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Breaking The School To Prison Pipeline

From disproportionate suspensions and arrests to miseducation through Eurocentric curriculum and ideologies, black students are victimized by the school to prison pipeline. In our communities,…

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Tuesday’s Thoughts: I feel light! Day 23

Did it! I am officially homeless. Oddly enough, I feel light. It was a challenge to move my stuff. I was not able to donate…

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Monday’s Muse: NHAMCS Data Gives Food For Thought Day 22

When I started the challenge, I didn’t consider the Thanksgiving holiday or relocating. Rather than stress myself to meet a self-imposed challenge, I will take…

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Sunday’s Gratitude: I Smile Day 21

Sunday’s Gratitude: I Smile Day 21 I smile even when nothing is amusing. I laugh too. The power of a smile is legendary. When you’re…

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Saturday’s Search: What is the racial breakdown of medical errors? Day 20

One of the most common reasons for medical errors is poor communication between doctors and patients. When patients are not believed or heard, it sets…

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Friday’s Question: What Is The Racial Breakdown Of Medical Errors? Day 19

Today, I attempted another way to find out about racial disparities in medical errors. I searched other surveillance reports, namely vital statistics/records, to see if…

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Thursday’s Thoughts: Hospitals Are Harming Black Patients Day 18

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.  A PubMed and a google search using medical errors and race yielded nothing…

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Wednesday’s Question: Why Are Hospitals Harming Black Patients? Day 17

Dr. Susan Moore, 52, owned her family practice. She tested positive for Covid on November 29, 2020, and was admitted to Indiana University Health North…

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Tuesday’s Thoughts: Forced To Pay For Deadly Healthcare Day 16

It didn’t matter that Tufts Medical Center missed two critical diagnoses that resulted in severe disabilities. Or that the treatment deviated from the standard of…

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Charter School Crime Story: Part I – Assault on Black Children

Charter schools are overrun with white saviors who are armed with privilege and extremely dangerous. Charter School Crime Story: Part I – Assault on Black…

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Monday’s Mood: Affirmations And Quotes Help Day 15

Last night, I was beyond tired when I fell asleep. I feel fatigued throughout my entire body. Is the fatigue from lack of sleep or…

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Sunday’s Gratitude: I Am Resilient Day 14

Like most Black folks, I am resilient.  In the words of Maya Angelou:  You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You…

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Saturday’s Solution: Do No Harm Day 13

Solutions are everywhere if you care to understand the problems. One of the most significant public health problems facing medicine is racism. Racism harms, and…

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Friday’s Fact: Healthcare Is Broken Day 12

You don’t have to do things the traditional way. You can create your way of doing things. With TBI, you have to if you want…

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Thursday’s Thought: Change is hard Day 11

Change is hard. We are comfortable with familiarity. Why fix it if it’s not broken? Why fix it if it still works? It doesn’t matter…

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What Are The Effects Of Music On Black Mental Health?

In our last room on Sunday, we touched upon various ways music impacts mental health and behavior in Black people, especially Black children.   Music is…

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Wednesday’s Reality: Medications Do Harm Day 10

Littering the hall and bedroom floors are boxes and items to pack. I want to leave Massachusetts, but will Texas be my final destination? That…

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Tuesday’s Fear: Was I Branded At Tufts Medical Center? Day 9

In the back of my mind, when the Tufts surgeons operated on my face, they put a zipper contraption in place to reduce the dislocation…

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Monday’s Fatigue: I can’t sleep Day8

I need a personal care assistant. My insurance, Harvard Pilgrim, covers it, but Massachusetts said I couldn’t have it without forking over a few hundred…

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Sunday’s Gratitude: I am a survivor Day 7

Thank God and the universe for carrying me when I couldn’t take another step. I am alive today because of God. I don’t know what…

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Saturday’s Dilemma: I am bored Day 6

Yup, I am bored. My life is still dull despite the turmoil. I do what I can to reduce the chaos and wait. A couple…

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Friday’s Predicament: I am being evicted Day 5

So I am one of those caught up in the eviction process. Essentially, I was evicted because I refused to be gouged by the Property…

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Thursday’s Epiphany: I got lousy healthcare Day 4

Such an epiphany to finally understand and appreciate consistency. When things are inconsistent, they’re unpredictable, and that can cause angst. My baseline inconsistency took on…

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Wednesday’s Reflections: I created a support system of friends Day 3

I am angry at myself for being a survivor. If I weren’t, I’d be long dead and at peace. I am alive today, not because…

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Tuesday's Blues: I Am Not Happy

Tuesday’s Blues: I Am Not Happy Day 2

On my way down, it’s a challenge to be happy. I struggle with feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and being a burden to family and friends….

