Hurricane Ida Reflections By YaYa

Ida no… It was the 3rd of September, a day I’ll always remember…cause that was the day, that Entergy finally turned my electricity back on. Sighs in humidity. Sixteen years to the date, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, along comes Hurricane Ida. Louisiana and its fans (coughs in *visitors*) know these three things to be annual truths: 1) Mardi Gras will have you liquored up and on ya’ ass, 2) during the week of the Bayou Classic rivalry between Jags and GramFam: “ain’t no friends bih” …and last but not…

A Tale Of Misclassification By Health Equity Jazz

Trigger Warning September is Suicide Prevention Month. In honor of that, I want to share a personal story that has been on my heart and has shaped my thoughts and understandings of addiction, death, and suicide. This blog post discusses the topic of suicide, suicidal ideation, addiction, and depression. If you are not in a state of positive mental health, please be cautious in reading this post. If you are actively in a state of anxiety, depression, passive or active suicidal ideation, please know that there are resources available for…

Emotional Barriers: The Stigmas By Katherine March

The common displacement of thought over emotion is often thrown hard at women in today’s world of dating and/or overall romance. It projects onto the stigma that women are overall more emotional than men and don’t put thought into situations once their feelings are involved. While women tend to project out the feeling that men lack both empathy and sympathy when it comes to emotional expression. I wouldn’t say those notions are completely wrong but it has built up a very big emotional barrier for the genders when it comes…

Why We Should Be Hella Concerned About Environmental Racism By Kymberly Akpowowo

What does August 29, 2005, vs. August 29, 2021, have in common? Sadly, a lot. Exactly 16 years to the day that Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in the state of Louisiana residents are dealing with Hurricane Ida. 16 years later we have made minimal progress in the fight to dismantle/improve the damaging effects of structural and environmental racism. To note, about 60% of the population in New Orleans is Black. At the time this post was penned, more than 800,000 residents were without power, sewage, or water in Louisiana. Of…

Judgment Beyond The Bleachers by Nasir Salaam

Disclaimer: At Black With No Chaser, we believe in providing a platform for all voices. This series is brought to us by our incarcerated brother Nasir Salaam. We hope you enjoy and encourage his willingness to share his mind with us. Nasir can be found on Instagram @freenazz Nazz On IG also help Nasir reach 1000 signatures by clicking on the link Change.Org for his wrongful conviction. Learn more about his story. We never claimed to be angels, prophets or a messenger, just a human being that’s prone to mistakes.…