Film School Speaking Engagements Video

Siani Leigh Speaks with Students at the Academy at Palumbo

I had the pleasure of speaking with charismatic High School students at the Academy at Palumbo in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA! Their English instructor, Rob Paul reached out to have me come in and speak about journalism.
I shared the beginnings of my career as well as my opinions on today’s musical climate and how I maneuver the entertainment business. The conversation was very open. I kept it very candid with students and let them know the truth about how things work in the real world.
I let them know that this has been a beautiful struggle. Pursing your dreams is never an easy thing. The first word I ever remember learning that stuck with me: Perseverance. I remembered it b/c it was such a big word for us in kindergarten and I was determined to learn and remember it forever! Who knew that I would grow to actually embody the word. Perseverance means: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Watch me connect with the youth below. We discussed how I choose which music to write about, Gunna, Lil Baby, Jacquees, Tekashi, and more! I hope you all enjoy it!

Entertainment Music School

Diafora's 4th Annual Giveback

In the midst of a turbulent summer in Philadelphia, its home grown fashion designer, Malika M. of Diafora, makes a difference by encouraging togetherness.

Summer is almost over and the school year has crept up on us. In the middle of a green park, a warm breeze accompanied children’s laughter. A gigantic moon bounce and a water slide were the main attractions. Here, the Diafora team brought family and friends together to give away backpacks filled with supplies and other goodies to the children of the neighborhood.

Diafora is a brand that makes it a point to cater to their consumers individuality and versatility. Creativity is of high importance to designer Malika M; who provides intrinsic ways to wear her brand. Check out some of the looks from Diafora’s Lifestyle feature: Raid My Boyfriend’s Closet.

A stylish and sleek twist on your boyfriend’s wardrobe. So if you ever find yourself having an unexpected sleepover fear not, Diafora has got you covered.
Diafora is a brand that also believes in the comfort of clothing. Malika has created another Lifestyle segment, WAY (wear are you?)
I created ‘WAY’ for a few different reasons, because traveling and fashion are so intertwined, and something I love wholeheartedly.” -Malika M.
Here we find the young designer in her travels as she ventures nationally and abroad. WAY is a traveling and learning journal about other cultures, how they live, what makes them happy and how all of that influences their fashion. You can find ways to incorporate Diafora into various events. From girl trips and sporting events to birthday celebrations special occasions,

It’s just different

News School

How to Survive High School

Starting high school can be a scary, but a fun transition! On the downside you have to leave your old friends and favorite teachers you love…. but guess what? You’re only going to make more friends and find new favorite teachers.

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You get more freedom and you can start making your own money. Some of us get our first cars, others get our first boyfriends or girlfriends. Mom and dad finally let us go to our first concert. I mean, growing up is pretty cool when done responsibly.

Lil Yachty for Puma x Pink Dolphin
Lil Yachty for Puma x Pink Dolphin

High School is a clean slate, a fresh start. So make it count! I want you to OWN every year of high school. So keep up with our Secret Guide to Surviving High School. We’ll put you up on game with all of the latest in music and fashion so that you’ll always be ahead of the wave.
Survival Tip Of The Week #1: BE COMFORTABLE!
The biggest mistake you can make is trying to fit in…. It never works. When making new friends…ALWAYS BE YOURSELF! Don’t buy Jordan’s because you know everyone else will have them, or some tight jeans because you want the guys to look at you. Be true to yourself, be comfortable and let your personality shine from the inside out. (Your future bae won’t be able to recognize you if you’re trying to be somebody else.)

Stay tuned for next week’s #howtosurvivehighschool !