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Story by Jaylin Ellison/VOX Media Cafe Black is beauty. Black is strength. Black is intelligence. Black is excellence. Looking out upon the world, I have viewed numerous times the magnificence of black people. However, there are only certain things you can perceive and learn from the perspective of an outsider looking in. Being an insider…

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Story by Rachel Alexander/VOX Media Cafe May 2021 It was barely 64°F outside, and we were all freezing cold. Everyone was bundled up in sweatshirts and pants, a rare sight for a high school marching band rehearsal. “Alright, I want three laps around the parking lot! No cutting corners!” said our director as the band…

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Publisher’s Note: “VOX provides all teen-created content and perspectives as resources to our audience. At this time, VOX understands that the decision to get vaccinated is a personal and familial decision and VOX does not ask participants to formally disclose their vaccination status to determine participation in our programming.” The decision wasn’t hard. If I…

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