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Issue #118 (Fall 2014) issue cover
Becoming Ourselves

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Robert describes how his therapist helped him face the pain from his father's abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She also helps Robert envision a better future. (full text)

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Jessica introduces the Identity issue by recounting her journey from creating personas like "tomboy" and "pretty girl" to looking inward for the qualities that make her her. (full text)

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Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. (full text)

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Imani notices Facebook posts saying that "THOTs" don't have the right to mourn Maya Angelou's death. Imani questions why women are still put down for being sexual. (full text)

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Carlos joins the popular group at school, but realizes he doesn't really like them when he sees them spreading rumors. (full text)

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Christina feels unconnected to her name. She doesn't know her father, her mother abused her, and her last name can probably be traced back to slavemasters. She tries out some new names. (full text)

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This writer recounts his mother’s reaction when she learns he’s gay from his counselor, and the fallout that ensues as a result. (full text)

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Otis looks back at writing for Represent for five years and how it's helped him get in touch with his feelings and inspire others. (full text)

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Robert visits an art exhibit of graffiti in New York and describes his lifelong relationship to this homegrown art form. (full text)

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The author is a Christian and she also loves fashion. She worries that being materialistic is a sin, but she can't give up her desire for great outfits. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Hollie becomes a Jehovah's Witness, which helps her cope with her losses, but not everyone in her life likes her new direction. (full text)

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Describe a time when you truly felt loved (full text)

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Activities for groups include writing about their names and exploring oppression and prejudice in the story "The Fairest of Them All" and their own lives (full text)
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