There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. All over the internet and in many other places within the United States, many African Americans are asking, “How do we improve the state of the Black community?” Many of our heroes have in common the task of improving the state of the Black […]
During Black History Month we are bombarded with many of the fabulous inventions and other achievements that Black people have accomplished during our existence. Every year February offers a significant display of our unique genius. Every year we are exposed to valuable information about who and where we have come from. One sentiment often expressed […]
As we begin the New Year, many people are making plans for the changes that they would like to see in their life this year. Usually, those plans are built off of things that either went wrong or did not go quite as well as hoped for during the previous year. Already there has been […]
The year 2016 has been a year of significant toxic and traumatic stress for Black people. We have been bombarded with adversity, joy, frustration, and pride from multiple angles all year. If we are to be honest, this is nothing new to our collective experience since we have been in America. However, the year of […]
It is no secret that we have had a significantly stressful year. Several celebrities have passed away, and hundreds of people have been murdered or harmed as well. We have also seen several incidents of government-sanctioned murders of countless Black people. One of the most recent cases happening here in Minnesota is the death of […]
Grief is a normal and natural, though often deeply painful, response to loss. The death of a loved one is the most common way we think of loss, but many other significant changes in one’s life can involve loss and therefore grief. Everyone experiences loss and grief at some time. The more significant the loss, […]
Shame is an emotional state that can be immobilizing. A more formal definition of shame is a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. It can keep you stuck. It can keep you worried. It can keep you in negative situations. However, it is something everyone […]
As I reflect on the first quarter of the year and the current state of our community, I am left encouraged and flustered.
The topics of race and racism have dominated the media headlines like nothing else in 2015. Many timelines, newspapers, and news programs are featuring hashtags and slogans with the central element of racism.