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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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President Obama gathers leaders to find ways to fight the Ebola epidemic

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The spread of the Ebola virus is getting very serious and causing alarm around the world.  If the virus is not contained, it could pose a global threat similar to the Spanish flu, which killed 20 – 40 million people, more than the number of people who died during World War I.  The virus appeared to be nothing more than ...

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Dr. Mary Canty Merrill: Today, Ferguson… Tomorrow, Who Knows?

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By Mary Canty Merrill, PhD Friends, someone asked me today when people (namely Blacks) are going to stop talking about Ferguson and move on.  I’ve already shared some of my feelings about this situation, but each day it seems that new and disturbing reactions, scenes and information surface, and I’m reminded that some people just don’t get it – or ...

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Can anything quell America’s thirst for guns, violence?

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A spate of recent shootings across the country underscore the history of violence woven into the very fabric of America, but advocates and activists continue working for peace. Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, allegedly ambushed and killed two police officers, who were having lunch in a pizza restaurant in Las Vegas, June 8.  According to police, the couple left ...

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Michelle Alexander Explains How Prisons Are Used To Control People Of Color

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By April Taylor In her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander makes a poignant case about how mass incarceration is eroding the social fabric of our society without yielding any of the positive results it claims to be pursuing.  In a recent interview with FRONTLINE, Alexander discussed how the war on ...

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Man Sentenced 13 Too Late Is Released From Prison

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by Barry Burch Jr. Can you imagine going 13 years without being arrested for a crime you were convicted of committing and sentenced to serving time for?  If so, go a step further, and imagine you are arrested after those 13 years then suddenly released.  This is definitely a story you do not hear every day. Cornealious “Mike” Anderson, of ...

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Are Universities Properly Handling Rape Cases?

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The demand for accountability from higher education in its dealing with sexual harassment cases is reaching national heights. Within the hallowed halls of the college campus, sexual harassment cases are not given the attention it needs to change on an institutional level. Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino, former University of North Carolina students and leaders in this public discussion ...

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