Twitter legend Daquan goes from 0 to 100 real fast, smokes weed, and takes his girls to the trap house. The Twitter-sphere is buzzing about Daquan, a fictional black figure notorious for disrupting the stereotypical safe white family by bringing its sons and daughters to the ’hood. He uses his ghetto persona to entice Caucasian teenagers, mostly girls, into joining his squad and becoming “black.” There are numerous accounts online where there is a photo of white teens getting scolded by their parents because of their change in behavior after hanging out with Daquan. Some of the memes say things like, “HOW DO YOU EXPECT DAQUAN TO PAY THESE BILLS!?” “CHILL MOM, HIS MIXTAPE DROPS IN A WEEK.” Vivian Greene, 15, from Boston Latin Academy, believes that this notion of white ignorance makes white women look bad. “I feel like the [message is] white girls should be submissive, have Daquan’s baby,” Greene says. According to knowyourmeme.com, Daquan was created on July 2nd when @RealRaymondJ sent a tweet with a photograph of a young white woman waving off her mother and saying: “Mom I don’t want a David, I want a Daquan.” The site @YahBoyDaquan attracted more than 45,000 followers and, according to the International Business Times, had more than 100,000 mentions in 24 hours. Sixteen-year-old David Buefort, who was recently in an interracial relationship, feels that the creation of Daquan points to society’s reluctance to accept mixed couples. “I wouldn’t say it’s a big deal, so they shouldn’t make it a big deal,” says Buefort, from Jamaica Plain. Youth worker Freddie Riley believes that both blacks and whites have been disrespected by the presence of Daquan -- with blacks falsely depicted as dangerous and whites as sheltered. “It’s being hurtful to any type of racially different relationship,” says Riley, a former member of the Black Student Union at UMass/Amherst. “It’s ignorant.”
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Jonathan Jovin, 17, says he likes to be single during the summer because that’s when teens want to have fun with others. He also believes that arguing in 90-degree weather does not add to the season. “It’s getting hot out,” says Jovin, from the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. “Why would you want to see the same person in hot weather when you can explore freely and meet new people?” As relationships form in high school, some teens put limits on them. Christelle Courtois, 14, a student at Excel High School, says she’d rather be single in summer. “There’s no limit to what I can do,” says Courtois. “No boyfriend, no problem.” Meanwhile, 17-year-old Alwyn Ponteen believes that if a season can affect your relationship then it was never truly real in the first place. “Everyone has their own reasons for waking up in the morning,” says Ponteen, who goes to the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, “and I’ll continuously wake up to the person I’m committed to regardless of what time of the year it is.”
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Are smartwatches the new must-have gadget for 2014-2015?

“I might get one,” says Odalys Garcia, 15, from Margarita Muñiz Academy. Basic smartwatches -- made popular by the “Inspector Gadget” cartoon series -- have been around since the ’80s, and have been constantly updated ever since. The latest ones are priced up to $300 and have many uses beyond telling time, from playing music to picking up phone calls to getting weather updates to taking pictures to monitoring your heart rate. Apple unveiled its new smartwatch earlier this month. The watches remove the struggle of taking your phone out of your pocket and they show you everything you need. “This generation is evolving so devices like smartwatches are made to make our lives easier,” says Cecilia Cabello, 15, from Another Course to College. Some teens can see a time when a smartwatch will become an indispensable device. “It looks like it will be an essential,” says Noelis Villalona, 15, from Muñiz Academy, “just like a phone.”
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Seventeen-year-old Kelsey Galeano, from Jamaica Plain, has been a practitioner of mixed martial arts for over 12 years and is the epitome of a strong female.

She says she gets immediate respect when she tells people that she is a black belt. “I have strong legs, but they don’t realize that I also have a strong heart,” she says. “Having both physical and mental strength makes me feel like I can take a man’s world head on. Every woman can -- but a female black belt will.” Women in sports are often stereotyped by society. Many girls say they are almost never taken seriously in sports because they are portrayed as public display, and not athletes. Teens say this prejudice can become overwhelming at times and can lead to self- esteem issues. This is also the reason why many young girls stay away from sports. Still, there are many young female athletes in Boston helping find those obstacles. Sixteen-year-old Amanda Brea says she feels comfortable running track and field with the boys on her team at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. “Many times with the boys, I attempt to prove that if they are better at something, I am better at something else,” she says. “A boy could be stronger, but many times it is us girls who play smarter.” Sarah Hussein, 15, from Dorchester, believes the best advice for a female athlete is to continue training. “No matter how many times you lose or fail, continue trying because failure is the only thing that will get you to know what to practice on,” she says, adding: “Practice does make perfect.”
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When you think of three infl  ential female artists, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna easily come to mind.

One major reason is their strong voices. Another is their skimpy attire. “I personally love Beyoncé’s music, especially from her recent album,” says Oryanna Ferguson, 18, from Dorchester, “but I don’t agree with the way her or Nicki and Rihanna dress.” Rachelle Bellanton, 18, from Another Course to College, agrees that there’s more to these singers than their pipes. “Nicki Minaj is someone that attracts and is only up there because of her appearance,” Bellanton says. “Her fake body image and her different hair styles is what separates herself from others.” Tanisha Amazon, 18, from ACC, says that the music industry can take things too far. “Women are portrayed as a sex symbol,” says Amazon, “and I don’t appreciate that at all.”
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