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What Do the American Psychological Association’s New Guidelines Mean for Black Men and Boys?

The American Psychological Association released “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men” to help psychologists better address their male patients who are either victims or accused of bullying, physical or sexual harassment, depression, and/or anxiety. While the guidelines serve to address boys and men regardless of their backgrounds, the APA acknowledged that specific identities--including race—play a role in how masculinity is experienced and performed.

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Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983)

Born in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1917, Mamie Phipps Clark received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Howard University.  It was at Howard University that she met her husband, Kenneth Clark, who convinced her to pursue psychology instead of mathematics. Mamie’s Clark’s master thesis, “The Development of Consciousness of Self in Negro Pre-School Children," formed the early basis for the famous doll studies, which looked at the black child’s self-perception.

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How to handle racism with your child

The ways in which parents of color prepare their children for encountering racism and addressing it when it occurs are important. Here are some tips for parents from Dr. Anita Jones Thomas, a psychologist and dean of the College of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, and Dr. Nzinga Harrison, a psychiatrist based in metropolitan Atlanta.

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The aftermath of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary

The aftermath of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary washes in as waves. The docuseries, broadcast in January on the Lifetime cable channel, publicized R&B artist Robert Kelly’s extended history of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of Black women and adolescents, highlighting R. Kelly’s systematic harm as a function of his longstanding popularity and notoriety.

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Antonio Lewisr. kelly, music, artist
World AIDs Day

OurselvesBlack is recognizing World AIDs Day. Why? Because our communities are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDs and psychological and social issues are central to risk, treatment and prevention. Here are 3 quick ways to help prevent transmission and promote treatment.

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Sarah Y. Vinson