Fans around the world mourn the death of Prince

Miyah Powe

Senior, Bullis High School, Potomac, MD

Spring 2016

Prince performing during halftime at Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

Prince performing during halftime at Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

This Spring was raining purple as cities across the United States and around the world mourned the death of music legend Prince on April 21.. He was found in an elevator at his Paisley Park home. Prince’s death was later determined to be caused by an accidental opioid overdose.  He was 57.  Fans flocked to his Paisley Park home and studios in Minnesota after hearing of his passing.
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U.S. Women’s soccer players demand equal pay with men’s teams

Aminah Cole

Freshman, Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD

Spring 2016

They’ve won three Women’s World Cup title championships and have been one of the most successful teams in international women’s soccer.  They are ranked number one and were chosen in 1997 and 1999 as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Year.  Despite such accolades, as the U.S. Women’s Soccer team prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics, fair pay has become an issue.  The team has gone to battle to get fair wages.

The United States Women’s Soccer team recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team as Olympic Team of the Year for their performance in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The United States Women’s Soccer team recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team as Olympic Team of the Year for their performance in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Metro riders weary of security problems

Nick Mortensen

Senior, Annandale High School, Annandale, VA

Spring 2016

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DC Metrorail station platform

DC Metrorail station platform


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Advanced Placement vs. International Baccalaureate: Banneker students debate which is better

Caitlin Ballard

Junior, Benjamin Banneker High School, Washington, DC

Spring 2016

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Storm White is struggling with making a big decision that will impact the rest of her academic career.

Benjamin Banneker High School in NW Washington, DC.

Benjamin Banneker High School in NW Washington, DC.


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Hair rule leaves students outraged

Megan Hopkins

Senior, From the Heart Christian, School, Suitland, MD

Spring 2016

A strict school rule forced Stephen Thompson to get a haircut he didn’t want.

Thompson, 16, a junior at From the Heart Christian School in Suitland, MD feels the school’s hair rule is restrictive and limits his freedom of expression.

Hair styles prohibited for male students at From The Heart Christian School.

Hair styles prohibited for male students at From The Heart Christian School.


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Commentary: The Thin Line Between Appreciation and Appropriation

Chloe Thompson

Senior,

Spring 2016

Australian­-born rapper Iggy Azalea has had hits, but her recent singles have failed to pack a punch. The rapper, who is of Anglo­Irish heritage,has several songs songs peppered with the catchphrase, “Tell me how you luv dat,” a line infamous for its use of monosyllabic, slang words, exemplifying the rapper’s frequent use of African American Vernacular English
(AAVE).

Azalea’s recent fall from fame illustrates the complexities of the Internet’s new attention to cultural appropriation — how it can glorify and redefine the adoption of cultural practices, and how cultural misappropriation can be fundamentally
detrimental to the reputation of its borrowers.

A young woman sporting blonde dreadlocks.

A young woman sporting blond dreadlocks.


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