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AIDs Memorial Quilt founders host workshops to raise awareness about HIV/AIDs in the black community

Over the last three decades, one of the most powerful visual representations of the HIV/AIDs epidemic has been The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. A literal memorial quilt created with panels made by the friends and loved ones of people who have lost their lives…


Added by Robust on December 1, 2016 at 3:31pm — No Comments

OP-ED: My sister's mental illness showed me how important it is to get help

This year I have written and shared a lot of things about me than I believe I ever have. That could be for multiple of reasons but it doesn’t really matter, I think the most important thing is the type of freedom I feel when I do it, and how unapologetic I am. There are some particular stories about my life I want to share with you, this is for people who may have or is currently going through anything similar. I’m hoping that by sharing this you feel somewhat liberated.…


Added by Robust on November 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Social entrepreneur launches cookbook AmeriCulinariska and is donating 10% of proceeds to The Hunger Project

Being a giver is rare in society today, but social entrepreneurs like Kendra Valentine are making a difference in creative ways. Kendra started her whole foods blog, AmeriCulinariska, while she was abroad and was homesick for some home cooking. After doing research, she realized that the amount of processed food she was eating was exorbitant and wanted to make a change, and help educate the people around…


Added by Robust on November 22, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Nothing Is Funny About Kanye's Psych Evaluation

Social media has been in an uproar for the past 48 hours over Kanye West. Shortly after his "Saint Pablo" Tour was canceled, He was also admitted into the hospital for a Psych evaluation. According to TMZ, Kanye was being seen by a physician for severe sleep deprivation prior to his admission. Sources also say Kanye was restrained when he refused to go.

Many people have mixed reactions when it comes to Kanye. Some say he's a musical genius, while others say he's…


Added by Robust on November 22, 2016 at 10:51am — No Comments

OP-ED: Know What the Hell is in Your Food: The REAL Reason to Cook

Hello, I’m Kendra Valentine and my blog Americulinariska promotes cooking grub for yourself with big flavor and REAL food. Since I’m an expat living abroad, it was important for me to get the comforts of home no matter where I called home, using creativity and whole food instead of unnatural processed-food short cuts.

The moment I…


Added by Robust on November 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Taking care of your mental health after this election is vital

Now, more than ever is the time to watch our mental health. Many people are afraid, depressed, and filled with anxiety over this election. I understand people's concerns.

Everyone has the right to feel a certain type of way right now. You have the right to feel scared, outraged, angry, or worried. You even have every right to cry right now. However, I ask that you take care of yourselves. It's good to get all of your built up emotions out, but please do so in…


Added by Robust on November 10, 2016 at 5:01pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Do Shows like "Love And Hip Hop" Paint A Bad Mental Picture Into The Minds Of Black America?

I won't even sit here and lie to you. I used to watch reality tv shows like "Love And Hip Hop" faithfully. That's until I realized this is not a good reality for my mental stimulation. Let me explain what I mean. Every week I tuned into LHH I saw every negative black stereotype imaginable. Loud and ignorant black women ready to fight on sight, sneaky black men constantly cheating on his beautiful black woman, black men with two or more baby mama's who can't get…


Added by Robust on October 26, 2016 at 11:37am — 5 Comments

Renee Davis was depressed, suicidal, and pregnant when she was killed By Police #SayHerName

Once again someone going through a mental health crisis has been shot, and killed by police. This time 23 year old Native American woman Renee Davis. She was a mother of three, and was five months pregnant with the fourth. Statistically she is the 13th woman shot, and killed by police this year who was listed as mentally ill. This story comes less than a week after writing an article ( on a similar problem I have…


Added by Robust on October 24, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

I Accidentally Survived Suicide - The Stigma Around Mental Health Can Be Deadly

TW: suicide, mental health

In August of 2015, a father came home to every parent's worst nightmare:

The unresponsive body of his twenty-six year old daughter, naked, and lying in a pool of her own pink, red and white vomit, with the music list of her phone deleted to just two songs set to repeat over, and over, and over again:

“Center Of The Sun” by Conjure One (skip to 1:55), and “Breaking The Habit” by Linkin Park.…


Added by Robust on October 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Slaying The Silence surrounding mental health: Dealing With My Grandmother's Suicide - TW: suicide

“Your Grandmother is in the hospital. She broke into the medicine cabinet behind the nurses' station at her nursing home, stole some Tylenol, and took too many. It isn't looking well."

My seventeen-year-old body went completely numb; perhaps to try in a futile effort to keep myself from feeling the shock of the words my Aunt had spoken softly into the phone on the night of November 19th, 2006, just a little after 2am.

