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1 Year Later: What Kenneka Jenkins’ Death Taught Me About Drinking And Friendship

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Kenneka Jenkins By Brenda Alexander It’s been a year since the tragic death of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago teen whose body was found in a hotel freezer after a night of partying gone wrong. Her case attracted national attention, protests and conspiracy theories, but was ultimately ruled accidental- she got intoxicated at a hotel party, wandered away from her friends…

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The Astounding Ways Aretha’s Home Going Connected Our Past and Present

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Aretha Franklin By Brenda Alexander We have all heard, or watched, the multi-day memorial plus 8-hour funeral in celebration of our beloved Aretha Franklin. Her life and legacy goes far beyond music. As Rolling Stone put it, “Aretha’s voice sang across decades of change and turmoil for black America.” Her mission outside of music to fight for the advancement of…

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The Unbelievable Reasons Behind the Astonishing Rate of Black Maternal Death

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By Dawn Washington As I’m watching a news story on the rise of maternal deaths in America, I’m shocked to learn that America leads the world in the number of maternal deaths. But that shock didn’t compare to what happened in me when I heard the stats related to maternal deaths among African American women and the reason why. Continue…

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