Hello from The Other Side: the February Challenge

by Grace Easterly, February 2016

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Are you a singer, musician, songwriter, poet, rapper? Are you none of these, but love Adele (and The OtherSide) enough to enter the challenge anyway? We’re looking for some fabulous lyricists that can rework the song “Hello,” by Adele, into a brand new theme song for The Other Side.

Anyone (students, staff, community, friends, men, women, anyone) can submit song lyrics to the tune of “Hello.” The lyrics should be centered on The Other Side’s mission, or telling girls in other parts of the world what your world is like, from the perspective of girls and women. The only lyric that stays the same is “Hello from the other side”.

The winner will be chosen on February 29th, and their version of the song will become our theme song for the rest of 2016.

You can send your song in written format or as a video or audio recording to theotherisdenyc@gmail.com. Good luck!!!

In other news…

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Last week I sat down with three of the girls from our sixth grade class at Global Tech Prep, Saga, Jazmine, and Francine. Read on to hear their take on the class, problems for girls in our society, and the cultural exchange with India.

What are some of your favorite activities that we’ve done in class so far?

Francine: I really liked how on the first day of class we passed around an imaginary cat named Snowball. That was so real!

Jazmine: I liked that paper game when we invented different things that the paper could be.

Saga: That house-people game! Where we were running around- yeah, that was fun.

We’ll talk about this more later in the class, but who are some of your favorite famous women?

Francine: Rosa Parks, because it was in the time of segregation and she stood up for herself because she wanted a seat on the bus. Yeah, she stood up for herself.

Jazmine: Beyoncé because she’s the queen.

Do you think girls face different problems in our society than boys?

Saga: Yeah, girls can get pregnant!

Jazmine: And they have to deal with periods every month. Boys can just do whatever but girls have to have periods.

Francine: And they have to spend more time on their looks. Plus they have to work really hard.

Saga: Yeah, they have to cook a lot and take care of the house.

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Did you learn anything about the girls in India so far that you didn’t know before? 

Saga: They can’t show their face. (we learned today about purdah, the cultural practice when women cover their faces with scarves when they go out in public)

Francine: Mostly girls in India want to be doctors and police… those are really big jobs, and that’s kind of different from here too. Like a lot of girls want to be something else… but I want to be a doctor. I always wanted to be a dentist and pull out people’s teeth.