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March 13, 2017

Experts Take Closer Look at Black Male Depression

The issue of depression among young Black men is a rarely discussed topic of conversation.

At a symposium held at the University of Chicago School of Social Service in February, social scientist Waldo Johnson Jr. said, “Black boys are more depressed because they believe their physical safety is always being threatened. Their families are economically poorer than Whites and many Black families live below the poverty line.”

Johnson is an associate professor and leading voice in the field of social work.

Although some, in more conservative circles may believe that young Black males are merely lashing out due to their own self-imposed [...]

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February 23, 2017

Same Violence, Different Challenges: Relationships and Dating Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

Same Violence, Different Challenges: Relationships and Dating Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 39 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) men and slightly more than half of LGBTQ women experience abuse from their partners. Many LGBTQ youth face obstacles that heterosexual couples don’t, which is why it’s so important to discuss the challenges they may face in the context of relationships. By understanding how much harder it can be for young people to report abuse if they identify as LGBTQ, we can begin to make meaningful changes that will remove those obstacles [...]

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February 22, 2017

On Being Black, ‘Woke,’ And Dating White People


05/10/2017 04:16 pm ET Updated May 15, 2017 On Being Black, ‘Woke,’ And Dating White People Does dating a white person really make someone “less black”? By Zeba Blay

NETFLIX Sam and Gabe from “Dear White People,” which explores interracial relationships.  

Once upon a time, Barack Obama dated a white girl. But he didn’t just date her ― he wanted to marry her, and proposed to her, twice, before her disapproving parents reportedly put an end to the relationship.

When details of this story came out last week, some outlets reported it with the thinly-veiled implication that Obama, so beloved for having married an exceptional [...]

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February 14, 2017

Societal Representations of Mental Illness

Historically, the treatment of people with mental illness can be described as nothing less than horrific.  From burning people at the stake in the medieval ages because they were “products of the devil” to mass sterilization and mass murder initiated by the eugenics movement in Nazi Germany, people with mental illness have been demonised throughout. Even terms associated with mental illness have negative connotations associated with them today. Take the word ‘asylum’ for instance. By definition it is a place offering safety of shelter or an institution for the care of people, yet the word often conjures imagery of straight jackets, incoherent, nonsensical and dangerous [...]

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