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Missouri Governor After Seeing Alabama’s Abortion Ban: Hold My Moonshine Missouri Governor After Seeing Alabama’s Abortion Ban: Hold My Moonshine

The clearly not-so-great-state of Alabama just enacted the most extreme abortion ban since abortion was made legal by Roe v. Wade some 46 years ago. Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed the bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

When Mental Illness Is Your Family Heirloom When Mental Illness Is Your Family Heirloom

You know that scene in My Cousin Vinny where Vinny’s girlfriend, Mona Lisa Vito, played by Marissa Tomei, testifies in court as an “expert witness” on cars? When opposing counsel condescendingly asks how a sweet little lady like herself—a hairdresser, even—could be an authority on automobiles, she replies, “My father…

America Is Finally Facing the Fact that Solitary Confinement Is Cruel and Unusual Punishment America Is Finally Facing the Fact that Solitary Confinement Is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

The research is in—in fact, the facts on solitary confinement have been known for years—but finally, we seem to have reached a tipping point for ending this well-studied, torturous practice in American jails and prisons.

As Part of Statewide Reform, New York Graciously Grants Inmates in Solitary One Call Per Week As Part of Statewide Reform, New York Graciously Grants Inmates in Solitary One Call Per Week

In a move to lessen what experts have deemed the “cruel and unusual punishment” of solitary confinement—which also has been likened to torture—a new bill in New York state guarantees that those sent to segregated units will have access to a phone within 24 hours of isolation, and that they can have contact with the…

Suicides Among Black Children Are at Crisis Levels. The Congressional Black Caucus Aims to Do Something About It Suicides Among Black Children Are at Crisis Levels. The Congressional Black Caucus Aims to Do Something About It

The rise in the suicide rate for black children ages 5 to 12 is an overlooked national emergency, according to a panel convened by the Congressional Black Caucus on the eve of Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Semicolon: How a Seemingly Obscure Tattoo Signifies Survival and Solidarity The Semicolon: How a Seemingly Obscure Tattoo Signifies Survival and Solidarity

In 2013, 27-year-old Amy Bleuel began a mental health advocacy organization dubbed “Project Semicolon” to bring awareness to suicide, depression, addiction and self-injury. Bleuel, who had lost her father to suicide 10 years earlier, died by suicide at the age of 31. The campaign, however, remains strong, inspiring…

In the Sunshine: The Root Tackles Mental Health in May In the Sunshine: The Root Tackles Mental Health in May

Today, May 1, marks May Day, the day that we pay homage to the workers of the world, and it also marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud Is a Rousing, Joyful Nod to Black American Life and Legacy Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud Is a Rousing, Joyful Nod to Black American Life and Legacy

I have had the good fortune to have seen many a Broadway play (also quite a few off-Broadway, for that matter). But only a very few over the years have stayed with me—a short list would include Fela! The Mountaintop. Choir Boy. The House That Will Not Stand. Denzel Washington in Julius Caesar.

Maybe We Wanna Be in Kansas, Dorothy. It Just Became the First State to Recognize the Right to an Abortion Independent of Roe v. Wade Maybe We Wanna Be in Kansas, Dorothy. It Just Became the First State to Recognize the Right to an Abortion Independent of Roe v. Wade

In the ongoing, gut-wrenching, Handmaid’s Tale-like real-life saga that is the decimation of reproductive rights across the country, yet another state has weighed in on its hatred of women. And yet. And yet, this time, Kansas came through for the bodily autonomy of its women citizenry.

With Hints of the Central Park Five, Activists Charge That Disabled Black Man Possibly Railroaded Into Murder Charge With Hints of the Central Park Five, Activists Charge That Disabled Black Man Possibly Railroaded Into Murder Charge

On Tuesday, Chanel Lewis was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, who was raped and strangled in August 2016.

After Securing the Bag, Russell Wilson Delivers a Prime Package to His Teammates After Securing the Bag, Russell Wilson Delivers a Prime Package to His Teammates

Now that Russell “Future Baby Daddy” Wilson is the highest paid quarterback in the entire NFL, he decided to give the men on his offensive line a little gift — $12,000 in Amazon stock each.

Color Me Shocked: 2 Virginia Police Officers Fired for Ties to White Supremacist Orgs Color Me Shocked: 2 Virginia Police Officers Fired for Ties to White Supremacist Orgs

Frankly, the shock is not so much that two Virginia police officers from separate jurisdictions were caught tied to two distinct, respective white supremacist groups, but that they were fired after said affiliations became known.

'Stacey Abrams Won That Election': Eric Holder Stays Ready to Scrap Against Anti-Democratic Principles

Eric Holder has been one of the most consistent Democratic operatives in the last two decades. And by operative, we don’t mean the stereotypical, smarmy, back-of-the-room dealmaker and fixer (see Donald Trump’s inner circle), we mean repping Democratic principles and getting in the mix when those principles are…

Those Left Behind: Charles Johnson Wants to Support Families Reeling After Black Women Die in Childbirth Those Left Behind: Charles Johnson Wants to Support Families Reeling After Black Women Die in Childbirth

Because Kira Johnson was so amazing (she spoke five languages, skydived, raced cars), she has been the face of what many are now coming to see as a crisis in black maternal health.

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