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Findings Wings On The Way Down

Monday’s Thoughts: Finding Wings On The Way Down Day 1

Your thoughts become you. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! I want a positive mindset and think only…

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Memories as the final day approaches

Jump, then find your wings on the way down. That’s my survival tip after existing for 35 years in New England. There are so many…

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I am an egg

I am an egg I am an egg wrapped in a thin shell. No, not trapped, safe in my thin shell. It’s time. Oh no,…

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Is Clubhouse Becoming A Platform For Covid Vaccine Disinformation?

Is Clubhouse becoming a platform for Covid vaccine disinformation and fake experts? The Clubhouse app is fantastic! I explored it Memorial Day weekend and was…

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Black Communities: Share Your Healthcare Stories

Yesterday, I held my first Clubhouse room: Welcome Black Communities, where we shared our healthcare stories. I want to thank those who shared their stories…

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The Vaccinated: I Got the Covid Vaccine

Once Massachusetts opened up for business, it seemed everyone stopped wearing masks and reverted to old habits. I went to a couple of small parties…

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I Heard White People Feel Shame

Littered on Twitter are comments from white people who admit to feeling the shame of the racism of other white people. That’s convenient. I imagine…

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Have Things Changed Since Sara Baartman?

These are images of Sarah Baartman.  Read her story   (SARA) SAARTJIE BAARTMAN (1789-1815) (Sara) Saartjie Baartman (1789-1815)

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FFT: Elite Black Swimmers Targeted By Olympic Swim Cap Ban

Food For Thought: Elite Black Swimmers Targeted By Olympic Swim Cap Ban Unbelievable! There is a war on Black hair! People ask, why are Black…

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Healthcare Is Broken: Billing

Healthcare Is Broken will be a series that chronicles my journey as a patient in Massachusetts.  It has become necessary to document what has become…

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The UnVaccinated: Why Am I Still Hesitant?

As the noose tightens to get vaccinated, I feel cognitive dissonance. I am uncomfortable and not sure what to do. The physician in me recognizes…

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I Was Taught Self-Hatred

I Was Taught Self-hatred Like most Black people, I was raised to hate myself. My classes were at home, in books, on the TV, or…

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COVID-19: The Un-Vaccinated

With everyone clamoring to get vaccinated, I am among the minority where I usually reside. I wasn’t planning to get vaccinated, but once friends started…

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Random Thoughts: What is the purpose of life when you’re oppressed?

Every day, I read about innocent young unarmed Black men, women, and children murdered at the hands of heavily armed white police officers, who claim…

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The Truth Matters—Hold Donald Trump Accountable!

Republicans have skillfully turned the tables. They have used Biden’s talk of unity to argue that Trump’s criminal action should be swept under the rug. …

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Should I get a Covid vaccine now?

The vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer have not been shown to decrease transmission or prevent Covid infection. Transmission is contributing to the spread of the…

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Social Media Giants Silence Trump

Technology giants appear to have reached an agreement to hold Trump accountable for his comments. They have silenced Trump and banned him from their platforms….

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Incitement Of An Insurrection

In the following video, Chris Hayes does a great job summarizing the Incitement Of An Insurrection— what we know and do not know about January…

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MAGA Terrorists On No Fly List

Here is something to brighten your day.  Here are several video links of #magaterrorists  at the airport. It appears some of them are on a…

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FBI Needs Help Identifying Terrorists Who Stormed The Capitol

Let’s help @FBI find these white supremacist domestic terrorists. The FBI needs help identifying #DomesticTerrorists with nooses.  The four images below are from Twitter #MAGATerrorists….

