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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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Patricia Newton

Black Psychiatrists, Patients Share History of Trauma

By Black Family Summit News, News & Current Affairs

In accepting the 2018 Solomon Carter Fuller Award, Patricia Newton, M.D., M.A., M.P.H., noted that many of the same challenges that Fuller faced a century ago are still present for African-American psychiatrists and patients. Fuller is celebrated as the first African-American psychiatrist. He worked closely with Alois Alzheimer and Emil Kraepelin in Germany, and he lectured at the Clark University conference in 1909 when Sigmund Freud made his only U.S.…

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Kanye West

Wake Up, Mr. West!

By Commentaries/Opinions

How Kanye’s ignorant comments fortify the most pernicious lies of white supremacy. By Clint Smith — This past week, in an interview with TMZ, Kanye West claimed that slavery was a choice. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said. Much has already been written about West’s recent exploits on and off Twitter. In the past week, he has publicly embraced…

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I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye — Article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Image by Glenn Harvey

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye

By Commentaries/Opinions

Kanye West wants freedom—white freedom. By Ta-Nehisi Coates — I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and cable had not yet come to the city, and if it had, my father would not have believed in it. Yes, it had to have happened like this, like folk wisdom, because when I think of that…

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Group shot of storytellers at TMI Project's inaugural #blackstoriesmatter performance, which debuted on March 25, 2017 at the Pointe of Praise Church in Kingston, NY. Photo courtesy of TMI Project.

Why Black Stories Matter: They Build Empathy and Heal Trauma

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Isabelle Morrison — When she was growing up, Rachel Bailey was taught that only rich, self-indulgent White people suffered from mental health issues. Black people were supposed to be tougher. Although she remembers struggling with what was later diagnosed as bipolar disorder since she was 4 years old, it wasn’t until age 34 that she began to seek treatment, checking herself into a psychiatric ward after a…

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Status of Drug Policy Reform in the Era of Trump — November 13th Edition of Vantage Point Radio

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

Topics: Reflections on the Drug Policy Alliance International Conference and the Status of Drug Policy Reform in the Era of Trump. Guests: Ethan Nadelmann, Co-Founder and Former Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY, Rev. Kenny Glasgow, National President/Founder, The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS), Dothan, Alabama, Susan Burton, Acclaimed Author and President/Founder of A New Way of Life, Los Angeles, CA, Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, NY

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Cong. John Conyers of Detroit, honorable host of the CBC’s Reparations Braintrust and author of HR40 welcomes members of the NAARC and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles.

NAARC Rolls Out Preliminary 10 Point Reparations Plan

By NAARC News, Reparations

The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) Rolls Out a Reparations Plan at the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus Conference. Preamble: No amount of material resources or monetary compensation can ever be sufficient restitution for the spiritual, mental, cultural and physical damages inflicted on Africans by centuries of the MAAFA, the holocaust of enslavement and the institution of chattel slavery…

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