Davis said. “But I don’t have a set goal or look in mind.” “I did experience having some people who would make unnecessary comments when I was in high school, but also, I didn’t really care, so I was like, ‘Oh, OK,’” Davis said. “But I was also reaching a place where I … stopped listening and caring about what other people think.” When creating looks, Davis normally waits for some inspiration or chooses to highlight a certain facial feature such as a cut crease eyeshadow look or a glossy lip. “I have a couple goals. One of them would be to almost be on the same level as Pat McGrath [self-made billionare], where it’s like I’m able to participate in runway makeup,” they said. “And even just having a makeup look get published by a really highly established publication … or to just be published in a Hollywood publication — that would be really nice.” One of Davis’ favorite looks is more avant garde. “Most times I’ll let them take creative freedom because I really trust their judgment,” Evins said. “All issues always come out really amazing, so I plan to just let them do their thing and like come up with their own ideas, because it never fails, honestly.” For aspiring makeup artists and beginner photographers, Davis recommends checking out YouTube. “I don’t have an audience yet, and [it’s] just people commenting so that’s nice,” Davis said. As a professional, one of Davis’ most memorable jobs was doing makeup for UMI for her music video, “High School,” released in 2019. For those interested in hiring Davis for freelance makeup and photography work, Davis said they are flexible with monetizing their creativity, prioritizing the art form itself. A senior majoring in cinema and media studies, Davis serves and centers bold and daring looks on their Instagram, @stayservinglooks. Davis grew up in Compton and has been practicing makeup for about six years. Like many aspiring makeup artists, their journey began out of simple curiosity coupled with the need for a creative outlet to balance the stress of school and express their sense of identity. “I have no brows, and it’s more of a blue look. And I just really like that one because I think my eyeliner looked really good that day,” Davis said, laughing. “It was easier for my family to support me because like all of the makeup I had, I bought myself,” Davis said. Discovering popular beauty gurus on YouTube to learn skills and find inspiration helped Davis gain increasing confidence in their makeup looks. They later decided to dive into the field of photography to capture and share the beauty of their makeup artistry. Branching off into photography inspired Davis to practice professionally and help others in the creative process of sharing their art. USC alumna Ryan Evins has also worked with Davis on album art for her music career and is eager to keep working with them in the future. “[Davis’ aesthetic] is bold and colorful and has a message behind it — something that you’ve never seen before,” Giná said. “[There’s an] idea and thought behind it, like [each photo] based on the persona that they’re trying to recreate. They love glam, they love lashes, they love glitter, so they’re very expressive.” A future project Davis has in mind is with USC alumna Tiah Giná in a futuristic Afro-centric photoshoot. According to Giná, Davis’ strong suit is their expressiveness and boldness with painting colors and shapes on the face. “I feel like the beauty of the muse and the photograph [always shines in] every photo I see,” Aliyah said. “I feel like you can really see the person and there’s always like a story behind it.” Despite the familial support and online encouragement of their 1,501 followers on Instagram, Davis has also encountered some negativity along the way, but it has failed to faze them.
Accra Hearts of Oak got their first win of the season after they beat Ebusua Dwarfs 2-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium. The Phobians struggled to put chances away in open play but from set pieces, they were brilliant and they got their goals from two free kicks scored by Joseph Esso and Kofi Kordzi while Dwarfs pulled one back through Ato Hammond.AshGold made it three wins from three matches after they beat Eleven Wonders 2-1 in Obuasi thanks to goals from Emmanuel Owusu and Mark Agyekum.The biggest surprise of the round happened at the Baba Yara Stadium as Kotoko lost 1-0 to Berekum Chelsea. Kofi Owusu scored in the first half to hand the visitors their second away of the season after they beat Hearts of Oak 1-0 in the opening week of the season.In Dansoman, Liberty Professionals drew 1-1 with Medeama at the Karl Reindorf Park. Elvis Kyei Baffour gave Liberty the lead in the first half but Nana Kofi Babil came off the bench to level for Medeama.Aduana Stars stayed unbeaten after they went past King Faisal 2-1. Yahaya Mohammed scored twice for the home side while Osman Ibrahim got the consolation.Karela needed a late Ofosu Abega goal to put away Inter Allies 2-1. Franklin Osei had given Karela the lead but Victorien Adebayor pulled Inter Allies level but Abega got the late winner.Prince Adu’s goal gave Bechem United a 1-0 win at home against Great Olympics.Dreams FC drew goalless with Legon Cities Fc while Elmina Sharks failed to get anything out of WAFA in a goalless draw at the Ndoum Stadium.