‘African-American Freakshow’ A Poem

  |  Topic: Atlanta Word Works, Poetry, Race/Ethnicity
Written By: Ogechi Ofodu, 19, Georgia State University
Ogechi Ofodu

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! Welcome to the African-American Freakshow!   Where you learn my African-not-“American” name,  Ogechi And you pause… then you then you utter “Oh, it’s a beautiful name” But, your eyes tell lies and your beauty is just a white/polite way of saying bizarre, weird, odd But I forgot, this […]

Q&A With a Muslim Teen: ‘It’s unimaginable feeling unwelcome in the country that I was born in.’

  |  Topic: Bullying, Girl Code, Identity, International, My Story, News, Politics, Q & A, Race/Ethnicity, Religion
Written By: Jhoanna Anderson
Muslim teen Q&A

“I have always planned on going to a college in the U.S., but people have suggested looking at schools in other countries because of the current political climate in the U.S.”

‘Weaving Destiny,’ An Essay about Hair

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Editor Picks, Girl Code, Identity, My Story, Race/Ethnicity
Written By: Tulani Reeves-Miller
"Day Dreaming" by Tulani Reeves-Miller, 18

Preparing for my 10-hour commitment, I set my moisturizer, shea butter and laptop on the corner of the mahogany dining room table. As daylight faded into darkness, I sat, parting my freshly washed hair into square sections and attaching the synthetic hair to the roots of my natural hair like my late aunt Holly taught me.

With the New Netflix series ‘The Get Down,’ All You’re Gonna Feel Is Up

  |  Topic: Entertainment, Identity, LGBTQ, Music, Race/Ethnicity, Reviews, TV
Written By: Billae Blanding
The Get Down

From Dizzee’s discovery of his sexuality to the influence Catholicism plays in Hispanic families, the issues in “The Get Down” are relevant, not just to the era of the show, but today as well.

Legends Don’t Explain Themselves

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Poetry, Race/Ethnicity
Written By: Rin Faith, 16, South Cobb High School
Rin Faith, 16, South Dekalb High School is on the far left

Over the past 8 years, I have gathered that legends don’t explain themselves.
Over the past 8 years, I have seen black pride spread out amongst the 50 states in waves of melanin love and afro acceptance…

Alabama Tour Guide Fights Hate with Love

  |  Topic: Identity, My Story, Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Videos
Written By: Thalia Butts
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As our first stop on the Youth Theological Initiative “Praying With Our Feet” Travel Seminar, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, the only church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pastored, became a monumental part of our experience, for reasons no one quite expected.

Paideia Teens Create Interactive Civil Rights Tour

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Education, Race/Ethnicity, Travel
Written By: Paideia School Eighth Grade Class
Paideia eighth graders interactive map

Eighth graders from Jennifer Swift’s class at The Paideia School created an interactive map based on the Civil Rights Tour they took in February. While their photos and recollections from each stop are included below, for the complete experience of the trip enjoy the interactive Civil Rights Tour Map here.     On Feb, 14-15, our eighth-grade class went on a […]