• Hair & Beauty,  Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    Roots

    Emily Diaz is a senior in high school, living in New York City. She has a passion for writing and in this essay, she explores her Latinx identity and how she came to love her natural hair. Thanks for your submission, Emily! I used to have a twisted perception of what beauty was. I thought that if I had straight hair I would feel beautiful. I thought that if I burned my roots down enough times with a flat iron I would somehow burn down the roots of my past, but that was not the case. Identity has always been something I’ve struggled with. I knew I was Dominican and…

  • Writing

    A Twisted History

    Kaia Baker is a current junior at South Orange Highschool in New Jersey. Seeing a pattern of how history was being taught throughout her educational career, Kaia decided to write an essay about the portrayal of African Americans in American classrooms. Thank you for sharing Kaia! Do History Curriculums Focused on Black Oppression Do A Disservice to Society? Why am I proud to be black? Simply put, we are a cultivation of promising, gritty, quintessential “go-getters.” We maintain this nature by staying true to our roots and our ancestors, while simultaneously, undaunted by our struggle of a past. All of this I know, not from an education system within my…

  • Writing

    We The People

    Salonee Singh is a junior at Pembroke Pines Charter School in Florida. Harboring many interests, Salonee enjoys debate, traveling and writing, to name a few. Below is one of her latest poems: We, The People By Salonee Singh Never have I seen a world so against effective change. With nonsensical views and illogical empty claims, Melting the ice caps while fiddling with fake maps, These people know not what they do to their own habitat. Never have I seen a world so opposed to equality. “Don’t do this, don’t do that” is all little girls hear, And boys being told they’d be weak if they were to ever shed a…