Pregnant Teen Like Me

Single-Minded: More than 50 years ago, a white man donned blackface to expose Jim Crow racism. Now a teenager dons a belly bump to expose prejudice against pregnant teens.

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"I made my senior year better by doing this," Rodriguez told The Today Show, "because I get to, you know, say I made an impact in some of the students' lives here."

But perhaps watching Rodriguez earn her well-deserved 15 minutes for doing something daring, as opposed to something stupid, will have other teens rethinking their own reality.

Helena Andrews is a regular contributor to The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.

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Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.