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FFT: White Fear Retreats In Face Of Danger

Food for thought (FFT): After watching videos and reading about Trump supporters, including law enforcement, support of the terrorist attack on Capitol Hill and the…

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Twitter Suspended Trump’s Account Indefinitely

Yesterday, Twitter suspended Trump’s account indefinitely. While this action was long overdue, I still applaud them for it. Banning Trump from Twitter may be the…

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FFT: Storming The Capitol–Insurrection vs Terrorism

Food for thought (FFT): I learned a new word after domestic terrorists staged a coup on the Capitol–insurrection. I thought it was a biblical word,…

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FFT: Should Trump Be Impeached?

Food for thought (FFT): Should Trump be impeached? If Pence does not invoke the 25th amendment, then impeach Trump. I don’t care if he had…

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FFT: Did anyone think Trump would concede power without violence?

Food for thought: Did anyone think Trump would concede power without violence? Hell, I am an ordinary American, and I predicted he would use violence….

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TBI: Bend And Shift

Being one of those people who bend and shift, I can get along with almost anyone. Different environments bring out different sides of me. That’s…

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Trump’s Taxes Show He Is A Fraud

Wow! I am still in shock. Trump is a billionaire who did not pay taxes for 10 out of the last 15 years. In 2016…

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TBI: Losing Those Filters

  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant landmark in my life. I survive in a post-TBI world. Pre-TBI, I was in excellent shape, full…

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Is Black Excellence Viewed As A Threat Or ‘Drinking The Kool-Aide?’

The price of opportunity for Black people is relatively high. Few can afford it. For those who can, it means embracing an anti-Black culture. For…

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Natural Herd Immunity: Will It Work With COVID-19

With the appointment of Scot Atlas, Trump’s new pandemic advisor, herd immunity could be back on the table. How will herd immunity work? Will one…

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Focus On Voting Trump Out

Focus on voting! Violence benefits Trump, not the protestors  Do you need to guess the horror of another four years of Trump? If Trump can…

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What do you do when the police terrorize and murders

Police Brutality is a euphemism for police terrorism against Black people. Aren’t you tired of hearing the same excuses from the police? It’s just a…

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Covid-19: How Is It Transmitted?

It feels strange blogging about an infection that still ravages our country. Despite over 140,000 dead, it looks like it’s just getting started with no…

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Did George Floyd Get Due Process?

Did George Floyd get the due process that Minneapolis officials feel the four officers involved in his murder deserve? Racial tensions are high! Protests are…

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Ignoring CDC Guidelines, A Miami Police Officer Falsely Arrested A Black Doctor On The COVID Frontlines

A Miami Police Officer handcuffed and arrested a Black doctor, Armen Henderson, in front of his home. The officer claimed the doctor was littering. The…

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COVID-19 What makes some people asymptomatic?

Food For Thought: COVID-19 What makes some people asymptomatic 50-80% of people infected with the “novel’ coronavirus causing COVID-19 are not symptomatic or mildly so,…

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What You Need To Know About COVID-19 Coronavirus?

SARS-CoV-2 travels all over the world, using humans as living hosts. Experts believe the natural hosts are bats or pangolins. Both are decreasing in population. Could…

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How Did You Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

On a bitterly cold night on January 20, 2020, I attended my first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance. It was the town of…

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I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King

I Have A Dream by Martin Luther King Jr.

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TBI Thoughts: Feeling Irrelevant

It’s a feeling that dominates me daily. Do I need to get up? Does it matter? Will anyone notice or care? I live alone, so…

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Trump Solved One Problem and Made Americans A Target

Happy New Year! Let’s hope for peace and not the beginning of a new World War. Trump solved one problem–no Hillary Clinton– and created a…

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Life Lessons: Ask The Tough Questions

The Friend With Benefits I knew the answer to the question. But I had to ask to confirm. We had a nine year relationship of…

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Editor’s Note: Does Trump Represent American Values

Does Trump Represent American Values? Is Abuse Of Power An Impeachable Offense? Isn’t a form of treason to circumvent government for the purpose of seeking…

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Impeach Trump: Time Americans Look Beyond America

Impeach Trump: Time Americans Look Beyond America Before starting my blog in 2013, I knew little to nothing about foreign policy except about the Palestinians….

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FFT: Is Hating The Actions Of Israel A Crime?

