Helen Trejo:

Part of Cornell’s “Faces of Mental Health” Campaign. Powerful photos show student’s efforts and strategies to maintain a healthy mental state as they balance their personal lives and lives as students at Cornell University. This post features Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, Ph.D. student in Science & Technology studies.

Originally posted on S ∆ M M U S | OFFICIAL:

Last semester, I was asked to participate in a mental health awareness campaign at Cornell University called “Faces of Mental Health.” The art project, put together by the students from the group Cornell Minds Matter, juxtaposes black and white + color images, to highlight some of the struggles faced by students as well as the unique ways they’ve navigated those issues in order to find at a healthy mental space. To check out the rest of the striking images and messages in this campaign please head here (the page just went up). To learn more about Cornell Minds Matter as well as resources for managing your stress, anxiety, and/or depression you can head here. Make your mental health a priority and please don’t be afraid to reach out for help! We all need it sometimes [maybe all the time, and that's okay too].

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Positivity in ‘Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals’


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Copyright Nicola "Okin" Frioli" 2014

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Soil to Skin Rebecca Burgess’ 150 Mile Wardrobe

Fibershed "Soil to Soil" conceptual model by Rebecca Burgess, 2013

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Call for support: Jullien Gordon to Speak at alma mater Los Angeles High School


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Linking Fashion with “People, Planet, Profit” goals


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[Hood Sociology] Connecting Racism and Imperialsm via Hip Hop

Helen Trejo:

Conscious hip hop- connects racial political history with capitalism + imperialism:

Originally posted on Rebel Researchers Collective:

Hip hop has always been a space where critical topics and concepts are discussed by both the artists and their listeners. For the past few years I’ve followed a Toronto group known as the Freedom Writers.  They are in my opinion one of the best conscious hip hop groups out right now combining a radical critique of the industry and society with a great stage presence and flow (something lacking in a lot of conscious hip-hop music).

Last fall they came out with an album called NOW.  One of the songs on the album is called Arizona Bay. The song is  great example of the strong social critiques that hip hop and other music can create. Take a listen below:

The song combines an analysis of racism, capitalism, and imperialism to show how these systems feed off of each other and that the dynamics that animate the war in Afghanistan is…

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