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What Twilight Didn't Teach Me About Love

From: Philly Youth Radio
Series: At the Heart, From the Heart
Length: 04:23

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Many songs, books, and movies focus on love and romance, but what happens when they become one’s only source for learning? Philly Youth Radio’s Jaya Montague used to love romantic movies, especially Twilight. But recently, she decided that she needed to find better sources if she wanted to end up with her own fairy tale. Here is her quest to find answers.

Screen_shot_2013-02-12_at_12 Many songs, books, and movies focus on love and romance, but what happens when they become one’s only source for learning? Philly Youth Radio’s Jaya Montague can tell you. She’s a junior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and she used to love romantic movies, especially Twilight. But recently, Jaya decided that she needed to find better sources if she wanted to end up with her own fairy tale.

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Many songs, books, and movies focus on love and romance, but what happens when they become one’s only source for learning? Philly Youth Radio’s Jaya Montague can tell you. She’s a junior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and she used to love romantic movies, especially Twilight. But recently, Jaya decided that she needed to find better sources if she wanted to end up with her own fairy tale.

Transcript

[Bring up “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation, from Twilight soundtrack]

Twilight taught me that anyone can find love, even if you love a 100 plus year old vampire. Okay, I know it’s not realistic, but I’m 17 and I’ve never been kissed or had a boyfriend. It also doesn’t help that when I talk to my family about love, I open a Pandora’s box full of advice from angry black women. Angriest of them all is my grandma.

Grandmom: No. I don’t care about no love and relationships.

She thinks that being in a relationship is risky and so, that’s why most of the women in our lives are single.

Jaya: “Why do you think that’s the way it is?”
Grandmom: “Because a most a lot of them been hurt. A lot of them been hurt.”

My grandmother tells me “not to chase after boys and that they’ll treat you like hmmm, you know.” But I don’t want to end up alone, like the women around me. I want someone to tell me...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Many songs, books, and movies focus on love and romance, but what happens when they become one’s only source for learning? Philly Youth Radio’s Jaya [JAY-uh] Montague [mawn-TAYGG] can tell you. She’s a junior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts and she used to love romantic movies, especially Twilight. But recently, Jaya decided that she needed to find better sources if she wanted to end up with her own fairy tale.

OUTRO:

That story was produced by Jaya [JAY-uh] Montague [mawn-TAYGG] and Philly Youth Radio, a project that works with local high school students to report radio stories that matter to them.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Eyes on Fire Blue Foundation Twilight Soundtrack. Chop Shop/Atlantic 2008 :30
I Caught Myself Paramore Twilight Soundtrack. Chop Shop/Atlantic 2008 :25

Related Website

www.phillyyouthradioproject.wordpress.com