Food For Thought (FFT):  Is Hating Israel’s Actions A Crime? You can publicly declare your hate of Black people, Muslims, and Immigrants without fear of…

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Time To Stop Welfare To Israel

Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are barred from entering Israel on official US business. The man-child POTUS called Trump…

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Cartoons and the brainwashing of children of color

This weekend I have the pleasure of spending time with my grandson. He is a cutie who triggers a smile every time I look at or…

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Coming down and around

Coming down and around by Gary Crane   Coming down and around follow the sound coming around and down endless dark cycles around and around…

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Misleading Studies and Recommendations Lead To Repackaging Failed Policies

Misleading Studies and Recommendations Lead To Failed Policies in African-American Communities. I read The Crime Report almost every day.  It’s a news service that is…

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ICE Raids: Know Your Rights guide

Know Your Rights guide The ACLU sent the following email which they want to share so victims of Trump’s administration inhuman immigration policy will know…

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Same Shit Different Package: NYC Plans to replace Rikers Island Facility

Four jails New York City plans to replace its Rikers Island facility will have cells with natural sunlight, space for programming and a children’s play…

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A Physician’s Perspective On How The Opioid Crisis Began

Purdue’s David Sackler Added to Colorado Opioid Lawsuit The actions of the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma included sharing studies that they knew were misleading,…

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Central Park 5

Central Park 5: What About The Innocent Victims Of A System Intentionally Flawed

The Real Culprit in the Central Park 5 Convictions To begin with, the notion that Fairstein and Lederer are uniquely evil suggests that the Central…

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Editor’s Note: A Lesson In Communication and Culture

Around me, the world seems to be exploding. Distrust is rampant. I never thought I would live in such a violent and divided world. The…

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A Sense Of Well-being Could Be The Solution

If you could have anything in the world, what would that be? Money, a big house, a luxury car, power, the American Dream. How about…

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Is Cultural Appropriation Another Form Of Racism

Cultural Appropriation has different meanings in parallel worlds. To people of color, the term is a ‘dig.’ To whites, it’s their bread and butter, and…

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Suicide: What To Do When A Friend Waves Red Flags

Aren’t we all at risk for suicide? A risk factor for suicide is exposure to suicide. What do you do when a friend or family…

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I Am “Homeless”

I Am “Homeless!”It’s stressful living from your suitcase in a car. In San Francisco, I saw many homeless people. Walking by each homeless person laying…

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Courage And Vulnerability: Lessons From The Black Experience

Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons that we didn’t think we needed to know.  -unknown Say what? These days I have to ask myself, is…

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Why understanding culture matters?

Why Understanding Culture Matters

A couple of days ago, I read a thought-provoking article by Ezinne Ukoha, an eloquent writer on Medium.  It was, Who Can Save White Men…

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The Optics of Racial Disparity in Reporting

The HuffPost is one of the few traditional MSM that tries to present unbiased news. This HuffPost article is about the terrorist gunman, Ian David…

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How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control

An excellent review of slavery in the Caribbean by Moorbey’z Blog. How could slavery thrive in an environment where slaves outnumbered slave owners by 10…

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More black people killed by white racist.

The following is a reblog from ScottiesToyBox.com. The story is about a divorced white man, Gregory Bush, who murdered two random black people who were…

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Trump and Fox Incite Hatred and Violence Toward Asylum Seekers

Warning: Full of profanity, this post does not hold back. I’m not a believer in going high when others go low. Trump issues threats over…

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Medical Alert: Chronic Discrimination Syndrome On The Rise

Each year, millions die from preventable complications of Chronic Discrimination Syndrome (CDS). It afflicts 100% of the black population. It’s not well-researched and treatment options…

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FFT: Did White Women Just Get What They Deserve?

Food for thought:  With Kavanaugh confirmed, did white women just get what they deserve? I was not a fan of Brett Kavanaugh for a lifetime…

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More Racist Crap Afflicts Africa (Kenya and Uganda [once again])

A reblog from Ospreyshire’s Realm that takes a peek at China’s attitude towards Ugandans/Africans.

