Having good parents and family is a privilege. A privilege in the sense that, yes, everyone deserves good parents, but in reality, many people aren’t positively and fundamentally changed by having children. Shitty or abusive people often just become shitty people with kids.
You don’t owe your parents anything. Yes, they “brought you into this word”, but that’s a favor nobody asked for. Like Jesus on the cross—literally, nobody made such a request on our…
Added by Robust on May 17, 2017 at 4:14pm — No Comments
Fashion is more than just what you decide to wear — it’s how you feel in the clothes — and skin — you’re in. Body positivity is about no longer viewing our bodies as “works in progress,” but as extensions of ourselves and the way we show up in the world. Wear Your Voice got a chance to speak with Kam Franklin from The Suffers at this year’s Afropunk Festival and ask her about what body positivity means to her. Here’s what she had to say:…
Added by Robust on May 3, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
As we know mental illness is still a very taboo subject in the black community. Not only are many African Americans not willing to speak on it, but a lot find it to be a personal weakness. "Black people don't go to therapy we pray about it" or "depression is a weakness, stop complaining about your life" is thrown out there a lot.
I have come up with a plan to help educate the black community more on mental illness. Starting April 24th I am offering two classes:…
Added by Robust on April 18, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments
Stumbling into adulthood often causes black youth to become more hyperaware of the fact that that even as children, we were constantly fed the narrative that we are less human than any other demographic. From day one we were taught that we could speak, but not too loudly because we already take up too much space. We could feel, but not too deeply as to not be a threat- We are even taught to grieve quietly because any sign of emotional weakness is effectively labeled as ‘for…Continue
Added by Robust on April 13, 2017 at 5:21pm — No Comments
French vegan and animal rights group, 269Life Libération Animale, plans to hold a demonstration about animal rights, on May 10—the day France commemorates the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. The group posted the …Continue
Added by Robust on April 12, 2017 at 10:47am — No Comments
Identifying and setting personal boundaries, in any type of relationship, is a healthy and necessary measure of self-care. Boundaries that set your limitations or mark your standards for treatment and communication with others. In my experience, many of us don’t know how to set boundaries until these boundaries have been crossed. Survivors of abuse, like myself, can thrive in healthy future relationships by being in touch with the behaviors and red flags that are…Continue
Added by Robust on March 30, 2017 at 1:40pm — No Comments
Physicist Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is breaking new ground in cancer research and treatment. Green was awarded a $1.1 million grant to work on new technology that that targets, images and treats cancer more directly. The technology works by using the FDA-approved drug that contains nanoparticles that are injected into a cancer patient, causing the tumor to fluoresce. This allows lasers to activate the nanoparticles and treat the cancerous turmor without causing harm to…Continue
Added by Robust on March 7, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
You were a beautiful young black man gone too soon, I still cry for you. I ball my fist up in anger when I think of what they did to you. You were just a kid when your nightmare started. A sixteen-year-old black male, falsely accused of a crime you never committed. You were lied on, push to the side, beaten by inmates and cops, and mentally broken down to the core.
They beat the life out of you. They mentally drained you, until you felt no…
Added by Robust on March 2, 2017 at 1:43pm — No Comments
Pauline N'Gouala is a Paris-based queer artist and oil painter who encapsulates the rich culture and heritage of the LGBTQI community. Like many of us black kids, who as also queer, we grew up seeing even fewer representations of ourselves than straight and cis POC. This portrait series, ‘A Queer Vision’ aims to highlight queer excellence to show young folks the beautiful community they’re apart of. “I hope my portraits will talk to the youth and to any persons who…Continue
Added by Robust on March 1, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments
For the sake of confidentially I guess I'll call you "George"
I took the fire you burned me with and arisen from the ashes like a Phoenix.
On and off for two years, you verbally abused me. It was never excessive, so that's probably why I was naive, and I just let it go on (that and I lacked self-love). I use to make excuses for how you treated me. When someone throws a fist at you, it hurts. I've never been physically beaten…
As I sit staring blankly at the screen, I find myself reflecting over the last few months that have evolved into the turbulent last few years and even further back, into an introspective study of every, last crystallized shard of childhood innocence shattered—scattered—and embedded within adolescent wounds left to fester long into adulthood scars that cannot be healed by simply kissing them better.
I lament over growing up in a Black Community that has…
Added by Robust on February 2, 2017 at 2:12pm — No Comments
I was sitting on the couch in a small office across from two women, two therapists, on the second floor of LSU’s Health Services building. It was the first time anyone had associated that word, that disorder, with me. It was also the first time I’d heard anyone acknowledge that eating disorders are not an exclusively white issue.
My disordered eating started in middle school. It wasn’t blossoming figure or the sudden desire for male attention that triggered it,…
Added by Robust on January 23, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Hey folks, you might be feeling a little defeated and overwhelmed right now by the first few days of the Trump administration, which has already seen terrifying proposed budget cuts and cabinet appointee hearings. And it’s okay to be sad and to not want to do shit. It’s okay to check out of politics and to stop checking the news (for a little bit, anyway) to focus on yourself and your mental health. In fact, I’d argue that it’s imperative.
Resisting the Trump…
Added by Robust on January 20, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Last week, when I found out J Cole was dropping a new album, a certain thought went through my mind. " How different will I feel listening to this album?", If you didn't know, earlier this year I wrote an article addressed as a letter to J Cole (http://www.afropunk.com/m/blogpost?id=2059274%3ABlogPost%3A1391634). The previous article expressed how 2014 forest hills drive, helped me through some…Continue
Added by Robust on December 14, 2016 at 11:38am — No Comments
Entrepreneurs Talima Davis and Allison Lamb are on a mission to provide healthy, sustainable, and all natural skincare products with their new line Limegreen. Inspired by their grandmothers, they thought that the best way to serve is by making skincare products meant to be used in a variety of areas, rather than specializing on a specific area of the body. They…Continue
Added by Robust on December 2, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
While many people need help, mental health resources can be scarce at times. 350 million people around the world battle some form of depression. Suicide is also the 10th leading cause of death in the United states. The statistics on depression are currently rising.
My name is Jasmin Pierre. I have been an "Afro Punk" contributor for the majority of 2016. I am a self help book author, who writes about mental health, the majority of the time about depression, and…
Added by Robust on December 1, 2016 at 5:37pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Robust on December 1, 2016 at 3:31pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Robust on November 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Robust on November 22, 2016 at 1:35pm — No Comments