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Robust's Blog – August 2016 Archive (10)

FEATURE: Smooth Bumps - A Powerful Photo Series on the Darkness of Self-Harm

Sometimes there are times when people are exceptionally hard on themselves.

They're frustration over their imperfections and insecurity becomes so toxic, the darkness that takes over them and turns their mind against their soul.

Sometimes I feel like my mind is my enemy. Sometimes she spews such vile things over and over my soul is saturated with sadness and feelings of worthlessness. Sometimes it is like two angels one of them good and one of them evil…


Added by Robust on August 31, 2016 at 5:11pm — No Comments

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: Ghanian-American Clarissa Bannor fuses compassionate eating with afro-centric consciousness and culture for This Afropolitan Life

Clarissa Bannor is a passionate Ghanian-American afropolitan who credits motherhood, "the big chop", and veganism for guiding her mission to curate a liberated life that weaves African culture, black consciousness, and a compassionate palate with everyday life & style. …


Added by Robust on August 30, 2016 at 12:44pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Letter from a suicide survivor: I want you to keep living

To whom this may concern,

I want you to stay alive. Better yet I NEED you stay alive no matter what has occurred in your life. I know what the pain feels like. I know how the pages of life can turn. Right now you may feel nothing but darkness and you can't seem to find the light. You may feel like you want to end it all because you no longer have the strength to fight. You're just tired of being sick and tired. That doesn't make you weak.

I know some…


Added by Robust on August 30, 2016 at 10:28am — No Comments

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: American expat Sea Sharp pairs activist profession with low income, but flexible, planet-based diet

Sea Sharp is an American poet of color who immigrated to England in 2012 as an alleged "refugee of Kansas." Sharp is a self-taught hula hoop dancer with tattoos, piercings, and semi-freeform locs.

As a Kansas State University graduate with qualifications in Creative Writing, Literature, Theatre, and Women's Studies, Sharp is a Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the Prairie Seed Poetry Prize 2015/16 (judged by Debra Marquart), and has upcoming or published poems…


Added by Robust on August 23, 2016 at 7:17pm — No Comments

Black Girls Picnic: A movement in collective self-care

From morning till night a Black woman’s mind is filled with thoughts on how to maintain her survival. On top of life stresses like child care, rent, bills, travel, socialising, keeping up with current affairs and exploring creativity, if we are employed, we find ourselves in White institutions, wading through the muddy waters of racism and sexism that slowly chips away at our feelings of self worth. Hyper aware of how we are being judged as being too loud, too…


Added by Robust on August 23, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments

OP-ED: Post- Hurricane Katrina And The Present State Of Mental Health Care in New Orleans

We continue to talk about hurricane Katrina but not the mental health care many still don't receive post- Katrina.

August 23, 2016 will make eleven years since hurricane Katrina formed. It hit New Orleans, Louisiana august 29th, 2005. Around this time of year something I've always noticed is many natives of the city get very touchy and aggravated. The fact news stations and social media continue to replay the horror of the aftermath Katrina left…


Added by Robust on August 22, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: Jordan Cates aka babegloss advocates for animal rights and ethical consumption

My name is Jordan. I'm black, I'm queer, I'm a punk and I'm a vegan.

I'm also a drummer. My band is called Roadkill. We're punk and emphasize animal rights and veganism in our music.

I went vegetarian when I was 15 in 2012. I watched Paul McCartney's "If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls" video on YouTube which highlights the ethical side of vegetarianism. I went vegetarian immediately but was conscious that I wanted to go vegan because the video touched on…


Added by Robust on August 16, 2016 at 7:23pm — No Comments

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: So Freakin’ Vegan shares how raw veganism transformed her physical and mental health

“You’re a what!?” I asked my new graduate school roommate, demanding an explanation. “Why would anyone want to be a vegetarian,” I thought to myself. It was August 2011 and I was a whopping 22 years old. It’s amazing how far I was down the Standard American Diet rabbit hole, that I had actually never before even met a vegetarian, not to mention any vegans. After a couple months of contemplation, I decided to dabble into vegetarianism throughout my time in graduate school,…


Added by Robust on August 9, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Mental Illness Is Not A White Man's Disease. Please Get Help.

Black America still has a lot of waking up to do when it comes to mental illness. A lot of black people are still under the impression that mental illness makes you weak or just flat out crazy. However in reality it just makes you sick because it's an illness.

By Jasmin Pierre*, AFROPUNK contributor

Growing up I actually use to feel the same way. I remember back in the day while watching…


Added by Robust on August 9, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: Kwame Williams shares decades long social and personal changes through his vegan lifestyle evolution

My vegan journey started in 2002 when I was introduced to it at a young age socially and culturally through the Rastafarian Ital lifestyle. Because of those influences, I adopted a vegan lifestyle as part of my own in 2002. However, I soon went back to eating meat on a daily basis in 2005 when I went to culinary school. It wasn't until 2010 after being in the industry for some time and learning more about the food we consume when the health benefits of being vegan gave me…


Added by Robust on August 2, 2016 at 6:50pm — No Comments

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