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Mental Health
It may shock you to know, many inmates in correctional facilities aren’t there to get reformed. They’re there because they do disruptive things. In fact, much of the U.S. prison population caught the bad end of an angry judge merely because of co-occurring substance use disorders or clinical challenges, coupled with legal and poverty-related disadvantages....
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...two things became evident. One: every day, Black women are reporting to professional spaces that treat them with hostility, malice, disregard, and disrespect. Two: I’d been experiencing this kind of violence since I started working as a teenager. Vague reprimands about not smiling enough. A customer saying I had an attitude. Supervisors saying they couldn’t...
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I’ll always remember the afternoon of Sunday, November 15, 2020. That’s the last “normal” conversation that I had with mama. As usual, she was asking when I was goin’ to get me a husband and have her some grandbabies. “One day, mama. One day.” That was always my response to her. That was back when...
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“What I can offer every Black woman is empathy. Just because I don’t f*ck with you, just because you can’t come to my party and I’m not trying to go to your party, and I’m not buying your books, and I’m not liking your Instagram pictures— just because that is the case does not mean...
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  I have spent the last 15 years unlearning capitalism and uncovering its influence on my behaviors and beliefs. I used to be hard on myself about spending money. If I wanted a treat, I’d go through all the ways I could justify my purchase. Then once the money was spent, I’d feel guilty. I...
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Precious Lord take my hand. Lead me on. Let me stand. I am tired. I am weak. I am worn.  As I sat in my bedroom feeling heavy with the news of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Fannie Lou Hamer singing “Precious Lord,” played on repeat in the background. In this recording, she recalls finding...
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I heard about Natalie Collier and The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects several months prior to actually sitting with her in her office in downtown Jackson. I remember the nervousness I felt as I walked into one of the few safe places I knew of curated unambiguously for Black girls and women. How could I...
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Yoga has been proven to improve physical tone, decrease stress and anxiety, stimulate creativity and help you sleep better. We've curated 12 of our favorite yoga poses for a restorative flow that fits easily into your daily routine. Begin in easy seat. With shoulders pulled back and away from the ears, press your palms forward...
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I became a mother at the age of 19. My high school sweetheart and I took a huge leap into parenthood. For him, there were many insecurities and doubts about our ability to be good parents. I recall him having so many questions. Me, on the other hand? I was secure in my ability to...
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This article contains reflections related to child abuse that may be uncomfortable or triggering for survivors and some others. Years ago, I began writing a poem about one of the languages my mother spoke. It began, “Pain is my mother’s tongue, but I speak it fluently.” I thought the line was dope. I did my,...
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