Friday’s Listens, Looks, and Reads (4.14.14)

Friday’s Listens, Looks, and Reads will be published either weekly or bi-weekly most Friday mornings (EXCEPT this post), with articles, essays, videos, and sites that are about the Black experience (which is diverse) for you to check out.

**If you have enjoyed the articles listed, comment below! If you have an suggestion for an article you have read and like to share with us, please email us!**

Articles, Op-eds, and Essays:

An article from For Harriet on focusing on the mental health of African-American women along with rejecting the “strong black women” myth. Excerpt:“We are medical doctors, PhDs, preachers, businesswomen, lawyers, teachers, and financial professionals. And, many of us are so busy achieving that we don’t properly take care of ourselves. Dr. Teleka Patrick represents the triumphs and the tragedies of being a black woman in America in the 21st century. She accomplished much more than our black foremothers could have ever imagined a black woman could achieve in this country. Yet, care for her mental and emotional health fell completely by the wayside. We, I’m talking specifically to black women here, must look at her life and death and become more mindful of taking care of ourselves. “

Another article from For Harriet focusing on the very recent suicide of popular video blogger Karyn Washington and recognizing that black girls can face difficulties from their own mental health. Excerpt:” Mental health issues, along with the lack of proper treatment, underdiagnoses and the stigma it often carries, is a very serious problem in the Black community.  And this is especially true for our young women and girls.  A recent study conducted by the African American Policy Forum revealed that Black girls have higher incidence of emotional difficulties than other girls, including signs of depression. A separate national study found that 67% of Black girls indicated that they felt sad or hopeless for two or more weeks straight, compared to 31% of white girls and 40% of Latina girls.”

A list from PolicyMic on 7 lies about young African-American men that should cease to exist.

An article from the Los Angeles Times on how black boys are affected genetically due to facing adversity. Excerpt: By the time they have reached the fourth grade, African American boys who have run a childhood gantlet of poverty, shifting family structure, harsh parenting and a mother’s low mood and educational attainment will have signs of premature genetic aging that can deepen their vulnerability to mental and physical illness, says a new study.


A video from ThinkProgress on President Obama’s speech commemorating the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A video from The Root featuring Left of Black–a segment on how many black female musical artists could be connected to the Black Arts Movement, a period starting in the 1970s where the goal was to create a clear and separate consciousness of blackness.

This is the last FLLR post of the semester. Enjoy the rest of your semester, and good luck with finals!!


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