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Was My Mother Ever a Mother?
I feel no loyalty to the woman who abandoned me
author image 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.

When I was a baby my mom left me in the lobby of an apartment building... [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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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 As an elementary school student in China, Kelly was slow in calculating math problems, often resorting to counting on her fingers. Her story aims to bust the stereotype that all Asians easily excel in math. [more]
Goodbye to the Gossip Group Carlos identifies the popular group at his new high school and joins it. Problem is, he doesn't really like those kids -- they gossip and spread rumors. So he moves on to friends who share his interests. [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]
Becoming a Team Player When the writer runs for class vice president, she learns how to accomplish goals as a group, something she’d never done before. In the process she masters the art of compromise. [more]
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