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Spring is finally coming! The best way to prepare for the new season is by shopping for affordable, stylish new clothes that are comfortable to wear to school and create a fun weekend look. Here are a few rules to consider when hitting the mall for spring fashion finds.  
 
One: Dress in bright colors and patterns. After a dreary winter, colors give off a cheerful look. This trend radiates happiness, representing spring’s renewal and rebirth. Just like the warming weather revitalizes plants and trees and adds color to drab outdoors, dress for the season by adding color and life back into your wardrobe.  
 
Two: Aim for lighter fabrics. They are easier to wear during spring weather and very comfortable, unlike winter clothing which requires heavy layers to avoid the cold.  


Three: Light, flowy layers are your friend. Thin sweaters, cardigans and light jackets paired with leggings is always a go-to look. In spring, New England is characterized by quick changing temperatures, so it is always nice to be prepared because you never know what is coming. It’s easy to cool off or warm up by either adding or removing some layers.  
 
Four: Don’t be afraid to show a little more skin. For the most part, spring weather should be warming up. Skirts, T-shirts and V-necks will not only keep you cool, but they are super comfortable to wear as you enjoy nature. Remember, if you get chilly, add a thin layer on top. 
 
Five: Jewelry is an accessory that is very important when it comes to fashion. It can make us feel beautiful, bringing out our beauty and uniqueness. For spring, simple jewelry is essential, like necklaces, earrings and wristwatches depending on where you are planning to go. Whether it is school or a party, it is very fashionable to wear jewelry! 
 
Six: Spring is often the rainiest, wettest season of the year. Cute rain gear is essential. Rainboots, raincoats and an umbrella will go a long way. Believe me, no one likes their outfit to get ruined by the rain! 
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Carson Lueders 
Carson Lueders is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The 15-year-old artist currently has close to 600,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. He is wonderful! What I like the most is how he sings and dances. Carson is very intelligent. He always makes sure his music sounds great for everyone to enjoy.  I encourage everyone who is interested in music to follow him on YouTube because he is one of the best.  
 
Jacob Sartorius 
Jacob is 14-years-old. He was born in Oklahoma and now lives in Virginia. He is a cool artist,  singer and songwriter. What I like the most is the way he tells his story. For example, when he writes his songs they are always cool songs that I never thought I would listen to in my life. I encourage everyone to listen to his songs, he is awesome. You have to try to listen to one like all my friends do. Jacob is super popular on YouTube with more than two million subscribers to his channel. Follow him because he is the best.  
 
Jordyn Jones 
Jordyn is a multi-talented performer. She is a dancer, singer, actress and model. She’s 16-years- old. She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and now lives in California. She is a beautiful young girl. I like when she dances while she sings. She is unbelievable. The way she dances and sings makes people focus on her. I encourage everyone to follow her because she’s the best.
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AFH Photo // Melara, Mariana
Yamato II is somewhat of a hidden gem in the city of Boston. It is a Japanese style restaurant most popularly known for their delicious and beautifully presented sushi. Despite being located in one of the most popular and easily accessible shopping and tourist districts in the city, it relatively does not experience overwhelming or uncomfortable amounts of traffic. However, that does not mean it is not a good place to eat. 
 Whenever my friends and I visit, we order multiple large platters from their diverse sushi bar. My friends describe the sushi served here as absolutely lovely. The moment the eel or shrimp hits your mouth, your taste buds explode. They're the perfect combination of soft and crunchy deliciousness. 
 However, I do not eat fish, so I order off of their non-sushi menu. They have great fried rice options -- my favorites are the vegetable and chicken rice dishes because the seasoned flavors blend together wonderfully -- that do a good job of filling you up. 
Although one time I ordered the chicken katsu it came out cold, when served hot, the heavenly crispiness of the chicken, paired with the tangy barbecue sauce they give you as a side, mix beautifully in your mouth.  
If you are a student, this is a great option to have a good meal without worrying about how to get there or the cost. Yamato II offers an all you can eat option for just about $20 individually! The only way they make you pay more is if you do not finish everything you ordered, so make sure your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach.  
Yamato II is a really nice place to go to as couple (I somehow always get seated next to a couple on a date) or just in groups of friends or family. Being in groups makes splitting the bill easier, and you will have more people to help you finish all the food they serve. 
The atmosphere is very nice as well. It gives you the formality of a sit-down restaurant while still feeling comfortable enough to dress and speak casually. There are televisions that set a relaxed mood and a good selection of music flows through the restaurant.  
 
RATINGS

Food: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Accessibility: 5 out of 5 stars
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars 

INFORMATION

Address: 545 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone #: (857) 250-4473
Website: yamato02116.com
Transit: Get off at Back Bay if taking the orange line. Copley if taking the green line. 
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April break is quickly approaching. Teachers give a lot of assignments during break so you might be catching up on school work. Some of you may be going on vacation, or enjoying a staycation. Whenever you find some time to relax, nothing is better than Netflix. I know you probably have people recommending shows and movies to you on the daily. But, I’ve learned that everyone has different taste when it comes to such things. So, let’s not think of this as a recommendation, but rather my personal suggestions. 

