I must say that I got a little turnt while watching Black Folk Don’t episode on suicide because the content was so empowering. The episode speaks to various truths that are present in our community regarding mental health. There is a cultural norm that exists, that if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts that these feelings can be prayed away. There is a notion that you “couldn’t handle it” or that you must be weak or crazy. People who fall victim to suicide are demonized within the black community but no one ever recognizes the other forms of suicide that are not classic.
All posts for the month April, 2014
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 29, 2014
On October 1, 2013 the federal government rolled out the biggest overhaul of the health insurance industry, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The intention of the law is noble and important. In the state of New York, the Medicaid eligibility increased from 100% of federal poverty guidelines to 138%. This essentially means a single adult can be eligible for Medicaid if they make under $15,800 a year, as opposed to $10,000 last year. Many would argue that, especially in New York City, making less than $20,000 or $30,000 might put you in poverty, but for the 17,000 people that are now eligible for Medicaid it is an extremely important part of the law.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 26, 2014
As the number of incarcerated youths in America continues to rise, there is some hope to be found in alternative approaches that are being adopted throughout the country.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 24, 2014
It is the spring semester of 2014, and I am currently the only undergraduate student at the New School who is blind. At times it has proven to be very difficult: making friends has been immensely challenging, as well as finding my way around campus, or even locating an accessible computer to print my assignments. Since coming to this university, I have suffered from a number of anxiety attacks, some instances of racism, and a multitude of broken guide canes, but overall it has been one great experience. As I walk the hallways of The New School, competing to find my way on to packed elevators, dueling with other students to make that right turn on the 5th floor, I think to myself, “How can these people be so damn rude?” But then I remember, it’s not their fault.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 19, 2014
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance has become more accessible. Prior to ACA, 21% of blacks did not have health insurance. However, with the Medicaid expansion and premium tax credits, 94% of uninsured blacks will be eligible for coverage. While over 6 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges, it is impossible to determine how many of them are minorities at this time. Current administration hopes increased coverage will improve access to care and address racial health care disparities. A key component to successfully addressing these disparities is educating newly insured minority patients about making the most of their doctor visits. Regular annual physician visits are needed to detect and treat the initiation of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Equally important, patients should have any new symptoms or physical changes diagnosed and addressed by a physician. With this in mind, there are a few ways to prepare for either a new patient or new complaint visit.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 15, 2014
In April 2010 the W Hotel opened a Retreat & Spa on the beautiful island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Vieques now welcomes visitors from around the world… “Bienvenido a la Isla Bonita.”
From the W Hotel Website:
Lose yourself in the tranquil island life at this luxury Puerto Rico resort and let the stress of the every day recede with each wave. Frolic in our secluded natural haven and discover charmed island life amid lush landscapes. Starwood Preferred Guests can use their points to visit this luxury hotel and its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Starwood Hotels & Resorts call it ‘a new way to escape’. You would never know from this that ten years earlier and less than 8 miles away, the US Navy was using this beautiful ‘island paradise’ as a practice range to test missiles, bombs, and other weapons.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 14, 2014
When I was pregnant I heard from many of my friends how wonderful it is to breastfeed your child. They talked of the “liquid gold” that is breast milk and rattled off an endless list of health benefits. What no one really prepared me for was how many questions I would have when it was a supposed natural process. And even more so, the anxiety I felt about properly feeding the tiny baby in my arms. The questions and struggles were daily and I found myself spreading my questions out to my friends who responded with answers and pep talks.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 12, 2014
The House of LaBeija “walked” onto the scene in 1960, when black drag queens started holding their own events in Harlem, where they would mix fashion and dance dubbing it “walking.”Ball culture, as this phenomenon soon became known, provided the underground LGBT community a place to gather, and find protection from a disapproving society; a place to truly let there hair down, and let the makeup fly.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 10, 2014
We all know how hard it is. Choosing between the couch and a run after a long busy day. But we also know that if we actually do go for that run, that booty is going to keep sitting where it belongs!
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 8, 2014
As more of our food becomes processed and obesity rates skyrocket, attention naturally turns to issues of food justice—namely access equality and production sovereignty of affordable, high-quality, healthy, fresh food. One such organization tackling this issue is Corbin Hill Farm, started by Harlem-based citizens in 2009, under the leadership of New School Professor Dennis Derryck.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 5, 2014