AFH Photo // Tristin Heap
The summer is the perfect time to chill out, go to the beach, or just take long destinationless strolls or car rides. Sunsets and cool drinks pair amazingly with great music. Here is a list of song recommendations that will change your life: 

 
1. Calvin Harris - Slide ft. Frank Ocean and Migos 
Initially, I listened to this song because Frank Ocean was on it (and he is my God) but I should not have been that foolish because Calvin Harris makes amazing songs. The instrumentals, the vocals, everything screams summer!  From the piano intro to the rap, it is a musical journey. The song itself is catchy. It’ll be stuck in your head for days. Calvin Harris knows how to make hits. 
 
2. Drake - Passionfruit 
From Drake’s new album More Life, Passionfruit is a song that will bring you straight into your feelings. This song is a sweet jam to listen to. However, the intro of a man addressing a crowd is a bit weird and I would recommend skipping it. This is the type of song you can listen to during long drives or lounging on your bed with the sunset seeping through your curtains. 
 
3. Drake - Get It Together 
This is a slow song compared to Drake’s usual style. But, this song is amazing! Jorja Smith’s voice is soft and rhythmic. Like all Drake songs, this is also hard to get out of your head. This song is perfect for an R&B playlist, to dance around in your room, or for lip synching. 
 
4. Sza -  Love Galore ft.Travis Scott 
Sza is sensational! Simply a goddess. Love galore is such a bop. From the great instruments, beats, her vocals, and Travis Scott’s rap, this song is the definition of exhilaration and is perfect for the summer -- a time for no consequences.  
 
5. Kali Uchis - Know What I want 
This song is ideal for days at the beach or adventures to the lake. With tropical vibes, this is a great song to jam out to. 
 
6. Shakira - Chantaje 
Even if you don’t speak Spanish, this very danceable. From Shakira’s iconic voice to Maluma’s sultry verse -- this song will be stuck in your head for days.   
 
7. Daniel Caesar - Get You  (ft. Kali Uchis)  
This is an R&B song that can be paired flawlessly with late night car rides. Daniel Caesar’s passionate voice is perfect and the slow beat of this song is honestly addictive. From the catchy bass to  Kali Uchis’ verse, this song is great for just chilling.   
 
8. Crush - Castaway 
This song has a beachy vibe that can complement the feeling of the sun on your skin. The electronic instrumentals really mimic the feeling of swimming in cool rhythmic waves.  
 
9. Steve Lacy - Dark Red 
Unlike other songs, this song does not have strong beats, but rather a subtle drum beat and a great bass line. This is a chill and groovy song -- perfect for a euphoric road trip.  
 
10. Heize - And July Ft. Dean 
This song starts off with a ‘90s drum beat, but immediately jumps into modern pop. This is a Korean pop song that has eastern and western influences. Although the lyrics are in Korean, there is a bridge in English. This song is easy to get addicted to. 
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To live the American dream means to live in the family house that you own
Debt free
That you paid with the money that your white ancestors swept from my black ancestors hands

It means to be able to walk out of the classroom and come right back in 
No questions asked
Because the color of your skin is perceived as superior to mine

It means to be able to speed while driving and get pulled over by a cop and get a free lesson on how to tie a tie
It means that I, as a black woman, get paid way less than the average white woman, who gets paid way less than the average white man

If I can bully a disabled kid and get life, best believe that the next white person will become president
If I can stand in front of a store and get shot, best believe that the next white person will be called a renowned business owner
If I can sit in a car with my kid and die, best believe that the next white person will get off with a warning 
If I can fix my broken down car and get body slammed, best believe that the next white person will get the number to the tow company that has been in the family for years 


If I laugh out loud I am a hooligan


If I wear my color proudly I am crazy for wanting to be associated with my culture and embracing my culture because only God knows why anyone would want to be associated with "that group" 


If I witness a crime I am part of it


If I keep quiet I am obstructing justice and not protecting my family from those that don't like me 
That can't stand me
That hate the fact that #blacklivesmatter is a movement and #whitelivesmatter isn't 


To live the American dream means to participate in the death of an innocent 12 year old boy and come out 60 years later and say you lied only because you don't expect repercussions because your fellow white folks will take pity


To live the American dream means that you get first dibs on a position not because of your qualifications but because of the justification that if you are five shades lighter than me you can demand the world and receive it

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AFH Photo // Esther Bobo
I´m placed in a coffin before birth, 
being black in America.  
I´m given scraps while starving, 
and told I don't deserve to be full. 
I´m stripped of basic human needs,  
and while cold and kingdomless,  
I'm told that I'm not human, 
therefore, my conditions are just. 
I´m hated while emanating love, 
I'm kicked while reaching for a hug, 
I´m attacked while upholding peace 
I´m mocked while silent, 
and I'm mocked when I speak. 
Being black in America.  
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Poems
My Freedom Is Restricted: An Immigrant’s Tale
AFH Photo // Janelin Pineyro
I feel restricted to express myself  
I feel detained and scared 
As the waves beat against the shores 
I am imprisoned and I feel injustice 
 
I ask myself these questions 
Am I really going to be free? 
This land of …. 
What will my future be like? 
On the shores of America 
 
My life is based on the justice system  
She weighs and measures  
But resides in the hands of hardened men  
Who care about their personal economy 
Afraid that we come with plagues 
 
Plagues are we, in the eyes 
of many, Men are afraid 
Of rotten mangoes infecting 
The fresh seeds on the tree 
Perhaps they might be right 
Perhaps they might be wrong 
But are we really rotten mangoes? 
 
Or are we just ready for the harvest 
So that we can reap what we sow, 
Immigrants are we, not plagues,  
Who devour the fruits but rather 
Harvest the fruits for the purpose 
Of achieving the American Dream. 
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Over the course of 8 weeks, Teens in Print and The BASE collaborated to bring youth journalism to even more Boston teens. Here are the voices of the student athletes at the BASE. 

There is a famous basketball video game: the NBA 2k series. Each year since 1999 a new 2k game is released. The newest is 2k17. Each one is a little different from the other.  
For example, the shot meter, which measures how good a player’s shot is, is different. In 2k17, it gets smaller when certain players move further from the hoop. This means, it is harder to make the shot for certain players. For some players who are far range shooters, the shot meter stays the same.  
In 2k17, it has a whole new basketball game with new dunks. You get to do way more with your player, such as different designs of dunks. You could also go online on My Park and customize your own players.  
There's whole new players and new park features. You can take a picture of your face and it is more accurate than 2k16.  
When it comes to quality, 2k17 doesn’t glitch as much as 2k16 or 2k15 because the new game is better. It has updated software and the graphics look super realistic. 
Play it as a tournament with your friends or try to master the game alone. It’s a fun way to spend your summer days.  
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