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OP-ED: Is substance abuse lyrics in hip hop culture really a cover up for depression?

In today's hip hop culture we hear a lot about drug use. You won't be surprised to hear lyrics about someone sipping on lean or taking molly, Xanax, or even cocaine to stay high all the time. Have you ever wondered why some hip-hop songs with drug influenced lyrics are so popular? Or, why do so many people in this younger generation relate and do many drugs themselves?

One of my favorite hip-hop songs to date "03 Adolescence" by J. Cole has a verse that really…


Added by Robust on September 19, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

FIT PUNK: Strotherpt fitness guru teaches us 5 simple stretches to feel incredible right away

Everyone wants to look and feel their best. If there was something you could always carry with you that not only made you feel incredible but, made your clothes fit better, relieves stress helped with your creative process would you take it? What if I told you it was stretching? Strotherpt is going to show you 5 moves that will make you feel amazing everyday! The first move is the standing hamstring stretch. Its one of those simple moves that a lot of people know but kind…


Added by Robust on September 15, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Price of Prayer: The Absence of Mental Health in the Black Church

The views of mental illness in the church are something that drastically needs to change. I've seen first hand how churches don't take mental illness very seriously at all.  Something I've always noticed is how prayer for the different areas of healing are treated.

By Jasmin Pierre*, AFROPUNK Contributor

For example: "Sister Tasha is going in for chemo therapy. Let's pray for the…


Added by Robust on September 13, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments


Lately, I've been remembering old questions from my childhood: why we eat some animals and not others, if the food we eat makes us sick, and if the animals care or feel pain when they're killed. As I got older, I was intrigued by things vegetarians and vegans would say, saw the intense "behind the scenes" videos of fast food places. I did more research on nutrition and the treatment of the meat, animal rights, etc. I felt like by around year 2024, I would be vegan.…


Added by Robust on September 13, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Nicole Crentsil’s “Unmasked Women“ art exhibition explores the often overlooked mental health of young black women in the UK

Themed around the mental health and wellness, the Nicole Crentsil-curated project aims to ignite a conversation about mental health inside a community that systematically seems to struggle with acknowledging and considering psychological wellness as a real priority. Frustrated by the lack of available resources for young women of color, 24-year-old Crentsil, who herself struggled with mental illness as a young person, created this project to raise awareness for the unique,…


Added by Robust on September 7, 2016 at 12:15pm — No Comments

OP-ED: The Long Lasting Mental Effects Of Police Brutality

As we all know police brutality has been in the media quite often these days. While we know this has been going on forever technology has allowed us to see it more up close and personal. Videos of people being murdered and most recently an innocent 84 year old black woman being pepper sprayed, and handcuffed by the police in her own home has surfaced on the Internet. The whole ordeal gave her an anxiety attack.

We don't really discuss the long lasting mental…


Added by Robust on September 6, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Why I Decided To Attend AFROPUNK Fest Topless, Showing My Mastectomy Scars

So, lots of people have responded in the most humbling ways to that photo and have asked what motivated me to share myself in that way, what my story is:

In May 2014, I was standing in Wall Street about to walk into a Sephora on my lunch break, but then looked down and saw that my doctor was…


Added by Robust on September 1, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

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

OP-ED: To the Greatest Ali: Maybe In some way I can still be like you

This year we had to say our final goodbye to the GOAT Muhammad Ali. Not only was he a great boxer but he was an incredible and very articulate activist. He stood up for the rights of black people, his religion, and anything else he felt was right. He was never afraid to be outspoken. The death of this legend hit me very hard and I'll tell you why.

By Jasmin Pierre*, AFROPUNK contributor…


Added by Robust on July 29, 2016 at 3:16pm — No Comments

BLACK VEGANS ROCK: Inspirational Nina C. Brewton shares how clean eating veganism made profound impact on her health and relationship with food

The idea of going vegan was never something that I imagined as being realistic considering my urban, Midwestern upbringing. I, like many other African-Americans, had grown up with the thinking that a vegan lifestyle was a luxury - exclusive to white culture and unrealistic to the life I lived in one of the growing food deserts of Wichita, KS.

In the early 2000s, I became a vegetarian after seeing a documentary about the treatment of animals by commercial…


Added by Robust on July 19, 2016 at 6:43pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Black Vegans Rock - Hip Hop producer Amahl Abdul-Khaliq talks Veganism and how it helps him break social boundaries

Amahl Abdul-Khaliq is AF THE NAYSAYER - a flourishing producer in the electronic and instrumental hip-hop world. Within the last two years this New Orleans-based, Los Angeles-bred producer has dispersed his atmospheric productions across 70 cities and at over 300 shows in the US alone. His sound has been categorized as “electrifying soul-hop” whose core is best described by Atlanta producer DISTAL as, “Layered,…


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

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