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Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "Ni**as In Paris." azizisbored.tumblr.com hide caption

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Apps like Venmo promise easy, carefree money transfers between friends. Noah Nelson/Youth Radio hide caption

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Truvada can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection when taken as a preventative medicine — if taken every day. Studies are underway to determine if young people are likely to take the pill consistently. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Eight-year-old Tomás Rocha, a third grader at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif., is among a handful of gender non-conforming students at the school. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Tyfanni Edwards and Dominique Bell, both 19, have part time jobs and also attend Berkeley City College part time. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Emily Neblett, a patient at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., demonstrates circuit pieces from the mobile maker space that are connected by magnets. Noah Nelson/Youth Radio hide caption

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Trimmers prepare the marijuana flower, or bud, to make it more appealing to consumers. They use scissors to snip off the leaves and stems. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Ello is a new, invitation-only social network that aims to thrive and survive on a business model that does not include selling user data or advertising. Ello.co hide caption

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A memorial at the site where Michael Brown was shot, on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Mo. Myles Bess/Youth Radio hide caption

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Onaja Waki (left) is about to start college in California, but she and her mother, Oneida Cordova, have been talking openly for years about the dangers of sexual assault. Teresa Chin/Youth Radio hide caption

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Lenox Mall, in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, used to be the site of a country home estate and is now a traditional indoor mall with two anchor stores. Madeline Veira/Youth Radio hide caption

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Frankie Soto is in charge of the "underground" rock shows at an empty storefront in Stockton's Normandy Village Shopping Center. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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Derek Williams says he learned more about being a man from his mother than his father. Brett Myers/Youth Radio hide caption

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