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“I was born in Cape Verde, which is in Africa, and I’m proud,” says Richard. “That’s all that matters.” Cape Verde is an island nation 350 miles off the west coast of Africa, yet some teens want to distance themselves from that, believing the false, prejudicial, negative mythology that clouds the continent. “I feel like there’s nothing wrong with being African,” says Zariah Gomes, 15, from BCLA, who is Cape Verdean. “People should embrace their culture no matter what and I feel like people who are Cape Verdean but don’t consider themselves African aren’t Cape Verdean because they don’t know their own race or who they are.” If some teens are confused about their place in the world, their country is not: Cape Verde is part of the African Union. “I’m not Cape Verdean,” says Sana Dahaba, 15, of the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, who is from Guinea-Bissau, in Africa. “But I feel like any Cape Verdean that does not consider themselves African is uneducated. They’re proving the fact that they can’t take the time to learn about their own country, which they should already know about since they’re claiming to be from there.”
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Teens in Print celebrates 10 years and 1,000 voices with the mission of uniting the city's teens to create an outlet to inform, communicate, and provide positive change through written expression. Congratulations to TiP alumni and present teens for their hard work and dedication to telling teens' stories!
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Three Teens in Print staff members have been named Caroline Knapp Scholars for the fall/winter 2013-14 academic year. james whitter nov 2013adamajan bah 9 2013 Mussuba Samati (left), a senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy; James Whitter, a junior at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science; and Adamajan Bah (right), a sophomore at Boston Community Leadership Academy, will be part of an in-depth reporting project sponsored by WriteBoston and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, at Boston University. The scholars program is funded by the family of the late journalist and author Caroline Knapp, whose legacy has inspired Boston high school students seeking a voice in media for more than a decade. For the past 10 years, the Knapp program placed high school students in summer internships at major Boston newspapers and media outlets. This fall, the Knapp initiative is taking the program to another level by selecting high school journalists with experience at Teens in Print -- a citywide youth newspaper co-sponsored by WriteBoston and The Boston Globe -- and giving them a unique opportunity to explore the world of investigative journalism. Whitter, and Bah share a spirit for uncovering injustice and seeking the truth. Each has written provocative pieces for Teens in Print. Click on their names to read their stories. “This program gives me an opportunity to investigate important issues in my community,” says Samati. “I feel as if joining this program will give me a chance to share my passion for writing with the world,” says Whitter. “This program,” says Bah, “is an opportunity to open the minds of others to the things that are happening right under our noses.”
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If someone asked me out of the blue why I draw, I wouldn’t know what to say because there are so many answers. One reason I draw is to make the stories in my head come to life. I can get inspired by anything -- a song, a quote, or a new piece of information -- and in my head it sparks characters and from that comes their very own backstories in their very own worlds. Every time I draw those characters doing something different, or in unique poses or outfits, is another add-on to their personas and adventures. I could put them into words but drawing is way more fun. Drawing is an instrument for me. I use it to distract myself. I use it to express myself and my inner-most thoughts and ideas. My emotions leak out onto the page -- whether I’m aware of it or not. Drawing is my stress reliever and I could do it all day. Drawing is all I want to do when I’m older. I want to incorporate it into my life in every way I can. My big goal is to have my own animation company and be there teaming- up with Pixar. But for the near future, I just want to be a successful freelance artist. I want to market my art, do commissions, and make webcomics. I want to go to anime conventions and be able to sell things that I made.
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