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When the Capitol was overrun with President Trump’s supporters mere weeks ago, the news cycle was intense. Not only were we trying to make sure that the Senate and House members of Congress were safe and secure, but we were also trying to make sense of what exactly was happening between the Capitol Police and the insurrectionists. Social media was on fire, but one particular trend caught Black Twitter’s eye: #SayHerName was trending but not for the right reasons.

The #SayHerName campaign was launched in December 2014 to raise “awareness to the often invisible names and stories of Black women…

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The year 2020 seems to be throwing everyone for a loop. With growing civil unrest, political upheavals, and the Covid-19 pandemic, psychologists are noticing a growing upward trend of clients struggling with anxiety and depression. Mental health is so important, now more so than ever because of the isolation and routine changes that the COVID pandemic has forced.

This past week, my therapist informed me she was leaving her position for something new, and she would no longer be seeing clients, triggering a pretty severe depressive episode in me.

Fortunately, over the years, I’ve built a sound support system full…

Late one night last week, I was scrolling through my social media feed and noticed someone named Jessica Krug trending. At first, I ignored it, but when I saw the infamous Rachel Dolezal trending alongside Jessica’s name, my interest was piqued. I clicked and was unsurprised to see reports of yet another white woman pretending to be Black for her career gains.

Jessica Krug was an associate professor of African & African Diaspora History at George Washington University. According to the school’s website, Krug was ‘a historian of politics, ideas, and cultural practices in Africa and the African Diaspora, with…

Alisha Chamat

Alisha Howard-Chamat is a freelance writer and author of the YA book, Awakener. You can find her around the web @AlishaChamat and at

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