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A Scientist Explains How Meditation And Prayer Rewire Your Brain

Here's what's behind the amazing physical and mental health benefits of the practice.<p>Whether you see meditation or prayer as the gateway to enlightenment or just a way to stay more focused at work, one thing that's certain is that the practice comes with a whole host of physical and mental health …

Mental Health

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue

Photograph: New York Daily News Archive/NY Daily News via Getty Images<p>Yusef Salaam, left, is led away by a detective after being arrested in Central Park for allegedly attacking Trisha …

Donald Trump

How a Man's Unborn Twin Fathered His Child

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The Power of Talking to God

<b>"Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing." -- Dr. Wayne Dyer</b><p>Have you ever heard the phrase "prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening"? I believe there is a certain power and magic that occurs when we talk or listen to "God."<p>Whether you hold religious beliefs or you are more …

Spirituality

Millions of gospel fans know Richard Smallwood's music. But not his struggles.

<b>HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Gospel singer Richard Smallwood</b> has just deplaned from the US Airways first-class cabin. He stops to take a few quick photographs with star-struck flight attendants and passengers, then hurries through the airport to a car and driver waiting to rush him off to prepare for the …

Music

Black Voices - Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture | HuffPost

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Body Shaming Black Female Athletes Is Not Just About Race

Serena Williams won her 21st Grand Slam title at Wimbledon this month. This marks the 17th time in a row that she has defeated Maria Sharapova. Yet …

Serena Williams

Why Do I Feel So Vulnerable? Thoughts on Police Brutality Against Black Women

My heart aches. My anger is front and center. My vulnerability is so loud, it screams.<p>A year ago Eric Garner was killed by police. Within these last twelve months, there have been more lives added to the number of this "black list' of souls taken from us so quickly by those we are suppose to trust. …

Sandra Bland's Death Will Be Treated Like A Murder Investigation, Prosecutor Says

"This is being treated like a murder investigation."<p>The death of an Illinois woman found hanged in her Texas jail cell in what local authorities said was a suicide will be investigated as thoroughly as a murder, the local district attorney said on Monday.<p>Sandra Bland, 28, was found dead on July 13, …

The NFL brought in enough money last year to pay for 10 Pluto missions

TV deals mean big, big money for the NFL. How big? $7.24 billion big.<p>The NFL split a massive $7.24 billion in revenue with all 32 teams last season. Each team received $226.4 million as part of the split, most of which comes from the various television deals. The numbers come from the Green Bay …

Poll: Majority of Americans favor diplomatic ties with Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly three-fourths of Americans think the United States should have diplomatic ties with Cuba, but they're not sure how far to go in lifting sanctions, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Monday as full diplomatic relations between the two countries were formally …

A Woman in India Has Been Beheaded by Mob Who Accused Her of Being a Witch

A 63-year-old woman in India was beheaded Monday after a mob of more than 200 people accused her of witchcraft.<p>The incident took place at a village …

Black churches taught us to forgive white people. We learned to shame ourselves | Kiese Laymon

After the shootings in Charleston, I talked to my Grandma about all the work we did to forgive white supremacy, hoping then to be chosen by them and by God<p>“These white folks, they think the world belongs to them,” Grandma told me 12 hours after Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza …

Small repayments of Dad's giant love

He worked so hard. So very hard. Drove a beat-up 1969 Valiant to work every day. Big hole in the floorboard. Glove compartment that popped open every …

5 Emmy nominees using their fame to bring attention to issues that matter.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced its nominees for the 2015 Emmy Awards.<p>Since the show won't air until September, we can spend …

Entertainment

A black man and a white woman switch mics, and the result is amazing

This video took my breath away. Watch Eastern Michigan University students Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley speak for each other—and show us a thing …

Lake Union Conference Says Racism Led to Regional Conference, Formally Apologizes

During a ceremony celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Lake Region Conference (one of five conferences that make up the Lake Union Conference of …

The Deadliest Wave

To a casual spectator standing on Oahu's North Shore, Banzai Pipeline's picture-perfect barrels might all look the same — steep faces rising up fast and curling into powerful tubes. Surfers moving through the waves might look repetitive — a drop, a turn and a line; a drop, a turn and a wipeout; a …

35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality

<b>(romakoma via Shutterstock)</b><p>The money given out in Wall Street bonuses last year was twice the amount all minimum-wage workers earned combined<p>Larry Schwartz<p>July 15, 2015 5:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>While Hillary Clinton occasionally gives some lip service to the problem …

The thing Bernie Sanders says about inequality that no other candidate will touch

There are very few unspoken rules among major-party candidates for president, and Bernie Sanders is breaking one of them. He’s saying that America’s leaders shouldn’t worry so much about economic growth if that growth serves to enrich only the wealthiest Americans.<p>“Our economic goals have to be …

Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

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Bill Clinton

Amazon Prime Day has begun — and some shoppers are not impressed

Prime Day is underway, and it appears that some Amazon.com customers are disappointed with the massive sale the e-commerce giant is holding to commemorate its 20th anniversary.<p>Some shoppers took to social media Wednesday morning to criticize the selection of items offered. Some were also frustrated …

Republicans’ knee-jerk hatred of the Iran deal

Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it.<p>“You have created a possible death sentence for Israel,” he declared on MSNBC’s “Morning …

How I learned to stop hiding (from) my anxiety disorder

I was in my eighth grade history class, giving a speech on the Civil War, when a gut-wrenching sensation took over my body. An icy feeling crept up inside of me. I broke into a cold sweat and a chilled-to-the-bone shiver. My mouth froze wide open from fear, and I thought <i>I’m dying</i>.<p>I had to run, far …