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The Fairest of Them All
Racism in the U.S. and South Africa distorted my vision of beauty
author image Jessica experiences racism in New York City and Johannesburg, South Africa, and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of media and society helps her see that black is beautiful.

As a kid, I watched TV shows like One Tree Hill, Summer Land and Will and Grace. All the characters in the shows were white... [more]

Becoming Ourselves Becoming Ourselves
My Name's Not Me - I Wish My Mom Could Accept A Gay Son - Targeted by the THOT Police - 'You're Pretty For a Black Girl' - PLUS - Graffiti in NYC
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Daydreaming and Reality Anthony had a rough childhood and often retreated into daydreams to escape abuse. As he grows up, he pushes himself to live more in reality. [more]
Choosing Who I Let In Zakkiaya's biological family neglects and abuses her. It's not until she enters a group home that she find "sisters" and a caseworker "Mom." [more]
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Q&A: Healthy Relationships Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. [more]
My Crazy Love Was Just Crazy The author's boyfriend begins pressuring her for sex, acting jealous, and hitting her. It's cheating, however, that's the last straw for her. [more]
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My Virtual Girlfriend Got Real The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships. [more]
Not Too Late for a Mother Leah endures 20 different foster care placements, all bad, until she moves in with Beatriz and Frankie at age 14. Beatriz assures Leah she's not giving up on her and teaches Leah about trust, self-respect, and love. [more]
Lust + Respect = Real Love Marlo is angry about the death of his mother and rebels against authority. He loses respect for girls until he meets Towanda, who is his intellectual equal. They support each other in straightening out their lives. [more]
Is This Love—or Abuse? Margaret starts dating Daisy, who continues to see other girls, even as she accuses Margaret of cheating. Margaret tries to change herself to please Daisy, who gets downright abusive. [more]
How a Best Friend Helps Over several years, Shateek and his best friend Amadou grow closer by listening to and keeping each other's secrets, by fighting but working it out, and by encouraging each other to stick with school. [more]
Pushing Isaac Away The author suffers from the death of her grandmother, her mother's mental illness and withdrawal, and going into foster care. Isaac, first her friend, then her boyfriend, supports her, but she drives him away with her cutting. [more]
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