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Issue #255 (January/February 2017) issue cover
WE Make America Great

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After Yousef, a Muslim, faces ignorant comments from peers and his teacher about Islam, he speaks up. However, Trump's anti-Muslim speech stokes his anxiety. (full text)

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When Aishamanne changes schools in 3rd grade, the new girls make fun of her dreadlocks. She begins exploring her historical heritage and learns her dreads are a proud "radical expression of my blackness." (full text)

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Raised in a strict Christian family, Joel feels confused and "dirty on the inside" when he realizes he is equally attracted to both sexes. When he opens up to his family, he's relieved they accept him. (full text)

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Teens write about their concerns and fears about President-elect Trump. (full text)

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Sedrick reviews the film Moonlight about a character he's never seen in a movie: "A gay thug, who is big and scary, but who expresses his feelings." (full text)

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When Shakeva's mother doesn't embrace the news that she's gay, she feels lost. Diving into the world of LGBTQ authors, entertainers, and history, helps her feel more confident and connected. (full text)

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When Rianna's mom loses her job, the family has to move into a shelter. Of course it isn't like the comfort of home, but it's not the cramped, crowded, dirty place she expected. (full text)

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Sabatine struggles to adjust to extreme culture change when she is uprooted from her home in Haiti at age 11. (full text)

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Teens write about a New Year's resolution they either kept or wish they had. Includes New York City Honorable Mentions. (full text)

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The fact that Hillary Clinton got almost 3 million more votes than Trump but lost the presidential election is confusing to many. Melanie Mata explains how the Electoral College really decides who becomes president and suggests we eliminate it. (full text)

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With humor, the writer shares his emotional journey from "trying to be straight" and imitating how "real" boys act, to his coming out both to himself and his parents. (full text)

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As Crystal Stevens writes in this review, "Dietland will make you step back and question how women are treated in our society. (full text)
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