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Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health and The Black Community

Therapist Akirah Robinson wants to serve Pittsburgh’s Black community but will the stigma associated with mental health care keep folks away?

Dear Michael: A Trans Voices Open Letter

Michael David Battle shares an open letter of love and affirmation to his younger self written for Trans Voices on the National Trans Day of Resilience.

Things We Like: The Ujamaa Collective, African documentar, and brand new babies

Raise your fist this week for Black art at The Met, Black artisans in the Hill District, bi-cultural African women, and a brand new baby girl.

Finding Sancho

Royal Shakespearean actor Paterson Joseph shares the story behind his one-man show, SANCHO, about the life of Charles Ignatius Sancho, an African, born on a slave ship but never enslaved, and the first Black Briton to cast a vote.

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Finding Sancho

Royal Shakespearean actor Paterson Joseph shares the story behind his one-man show, SANCHO, about the life of Charles Ignatius Sancho, an African, born on a slave ship but never enslaved, and the first Black Briton to cast a vote.

Night in Brooklyn

I wanted her to tell me that she realized that she was the next to be priced out of Brooklyn, and when it happened, I would be the one who made Pittsburgh a place she would return to.

zeal for this house

Henderson had shrunk. And the APPLE STORE with its glass windows and taunting fruit hauntingly appeared one day as if out of smoke. Seated on high haunches, as if a castle of white and gray and so much glass, the apple rising symbolically from its roof, rising even higher than the tree.

Black, Gay, And Dating

In my dating life, so many men--almost always White--have looked at me hungrily, their jaws slack, their eyes half-closed, and said, “You know, I’ve never hooked up with a Black guy.”

I don’t feel any ocean left in me

“humans ruin everything,” Mom used to whistle harshly under her breath. “always poking around where they have no business.” Mom was a drowner. She hated her job, hated culling anything that she couldn’t eat, but she was the best hunter in our pod, and so she was, of course, a drowner.