Brandon Jones

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One young woman’s long, rough journey to recovery

As we transition seasons from winter to spring, many of us are feeling “under the weather.” Many of our sinuses are “acting up” and colds are not to hard to catch. Which is why many of us head to the local department store to pick up the usual medications to remedy our symptoms.

Some of us, though, stay sick too long and head to the emergency room. This is similar to what happened to Miata Smith. Miata is a 20-year-old sophomore at Concordia University in Saint Paul. She is currently majoring in early childhood education. Continue Reading →

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Help! We need family therapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a mental health professional and someone who has deep concern for Black people and our future, I cannot stress the importance of family. The family unit is the foundation for your future. Whenever an element of trauma and/or abuse is introduced into the family structure, the foundation become fragile. When trauma and or abuse is introduced into the family structure, the family fabric begins to wear and ultimately will tear. If we are to be honest about the state of Black families, we can say that a significant number of our families are in despair. Continue Reading →

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Referral numbers suggest Hennepin County bias against culturally specific providers

By Brandon Jones

Contributing Writer

 

 

In our conversations about injustice and systemic racism, we tend to focus on individuals who have been mistreated. Whether we are speaking about current police brutality incidents, something that happens to Black entertainers, or racist rants, the injustice and systematic assaults on Black people continue. Oftentimes one element of this oppression that is often overlooked is how Black organizations get caught up in the abusive system. John Woods, an African American who is the program director and owner of New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems, is speaking out about the injustice that he is experiencing now. Woods claims that the review team at 1800 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis (Hennepin County Detox) is systematically running his agency out of business. Continue Reading →

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My Brother’s Keeper: Trauma must be part of conversation on helping Black males

Black History Month has come and gone once again. I hope that folks learned something useful and constructive during this period. Oftentimes, I believe as Black people we forget that everything we do today is making Black history. Sadly, we think about what would be in the history books 50 years from now based on current events — the major events would be the election of President Obama, the murder of Trayvon Martin, and maybe even the first openly gay professional athletes being Black as well. However, I do not think these things encompass what we know Black history is about today. Continue Reading →

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Kente Circle: new location, same quality work

By Brandon Jones

Contributing Writer

 

There is a new organization on the corner of E. 38th Street and S. 4th Avenue in Minneapolis, although the organization itself has been around for some time now. It’s called Kente Circle, LLC, and on January 15 Kente Circle opened its new doors to the community to come and see their new location and learn more about the organization itself. Kente Circle is a mental health agency specializing in providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy to clientele living in Minneapolis-St. Paul and surrounding communities. While the location is new, the organization has been in the neighborhood for several years. Continue Reading →

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Navigating emotional abandonment

 

What is abandonment? Often when we hear the word “abandon” we associate it with buildings that are vacant. Sometimes we may think of animals or children who have no home. Webster’s defines “abandon” as something being given up completely, discontinued; to leave or cease to support. I would further this definition by adding the emotional health element. Continue Reading →

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Let’s talk about sex! And let’s ask ourselves, “Casserian engeri?”

Yes, you have read the title correctly: Let’s talk about sex. No, not in the extremely fun and wild way. No, not in the extremely boring high-school sex-education way, either. I want to share some views on sex that really get you to think logically and critically. I would like to talk about sex in a way that will really get you to think about what is going on in the people area of sex for the Black community. Continue Reading →

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Should more Black women decide to have natural births?

On June 5, 2013, I was blessed to have the experience of bringing a child into the world. Well, my wife did the majority of the work. I was more of a support. We were graced with the presence of a healthy baby girl. The journey to this joyous occasion was a process that I will always cherish. Continue Reading →

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African American teen dating abuse is a learned behavior

As summer begins to approach us quickly, school is beginning to come to a close. Many youth just experienced one of the best moments of their lives: Prom. Many of us remember how special that night was. We got dressed up to a T, got someone in our family to rent a car for us, got our hair crisp and whipped, and got a lot of attention on that night. It is definitely a special moment in life that many of us cherish, and should. Continue Reading →

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