Seniors pose at the COSAT prom

School Year Blog: Crashing the ultimate fashion show, a South African prom

I was told that proms are a big deal in South Africa — particularly in low-income, black townships. But nothing could have prepared me for the fashion show I witnessed.

Trafficking of young girls in India a growing problem amid gender imbalance

Conflict & Justice

Looking back on Bruce Springsteen’s rise to superstardom

Arts, Culture & Media

Sorry Ashton Kutcher, John Quincy Adams’ tweets cooler


President-elect Barack Obama

Global Politics

Man of the House: A Tale of Growing Up Fast

In South Africa, thousands of households in impoverished townships are headed by children. At age 17, Sive found himself the man of the house.

Winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

For ninety years, teenagers with outstanding creative talents have applied for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This year, a record 230,000 students applied, but only 15 were awarded the top prize of a Portfolio Gold Medal. They join a prestigious group of awards alumni, including Andy Warhol, Lena Dunham, Sylvia Plath, and Zac Posen. […]

In Pakistan, Women are the Target of Disfiguring Acid Attacks

Conflict & Justice

Last year, in Pakistan, at least 150 acid attacks were reported. Many more are not reported, because victims are pressured by their community to keep quiet. Now, a new law gives acid burn survivors some legal recourse.

A New Sex Manual Gives Ultra-Orthodox Jews the Facts of Life

Arts, Culture & Media

An American-born Orthodox Jewish sex therapist in Jerusalem has written what he says is the first sexually explicit sex manual for ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews.

Girl’s Night Out: A Young Woman Chronicles Her Night in Kampala

Conflict & Justice

Twenty-year-old Jacky Kemigisa lives in Kampala, Uganda. A new BBC series looks at a typical “girls night out” in Kampala through her perspective. The series also includes how Jacky faces unwanted attention from men.