Other people’s accomplishments don’t have to dictate my own.
Being “well-spoken” and “acting white” doesn’t protect me.
Sometimes a conversation just doesn’t need your input.
Plus safe-spaces, laughing with Cecily Strong, and the man who punched a bear.
I was never the girl in that Weezer song.
You don’t have to understand what it’s like to be me.
Unlearning my own anti-blackness.
How to critique offensive behavior or speech without totally losing it.
Being “thick-skinned” doesn’t mean bottling things up.
Eric Garner, Run the Jewels, Chris Rock, and so many other things on our brains this week.
Hello! October's theme is GLORY.
Here's what kinds of submissions we're looking for, plus info on how to send us your work. ✴
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!