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US Suicide Rate Rises 40 Percent, Linked To Economic Recession

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April V. Taylor As many Americans still struggle to regain their financial footing following the economic downturn that occurred between 2007b and 2009, new statistics indicate that the recession affected more than just home values, household finances, and retirement savings for older adults between the ages of 40 to 64.  Based on data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, ...

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New Data Smashes Myth Of Black Welfare Queen, Most Food Stamp Recipients Are White

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April V. Taylor The pejorative term ‘welfare queen’ became part of the American lexicon when Ronald Reagan coined it during his 1976 presidential campaign. While Reagan told the true story of a woman who had bilked the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the woman’s case was isolated, and in the decades since Reagan’s campaign and presidency, the ...

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Two Day Uprising At Texas Prison Leaves Facility In Ruins, Highlights Problems With Private Prisons

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  April V. Taylor Prison reform advocates are saying that they are not surprised by an uprising that happened this past weekend at a private Texas prison located about 200 miles south of San Antonio.  The private facility, Willacy County Correctional Center, houses approximately 2,800 detained immigrants. Some are saying the facility resembles a concentration camp more than an actual ...

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10 Cities Where Gentrification Is Happening At A Horrifying Rate

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April V. Taylor The change gentrification imposes on neighborhoods and cities is ruthless and unapologetic, often causing such drastic changes in urban areas that they become unrecognizable in just a short period of time. Two decades ago, the term gentrification was not something most Americans had heard of, but today, conversations about cities, race, and community can rarely be had ...

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How The Healthcare System Fails Black People In America

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April V. Taylor While it is no secret that Black people face prejudice and racism in nearly every aspect of their daily lives in the United States, one of the areas not widely discussed is the discrimination and racism faced by Black people within the healthcare system through doctors and hospitals. Multiple studies have shown that there are health disparities ...

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Nearly Half Of All Americans Are Poor, Own Nothing

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April V. Taylor Recent news headlines have been filled with the revelation that more than half of all children in public school are considered poor because they are living at or below the poverty line.  Additional information lays bare the economic hardship faced by many of the families these children are a part of.  While all of the information brings the ...

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Gentrification Has Pushed The Black Middle Class Out Of NYC

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April V. Taylor Gentrification continues to happen in ever increasing waves across the country as higher income white people move into what have traditionally been Black and working class neighborhoods.  A lot has been written about whether or not the destruction of the fabric of communities is indeed harmful, and social media has even coined the term “Columbusing” to describe ...

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Stress Really Can Make You Lose Your Mind, Literally

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Doctors and experts have consistently reiterated how harmful stress can be, resulting in a person being distracted, forgetful, and anxious, but researchers are now finding that stress does not just produce an emotional or mental reaction, it can actually kill, shrink, and stop new neurons from generating in parts of the brain through the stress hormone coritsol. The hippocampus is ...

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Are College Degrees Worthless?

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As many students struggle to find jobs that pay them enough to pay off their student loan debt, some are speaking up to declare that the college degrees they paid thousands of dollars for are essentially worthless.  One of those people is Rosalyn Harris, who enrolled in the for-profit Everest College at age 23 as an unemployed single mother. She ...

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Wayne Brady’s Battle With Depression Caused Breakdown

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While many people may think that comedian and TV host Wayne Brady is always happy, he has opened up to admit that he has secretly battled depression for years.  Brady is an Emmy-award winner and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway and Let’s Make A Deal.  Despite his confidence as a host and comedian that brings laughter and entertainment ...

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