Cultural Appreciation vs Cultural Appropriation: A Dekalb School Debates Their Prom Theme

  |  Topic: Culture, Identity, My Story, Opinion, Personal, School

Cultural appropriation is when one culture takes pieces of another culture and often misrepresents it. For example, those who wear chopsticks in their hair to represent Chinese women for fashion are appropriating and influencing a stereotype.The counter argument that arose was that the theme choice was more of cultural appreciation. The difference is that if you’re appreciating it, you’re representing the culture correctly and using it for honest purposes, not just to look good.

Civil Rights Movement Matters Laid Ground Work for Minority Voices

  |  Topic: Culture, Identity, Opinion, Personal, Politics

It’s hard to say what we would be like as a society if the Civil Rights Movement had not been successful, but I believe it would favor white Americans. As a Mexican- American, at first glance the Civil Rights Movement seems to have nothing to do with me, but it has everything to do with me.

My First March for Life Rally Made Me Want to March a Lifetime

  |  Topic: Opinion, Personal
Marchers at the March for Life protest in Washington, D.C.

It was below freezing in Washington D.C the morning of The March for Life rally. My school, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, has a pro-life group called Mercy for Life, of which I am a member. As a Catholic school, one of the strong religious beliefs is being pro-life. Pro-life means one who […]

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 […]

VOTE NOW: stART2end Art Contest from youthSPARK

  |  Topic: Art, Atlanta Teen Voices, Contests, Editor Picks, Personal

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 […]

Poetry Corner: Apocalypse

  |  Topic: Art, Personal, Poetry

Disperse my children For the birds of prey have finally come to hunt. I was idle in their absence. Unmotivated, yet paranoid as if the knowing were enough. As if I truly needed to be my own witness in a crowd of weeping eyes and tender, sickly smiles. The destruction I noticed mimicked the small, […]

Teens Face Grief Together at Kate’s Club

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Editor Picks, Love, Personal, Videos
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VOX is proud to share these voices of Kate’s Club teens during Grief Awareness Month and #BlueNovember. To bring the mic to teens at your Atlanta-area organization or school, contact Rachel@voxatl.org. People Hide Behind a Smile By Trinity Powers Everyone is different, but similar in their own way. There are some children that have no […]