Differences big and small in BASL reflect Black culture, history
Languages reflect the groups that use them — sign language is no different. While some elements of Black American Sign Language adhere more closely to traditional American Sign Language, others arose from historical and cultural influences.
Strong but not silent: Black Deaf culture stakes its claim
Intersectional discrimination necessitated the birth of Black American Sign Language. But the vibrant culture that sprang forth from it continues to sustain a new generation of scholars, influencers and everyday people.
Casandra Xavier, who is deaf-blind, turned her frustrations around being marginalized into advocacy. She shares the nuances o f Black American Sign Language and disability legislation she’s fighting for in Massachusetts.
Small town battles 50 years of unchecked flooding issues
Every time it rains in Centreville, Illinois, it floods. Residents’ yards fill with stormwater, toilet paper, and even raw sewage. Meet some of the people who are trying to do something about this recurring public health and human rights disaster — just a 15-minute drive outside St. Louis.
George MacDonald has been hand-making shepherd’s crooks at his farm, Ewesfull Acres, for the last 30 years using unique material like Scottish blackface ram’s horns, water buffalo horn, and hazelnut branches harvested on his farm.
More than 4 in 5 teens have either missed class time or know a classmate who missed class time because they did not have access to period products. Two high school students were on a mission to change that.
No More Secrets, an organization in Philadelphia, delivers three to five months’ worth of menstrual hygiene products to those who can’t afford them, including local residents and beyond. Video courtesy of “You Oughta Know” from WHYY-TV.
Growing economic inequality and dwindling school budgets are creating barriers for kids who want to participate in organized sports. A school in Houston is aiming to narrow the gap and give their kids a shot on the field.
Members of the Twin Cities-based comedy group FAWK (Funny Asian Women Kollective) Saymoukda Vongsay and May Lee-Yang, along with Chicago-based comedian Elizabeth Gomez, share how they created a space for Asian women comedians free of censorship and reflect on the recent anti-Asian violence.
This summer, Juneteenth became a national holiday. Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed’s recent memoir ‘On Juneteenth’ explores the holiday’s significance and her own childhood memories celebrating Juneteenth in Texas.
Symptom checkers can arm people with information before a doctor’s visit, but experts point to a downside: a high probability for misdiagnosis. Here are the highest-ranked online tools for finding out what ails you.
Alone and afraid, an American college student studying abroad turned to the internet for answers about a host of increasingly painful and alarming symptoms. At first, she concluded it was Covid-19. More searches, and a doctor’s visit, revealed the truth.
When a playground divided her family, this mom designed one herself, with kindness and inclusion in mind. In the process, she addressed the real needs of kids and parents striving to create a society that wants to play together.
Efforts to halt Native-themed names, imagery gain traction
The use of Native American names and imagery is under national debate. Many educational institutions and some professional sports franchises have abandoned offensive mascots, while some colleges retain official partnerships with tribes.
Ban opens door to education, conversation and healing
Washington state Rep. Debra Lekanoff talks about banning Native mascots in schools, the importance of bringing Native and American communities together, and educating others about Native American culture.
Highlights of the progress to rid sports of hurtful images
Decades of protest against racist stereotypes have led to mascot changes in high school, college and professional sports. In 2020, the Washington Football Team finally succumbed to the pressure to drop its controversial team name, in use since 1933.
Religious invocations render aid and comfort amid crisis
With public worship curtailed, personal devotions strengthen believers’ faith in the power of prayer to help them through these anxious times. ‘I’ve seen people’s spiritual lives deepen’ during the pandemic, noted one high-profile Christian author.
In this 'new normal,' these prayers encourage and uplift
During the pandemic, religious scholars and authors from myriad denominations provided words of prayer ranging from entreaties for overall well-being to specific themes, such as intercessions for nursing home residents and ‘the new normal to come.’
Man’s faith sustained him through dad’s Covid-19 battle
When Faran Ahmad’s father was hospitalized with the coronavirus, he turned to prayer for comfort, finding peace in his connection to Allah, and ultimately, to extended family members living in Pakistan.
Activism can take many forms, and especially in the past year, artists have voiced opinions through their particular medium. From murals to posters to spoken word, artists share their thoughts in public spaces.
Trauma of Floyd aftermath leads activist to new advocacy
Isak Douah had long felt the mental toll of the fight for social justice but he’d always rebuffed suggestions to seek counseling — until the tragic events of Juneteenth 2020. His experience with therapy led to a new calling: funding mental healthcare for Black youth.
Black barbers train to cut through mental health stigma
As more studies show the connection between racism and mental health, new approaches to help Blacks, especially men, find advocates and get care are springing up in traditional community hubs like barbershops.
iPondr’s Stephanie Moore, an advocate for mental health, and Crystal Smith discuss their personal journeys to find answers and the proper care for their own mental health issues, and some of the challenges they faced along the way.
Finding mental healthcare that works for you can be daunting, especially in Black communities, where barriers to access are deeply entrenched. iPondr has curated a number of resources to get you started.
Nature is available to all. Why, then, is there such a lack of diversity in outside activities? Running, fishing and hiking are the top three outdoor pursuits, yet fewer than 30% of participants are people of color.
Nature is often seen as an equalizer because it’s available for all. However, people of color have long been underrepresented in the outdoors industry. Photographer/filmmaker Samantha Isom shares how she tries to break the narrative with her online journal and travel show, Brown Passport.
Black to nature: Various groups reclaim the outdoors
Racist attitudes and laws, including segregation, kept Black people and other people of color away from national and regional parks for generations. Now they’re teaching themselves the joys of savoring nature.