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Hijab: Why I don't wear It
I’m a believer. I practice Islam every day. I pray. I speak of Allah. I read the Quran. However, I don’t wear the Hijab, which symbolizes modesty. As a believer, it is inadmissible to do something that has to do with God just because people are forcing you. Wearing the hijab is a request from God himself -- not from your parents or anyone else. I believe that it is much more important to do it for you and for your God because, at the end of the day, when we die, everyone is going to lie alone in different tombs. I never grew up wearing the hijab. Up until I turned 12, my parents never said anything about it. Why should I suddenly start wearing it? It’s almost like going outside without clothing -- you are not comfortable doing it. Several years from now, when I’m married let’s say, I’ll probably change my mind because I will feel mentally ready to choose to wear it. I won’t have my mom and dad wanting me to put it on – only myself and my God.
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“Boston’s Finest” was a new reality TV show on TNT about local cops’ average workdays. It gave you a taste of police officers' daily lives. Why did teens flock to watch "Boston's Finest" until it ended in April? The network recently announced that it was picking up a second season.
“I love cop shows,” says Regis Lino-Kelly, a junior from Boston Community Leadership Academy. “I honestly think some people just watch the show because it takes place in their hometown or they just want something to talk about in school the next day.” Many teens watched the show -- now available online -- for entertainment and as another way to interact with their friends. Others wanted to see if any relatives -- cops or criminals -- or even their own houses made it on air. “It lets you see if you re- ally know your city or not,” says Perla Cumba, 18, from BCLA. The show ended up turning some heads. In  this generation, many think police officers do not do their jobs very well. People are always saying, “You’ll die before the police even come.” When you watched the show, teens say, it changed your entire mindset. The show gave you insight into how fast and productive police officers are on the job while also balancing their family lives. “I had no idea that cops actually do a lot for the community and especially for the people,” says Lashawn Rosa, 17, from BCLA. “I feel like we take them for granted.” The program also taught teens about the dangers lurking around the streets. “It makes me think twice,” says Lino-Kelly “about where I should hang out.”
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