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Will This Be The Last of The Mass Shootings?

I wrote this in frustration and outrage over our country’s handling of the recent shooting in South Florida, and this is my response to the American epidemic of mass shootings. On Wednesday, February 14th, a 19-year old gunman by the name of Nikolas Cruz opened fire inside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Wearing a gas mask and full of ammunition, grenades, and an AR-15 assault rifle, he took the lives of 17 people and injured those…

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Inspiring, Life

10 Affirmations To Tell Yourself When You Feel Like Giving Up

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Recently I’ve been waking up feeling like the weight of the world is on my chest. One Saturday morning I sat and stared at the ceiling for hours. I kid you not. I felt hopeless, inadequate, insecure, etc. You know that feeling where the world feels like its folding and you don’t want to fight back? You’re tired of fighting back.  Yeah, I know that feeling. I’m thankful to have the faith in God that I have, and I believe words…

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13 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Her & Him Under $30- I Did the Shopping For You

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas   Valentine’s Day is this week and shopping for the perfect gift can be hard and expensive. My suggestion is to plan a date/experience with your significant other. Creating memories is more important than materials (especially when on a budget).  The classic dinner and a movie (at home or out), visit an art museum, plan a day trip etc. And as an emblem of your love, pick up an item that won’t break the bank, but…

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Culture, Documentary, Events, Life

Photographer Melissa Spitz Documents Mother’s Mental Illness, “You Have Nothing To Worry About”

You Have Nothing To Worry About At SCAD Museum Of Art From January 30th to April 29th, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Modern Art will showcase the photo collection You Have Nothing to Worry About, from photographer and SCAD alumna Melissa Spitz. The collection exhibits Spitz’ mother through battles with mental illness and substance abuse during an 8-year period.       Melissa Spitz is from St. Louis, Missouri, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York….

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5 Tips on Armoring Yourself for This Cold and Flu Season

Being sick is never fun, especially when everyone around you is getting the same thing that you have. One of the toughest times to get sick is cold and flu season, and this year, it’s worse than ever. According to the CDC, this is the most widespread on record in the 13 years it’s been recorded, with a reported 30 pediatric deaths this month alone. As we move through the end of January into February, it’s important to prepare ourselves…

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Finding Your Match, 6 Tips to Healthy Online Dating

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Online Dating Tips For some, finding people to date is hard, especially after long periods of dud after dud. And now, more than ever dating is more difficult. There are so many online dating and social media platforms for the hopeless romantic. In an effort to combat the anxiety of finding your partner quicker, services like OkCupid, and Match.com advertise expertise in helping you find your perfect match.. and fast.  However, more often, the opposite is the case. A lot…

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Do You Recognize This Face? Boston Museum of Science Brings Awareness to Mental Illness

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Boston Museum of Science’s Exhibit, Many Faces of Our Mental Health   On Jan. 14, the Washington Post published a short article on the Boston Museum of Science’s new exhibit Many Faces of Our Mental Health , in which they asked what does someone with mental illness look like? Through Feb. 11, visitors can ask themselves that question and find their own answers in the work of artist Lynda Michaud Cutrell. Partnering with psychiatrist-scientist Dr. Bruce Cohen and science journalist Dr. Rae…

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Black Outlined Blue, A Photo Series Highlighting The Untold Stories of Black Police Officers by Daniel Edwards

We’ve all heard the sad and often horrifying stories of the injustices against black and brown citizens of America– police officers killing unarmed black men and assaulting young black women– a court system that convicts thousands of black men a year for the same petty crimes that are often dismissed when it is our white counterparts. Media and art have explored this tragic narrative from only two points of views– until recently. Daniel Edwards, an Atlanta Based visual artist started a photo…

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Oprah Winfrey For President? Why Trump’s Victory Gives Her A Fair Chance at Winning

Last night at the Golden Globe Awards Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. Demille Award award, the first black woman to receive the said award.  She rocked the nation with her powerful acceptance speech, touching on the “Times Up” movement, a movement dedicated to fighting Sexual Harassment. Oprah prophesied, “I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” words that brought the audience to their feet and left viewers empowered…

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5 Ways To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Keeping New Year’s Resolutions New Year’s Resolutions sometimes get a bad reputation because everyone is excited about the change in the new year, but then quickly become overwhelmed and stop striving for their goals. Resolutions are a great form of self-evaluation and they help to make sure you’re always trying to become the best you. Change is no easy journey, so here are 5 ways to help you stay on track this new year.   Make A List After you’ve made your…

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