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Issue #247 (May/June 2015) issue cover
Navigating Love

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Even though Damia’s mom doesn’t mind if other people are gay, she would be disappointed if any of her children were. (full text)

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After years of rejection from her father, Tameara finally learns that the reason he is so absent is because he is a crack addict. (full text)

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A family therapist describes how kids can cope with a parent's addiction and seek help.

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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels and comforts him when he's down. (full text)

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Isela is expected to babysit her brothers, cook, clean, and maintain her good grades. She becomes overwhelmed, but her mom is not sympathetic. (full text)

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Julia starts dating her friend Peter, but quickly feels smothered by him and misses the freedom of being single.
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The writer’s mom is so focused on pushing her to excel in school and on her college admissions tests, she doesn’t see that the relationship has become reduced to yelling and lecturing. (full text)

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Emily describes how she feels and what she observes on her first night performing in a choral concert. (full text)

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Teens write reviews recommending their favorite books for fun, escapist reading during summer vacation. (full text)

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Contest winners write anonymous letters about what’s going on in their lives that their parents should know about – and don’t. (full text)

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Wensley never had a lot of friends even before he moved here from his home country of Haiti. But now, his accent and his shyness make it more difficult to connect. (full text)

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After the writer realizes she looks nothing like the sexualized, skinny actresses who play teens on TV, she begins to explore her own definition of beauty. (full text)

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Desmin doesn’t just look like Tupac Shakur; they both grew up in Harlem with single mothers who struggled with crack addiction. Both also used writing to inspire readers to “do better in life.” (full text)
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