For years, my maternal…


Added by Robust on October 21, 2016 at 10:04am — No Comments

The Police Can Show Up To Your Door Instead Of An Ambulance If You're Feeling Suicidal - TW: suicide

If you're feeling suicidal an officer can show up to door. Even if you call 911 they can refer you to call the police department instead. This article is not meant to bash all of law enforcement. However, we need to address a major issue here. Many police officers are not fully equipped to take on a mental health crisis. I feel it's bad enough that people with mental illness can already be mistaken for a common criminal. Especially when they're more than likely to be a…


Added by Robust on October 20, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

OP-ED: “I’m in Hell Already”: A look Inside What Severe Depression Really Feels Like (TW Suicide)

The words you're about to read are true. They come from my very first self help book called "A Fight Worth Finishing". I want people to really look inside of the head of someone who has gone through severe depression and suicidal thoughts. I really want to wake people up.

Depression is real and it can feel like IS HELL. I was alone for so long because I felt like nobody understood me. The torment in my mind was real. The hurt and pain was unbearable.…


Added by Robust on October 18, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

OP-ED: F&$K The Seat at the Table, Build Your Own Table

One rainy Saturday in July, I was at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival representing my apparel and multimedia firm Libre Brand, when I heard the master of ceremonies comment on racial discrimination in the United States. "We need a seat at the table too," he said (or something to that effect) which immediately irritated and exasperated me. It is my understanding that one of the reasons why Black people in America are suffering from economic and cultural impoverishment is their…


Added by Robust on October 11, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Check out Afya Ibomu, the vibrant vegan who doubles as your friendly neighborhood celebrity chef

Afya Ibomu is the holistic nutritionist that slays in every way imaginable. When she's not cooking for the likes of Erykah Badu and crew, she's promoting her books "The Vegan Remix" "The Vegan SoulFood Guide to the Galaxy" and "The Get Your Crochet On Pattern Books," or writing for her lifestyle blog RBG Fit. In addition to an amazing career, she's also raising an adorable son named Nkuosa with her partner Stic, one of the rappers from the illustrious hip hop duo Dead…


Added by Robust on October 6, 2016 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Classically trained dancer, Curvyballerina, celebrates body and sex positivity at her Baltimore-based fitness company BalletAfterDark

Curvyballerina (aka Tyde-Courtney Edward) is a classically trained ballerina from Baltimore and the Founding Director of BalletAfterDark, LLC—a ballet-inspired fitness company that encourages body positivity for all body types while celebrating and embracing sensuality and sexual confidence on the road to meeting fitness goals. Outside of the dance studio, Edward challenges body image standards and preaches sex positivity in a …


Added by Robust on October 6, 2016 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Dear Kid Cudi, You Have Nothing To Be Ashamed Of (tw: suicidal thoughts)

Dear Cudi,

I woke up early this morning. Like earlier than usual. Why? I'm not sure. I get on Facebook because I couldn't go back to sleep. I saw one of my Facebook friends tagged me in a post written by you. When I read the post I understood why I was tagged.

The post you wrote literally bought me to tears. I…


Added by Robust on October 5, 2016 at 9:58am — No Comments

OP-ED Dear Solange: 'A Seat At The Table' Is Good For Black Mental Health And Self-Love

Dear solange,

With people of color frequently getting harassed, shot, and killed by the hands of the police in the media, people constantly telling us our natural hair isn't good or professional enough, being ridiculed and called racist for trying to empower our people and having self love, and minorities struggling to financially and physically survive you couldn't have dropped this new album at a better time.

The fact that you gave us an album that…


Added by Robust on October 3, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Know What the Hell is in Your Food: Healthier Recipes for Your Fave Dishes

Hello, I’m Kendra Valentine and my blog Americulinariska promotes cooking grub for yourself with big flavor and REAL food. Since I’m an expat living abroad, it was important for me to get the comforts of home no matter where I called home, using creativity and whole food instead of unnatural processed-food short cuts.

The moment I started to understand how my food was made and the ingredients which comprise it, my perspective changed and I was able to take more…


Added by Robust on September 29, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: Compton born and raised Vegan Voices of Color co-founder Aaron Luxur preaches community-driven, eco-friendly, crulety-free activism

I am Aaron Luxur; 21-year-old creator, environmentalist, animal liberation advocate, and food justice activist from Compton,CA. I represent one-half of an emerging movement called Vegan Voices of Color (VVoC) that I started with my best friend last year. Taking matters of food justice into my own hands, I also began guerrilla gardening last year. This means that I plant food in public spaces that have been abandoned and turn them into thriving, green spaces with food for…


Added by Robust on September 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: The Emotional Roller Coaster We Face As The Murders Continue To Rise #TerenceCrutcher

Yesterday, a former high school classmate of mine (Who is very active in the movement of social injustices) wrote a status on Facebook. The question was: "How are y'all feeling this morning?"

I knew why he was asking. Yesterday we all woke up to more news of an unarmed black man being killed. His name was Terence Crutcher. He was a loving father, student, brother, and God-fearing man. He didn't deserve to die.

When I clicked on the simple but powerful post by my…


Added by Robust on September 21, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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