Anaheed Alani edits stories for Rookie from a dark hole in NYC.
Advice about tattoos, switching schools, and depression.
Plus memories of Philip Seymour Hoffmann, Pussy Riot’s big week, and a look behind the scenes of Mean Girls.
Advice about class privilege, finding a drummer for your band, and being friends with boys.
Plus an essay about gender equality by Beyoncé, some rad new music, and comics by Mindy Kaling.
Plus thoughts on cultural appropriation and race, Coachella for dads, and the best Beyoncé tribute you’ll ever see.
Books about what happens between now and forever.
We just needed a week or so to digest the new album.
May's theme is GROWING PAINS. For details on how to send us your work, please read our Submit page. ✴
Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!