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You Can’t Take the Hood Out of the Girl
The Bronx has made me who I am
author image Roberta writes about her love-hate relationship with the hood. “I hate it because of all the violence, but I’m thankful to it for making me a strong, determined girl."

When my mother told me we were moving from the tropical island of Curacao to New York, I imagined a city with big, shiny buildings... [more]

See Your Future See Your Future
Embracing University Life - Free Job Training! - Yes to Yoga - Going for My GED - Breaking Down Stereotypes PLUS: Protesting the Eric Garner Decision - Kafa on the Shore Book Review
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Was My Mother Ever a Mother? With his brothers' and grandmother's help, Desmin comes to terms with having a mother who has been addicted to crack since he was an infant.
Speak Out: Not Who You Think I Am We all have aspects of our identities that are surprising to others. Here, teens reveal less obvious parts of themselves that they’re proud of. [more]
You Are Not ‘So Bipolar’ The author, who was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, tells readers what it really feels like, and also hopes to dispel myths about the disease. [more]
The Fairest of Them All Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. [more]
Not All Asians Get Straight A’s Kelly doesn't like math, but works hard to improve. She resents other students' perception that her ethnicity, not her effort, is the reason she does well. [more]
Goodbye to the Gossip Group Carlos joins the popular group at school, but realizes he doesn't really like them when he sees how much they gossip and spread rumors. [more]
A Black Belt Who Refused to Fight David is proud to be a black belt in Taekwondo because it’s a martial art that demands athleticism and discipline. But he doesn’t like hurting people. [more]
Keepin’ the Faith The writer details his inner conflict between his religious beliefs and sexual orientation which is painful and confusing. [more]
Secret of the System Paige is regularly bullied by classmates, but teachers and school administrators ignore her complaints. Finally, she switches schools. [more]
Lady Gaga, Please Don’t Glamorize Bulimia Lady Gaga has a performance artist throw up on her in the name of art at one of her concerts. The writer thinks it sent a bad message, making eating disorders look cool. [more]
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