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Diepsloot in South Africa

South Africa: The fault-lines of the world’s most unequal society

By Editors' Choice

By John Allen, All Africa — Cape Town — Amid the explosive cocktail of ingredients which contributed to the outbreak of looting and burning in South Africa this week, new fault-lines running through a society divided by class as well as by race were on display as never before. The unrest may have been triggered by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma and exacerbated by factors ranging from orchestrated…

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BLM demonstration, black fist signage

This Is What Racial Trauma Does To The Body And Brain

By Commentaries/Opinions

Racism, injustice and brutality — experienced directly and indirectly — can have a lasting effect on a person’s mental health. By Jillian Wilson, HuffPost In mental health training and treatment, examining the impact of racism on brains and bodies is largely uncharted territory. And while, in recent years, clinicians who advocate for the study of race-based trauma have made strides in promoting this work, most mental health programs still do…

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Vantage Point Radio: State of Newark Report • Preparing for Disasters • Community Cares Listening Line

By Community Cares Listening Line News, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

March 1, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with the Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Joseph Muhammad and Dr. Zakiya Newland. Topics: State of Newark Report, Preparing for Disasters, The Community Cares Listening Line. Guests: Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, Newark, NJ Joseph Muhammad, Co-Chairperson, IBW/BFS Emergency Management Task Force, Virginia Beach, VA Dr. Zakiya Newland, Project Director, IBW/BFS…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Back to Normal? What’s Normal?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I got my first COVID vaccination last week. No big deal, an achy arm, but otherwise, just like a flu shot. The young lady who administered the shot smiled and said, “after you get your second shot, you can get back to normal.” I wanted to ask her what was normal, but the man in line behind me seemed impatient, so I smiled and made my…

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Vantage Point: State of Newark Report with Mayor Ras J. Baraka • Professor on the Soap Box

By Vantage Point Radio

Vantage Point December 7, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, NJ. Topics State of Newark Report Controlling the Pandemic Are Vaccines the Answer? Assessing the Biden-Harris Transition Special Guest Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, NJ Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box   Ways to listen Live (Radio) —…

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health care inequality

Some experts propose reparations as solution for decades of racial health inequities

By Reparations

“Cash restitution would save lives,” one expert says. By Dr. Divya Chhabra— As COVID-19 exacerbates long standing health inequities affecting the Black population, a growing chorus of experts suggest reparations could help narrow the divide. The concept of government-issued reparations for the descendants of slaves has been discussed for decades, with national figures like Sen. Kamala Harris expressing some level of support. California, Illinois and Washington, D.C., have introduced bills to study how to best implement reparations for historical injustices placed…

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A healthcare worker sits on a bench near Central Park in New York City, on Mar. 30, 2020.

Why the U.S. Is Losing the War on COVID-19

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Failed leadership, a distrust of scientists, and cultural attitudes have all combined to result in an inadequate response to COVID-19. By Alex Fitzpatrick, TIME — It is a frightening time to live in the United States. COVID-19, a novel disease as ruthless as it is seemingly random, is picking us off by the thousands; even many of those who “recover” may never truly be the same again. The pandemic has…

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free men, women, and children in Richmond, Va., 1865

Calling on white Americans: Reparations for slavery are due

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

The legacy of slavery is far from resolved. It persists every day and everywhere. By David Gardinier and Karen Hilfman, The Boston Globe — Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer, and the resounding anti-racist uprisings around the world, the concept of reparations has picked up momentum in national conversations and has sparked new public curiosity and interest. Among Black people and their ancestors,…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19 and Institutional Racism Continued and Hip Hop Activist for Social Justice

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio July 27, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Leon McDougle and Paradise Gray Topics COVID-19 and Institutional Racism Continued Hip Hop Activists for Social Justice Guests Dr. Leon McDougle, President-Elect National Medical Association, Columbus, OH Paradise Gray, X-CLAN Founder, The Black Watch Movement, Pittsburgh, PA Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on…

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Covid-19, Coronavirus Mask

African Update on the Impact of Covid-19

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Source: Pan Africa Today, July 15, 2020 As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the African continent surpasses 600 000, the nature of the virus has taken on its own character. This happens while the global infection rate has surpassed 13 million cases, with the US, Brazil, India and Russia accounting for almost half of the confirmed Covid-19 cases globally. Irrespective of the seemingly low number of Covid-19 cases in Africa,…

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Vantage Point: COVID-19 and Institutional Racism • Community Cares Listening Line “Remix”

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio

Vantage Point Radio July 13, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Zakiya Newland and Leonard Dunston. Topics Community Cares Listening Line for First Responders and Essential Workers COVID-19 and Institutional Racism The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Dr. Zakiya Newland Project Coordinator, Community Cares Listening Line Leonard Dunston Convener IBW21 Black Family Summit, Durham, NC Ways…

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Long before President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19, the pandemic was ravaging the country’s poor neighborhoods and prisons.

How Jair Bolsonaro and the Coronavirus Put Brazil’s Systemic Racism on Display

By Reparations

By Anakwa Dwamena, The New Yorker — Several months before the coronavirus first arrived in Brazil, this spring, a series of man-made tragedies befell Maria Marques Martins dos Santos. On November 12th, dos Santos, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of three, whose five-foot frame is crowned by curly brown hair, was at her home, in Favela do Amor, in São Paulo. Just after midnight, her fourteen-year-old son, Lucas, went out to buy soda and…

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