Artists discuss power of disruptive art
Feb16

Artists discuss power of disruptive art

JEFFVANDERLOU — In honor of Black History Month and HIV/AIDS awareness, the Griot Museum of Black History and Culture hosted a panel discussion with local artists Enrise Williams and De Andrea Nichols. The two artists shared a unique history: both were inspired by their lived experiences to create separate art exhibits using mirrors and caskets. Williams, a health activist and founding member of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS,...

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Collective STL offers health and wellness through yoga
Feb16

Collective STL offers health and wellness through yoga

OLD NORTH — Collective STL enhances the health and wellness in north St. Louis by offering ancient yoga practices. “We see our work as an obligation of service we must pay as a debt we owe to our ancestors,” said Ericka Harris, co-founder of the Collective STL. “The fact is black people are not doing well in St. Louis, and this is unacceptable.” Located in the 1400 block of N. Market, Collective STL was founded in 2017 by four...

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Bill seeks to improve conditions of pregnant inmates
Jan15

Bill seeks to improve conditions of pregnant inmates

DOWNTOWN — A jail cell is never a good place for a woman to be when she’s pregnant. But Sixth Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia is doing what she can to guarantee pregnant inmates will have the maximum chance of delivering healthy babies while in St. Louis jails. Ingrassia introduced a bill at Friday’s Board of Aldermen meeting that would require the city provide for the health of pregnant inmates. The bill, which is co-sponsored by...

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Heroin overdoses on the rise in Missouri, blacks die at higher rates
Jan10

Heroin overdoses on the rise in Missouri, blacks die at higher rates

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin use and deaths from heroin overdoses have been increasing in Missouri since at least 2013. Data reported in 2016 showed a rate of more than 15 heroin related deaths per 100,000 people in the state, compared to a national average of about 13 deaths per 100,000 people. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse estimates that one person dies everyday from a heroin overdose...

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The Heroine Fighting Heroin
Jan10

The Heroine Fighting Heroin

For 33 years, Daryl Tandy (not his real name) was decimated, debilitated and controlled by heroin. His struggle was exacerbated by jail sentences, financial struggles, and a lack of public health outreach or intervention options. If it had not been for the strength of values and faith instilled by his late mother, Tandy, who is now four years clean, said he would still be hooked on heroin. “People really don’t have a complete...

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Rollout of medical marijuana will take several months
Nov08

Rollout of medical marijuana will take several months

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri has joined the long list of states allowing medical marijuana, but it’ll likely be late next year at the earliest before people with cancer, HIV and other serious ailments will be able to obtain it. Missouri became the 31st state to approve medical marijuana when voters on Tuesday approved Amendment 2 . Voters likely expedited the implementation process by rejecting two competing medical marijuana...

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