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Mixed: My Journey with Makeup and Ethnic Expectations

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 By Ada Claire Anyone who has spent any decent amount of time with me knows I literally never leave the house without makeup on. Makeup played a huge role in developing my self confidence as a teen as I struggled with my ethnic ambiguity, paler-than-it-should-be skin, one-step-below-afro hair, intense acne, and a lack of knowledge on how to tweeze eyebrows. …

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This Is Our Generation: My Request To The Decision Makers

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 By Whitney Sawney The question that gets asked the most often by policymakers is, “How do we understand Native Youth?” Unfortunately, our generation is faced with disheartening realities, like depression, addiction and high suicide rates. There seems to be a never-ending report of negative statistics, where Native youth are perceived to be just another number. The concept that is being …

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My Journey With Hip Hop

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By Talon Ducheneaux ​Without music, I don’t think I would have made it this far in life. That’s a bit dramatic and cliché isn’t it? Allow me to explain. ​My name is Talon Bazille Ducheneaux. I am 21 years old, studying psychology at the University of Pennsylvania (in Philadelphia). I am a proud Lakota and a proud Dakota. There are …