Motivation: This Is Our Time to Shine, Young Women

[gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”Photo Courtesy Imani Khayyam”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”×150-1.png” link_url=”×150-1.png” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] You are beautiful from your head to your toes. Your flaws give you spunk  and make you unique from others, amongst other things: like your smile,  your size,  and your outlook on life. Amazing, you are.  Loved,  you will always be,  and even when […]

Ego, and the Fear of Losing

Privilege and ego go hand-in-hand according to a 16-year-old white boy living in Jackson, Miss. August Harp is an upcoming soccer star who plays for a well-known, back-to-back-to-back, champion select team and is also on his school’s underdog soccer team. Harp sees how different select world is from public school world. One team fears losing while the other […]

Genesis Be: Rapping for Change

From Biloxi, Miss. to Brooklyn and back to Mississippi, Genesis Be, a rapper and activist, always makes her way back home. She uses her music to challenge historic and ongoing racial issues that govern politics in her home state.  Photo Courtesy Genesis Be by Darryn Price The first time Genesis Be rapped in public, the […]

Opportunities for All Youth, Regardless of Background

Two miles is not a far distance, but it depends on who you ask in Jackson, Miss. To some, it is a world of difference marked by an imaginary line between families from affluent neighborhoods and those in low-income housing. Poverty, education, crime and opportunity are all issues at the forefront when you don’t have accessibility to resources, […]

Is America Really the Land of the Free?

From the time we are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed five-year olds learning our ABCs, we are taught one essential phrase: America is the ‘Land of the Free.’ Growing up as an African American girl with a white best friend, Jordan Mahoney always said she didn’t see race, she saw people, but her mom always told her “It’s more […]

From a War Zone to Pink Skies

Growing up is hard. Growing up and witnessing wars, police violence and people that look just like you being killed from afar on the television screen is a tough reality to navigate for a 16-year-old African America boy. Kenytta Brown sees the ugly truth in this world, but refuses to ignore the beautiful skies and […]

GO Time! The Dangers and Thrills of Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has become an international sensation, bridging the generational gap between first-generation Pokémon gamers in their 20s and 30s with teenagers. Although the smart phone application has received international praise and adoration, Pokémon GO has also developed an infamous reputation for distracting its users from their surroundings. Read more about Pokémon team rivalry, dangers and experiences below. Illustration by Zeakyy Harrington […]