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Reparations for Black People Should Include Rest

Reparations for Black People Should Include Rest

By | Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Illustration by azzeazy Just as sleep deprivation was used as a means to control slaves, the modern-day “sleep gap” weighs down many Black people today. By Janine Francois, Broadly — What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore…” asks Langston Hughes in the haunting lines of his poem, “Harlem.” Written nearly 70 years ago, Hughes’ words remain…

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Shortlisted contenders, from left: Collince Oluoch; Roy Allela; Beth Koiji; Neo Hutiri; Paul Matovu. Photograph: Brett Eloff and James Oatway/Royal Academy of Engineering

Turning air into drinking water: Africa’s inspired young inventors

By | Editors' Choice

Shortlisted contenders for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize reveal their designs, from gloves that translate sign language into speech to smart lockers that dispense medicines. By Kate Hodal, The Guardian — The Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize, now in its fifth year, has shortlisted 16 African inventors from six countries to receive funding, training and mentoring for projects intended to revolutionise sectors from agriculture and science to women’s health.…

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The human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes virtually all cervical cancers.

Black women in Alabama dying of preventable cancer at alarming rate

By | News & Current Affairs

Human Rights Watch report blames restrictive insurance policies, lack of physicians and poverty for failure to treat cervical disease. Jessica Glenza, The Guardian — Cervical cancer, a disease researchers believe is on track to be eradicated within 20 years in some industrialized nations, is killing a disproportionate number of women across the American south. Black women in Alabama are dying of cervical cancer at more than twice the national average, a trend…

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MD Magazine Welcomes the Black Psychiatrists of America to the Strategic Alliance Partnership Program

By | Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts

The partnership aims to promote research and professional education to those who provide psychiatric care to underserved ethnic groups. (CRANBURY, N.J. – November 1, 2018) – MD Magazine®, a leading online source of physician news, conference coverage and peer-to-peer discussion, expands its Strategic Alliance Partnership (SAP) program with the addition of the Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA), announced Michael J. Hennessy Jr., president of MJH Associates Inc., parent company of…

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Identifying and Implementing Effective Mental Health Strategies for Black America – ALC ’18

By | Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, Video/Audio | No Comments

  The Congressional Black Caucus in partnership with the Greater Washington Urban League and WURD Black Talk Media, hosted an interactive 2-hour evidence-based discussion on mental health issues in the African American community. Historically, communities of color experience unique and considerable challenges in accessing mental health services. The challenges facing our communities are rooted in historical adversity, which includes slavery, race-based exclusion from health, educational, social and economic resources. People…

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Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in memory of 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. on October 9, 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri. Meyers was shot and killed by an off-duty St. Louis police officer.

Research Shows Entire Black Communities Suffer Trauma After Police Shootings

By | Editors' Choice

Police killings of unarmed African Americans have created a mental health crisis of enormous proportions. By Tasha Williams, YES! Magazine — Following several nationally publicized police killings of unarmed Black Americans in the United States, Eva L., a fitness instructor who identifies as Black, started to experience what she describes as “immense paranoia.” She would often call in sick, because she feared risking an encounter with police upon leaving her…

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Kiarra Boulware and her niece at Penn North, an addiction-recovery center in Baltimore

Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By | News & Current Affairs

In Baltimore and other segregated cities, the life-expectancy gap between African Americans and whites is as much as 20 years. One young woman’s struggle shows why. By Olga Khazan, The Atlantic — One morning this past September, Kiarra Boulware boarded the 26 bus to Baltimore’s Bon Secours Hospital, where she would seek help for the most urgent problem in her life: the 200-some excess pounds she carried on her 5-foot-2-inch…

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