Akia Downes

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Avoiding Despair: The Pain Journey as a Healing Spiral

It’s really, really difficult to live with physical or emotional pain from chronic illness or a lingering injury or depression or anxiety or a …

Dance

5 Things People With Borderline Personality Disorder Do That Get Mistaken for 'Manipulation'

People with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) face some of the harshest stigma in the mental health community. From internet …

Recipe: Berry Pineapple Fruit Salad — Recipes from The Kitchn

My favorite approach to cooking — especially when it comes to potlucks, parties, and picnics — is to start with a dish that's a well-loved, familiar …

Recipes

#CookingOutWhileBlack: White Woman Calls Cops on Black People Cooking Out in Oakland, Calif., Park

This is getting exhausting. Need we remind you on a daily basis the asinine reasons that white people have called the cops on black people over the …

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

The Science Behind Daydreaming And How You Can Retrain Your Brain To Focus

Our brains aren’t designed for the type of work we do, which is why we’re always distracted. But two rules can help you retrain your brain.<p>The secret to productivity isn’t getting more things done; it’s getting the right things done. It sounds simple, but the problem is that office workers are …

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiome

Kidnapped as Schoolgirls by Boko Haram: Here They Are Now

The New York Times met and photographed dozens of the students abducted by Boko Haram. Now at a university, they say they are the lucky ones. But their celebrity has a price.

Africa

"I Retired at Age 30 With $1.25 Million"—These 3 Strategies Were Key

For many, building a net worth of over $1 million might seem like an ambitious lifelong goal, but for Grant Sabatier, it was something he wanted to …

Investing

A Psychological Trick to Resist the Temptation to Overspend This Holiday Season

Black Friday may have come and gone, but the holiday season is still brimming with countless promotions and deals "too good to pass up." However, …

Psychology

How to Refinance Your Car and Lower Your Interest Rate

When you hear the term “refinancing,” you probably picture a large house with a picket fence, a spacious yard, and a broken sink that needs to be …

What Is an Amended Tax Return, and When Is It Worth It?

<i>When it comes to your finances, do you take a head-on or a head-in-the-sand approach? If you identify with the latter, then the good news is that</i> …

Good Debt vs. Bad Debt: Here's How to Know the Difference

<i>When it comes to your finances, do you take a head-on approach or a head-in-the-sand approach? If you identify with the latter, the good news is that</i> …

PSA: 5 Apps That Make Investing Your Money Infinitely Easier (Yes, Really)

<i>When it comes to your finances, do you take a head-on or a head-in-the-sand approach? If you identify with the latter, then the good news is you're</i> …

Investing

The “Boule” – Black Secret Society!

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) The Boule’ is a black GREEK secret society based on another secret society founded at Yale University called…Skull & Bones. The …

Colin Kaepernick’s Latest Move Might Make Him the Realest Negus Alive

Negus (noun)<i>:</i> king, ruler—used as a title of the sovereign of Ethiopia, according to Merriam-Webster.<p>Former NFL quarterback-turned-activist Colin …

Father of 9-Year-Old Girl Who Committed Suicide Cautions Parents Not to Miss the Warning Signs

Charles Weatherspoon was preparing lunch for his family Jan. 4 when he told his son, Charles, to run some vitamins up to his sister, A’layah. Charles …

Michael Che is 'SNL's' First Black Head Writer

The “Weekend Update” anchor got a promotion.

This University Served Kool-Aid And Watermelon Water For Black History Month

Source: Collegiate Images / GettyWho over at New York University approved this?Apparently someone at one of the dining halls thought it was a good …

Proceeds from LeBron's 'Equality' Kicks Will Go to African-American Museum, but There are Only 400 Pairs

Proceeds from the LeBron 15 "Equality" edition will go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History, LeBron James announced in an …

Report Updates Landmark 1968 Racism Study, Finds More Poverty And Segregation

In 1967, over 100 cities, large and small, exploded in fire and violence, the result of decades of discrimination against black populations in places like Cleveland, Nashville, Boston and Newark. The biggest riot at the time was in Detroit. After five days of rioting, 33 blacks and 10 whites were …

Malcolm X Tells His Story in New Documentary Featuring Rarely and Never-Before-Seen Footage

In front of a rapt audience at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Malcolm X’s third daughter, Ilyasah …

Meet Newton Knight —The Southerner Who Terrorized The Confederacy

Newton Knight led a small army of fugitive slaves and Confederate deserters in one of the most rebellious moves American history has ever seen.The …

Black disabled folks have been separated from the Black community since slavery

<b>by Leroy F. Moore Jr.</b>What did it mean when non-disabled slaves were set free?Leroy F. Moore Jr., founding member of the National Black Disability …

Black History

The Real-Life Black Panthers Liberated Concentration Camps

The superhero film ‘Black Panther’ pulled in a record-breaking $192 million on its debut weekend. It was also the highest grossing opening weekend of …

Black Panther

When Emancipation Finally Came, Slave Markets Took on a Redemptive Purpose

For decades before the Civil War, slave markets, pens and jails served as holding cells for enslaved African-Americans who were awaiting sale. These …

In Montgomery, a City Embedded With Pain, Finding Progress

Driving by the Alabama State Capitol building in Montgomery, Michelle Browder, an African-American activist and founder of the I Am More Than... youth mentorship nonprofit, pointed out a looming bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederacy. It has a position of …

Black History

I’m Tired Of Black History Being Whitewashed

Black History Month is a crucial time for reflecting on the ways Black Americans have contributed to American society. It’s also an important time to …

Black History

5 things to know about Robert Johnson, America's first black billionaire

Out of the 2,043 people who appear on the 2017 Forbes list of billionaires, only three are African-American: Oprah Winfrey, Robert Smith and Michael …

Black History

Exploring Boston’s Black History And Culture Through 15 Significant Sites

Boston is no stranger to black history.<p>The Black Heritage Trail, a walking tour a little over a mile and a half long, includes 14 meeting houses, …

Black History