TV SHOWS 
The 100: Recently, a friend of mine recommended The 100. I love watching new shows and I finish them so fast that I am constantly on the hunt for the next. I was a little skeptical at first because I didn’t know if I would like it or not. Reluctantly, I began watching and was immediately hooked on the first episode. The 100 is about a nuclear armageddon that destroys civilization on earth. The only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. The stations begin to lose oxygen slowly so they decide to send 100 juveniles to earth to see if it is safe to live there. If you have an interest in dystopian futures like I do, then this show is for you.  
Chewing Gum: This British sitcom follows a young woman named Tracy, navigating her way through adulthood and trying to get out of the shadow of her strictly religious household. She battles with the pressure of losing her virginity and becoming her own person, different from what her mother and sister want her to be. The show is really entertaining because it puts a comedic spin on the different obstacles people face while growing up. This is most definitely a show for teenagers and young adults. I don’t necessarily watch a lot sitcoms, but this one really caught my attention. Along with being hilarious, it follows the trials and tribulations of a young woman trying to find herself.  
 
MOVIES 
The Model: This foreign movie is about a young aspiring model from Denmark who moved to Paris to further her modeling career. While in Paris, she begins a toxic relationship with a well known and respected photographer. This is a movie that seems to be targeted toward teens and young adults. I suggest this movie, especially if you like foreign films because it has a good storyline and it keeps you guessing about what’s going to happen next. Honestly, I have a huge fascination with foreign movies, particularly those based in Europe. I highly suggest this movie if you don’t mind reading subtitles.  
 Can’t Buy Me Love: You have to bear with me on this one because this movie came out in 1987. I know it’s pretty old, but it’s actually really good. It does have cliches of your typical high school movie with jocks, nerds and mean girls. But it also has many good qualities. It’s about a boy who pays his “dream girl” $1,000 to pretend to date him so that his status elevates from “geek to chic.” Before you look the other way when it comes to this movie, I want to tell my Grey’s Anatomy fans that a young Patrick Dempsey, aka Dr. Derek “McDreamy,” is in this movie and he is definitely a sight to see.  
Nancy Drew: I was pleased to see Netflix add one of my favorite movies! Nancy Drew is based off a book series I read in elementary school. Although Netflix says the movie is recommended for 7-year-olds, I beg to differ because I am 16 and enjoyed the movie just as much, if not more, than a 7-year-old. The movie is about a teenage detective. When she and her father move to California for a few months, she decides to solve a very old and famous murder that even the police couldn’t solve. I’m absolutely obsessed with mystery/cop shows and movies.  If you’re a Law and Order or Criminal Minds fan, you will enjoy this film.  
 
I hope these suggestions help broaden your horizon when it comes to scrolling through Netflix. If you do decide to watch any of these movies or shows, let me know and I would love to hear if you loved or hated them.  
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AFH Photo // St. Cyere, Tabrina
In American society, African-American girls have been led to believe that straight, fine hair is “exceptional.” This idea plays a significant role in the way many young black girls feel about their hair. They have grown up seeing straight, fine hair in their favorite TV shows and magazines. Not having hair as seen on TV can lead black girls to feel insecure.  
Recently natural hair, often referred to as “nappy hair,” has gained momentum as a movement across the country to help young women embrace their hair. Before pro-natural hair awareness spread, many teenage girls were fighting battles when it came to loving their natural hair. 

“Making the transition from relaxed hair to natural hair wasn't always easy. It was very tempting to use perm on my hair again especially when I saw how easy it was for my other friends to detangle their soft, fine hair. Though my transition was full of ups and down and insecurities, it made me realize how beautiful the diversity of hair is. I've allowed my hair to be a part of my growth as an individual. My hair has made me learn so much about myself in the past year. I'm so glad I made the decision to keep my natural hair.” -- Samantha Roger, 17, junior at Milton Academy 
The “Good Hair Study” conducted by the Perception Institute surveyed over 4,000 participants and found that black women suffer more hair-related anxiety than white women. It also found that a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias toward women of color based on their hair. Many women experience this, like how some companies do not allow their employees to wear natural hair or dreadlocks.  
However, the “Good Hair Study” concluded that millennials of all races are more accepting to natural, textured hair.  

“Growing up, being the only African-American girl in an all Irish-American household, my mother and grandmother had a hard time taking care of my hair because it is completely different from their hair. One day when I was six, my mother booked an appointment for me at a local hair salon. Due to the fact that I was so young and not aware of what was going on, I left the salon that day very confused with the result of my hair. It was now bone straight and very thin. This was the day I transitioned from a full head of natural hair to thin and fine relaxed hair. This event was the reason for the breakage and dryness of my hair. Now that I am older I am able to make my own decision of going natural.” -- Jayda Brown, 15, Dorchester 
In 2014, the Boston Globe reported that sales of hair relaxer dropped from $206 million in 2008 to $152 million in 2013. The demand for a wider selection of natural hair products has also been on the rise.  
While mainstream media and pop culture still show a preference toward straight hair, black women with natural hair have slowly been making their way onto television shows. Actresses Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin have frequently appeared on their hit show Black-ish embracing their natural hair.  
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