Hijab & Fashion Mainstream

It is generally perceived, that a woman’s hair is her beauty, but in many other cultures women have kept their hair covered. In the Islamic faith, females cover their heads with a garment known as the…

City Public Schools Conform to America’s Transgender Restroom Policy

Hillcrest students rush to class before the late bell rings.

The transgender community is advancing in the public sphere, becoming more visible in the fashion industry, on live streaming shows like Orange is the New Black, and even on Facebook with their custom gender option. Unfortunately,…

Career choices and expectation leave many first generation high school students torn

For many students, the pressure from parents — and increasing pressure from education policy — to pick a career related to science, technology, engineering or math, poses a challenge if they want to pursue a profession…

Teachers engage students to do their part in fighting Climate Change

Two students sit in front of the learning target wall and listen to Beth Mowry in her climate change class at Brooklyn School for the Collaborative Studies, November 19, 2015.

Amy White Graves’ Brooklyn children’s theater group usually stages plays about folktales and lessons on morality. But after Superstorm Sandy, the troupe felt the need to also educate children about the environment. Since 2012, Graves and…

As Natural Hair Grows, the Beauty Industry Adjusts Accordingly

The natural hair movement has become increasingly popular among women in the black community. It’s more common to see women of African descent rocking their natural curls, whether they be tight or loose, or wearing protective…

High school Students Consider HBCU vs. PWI

High school students are considering their college choices closely following the University of Missouri racial incidents. The question of whether to attend a Historically Black College (HBCU) or Predominantly White College (PWI) as it relates to…

Girls Can STEM! Programs Encourage Girls To Explore Science and Computer Careers

  Young girls across the world who lack support in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers can turn to organizations to lessen the stigma with the lack of gender diversity. There are minimal women in…

Short Hair Don’t Care: Women Do the ‘Big Chop’ Going Natural

Syann Cox,17, nervously awaits her "big chop," the moment when she cut off all of her chemically straightened hair. Photo by: Zenobia Bholai for FirstTake News.

Hair and beauty have always gone hand in hand. Black women have embraced many ways of styling their hair. And with today’s natural hair movement, women are cutting their hair as a form of uplifting themselves.  Cassandra…

Mentoring Program Boosts Young Men of Color

The mentoring organization Alpha GENTS was created to help young men develop skills that will aid them in becoming productive, responsible and successful men in society. Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity founded the group to…

Messages of Hope on T-Shirts: The Clothesline Project Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence

On the second floor of Edward R. Murrow High School, students gathered in a room adorned with T-shirts hanging by a clothesline. But these weren’t typical T-shirts with advertisements or catchy slogans _ this collection of…

Some teens fall out of practice with religion

Throughout elementary school, Sharifa Esha consistently attended services at her local mosque in Brooklyn. Despite her devotion, in seventh grade she began questioning her religion after another classmate criticized it. Today, she doesn’t pray daily, say…

Making a Difference: How Teens are Changing the World

When 16-year-old Juliana Durrant found out that developers wanted to build a hotel in her quiet Cambria Heights neighborhood in Queens, NY, she put her foot down. “Putting a hotel there would get very hectic,” says…

American school girls inspired by Pakistani education activist

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Malala Yousafzai visited a NYC girls high school with a message for them to challenge their limitations Masuma Ali lives in Jamaica, Queens with her four sisters and brother. Her parents immigrated the family to the…

Too young to consent

Teen boys are often unaware when they’ve been a victim of — or perpetrator of — sexual violence Justin R. was 15 when a 21-year-old woman seduced him and had sexual intercourse with him at her…

Tough local economy makes the military a viable option for high school grads

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The current generation is faced with new choices as education costs rise and U.S. wars wind down Senior year of high school marks a very critical time for a teenager when it comes to planning future…

Muslim teens develop thick skin against racism

Students endure far more bullying than they ever report One morning a 17-year-old student woke up to a vile sign of anti-semitism, swastikas scrawled on his family’s car in Bellerose, Queens even though he’s Muslim and…