It’s blizzard season on the east coast!

The Walmarts have become ghost towns, people have set their Netflix and chill schedules, and students and planning to postpone doing their homework for one more day. Yes, this impending east coast blizzard seems like it’ll be a dream; but what happens to those who do not have basic luxuries? How do the impoverished feel about Old Man Winter’s appearance? I usually get saddened by the thought of individuals not having proper food or housing in these brutally cold seasons. I mean, Philadelphia has an extremely high homeless population (as…

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How balanced are you?

Do you shift with moving situations or are you able to keep you balanced? Life throws so many curveballs. We’re only 15 days in 2016 and countless people have mentioned that this year has been more than TOUGH. But what does one do with these tough 15 days? Well, one could always sink low in the down times and be one’s  most bubbly during the high times; but I think that would drive anyone insane. Janelle Monae advises that we, “tip on the tightrope,” which is the best advice I…

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New Year’s resolutions . . .

. . . a step in the right direction or a waste of everyone’s time? I ask this not as a pessimist, but as one who has gone to numerous Planet Fitness locations and has had to duck and dodge the gym newcomers who have made weight loss their goal. And, I mean, I’m not opposed to individuals choosing to better themselves—I’m actually all for it! What I could do without is the tendency for people to overdo a New Year’s resolution in early January and fall off the train…

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The holidays should be a time for tidings of great joy . . .

. . . but the breakup rate around the this time causes anything but glad tidings. For the past few weeks, my peers have filled my head with how breakups over the holidays are the most cost efficient activities one can partake in. And I mean, it makes sense–the money used for gifts and jewelry can be used to pay a bill, buy great food, or see the new Star Wars film. But what happens when the  wrapping paper is piled high in the dumpster and the holiday season makes…

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Plain Talk’s first chat-n-chew was a major success . . .

. . . it was so refreshing to see how a parent valued strong communication with their child regarding topics on sexual health. It was even more interesting to view a parent’s reaction toward the possibility that their child would choose to be sexually active outside of the confines of marriage. We at The Hype realize that being a parent is a tough and serious job. We also recognize that a parent (or guardian) is the most influential figure in a child’s life. We’re so grateful for the parental participation…

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5 Benefits of Sleep . . .

. . . because it’s the one thing we all wish we could get more of, but refuse to make time for.   And, I know, good sleep (like the alleged good man), is hard to find; but the truth is we wear ourselves down by rejecting proper rest. Although our task list(s) may tell us we can go with less and less hours of sleep, denied rest will eventually have us in a place of unaccomplished goals and a tired spirit. Get into these 5 benefits of sleep.  …

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Mental Health and Media

Mental health is an important topic that stands taboo in so many communities. Specifically in the black community, issues such as anxiety and depression get swept under the rug with statements like, “You’re not crazy,” “Pray about it,” and,“Just try to relax.” Well, these are all good suggestions, but they do not get to the root issue–the fact that people are struggling and need a way to heal. I’m glad that there are many African American individuals in the public eye who are using their stories to reduce the stigma around…

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