How the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

By Stephanie Younger • In the Black community, talking down to, speaking poorly of, publicly humiliating and criminalizing Black youth as a whole is acceptable. In the Black community, body shaming, and devaluing dark skin and type 4 hair on Black girls is acceptable. In the Black community, being violent against Black women and girls, … Continue reading How the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

Uterus Support: A Letter to Some of My Dudes

By Mia Birdsong •  I sent this to many of the cis-het men I know. One of them (thanks, Mordecai!) asked me to make it a Medium post so he could share it. Thank you, Sharon Dolan for the inspiration. Hi, my cis-het dude friends and family! How are you doing? Great, I hope! So, … Continue reading Uterus Support: A Letter to Some of My Dudes

My Raw Thoughts On Depression

By Kenidra R. Woods •  Depression. You and I were once close. And it's so ironic that you were the one who hurt me the most. And I don't mean to boast, but I'm doing better without you. There's nothing you could say or do to bring me back to a place of misery. 'Cause … Continue reading My Raw Thoughts On Depression

For Black Girls Who Are Tired, but Rest Isn’t Enough

By Atari Gems •  I'm exhausted. My mother tells me to slow down. Drink more water. Cut back on the things. Limit time on social media. Go to the gym I’m passionate about. However seems like the work keeps stacking and stacking. I step back and scale it back then feel guilty. Like the crack … Continue reading For Black Girls Who Are Tired, but Rest Isn’t Enough

What You Need: My Experience Being Dismissed by my Doctor

By Fallen Matthew •  Life just keeps getting better and better for me. I have been afflicted with inexplicable symptoms and anxiety surrounding them for the past decade—all of which were either downplayed or dismissed by my MD, an upper-middle class white man generations removed from mine, despite a CT scan that showed “basal ganglial … Continue reading What You Need: My Experience Being Dismissed by my Doctor

The Story Behind the Hashtag “#HelpNotDeath”

By Stephanie Younger •  At an art build for the National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters, I met with Princess Blanding, a co-founder of Justice and Reformation to interview her about how the murder of her brother, Marcus-David Peters motivated her to take action. The Richmond Police Department (RPD) recently ruled the … Continue reading The Story Behind the Hashtag “#HelpNotDeath”