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This Piece Won A Gold Medal In The Nation's Most Prestigious Teen Writing Awards

Katherine Du | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Katherine Du

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has publicized national award recipients for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's oldest, most prestigious awards for creative teens in grades 7-12.

Testosterone Helped Me Feel Like Myself -- Here's Why I Stopped Taking It

The Establishment | Posted 07.05.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Ultimately, I realized that in order to find my voice, I had to begin by decolonizing myself not just in how I present my black identity, but my trans identity as well. After coming to this realization, I decided to discontinue taking T after six months.

The xoJane Article That Called A Woman's Death A "Blessing" Was About My Best Friend

Holly Leber | Posted 06.21.2016 | HuffPost Home
Holly Leber

I read the infamous xoJane essay "My Former Friend's Death Was a Blessing" with a different variety of stunned than most others probably did. You see, "Leah" was my best friend. Saying that "Leah's" death wasn't a tragedy sounds horrible to say because it is horrible to say. And it's wrong.

Sometimes A Common Application Essay Is Hard (Very Hard!) To Find

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 06.20.2016 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

Rebecca came to me after a long phone call from her parents. They told me that they had started working with another college application essay consultant but it wasn't the right fit. Rebecca never sparked to her, several meetings had failed to produce a strong Common Application Essay topic, and they were worried.

Five Things You Must Do Before Even Attempting To Write Your Common Application Essay

Robert S. Schwartz | Posted 06.17.2016 | College
Robert S. Schwartz

"The scariest moment is always just before you start." Stephen King on writing.

My Secret Life as a Skin-Picker

The Establishment | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
The Establishment

I know -- intellectually -- that I am a good person. But the disorder skews this perception, making everything about the shame of my outer appearance. How can I be a good person when I do this to myself?

My Karma Ran Over My Dogma

Barbara Lerman-Golomb | Posted 03.21.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Lerman-Golomb

My mother has been progressive in many ways. One thing she did that I never imagined would become trendy was that she didn't drive -- an anomaly in the baby boomer suburbs. My relationship with cars has always been complicated.

Johnny Cash's Lesson for College Applicants

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.18.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Johnny Cash was no saint. Neither are most high school students. Few of us grow up to be criminals or folk heroes. Most of us are somewhere in between. We don't need to upend our lives for our causes, but we can nudge ourselves in the direction of righteousness.

Madonna's Sex Book or How My Mother Came out to Me

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 03.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

I did what any curious twelve year old would do and started reading. I hadn't yet had the proper sex tutorial -- and who better to teach you about the birds and the bees than Madonna and a dominatrix named Dita.

My Mother, The Mayor of Quincy Park

Christine Stoddard | Posted 02.11.2016 | Latino Voices
Christine Stoddard

My mother was the mayor of Quincy Park. Anything-goes soccer and homemade lemonade became her trademarks. When she pulled into the gravel lot and stepped out of the family van, children jumped off of the slides and out of trees.

David Bowie's Death Is the End of a Dream

Shana Ting Lipton | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
Shana Ting Lipton

I wonder -- in this epoch of more information and 'communication' than we could all possibly need -- if Bowie's passing didn't, at least for some, feel like the death of the dream... the demise of pure art and creativity untainted by commerce.

A Dog Movie Unleashes Emotion in Marrakech

Thelma Adams | Posted 12.29.2015 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

"Each person dies as best they can," says Julian (Ricardo Darin) in the Spanish-language dramedy Truman, screened out of competition at the Festival International Du Film De Marrakech.

Trans-Exclusionary Feminists Cannot Exclude My Humanity

The Establishment | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

Sometimes I imagine taking a cut of skin and slowly peeling it off, sliver by sliver until there is nothing but red. I wonder how long it would take t...

Still-Foreign Correspondent

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Mainstream media must start figuring out that it makes good business sense to rely on Chicano talent as news anchors, authors, artists, actors and film directors. By going to the source, I assume the representation of Chicano culture would be more honest and accurate than what we often see.

The Passion of the Applicant

Josh Stephens | Posted 10.23.2015 | College
Josh Stephens

For whatever reason, passion is the descriptor that has won the day. Colleges want to see it in spades: they want students to be dripping with, drenched in, and breathless with passion.

Searching for #Katrina10 at the Bush 43 Presidential Library

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
R. Kyle Alagood

On the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum's special exhibit was all about... wait for it... baseball!

"I Had A Stroke at 38 Years Old"

SELF | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
SELF

I wasn't supposed to have a stroke. I was 38 years old, a mom in "perfect" health. I run my own pro-athlete public relations firm. I was under stress, sure, but I was happy, enjoying my crazy, packed days.

What Happened When I Used Only My Boyfriend's Beauty Products For A Week

Allure | Posted 07.01.2016 | Style
Allure

By Kate Sullivan, Allure I love buying beauty products. Maybe too much. So when I read that women were saving time (and money!) by adopting their h...

What I Think About When I Look at My Passport

Noah Goldberg | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Noah Goldberg

In 1995 my family moved to Jerusalem. My mother was pregnant with me at the time. She was there as the New Yorker's Jerusalem correspondent and my father was working as a foreign correspondent for Newsday.

What The Internet Meant To Me After The Death Of My Father, David Carr

Glamour | Posted 05.20.2016 | Women
Glamour

The Internet can be intrusive, yes, but it can also be a voice of comfort -- and, in my case, a close friend leaning in to whisper, "You know how you thought your dad was the greatest guy in the world? You were right. Let me tell you why."

On Thinking About Things Cosmically

Gretchen Kuhsel | Posted 05.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Kuhsel

It's important to put things in a broader perspective and take yourself out of the moment. Is the current situation going to help you in the long run? Most likely. When you think about events in a cosmic sense, it's easier to find a silver lining or lesson to be learned.

A Love Note to the Lost Art of Skepticism

Sarah Hinchliff Pearson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Women
Sarah Hinchliff Pearson

The life of a skeptic can be lonely. I used to wonder if something was wrong with me. As an adult, I now know this is just who I am, down to my bones. And honestly, I wish more people were like me. There, I said it. Now hear me out.

Gentrified Brooklyn Is Not My Brooklyn

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

These days, when I go back to Bushwick what I remember isn't what is. The corriente that ran through the neighborhood is gone. There's no Jerry Rivera blasting from passing cars. La doña who never left her spot at the window of her second floor apartment on Grove Street, is gone.

I'm A Feminist Who's Flattered By Catcalling

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

What kind of feminist must I be if I'm at odds with the fundamental feminist principle that street harassment dehumanizes women?

Why I Tell The Truth: An Ode to Writing

Katie Tandy | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Katie Tandy

Stories didn't have to be true or entertaining. The real beauty was achieving both. How wonderful to elicit the same reaction of joy, of horror, delight or incredulity, but everything had actually happened.