I was quite proud of the internet last week. With the exception of some truly reprehensible trolling on twitter, the the internet generally reacted to Robin Williams’ suicide in the best way possible: by starting a dialogue about the nature of depression and suicide prevention.
“We have to do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, warning signs, effective interventions and treatment,” wrote the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “Suicide is preventable and we all have a role to play to end the tragedy of suicide.”
Let’s be honest, we’d all like to eat well, but quality, homemade meals belong to a realm of the culinary world accessible only to the rich and completely off limits to anyone with a limited income ... right? WRONG! Don’t let the naysayers and pessimists get to you. Living on a budget does not mean you have to settle for fast food and microwavable dinners and food studies scholar, Leanne Brown, can prove it.
The largest terrestrial animal, Elephants need a lot of food and freedom to survive. The number of elephants has dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking their ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remained. World Elephant day was officially launched on August 12, 2012 to bring attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants worldwide, because both species face numerous threats pushing them towards extinction.
It’s astonishing to consider the impact a single organization can have on a community. Rather than provide supplemental or extraneous services that benefit only a marginalized few (as some people think they do… somehow), nonprofits, when well-run and adequately funded, deeply impact their communities and improve the lives of those they serve.
Entre Nos tells the story of a Colombian immigrant mother, Mariana, and her two children, Gabriel and Andrea, struggling to get along in New York City after her husband leaves them. Acted out in Spanish with English subtitles, the story is beautifully told and captured by Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte.
Disney and Lucasfilm have recently teamed up with Bad Robot and Omaze.com to support the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, a charitable initiative benefitting UNICEF. The campaign will raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and other projects that benefit those in need. Contributions can be made until July 25th at 11:59 p.m.
Phyto Universe has found a way to make their salon all-natural literally from wall to wall. On the far left of the salon, the wall is stocked with botanically created hair-care products for all ages and types. On the far right, lies a beautiful vertical garden, which also faces its storefront on Lexington.
American Addict, produced by Pain MD Productions and 888 Films, is a documentary about the overuse and abuse of prescription drugs in the United States. The US has five percent of the world’s population but consumes around fifty percent of the pharmaceuticals. People tend to put a high level of trust in their doctors and therefore assume that whatever their doctor prescribes must be safe. However, this is not always the case.
I’m sure you can remember some small school petition you might have signed or heard about when you were younger. In my middle school, I remember a girl went around and got the signatures of a few students to limit the amount of french fries served in our cafeteria. Gaining something around 20 signatures, the petition wasn’t really that effective but gained the attention of some higher ups. They did, in fact, think it was a good idea to stop serving french fries every day and made a change for the better, which earned the student a special kind of hatred from the 430 other french-fry loving students. However, while this little petition did have a some influence in our school, an elementary school petition is having huge impact on our nation.
Who Killed the Electric Car, directed by Chris Pane, informs viewers on the “murder” of the electric car in California. The documentary goes on to list off the suspects for the murder, which among others included the consumers, batteries, oil companies, and government. Like any other murder case, it provides evidence for each of the listed suspects.
The film plays out like a long news report. Facts were being reported, but there was no vehicle through which the issues and why they’re important were represented. Before it immersed itself fully into this reporting mode, it advertised the EV1 with interviews from users, including Mel Gibson.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead directed by Kurt Engfehr and Joe Cross follows Cross, an Australian entrepreneur who is 310 pounds and suffering from an autoimmune disease that affects his attempts to lose weight. When he visits the doctor and discovers that he is 100 pounds overweight, he decides to take control of his health. He vows to only drink fresh fruits and vegetables for 60 days in order to lose the extra weight and get off his medications.
In the United States, every minute, 24 people are abused by their intimate partner. Taking a look at domestic abuse on a global scale, one in three women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, with 38% of murders against women being committed by their significant others.
There are several forms of domestic abuse, including both physical and sexual. No matter the type, each focuses on gaining or maintaining power in a relationship, and as evident in the aforementioned statistics,
After a long day, with a low budget, many American families skip a tedious trip to the kitchen and buy easy, cheap fast food. The ideology is simple – Fast food costs very little, it tastes good, and it’s an easy alternative to cooking a meal. Yet, the time and money it may take to prepare a healthy meal is exceedingly worth it when one considers the consequences of fast food consumption. So, exactly what adverse effects from fast food have made slow and steady the winner in the healthy-living race?
A haunting but touching story of a child soldier turned champion boxer
In 1986, six-year-old Kassim Ouma was abducted by Ugandan rebels. Ouma experienced and took part in things no one should ever be a part of, including such atrocities as torture and murder.
Have you considered doing a detox lately? Although often associated with dieting, detoxing the body is a great way to stay healthy and rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. One way to know if you need a detox is if you are feeling sluggish, bloated, or have irritated skin. By going through a detox, you can help ease these issues by both resting and cleansing your body.
It’s been three years since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, thirty-seven years since Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and forty years since the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. The LGBTQ community’s fight for equal treatment and societal acceptance is decades old. Yet today LGBTQ youth comprise around 40% of America’s homeless, with up to 8,000 LGBTQ teenagers and young adults living on the streets of New York City alone.