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Teen Tastemakers: April Picks


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With spring finally here, it’s time to try new things – listen to new music, read a new book, or try a new hobby! Read on for the Teen Tastemakers’ April recommendations:


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The past few years, rap and hip-hop have been the biggest music genres with artists like Drake, Cardi B, and Post Malone on the top of the charts. And even if you love their music, there is some great hip hop music in the underground.

Janelle Monae is largely an R&B, funk, and neo-soul singer known for her intensely cool vibes and concept albums, but she’s also a talented rapper. She takes influences from what’s popular while delivering bars of awe-inspiring lyrics. Check out her songs Q.U.E.E.N. and Django Jane to see what I mean.

M.I.A. is a British rapper, largely known for her song Paper Planes. She’s got attitude, pop influences, and great hip-hop songs across her career. For the pop, check out Paper Planes and Bad Girls. For the rap, check out Galang and Bring The Noize.

The Beastie Boys were a classic rap trio, with songs that don’t have a tendency to say much but are very danceable. They also created a classic mission statement that ‘you’ve gotta fight for your right to party’. For plenty of fun bops, check out Whatcha Want, Sabotage, and Fight For Your Right.



Today, I’m going to be talking about the highly anticipated new books being released sometime this year.

“Wayward Son” by Rainbow Rowell: A sequel to Carry On, this novel is set to release this September, and will discuss what happens after you save the world. In Simon, Baz, and Penny’s case, this happens to be a road trip across America.

“Five Dark Fates” by Kendare Blake: The fourth book and conclusion in the Three Dark Crowns series, “Five Dark Fates” is also coming this September. It will explore the aftermath of the battle with Katharine, Jules’s struggle with her legion curse, and Mirabella and Arsinoe’s efforts to stop their sister.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi: The sequel to the widely popular Children of Blood and Bone, this book is expected to be released in December. The story will follow Zélie and Amari after bringing magic back to Orïsha, and their struggles to unite the maji and secure Amari’s right to the throne.



Whether you are just taking photos to put on Instagram or you’re pursuing a career in photography, it’s always fun to learn new tips.

The rule of thirds: Typically, you don’t want to put your subject in the center of the photo. Put it off centered, so that if your photo had two lines going horizontally and two vertically – dividing your photo into nine equal squares – your subject would line up with one of those lines. This makes your photo feel more natural.

Framing: Framing is when you use something, like a wall or a tree, to create a sort of frame around your subject. It doesn’t have to go all around your subject, it can go on just one side, but it will help direct attention where you want it.

Take lots and lots of photos: Get your phone out and start taking photos of your family, pets, and anything you think is pretty or interesting. It doesn’t have to look perfect. If you decide you don’t like it, you can delete it later. But odds are one of those photos you didn’t think would look nice will turn out to be pretty good! And besides, even if it’s a little blurry or someone forgot to smile or the lighting was less than perfect, you can still look back at that photo a year later and recall why you took it and what it meant to you at the time.

The most important thing is don’t overthink it. Just have fun. If you want more tips, the library has several books on photography. And once and a while, put the camera down to live in the moment. When you come back to it, you might have an even better idea of what you want to photograph next!



Learning is motivating and makes you more developed. Actually, when I was a kid learning was not easy for me. The people near me bullied me because I couldn’t communicate well. I didn’t have any time to listen to other people talking. That was the reason why learning to communicate was necessary for me.

Then I thought “I will learn more and more, and then I’ll make them regret bullying me. Learning could be your weapon! You could learn things that other people don’t know and use it in arguments.” That’s the thing!


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