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Controversy around cultural appropriation is taking place across American society and surfaces many questions: What is cultural appropriation? Why is it significant, and what message does it leave behind?  
At the core of cultural appropriation is the idea that it is appropriate for one group of people with social power to take on elements -- cultural, religious, or historical -- of another group with less social power. It is particularly demeaning for that ‘dominant’ group to take factors of that marginalized culture. Especially when the supposed superior group oppressed them for centuries.  
It seems that everywhere in the media, culture is being used as a form of entertainment, rather than being used to learn from and educate. This controversial issue is fueled by celebrities who often wear clothes, hairstyles, or recreate dances that are not their own. To many, these celebrities are stealing from a culture they may have little knowledge about. On multiple occasions, the Kardashians have worn culturally African-American hairstyles as their own. Their fans praise them for ‘acknowledging’ the culture, when in reality they are only wearing these styles as a fashion statement.  
Cultural appropriation is especially degrading because those ‘borrowing’ the culture may be praised for it, while those of that culture are shamed for it. Notably, when a black woman wears African or black hairstyles in a public setting, they are deemed as unprofessional or less beautiful. When white individuals wear these same exact hairstyles, they are often praised for it, to the point where it becomes normalized in society. During a Marc Jacobs’ fashion show in 2016, his models were styled in faux dreadlocks. This sparked criticism from the black community, citing claims that African-Americans are discriminated against for wearing the same style. In the same year, a federal appeals court decision maintained that it is legal for employers to ban dreadlocks at work, even legally firing employees who do not comply. This speaks volumes about the society we live in today, where credit is not given where it is due.  
When a black girl has to struggle for acceptance wearing the same styles that a white girl would be praised for, the message sent to them is that their beauty is not enough, and will never be enough; that their beauty will never truly be accepted as their own in a white society; that their culture is not good enough until it is in the hands of white individuals. Simply put, cultural appropriation is hypocritical and represents our society’s lack of respect for underrepresented minority groups.  
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Today, we tell young girls they can achieve anything they set their mind to. That their gender doesn't define their success. But, what if a young girl aspires to be a professional basketball or baseball player? Then, she faces obstacles that others do not. People may doubt her abilities just because she is a girl, telling her it is better to play softball. What if there was a young boy whose passion was not baseball, but softball? Would he be considered less of a man?  
Even if a man and a woman play the same sport, they are not perceived or treated equally. Women are still well underpaid compared to their male counterparts. According to a 2016 article from Think Progress, five players on the women’s national soccer team claimed they were unfairly paid four times less than players on the men’s team. Due to the differing payment structures for the men’s and women’s national team, “winning women’s player makes just 38 percent of a winning men’s player.” 
Even when women break these gender norms, they still face additional challenges such as hateful or sexist comments. Women such as Serena Williams have been told their bodies no longer look feminine or lady like. The idea that women are fragile and vulnerable -- even as a professional athlete -- is still engraved in people's brains.  
While all sports in the U.S. are open to both males and females, many people still consider certain sports to be gender specific. Why do we consistently encourage girls to become doctors, engineers, future presidents of the United States, yet revert to traditional misogynistic views when it comes to sports?  
Teens in Print conducted a survey of students from the John D. O’Bryant High School and found that even today, society perceives certain sports to be dominated by a certain gender. In any sport, you and your peers are a team. You work, sweat and cry together, no matter the gender.  
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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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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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