After prison, freeing the mind through reading and writing

This story was originally published on Black News & Views online version on Sept. 2, 2022 Gary Jaggers had spent nearly 40 years in prison when he discovered a way to escape his confinement, at least in his mind: reading and writing. And now that he’s been released, reading books and writing poetry and short...

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Sheltering in place? Go outside!

Sheltering in place? Go outside!   By Breyanna Dabney (Perry Hall High School), Madeleine Voth (Duke Ellington School of the Arts) & Amaya Murillo July 13, 2020   Henry David Thoreau once said, “nature is but another name for health.” The reclusive 19th-century philosopher believed that a little sunlight could go a long way in preserving...

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Panelists emphasize need for Black men to practice ‘self care’

Panelists emphasize need for Black men to practice 'self care'   By Camal Shorter, Coolidge High School June 15, 2020   The COVID-19 pandemic and now massive nationwide protests against police violence have focused attention on ongoing threats to the physical health of the Black community. But what about threats to mental health, particularly to...

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A letter to Coronavirus

A letter to Coronavirus   By Jada Johnson (Artwork by Pooja Singh, UHMP graphics and social media coordinator) May 13, 2020   Dear Corona, I want to say thank you. Thank you for allowing the world to slow down and think, or in other words, to stop and smell the roses. I have been smelling...

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Too many mental health problems, not enough healthy food

Too many mental health problems, not enough healthy food   By Princyana Hudson, Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts April 22, 2020   I am isolated in a two-bedroom townhouse with my mom, who is disabled with several chronic health conditions, and my dad, who has schizophrenia and a bad temper....

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Actress Taraji P. Henson opens up about seeking mental health help

Actress Taraji P. Henson opens up about seeking mental health help   By Davon Harris, Virginia Union University June 12, 2019   Taraji P. Henson, founder of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, says her advocacy for mental health is "way more important" than her acting.    Originally published on USA Today. 

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The stigma of seeking mental healthcare hurts traumatized teens

The stigma of seeking mental healthcare hurts traumatized teens By Janiya Battle, Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts   When trauma in the black community is discussed, and its causes and possible cures are talked about in public, a key topic is often left out. That would be mental health issues, the...