Black male suicide deaths rising faster than other racial groups | cbs8.com

Researchers are sounding the alarm about the number of young Black men who are dying by suicide.  Just last week, the 26-year-old son of award-winning actress and director Regina King took his own life. Now, some in the African American community are speaking out to raise more awareness about suicide and mental health. Read the full story.

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit Millions of Workers

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 per hour for 13 years, according to Oxfam. That‘s $290 a week or $15,000 a year. And millions of workers–domestic caregivers, farmworkers, student workers, tipped wage workers, workers with disabilities–are not even entitled to $7.25 per hour. These are subminimum wage workers, and they deserve more,…

What Makes a Book ‘Appropriate’ for School?

Mine is a story of triumph over darkness, and, as such, is ultimately a story of hope. The possibility of planting seeds of hope in the hearts and minds of young readers is why I wrote Ordinary Hazards, writes Nikki Grimes. As agonizing as it was to rip open the wounds of memory, I knew there…

Colin Kaepernick continues to make moves off the field, launching a second autopsy initiative – Upworthy

The Know Your Rights Camp is offering free second autopsies to families who have had family members die due to “police related” instances. This initiative collaborates with board-certified forensic pathologists who perform the autopsies and disclose the initial findings, and report the final autopsy result to the family members. The purpose of the Autopsy Initiative is to…

School mental health ignores my Blackness

Mental health has become a buzzword in educational spaces. I, a rising sophomore in college, was a firsthand witness to this striking transformation through my time in high school, writes Maleah Downton. From “mindfulness” to “self-care,” these words conquered and dominated school counseling activities and resources. Here in Kansas City, my high school did it…

Making Space for Black History in the Classroom

“Black history is hard to talk about, but learning about it builds my students’ confidence and empowers them to take life into their own hands.” High school teacher Anthony Crawford knows exactly why politicians should not be censoring speech in schools and preventing students from learning an accurate, comprehensive account of history. Read the full…

Young People’s Pavilion: Graphic Novels Your Kids Will Love Reading

Graphic novels are the perfect combination of amazing storytelling and fiercely awesome visuals, according to HarperCollins Children’s Books. They are a great addition to any library and help kids get interested—and stay interested—in reading! Whether they like to read nonfiction, action, adventure, fantasy, or realistic fiction, there’s a graphic novel for every reader! Check out…