And The Winner Is … Our 2016 Oscars Picks!

  |  Topic: Entertainment, General, Movies, Opinion

2015 was quite the year for movies: “Mad Max: Fury Road” gave us an uncompromisingly brilliant action hero (and yes, I am talking about Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa) while Eddie Redmayne shined as the central figure in the long overdue story of one the first women to undergo gender reassignment surgery (“The Danish Girl”).  Meanwhile, […]

How Not to be a Problematic Customer in the Checkout Line: Seven Easy Guidelines

  |  Topic: Advice, Culture, General, Personal

I have seen a lot of crazy things happen while I’ve cashiered. As a cashier, you really can’t just say something bothers you, because, as the saying goes: “The customer is always right.” Right? Well, sure, but that doesn’t mean that they’re always angelic. So here is a list of some things that some cashiers […]

“Need” Versus Want: Charbonneau’s Book Will Have Teens Rethinking Social Media Use

  |  Topic: Books, Culture, Reviews
Joelle Charbonneau's book has teens doing things they may regret all for the sake of "Need."

Imagine a world where all you had to do was type what you need on your social media site and suddenly it appears on your doorstep. Oh, but there’s a catch! In order to have your need fulfilled you have to do something in return. In the case of Joelle Charbonneau’s “Need,” a new social […]

Clothing is Losing its Gender: Jaden Smith’s Louis Vuitton Campaign Bends Gender Norms

  |  Topic: Culture, Fashion, Guy Code, VOX Greatest Hits
Jaden Smith dons a skirt in a Louis Vuitton ad, drawing criticism about what boys should and should not wear.

Recently, Jaden Smith, model, actor, and thought provoking Twitter user, signed on as the spokesperson for Louis Vuitton. What’s more, he can be seen in the fashion spreads wearing skirts, causing some gender norms conversations:   #JadenSmith just another example of a broken child star — [Insert Name Here] (@SizweMonsterNka) January 25, 2016     […]

Morrie and The Meaning of Life: Tuesdays with Morrie Encourages Living While Dying

  |  Topic: Books

One of the greatest things Professor Morrie Schwartz  told former student Mitch Albom about life was: “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” In “Tuesdays with Morrie,” you’ll learn about life, death and everything in between. Morrie would walk that final bridge between life and death, and narrate the trip. “Tuesday’s […]

VOTE NOW: stART2end Writing Contest

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Contests, Poetry

In the past few years alone, Georgia has identified hundreds of victims of child sex trafficking and many youth who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. While victim services and legislative awareness continues to grow, there is a critical voice missing from the public dialogue—the voice of youth. youthSpark has seen a dramatic increase in the number […]