Joseph Adedigba, 15, from the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, does not like rap music. He feels that every artist raps about the same thing, over and over. “It’s always about money and sex,” says Adedigba, who is from Nigeria. An overwhelming number of teens of color listen to rap music and enjoy it. By some estimates, the worldwide hip-hop community counts more than 20 million young people of different ethnicities among its adherents. Adedigba is one of the minorities who does not pay attention to it. He prefers country and gospel music. “Taylor Swift’s music is better than Drake’s music because it is more interesting and it has more feelings in it,” he says. Adedigba says that he does not feel like an outcast for not listening to rap. “My parents do not listen to rap and some people don’t either,” he says. Leslie Garcia, 14, from the O’Bryant, does not like the cursing and references to drugs and alcohol in rap. “I only listen to rap music whenever I am around my friends,” says Garcia. She feels that rap music has the same rhythms in every song. Garcia prefers alternative and pop music. “The music is different,” Garcia says. Garcia listens to Lana Del Rey, an alternative rock artist. “I like how Lana Del Rey does not swear and her songs have different beats,” says Garcia. “I don’t get a feeling when I listen to rap but when I listen to Lana Del Rey, I feel happy because her songs are upbeat.” Daniel Sanchez, 14, does not listen to rap because it doesn’t catch his attention and he believes it sends a bad message about women. “I’m pretty sure that rappers would not want their daughters to be like the women they are talking about in their songs,” says Sanchez, who is from the O’Bryant. Instead of listening to rap, he prefers music that is slow and soft. “I like songs that have a piano playing in the background,” says Sanchez. “It is very soothing.”
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Briana Williams, 17, from Boston Community Leadership Academy, says that her idol used to be Miley Cyrus -- but not anymore. Williams says that she used to like Miley because she was a good singer and actress. Williams’ favorite show was Miley as “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel. Now, Williams says her former role model makes her ashamed. “She is twerking, drinking, partying -- and I don’t like that,” Williams says. You all probably have that one person you looked up to. It doesn’t matter if that person was famous, a friend, or a family member. Then, sometimes that person changes and becomes someone you no longer relate to. Jocileny Barbosa, 16, from BCLA, says that she used to admire Amanda Bynes and her TV show, “What I Like About You.” Says Barbosa: “She was a good actress, she was so nice, and she was so pretty back then, and had inspired me to want to become an actress.” Now, says Barbosa, there are allegations that Bynes was on drugs and was causing major drama on Twitter -- and Barbosa is done with her. Eucaris Jimenez, 16, from BCLA, is a singer who used to be moti- vated by Britney Spears. “She had cool music and videos and was really famous,” says Jimenez. Jimenez has moved on from Britney. “She’s lost her prestige,” Jimenez says.
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Anger is the type of person who gets mad at everything and likes to fight a lot. Anger can be very mean to people because he feels like everybody is bullying him. He’s never nice. Anger wears army boots and heavy garments because he likes to be ready to fight. He carries a sword but hides it. Anger was born in a hole. He was stuck there for about five years. After the war, people gave him freedom. Anger’s best friend is Mr. Mad.
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Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Whether it’s young kids in the backyard, or professionals playing on the world stage, it’s a game that takes speed, skill, strength, power, precision, grace, energy, emotion, and teamwork. It’s a cultural tradition you learn at an early age -- and carry around forever. There was a September soccer face-off at Gillette Stadium, Portugal vs. Brazil. Outside the entrance to the stadium, fans from each country gathered in bunches. They cooked native dishes, waved flags, played loud music, sang and danced, and taunted each other. “Go Portugal!” “Go Brazil!” On the field, the game changed minute to minute as momentum shifted from Brazil to Portugal and back to Brazil. Every time one team scored -- single-name star player Neymar ultimately led Brazil to a 3-1 victory -- it seemed like a war would break out in the stands. After all, soccer is more than just a game. Soccer is life.
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We were young and stupid We did what we saw others doing We were young’uns We didn’t know the true meaning of living So we kept on thuggin’ Life passed us by And we blended with the others who saw the Blind world, as well Signs were everywhere about not having to live this way But we were way too stubborn We didn’t even listen to each other We kept in our no-minds that everything was good Until the moment everyone’s been waiting for Their desperation of division towards us We finally came to our senses in our no-minds That we were going nowhere We had a memory ball in the air full of disappointment That we brought to the world.
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