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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 — No Comments

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 — No Comments

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…


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

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

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