POWERFUL! 23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You’re Black In America [VIDEO]

Alicia keysIn the course of healing from the latest police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, many people have spoken up about the double-standards and atrocities facing Black and Brown people in this country. Your favorite celebrities have also chimed in to use their voices to speak out and raise awareness, not only in the states, but abroad as well.

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On Monday, Alicia Keys organized dozens of America’s highest profile black celebrities to make a powerful statement about black lives and to speak out against the unacceptable normalcy of police brutality. In an original video for news website, Mic.com based on the piece, “23 Everyday Actions Punishable by Death if You’re Black in America,” Keys, along with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Common, Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson and so many more each describe just how mundane, trivial and everyday action can get you killed if you happen to wake up Black in America.

One by one, celebrities share the reasons why some of the names we now use as hashtags lost their life.

From Laquan McDonald to Oscar Grant, the list seems endless as both black and white give the “reason” why someone had to lose their life. One of the reasons being “sitting outside of your bachelor party” recognizing Sean Bell who was gunned down for just doing that.

Our hearts hurt. Our minds hurt. And our frustration is at all time high. You can see it in the eyes of every person in this video and even hear it in their voices.

We must tell the world that our lives matter until they actually do and we must also believe it ourselves. We thank Alicia Keys and others for speaking up and speaking out.

One voice. One heart. One love.

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4 Ways To Be A Better Friend To Someone With Bipolar Disorder

Two African American girlfriendsIf you have a friend who was just diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she will need your shoulder to lean on. She not only has to come to terms with therapy and any prescribed medication, but also a pendulum of moods swinging from anger and depression to confusion and sadness.

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It’s possible that your friendship may never be the same again. The new and ongoing stress your friend may feel while battling bipolar disorder could change her behavior toward you. She may lash out at you randomly, or even distance herself at times.

You must keep in mind that it’s the mental illness talking, not your friend. She still loves and cares about you as much as she did before. Now, you must be supportive of her struggle.

Here are some ways to help your friend while maintaining a strong relationship through the fight against bipolar disorder:

1. Learn about the illness.

There are a lot of misconceptions about people suffering from bipolar disorder. Don’t believe everything you hear. Read up on bipolar disorder and learn as much as you can about the illness. This will lead to a better understanding of what your friend and the 5.7 million other U.S. adults are going through.