Former homeless student overcomes extraordinary odds to graduate from Georgetown University | WTOP

(WASHINGTON) – Rashema Melson is no stranger to adversity. The 23-year-old, who had lived for three years in a Washington, D.C. shelter, made headlines as the valedictorian of Anacostia High School’s Class of 2014 with a full scholarship to Georgetown University. On Saturday, Melson graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in justice and peace studies — the first person in her family to graduate … Continue reading Former homeless student overcomes extraordinary odds to graduate from Georgetown University | WTOP

Jovan Landry talks Synergy Pt I

Hello All, Welcome back to my podcast Alert, Aware, Mindful. This week we are speaking with Jovan Landry a rising black, female artist and organizer of Synergy an upcoming ALL FEMALE hip hop album, featuring local Chicago musicians and artists. This is the first of two parts. Jovan Landry PT 1 We talk about her Chicago connections and her roots. We bond like true Chicagoans … Continue reading Jovan Landry talks Synergy Pt I

Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

…according to the World Health Organization and How we can help change the course. Listen to the podcast and then click on the links for information on how to get involved. Save.org: Facts about Suicide in the US World Health Organization: Facts About Depression National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Suicide Statistics Transcript: Greetings, this is Elle Madelyn with Alert Aware Mindful and this is … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.5: Surviving the Second largest cause of World Disability…

Sticky post

Elle Cast 2.4: Phillip Montgomery Counselor, Social Worker, PhD Candidate

Welcome back to Alert, Aware, Mindful Please enjoy my interview with Phillip Montgomery as he discusses the abandonment of young men, particularly men of color. Also, the lack of guidance, social-emotional skills available to these men, and how it dooms them to solve problems, without preparing them for how to find the best solution—and the inevitable explosion that results from this cycle. We talk about … Continue reading Elle Cast 2.4: Phillip Montgomery Counselor, Social Worker, PhD Candidate

Taking Back the Wheel

This is a key problem standing in the way of peace between people and nations, this idea that “My way is infallible and absolutely Just and there is NO room for the evaluation of my ideology. To evaluate is to devalue and disrespect the (obvious rightness of it.)  The other dangerous mindset is when one party believes the other “will NEVER understand their position.”  This … Continue reading Taking Back the Wheel

A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

“The Huffington Post recently interviewed a nun and a monk at Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village monastery in France, to ask what advice they would give to activists who want to take action during Trump’s presidency.

Sister Peace, who previously worked in the office of the mayor of Washington, says action must be inspired by a deep-rooted sense of love.

“If we can be strong in ourselves, then we could offer a resistance that is nonviolent,” she said. “But that means that we ourselves are at a place where we can have that recognition and we can offer that to another. And that is a great, great source of love and having the other feel they’re being recognized and listened to and embraced.”

She says that those who are passionate about taking action should learn from the nonviolent approach of the civil rights movement.

Referring to the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during which marchers remained passive despite being chased and beaten, she said: “They were taught how to be quiet, how to be still, how not to resist and fight back no matter what happened.” Continue reading A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump | HuffPost

DC police disproportionately target black people for minor violations: study | WTOP

Black residents in the District are disproportionately arrested for minor violations, despite making up less than half of the population, according to a study by two watchdog groups. Black people make up 47% of D.C.’s population but accounted for 86% of all arrests in the District — ten times the arrest rate of white residents, according to a study by D.C.’s ACLU office and the … Continue reading DC police disproportionately target black people for minor violations: study | WTOP

“Today it’s becoming more clear that disparities have more to do with racism than race, says Neel Shah, an OB-GYN and a professor at Harvard Medical School. For a long time there was “this baked-in assumption” that there was something different genetically among black women leading to their higher rates of maternal mortality, he says. But “genetically we are all the same,” he says, and … Continue reading

The ACLU is suing a city where calling 911 could get you evicted – Business Insider

” That’s what happened to the ACLU’s Norristown plaintiff, Lakisha Briggs, who says her landlord didn’t want to evict her, but told her that he had no choice—the city would fine him $1,000 a day if she stayed. Briggs told NPR that she didn’t even make the final 911 call that put her on the street. She’d been determined not to call again, knowing that … Continue reading The ACLU is suing a city where calling 911 could get you evicted – Business Insider

Protests Erupt In Bangladesh After Young Woman Burned Alive For Reporting Sexual Harassment From Her Principal | BLAVITY

This is a worldwide problem and we got a long way to go. *This* is why its going to take all of us. ” Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s last words to her brother were an act of defiance. “The teacher touched me. I will fight this crime till my last breath,” she said to her brother as they rode in an ambulance to a local hospital … Continue reading Protests Erupt In Bangladesh After Young Woman Burned Alive For Reporting Sexual Harassment From Her Principal | BLAVITY

Brittney Cooper Says Time Is Racist: ‘White People Own Time’

When I went to China about 8 years ago I read up on local customs there. There was a note about American businessman and their strict punctuality expectations. It told the Chinese businessman that though time is more flexible in China, it is much more rigid in America. I also remember being on vacation almost 15 years ago in the Carribean and hearing locals talk … Continue reading Brittney Cooper Says Time Is Racist: ‘White People Own Time’

How Cross Stitching Developed My Creativity and Self-Discipline

Cross Stitching was never really my thing but I found this etsy store that made me reconsider. I bought the pattern but haven’t attempted it yet. Check out the store call dirty cross stitch and yes there are swear words and some mature themes, so you have been warned. They are also edgy and modern. Read about the benefits below and then click on the … Continue reading How Cross Stitching Developed My Creativity and Self-Discipline

Michigan city moves to criminalize calling 911 on people of color who are just living their lives

DAMN. “In 2018, police across the United States have been urged to investigate black people for doing all kinds of daily, mundane, noncriminal activities. This year alone, police have been called on African-Americans for: Operating a lemonade store Golfing too slowly Waiting for a friend at Starbucks Barbecuing at a park Working out at a gym Campaigning door to door Moving into an apartment Mowing … Continue reading Michigan city moves to criminalize calling 911 on people of color who are just living their lives