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Black women face numerous challenges in U.S. society that cause distress and have been linked to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and body image issues. Beyond the universal stressors of everyday functioning, distress caused by insidious social forces such as racism, sexism, and economic injustice make the preservation of mental health a difficult if not impossible task for many Black women. Despite this grim reality, there are several areas in which Black women demonstrate positive mental health outcomes in comparison to women of other races or ethnic groups. Why do we rarely hear about the positive mental health outcomes of Black women in the United States?

A recent poll by the Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation (2011), which included interviews with more than 800 Black women, resulted in a complex portrait of Black women’s lived experiences. Nearly three quarters of participants in the study worried about having enough money…

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This is a must reblog!!!

Here is another example of how Mitt the Jick plans on BUYING the election!

The Fifth Column

Romney got busted!

How desperate is this guy buying Twitter followers?

This is the same mindset that makes him believe that he can buy the presidency…


Something strange is going on with Mitt Romney’s Twitter account. It looks like the Romney campaign is using the Colorado shooting as a distraction to hide their buying 100,000 new Twitter followers.

140ELECT has been keeping an eye on this and providing the data behind Romney’s suspect surge, “Romney was gaining around 3000-4000 new followers per day for the past month. Yesterday he acquired 23,926 new followers and is climbing well over 50,000 today. The hourly stats make it pretty clear where this began.”

At 4 PM on Friday, Romney experienced a sudden rise in followers. This is bizarre because hours earlier in the day, the candidate had pulled himself off of the campaign trail. Mitt Romney is doing absolutely nothing right now…

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Thanks you Jueseppi for hipping your followers to this blog. The art is both thought provoking and inspiring.


“BAMA” Oil Painting: 16 x 20

“This piece is inspired by the masking or make-up of politics. To always show a person of leadership joyous and heroic is unrealistic. I aim to show a man leading a nation divided by various ideologies. The intense color of the background makes the lone president monumental as is his responsibility.”

~ Oneil Maitland of Ragamuffin Arts

Proceeds from the sale of “BAMA” will benefit Organizing for America and Africa-Diaspora Partnership For Empowerment & Development Inc (ADPED).  The ADPED is a not-for profit organization with membership from people of all nationalities, creed, and gender, who are bound together by a strong commitment to empowering people of Africa and the Diaspora to achieve community-led, self-reliant, sustainable livelihood and development.

Please contact the artist, Oneil Maitland at ragamuffin.arts(at)gmail.com for inquiries regarding “BAMA.”


Oneil Maitland is a Caribbean American artist and animator whose work feature a…

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I hope you take the time to read this and NOT just hit the like button. This is a well thought out statement on gun control that deserves to be read.

The World According to Monsanto

There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it – it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.

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The Ownership of The People of Earth by V. Lyn

The dismantling of our democracy, and the take over of governments by corporations is happening here and in other countries. I believe the goal is to virtually enslave the 99.9 percent of the world. Not with chains and shackles but by a class system, that will manifest through taking away of our most basic rights and democracy itself. Corporations newest tactic is through the use of Citizens United, where money can silence the voice of the wealthy, middle class and the poor. (The super rich, those few truly super super rich will benefit from this play for dominance. In my view there is a power play happening and one faction of the super rich is trying to thwart it. Okay now I do sound crazy but I think there are corrupt super rich like the Koch brothers and others and then there are the super rich like the Soros and the Buffets who are trying to stop what they know is occurring. Sounds like a bad script for a bad movie but I still believe it.)Corporations are using Emergency Management Policies to further strip us of our democracy. Emergency Management in the manner that it is being used as in Benton Harbor Mi., gives entire cities over to anyone a governor sees fit when a city is deemed in financial jeopardy. It allows this entity to break union contracts, take over pension systems, set school curriculums and even to dissolve or disincorporate municipalities. “Under PA 4, EMs, who are appointed by the governor, can “exercise any power or authority of any officer, employee, department, board, commission or other similar entity of the local government whether elected or appointed.” and as in Brazil to corporations.

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Motley News, Photos and Fun

What is so VERY sad is that this is true. Ironically true. It needs to be required that anyone who registers as a presidential candidate MUST disclose his/her last 14 years of tax returns.

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I think everyone I know had the same reaction to Ann Romney’s words…you people.  However, I’m ahead of myself so I’ll let the Salon article put it in context…


Ross Perot suffered for calling black voters “you people,” but 20 years on, we’re all “you people” to GOP elitists

Are we allowed to criticize Ann Romney yet? I have a call into Hilary Rosen, but she hasn’t gotten back to me.

I’m thinking that with Mitt Romney’s shot at Teresa Heinz Kerry the other day, for not releasing sufficient information from her personal tax returns, maybe we’re beyond the “wives are off-limits” phase of the campaign. Or maybe “wives are off-limits” always applies, but only to Republican wives.

Whatever. I find it impossible not to comment on Ann Romney Antoinette’s remark that her husband has provided enough tax information to “you people.” Or as she told…

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