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Arts/culture (18 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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A play written and performed by youth in foster care reveals the real-life drama of many teens. (full text)
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Elvia Victorio works a lot, including as a professional photographer on the weekend. She shares pictures of the rodeos she shoots every Sunday, featuring other hard-working Hispanic immigrants. (full text)
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The author is forced by her mother and stepfather to be the maid and nanny to her younger half-siblings. In kinship care, she's allowed to be a child again. (full text)
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Victor reviews Rosie Perez's memoir of growing up in a group home where nuns abused her. Despite all her achievements, Perez suffers PTSD and depression and finally gets therapy years later. (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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Music has helped Otis survive tough times. Each phase of life brings a new favorite band, and a different group of people to connect with. (full text)
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Jonathan keeps his opera singing a secret from his friends, for fear he won’t be thought of as “manly.” (full text)
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Shaniqua starts writing poetry at an early age but the thought of reading it in public scares her. When she notices a cafe that holds readings, she signs up, overcomes her fears, and wins the audience over with her performance. (full text)
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Andrew writes about his appreciation of street art, pondering the artists’ visions and lives, and also how drawing helps him express his pain and tell a visual story so he can be better understood. (full text)
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Imani recalls 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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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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In Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore, there are mysterious portals to other worlds, strange animals fall from the sky, and humans can travel through spirits. (full text)
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In his book "I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup," David Chura, a former English teacher at the Westchester County jail, shows how the juvenile justice system, instead of rehabilitating traumatized teens, treats them inhumanely. (full text)
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Brendy knows almost nothing about Frederick Douglass until he attends a play about him. Learning about the ex-slave turned civil rights activist inspires Brendy not only to finish college, but to someday work for social change in his community. (full text)
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Tory loves Prince's latest video and CD. (full text)
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Tory disagrees with 99% of the trash talk she hears about Prince and sets out to defend him, while revealing how she first came to love him. (full text)
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Paula Giddings' book describes black women's integral role in both the civil rights and feminist movements. (full text)

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