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Politics: What If Trump Is A Psychopath?

nyti.ms/2CyF3Jh I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there…

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Case Of Intellectually Disabled Teen Falsely Accused of Sex Offense Reveals Registry Flaws – The Appeal

The Appeal is a national criminal justice news outlet, which produces compelling, original journalism and commentary. — Read on theappeal.org/case-of-intellectually-disabled-teen-falsely-accused-of-sex-offense-reveals-registry-flaws/ Edgar Coker’s case reminded me…

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For Parents: Get Involved With Your Child’s Education

What Is The Role Of Education? What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void…

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Let Interviews Work For You

Interviews can seem intimidating especially for high schoolers, college applicants or young adults trying to land their first job. The competitive landscape makes interviews look…

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Ew A Pigeon. Or; If You Will How White Folks Feel About Melanin.

This reblogged post is a reminder of mindfulness and comfortableness in one’s skin. What other people think of you is their business. As long as…

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Culture

Communication Styles: My Jamaican-American Culture

Comments motivated this post. One of the most consistent feedback I get from readers is my tendency to generalize. Often I don’t even realize I…

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US Syrian War: killing children

Every Day 22 US Servicemen Commit Suicide After Fighting Wars

Stumbled on a video by Ken O’Keefe who was a former United States Marine and Gulf War veteran. In 2001 he set fire to his…

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Never Forget: Strange Fruits Grow On Southern Trees

Billie Holiday-Strange fruit- HD [Full HD 1080p] Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging…

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Never Forget

NEVER FORGET: America’s Terrorism Of Communities of Color

FailureToListen.com wants Communities of Color to NEVER FORGET!  #BlackVotesMatter and #BlackLivesMatter To that end, a gallery of images on police brutality, slavery, and torture will…

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Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences

Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How To Tell The Differences He is a charming, thoughtful man who gives to his community. A charismatic man whose grandiosity…

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Adjusting to Other People

Well-Being: Strategies To Adjust To Other People

Feeling stronger makes me more productive.  Soon I will want to be around people again. That means adjusting to other people. Last summer’s attempt without…

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Civil Rights: A Look At The History Of The Republican Party

If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing….

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TUSKEGEE SYPHILIS STUDY: An Unethical Experiment Using African-American Men

For 40 years, public health professionals violated their solemn medical oath (“To do no harm”). They conducted research known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in Macon County,…

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Dream Big then Bigger

FFT: Don’t Dream Of Becoming A Doctor, Dream Bigger

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.  -Muhammad Ali Food For Thought: Don’t Dream Of Becoming A Doctor, Dream Bigger Don’t dream…

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FFT: Where Are the Black Blockchain and AI Developers?

Food For Thought:  Where Are The Black Developers? Technology fascinates me. Atm, blockchains and artificial intelligence are high on my list. Every day I read…

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Mass Incarceration

Why Are There So Many Single Black Women?

Mass Incarceration: What Caused The Dramatic Rise In Never Married African-Americans Why are so many black women single?  Could this be due to structural racism?…

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FFT: Why POTUS Is Still POTUS

Food For Thought:  MBA’s View On Why POTUS Is Still POTUS This FFT  brought to us by MBA (Mr. Bad Ass) aka Roald Michel, was…

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FFT: Does Trump’s Personality Disorder Make Him A Pathological Liar

How many are tired of Donald Trump’s lies? I am. I’m tired of reading his daily lies without him being held accountable. He is an…

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Head Trauma: Finding The Silver Lining

Is there a silver lining to traumatic brain injury? Does head trauma come with benefits? I didn’t think so until my youngest shared his wisdom….

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Louisiana Prison Punishes Suicidal Inmates by Chaining Them Naked To Wooden Chairs

The new plantations where the unspeakable occurs daily. What one has to ask is the purpose of prison to torture and make sure prisoners never reintegrate into…

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The Brain and Trauma

Personal Story of Head Injury: A Story Without A Title

Lately, I question everything I do because I forget. You see, in 2012, I suffered severe head trauma that doctors missed. Since then, I had…

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Supreme Court: It’s Legal For Police Officers To Kill Americans When They FEEL Threatened

Some days it’s not worth getting out of bed. The news always seems terrible, and as a woman of color, I feel estranged from the…

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Easter: How Many Churches Will Admit Jesus Christ Was Black?

Let me start by saying I mean no disrespect to those who are genuinely religious but how many Churches will tell the truth about a…