Mental Health and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Mental Health and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Throughout decades, it has become clear that the public school system has morphed into a one-way ticket to prison for many marginalized students, most particularly Black students and non-Black students of color.
Blackfishing, and Its Consequences for Black Communities

Blackfishing, and Its Consequences for Black Communities

Blackfishing entered the lexicon in 2018, when a Swedish Instagram influencer by the name of Emma Hallberg went viral for posting pictures that made her seem to be of Black or mixed race heritage, when in fact Hallberg is a white woman. The backlash was swift, with multiple Twitter threads calling out Hallberg and influencers like her for pretending to be black for profit. The phenomenon was coined blackfishing. 
Colorism, A Different Kind of Racism

Colorism, A Different Kind of Racism

Colorism is a problem that plagues nations across the world. It is rooted in Westernized standards of beauty and somehow weasels its way into nearly every culture, pitting people of similar ancestry against each other.
A Quick Overview of Systemic Racism in America

A Quick Overview of Systemic Racism in America

I'm sure it is no coincidence that we are taught that in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution outlawed slavery and other forms of involuntary servitude. Black slaves were freed, and so all problems stemming from the outrageous practice of slavery faded into the ether.
Plant-Based Diets: Can They Improve Mental Health?

Plant-Based Diets: Can They Improve Mental Health?

Vegetarians and vegans have long stressed the many benefits of a plant-based diet, emphasizing how it can lower blood pressure, contribute to weight loss, prevent diabetes, amongst other things. But do the benefits of plant-based diets exceed just physical benefits?

Healthcare and its Troubles for People of Color

Healthcare and its Troubles for People of Color

Whether blatant or subtle, the stigmas that exist around mental health in American culture is no secret. Despite a huge percentage of the population being adversely affected by a mental or behavioral disorder, individuals who are in need of care often fail to seek it. The few who do usually never finish the recommended treatment.
Can Plant Protein Aid in Building Muscle?

Can Plant Protein Aid in Building Muscle?

When protein comes up, people usually think of meat: beef, pork, chicken, and sometimes fish. Rarely do people realize that protein power is packed inside of plants. Although plants like beans, legumes, and nuts may be packed with protein, fitness gurus and trainees are hesitant to replace animal-based proteins with plants when it comes to building muscle. 

Do plant-based protein sources aid muscle building as much as animal-based alternatives?

Language Barriers and Healthcare

Language Barriers and Healthcare

It should be obvious to most of us that not speaking a shared language leads to a huge decrease in the effectiveness of communication. In the US, this, unfortunately, means that many immigrants are unable to have an informative conversation about their health.

This is an issue that impacts the Latinx community hard. Due to many immigrants often having low English proficiency (LEP), the Spanish-English barrier adds complication to healthcare. 

A Latinx Perspective on Health and Wellness

A Latinx Perspective on Health and Wellness

Why is it that nearly forty percent of Latinxs either do not have a physician or have not seen one in the last year? Why are people of Latinx descent less likely to seek healthcare, even when needed? Why does the Latinx community turn to herbal remedies like botánicas before seeking out primary care? And why, when given the chance to sign up for affordable healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, did so many Latinxs forego the opportunity?

Plant Protein or Animal Protein: Quality & Balance

Plant Protein or Animal Protein: Quality & Balance

Many people wonder and debate about how best to get protein in their diet. Some often say that meat is the only way to fully get the protein you need, but others rely more on plants to give them protein. Is one really better than the other? What should we be eating to get our protein?