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Young Black People Are Killing Themselves – The numbers are shocking.

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler, New York Times — I recently took a panicked call from a friend who’d just received a text from his 22-year-old brother that sounded like a suicide note. “Thank you for all that you’ve done to try to help me,” it read. “Nothing has gone right for me in life. I don’t have a job, any friends or a girlfriend. I hate being alone all the…

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Wade Nobles, PhD

Resistance to the Idea of Reparations May Be Simply Psychological

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Wade Nobles, PhD — Part I The newly wide-ranging discussion of reparations is being stimulated by the recognition of the 400th anniversary of the introduction of kidnapped captive Africans at the birth of the American colonies (1619) to later become the United States (1776). This new/old discord has been re-enlivened. The call to be “repaired” from the damage caused by white enslavement has been openly and covertly rejected woth…

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Black Woman

With Reparations, We Must Demand Repair—and Heal Ourselves

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

The traumas visited upon Black bodies for the past 400 years have included physical violence and theft of spirituality, which is linked to today’s mental and spiritual wounds, passed down from generation to generation. This is Part 2 of a 4 part series on Reparations by Yes! By David Ragland  — The first panel at the National Grassroots Reparations Convening in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month was titled “Spirituality, Healing…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Undiscussed Dimensions of Mass Killings: Transforming A Profoundly Sick Society

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — PART 1. We don’t have to be familiar with Frantz Fanon to concede that social conditions create, shape and even determine social consciousness. Nor do we have to be conversant with Kawaida philosophy to realize that ideas do not drop from the sky, grow from the ground or float in from the sea. They come from the society in which we live and learn to…

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Moms United to End the War on Drugs Re-launches #TrueLoveNotToughLove Campaign on Valentine’s Day

Moms United to End the War on Drugs Re-launches #TrueLoveNotToughLove Campaign on Valentine’s Day

By News & Current Affairs

Moms from Across the Nation Propose a Better Way to Solve the Opioid Overdose Crisis and Save Lives. Moms from California to Washington D.C. are Available to Tell Their Powerful Stories. On Valentine’s Day Moms United to End the War on Drugs is launching the second annual “True Love, Not Tough Love” campaign. Moms reject paternalist drug policies that circumvent our maternal wisdom and replace it with cruel, anti-family values….

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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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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

  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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