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As the United States comes to grips with its ugly history, more and more people are calling for an end to the ways we honor those with dark pasts. Statues and monuments of former slave owners and confederates are coming down and petitions are circulating to rename cities after better people than Christopher Columbus. There are also schools named after some very terrible people from history that need some new names. According to Education Week, there are 135 schools across 17 states that are named after...
With all these statues coming down, many have asked who should replace them? Should we even have statues? What’s the purpose of them? Many say it’s for history, but museums are for history. Statues are not for history, they’re for recognition. Most of the confederate statues were put up during the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights Movement as a way to strike fear and “put people in their place”. That’s why they’re so easy to take down, they were put up quickly with...

The U.S. is seeing a surge of Coronavirus cases–and deaths–as states begin to ease their restrictions. Despite this reality, there’s a persistent phenomenon: some men are refusing to wear masks. A recent study reveals that men in the U.S. report less intention than women to wear masks, especially in counties that don’t mandate wearing them. Ironic, considering that men appear to be disproportionately impacted by the virus. In New York City, for example, not only are men infected in greater numbers, but they are also dying...
The United States has been a little bit of a dumpster fire recently. Between the pandemic, the innocent Black lives being taken, the revolution, and the wit of Gen Z, who pranked the president over the weekend, things are starting to feel more like a dystopian novel than real life. Interestingly enough, it seems that the American public seems to agree, with a new survey finding that we’re the unhappiest we’ve been in five decades. The COVID Response Tracking Study surveyed 2,279 Americans over 18 years old between...
Amidst the protests responding to the murder of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, corporations are reckoning with the racist histories and caricatures rooted in many of their brands and logos. Quaker Oats, the subsidiary company of Pepsico, announced on June 17 that they would be retiring their Aunt Jemima products after 131 years.  Other companies soon followed their lead. B & G, the owner of Cream of Wheat, stated that they were “evaluating our packaging” in an email...
While most of us have been playing Animal Crossing full-time and binge-watching The Office during quarantine, there are some who have been fighting hard to keep old habits down and continue on the path to recovery.  Eating disorders are typically defined as disorders related to “unhealthy, obsessive or disordered” eating and exercise habits—the most commonly known types being anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Thirty million people in the United States suffer from eating disorders at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association—20...

Thanks to COVID-19, Lady Gaga’s new album isn’t the only thing to be pushed back this year. The pandemic also affected the 2020 elections, causing many states to delay or change their primaries. To find out when voting is happening in your state, you can click here. Now that you’ve figured out when your state is voting, what’s next? Here are some simple action steps you can take to make sure you get your voice heard in this election cycle. Visit Your State Election Website. You can look...
Our health is so important but at the same time it can be hard to exercise nowadays when we are mostly indoors due to the pandemic. Walking is one of the most basic exercises we can do, even if it is just from your room to the fridge. Now imagine being able to learn more while walking, a win-win. GirlTrek recognizes that Black women have among the highest cases of hypertension and diabetes, as well as suffer various side effects due to systemic racism. It...
While most of the country has embraced therapy and wellness culture, mental health within the Black community remains taboo. However, now, more than ever, Black mental health is the most important thing to be prioritized. According to the CDC, the death rate of Black Americans has declined about 25 percent over 17 years, primarily for those aged 65 years and older. However, younger Black Americans are living with or dying of many conditions typically found in white Americans at older ages. Social factors due to racism like...
Two weeks ago, just before the murder of George Floyd, the video of Amy Cooper, a white woman, calling the police on Black man, Christian Cooper (no relation) in Central Park, went viral. Christian Cooper, an avid birdwatcher, merely told Cooper to put her dog on a leash, in accordance with the park’s section rules. She became frantic and called the police, stating that there is “an African-American man threatening my life.” The viral video sparked many conversations about race--specifically focusing on white women's fear of...