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The Tip Sheet: 8/3

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The Tip Sheet: 8/3

By Jon W. Sparks via

Selling teens on the need to read
She loved cheerleading, but Journi Prewitt knew there was something more important she had to do. At age 16, she quit one of her favorite extracurriculars in order to save up money for a new philanthropic business venture. Prewitt, at the time a student at Power Center Academy High School, was unsatisfied with the depiction of African Americans in many forms of mainstream American media. Youngsters are particularly impressionable to what they see on TV and read in books, so she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Studies have shown there is a correlation between how youth and race are depicted in …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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