You’ll Want to Tune into John David Washington’s Latest Interview.
The BlacKkKlansman actor and former Morehouse college football star stopped by Variety/iHeartRadio’s PLAYBACK podcast. There, he talked about his latest film, his empathy for Black and brown law enforcement, and more.
“It’s a thankless job for police officers, period, but specifically for men and women of color protecting and serving,” Washington said. “Because here, a lot of people think that they’re not for their people, for the cause. That they’re not aware or they’re not what they call ‘woke’ because they wear blue. And then they’re not blue enough for the department. So I want people out there that are protecting and serving, doing it the right way, I want you to be proud.”
Washington also talked about growing up as Denzel Washington’s son, as well as the NFL protests. Read more and listen here.
Americans Should Be More Afraid of HPV, Says Vox. And Yes, That Includes You.
In a new report, writer Javier Zarracina shares that HPV-related cancers are on the rise for both men and women. Numbers from the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention show that “the number of new HPV cancers reported annually went up from 30,115 in 1999 to 43,371 in 2015.” This means that HPV is now the cause of almost all cervical cancers, 95 percent of anal cancers, and 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers.
Thankfully, Vox also notes, the HPV vaccine takes care of most high-risk strains, so if you’re looking to protect yourself, it may be time to look into what doctors now call “one of the most significant cancer prevention tools ever developed.” And explore some oral sex protection methods, while you’re at it.
This Publication Wants to Change the Way We Discuss Men’s Mental Health.
HIM + HIS, “an anthology of visual and written contributions exploring the strengths and weaknesses of men and mental health,” is halfway to its crowdfunding goal. When it reaches it, Helene Selam Kleih—who conceptualized the journal following the passing of her cousin and her twin brother’s diagnosis with psychosis and clinical depression—hopes to shatter stigma and give readers a platform to be open and honest.
“That physical and performative strength equals mental and spiritual stability [is a common misconception about men and their mental health],” Kleih recently told i-D. “From a young age, men are taught to be strong and strength is demonstrated not through words, but actions. Even as I was answering these questions, I got into a conversation with a psychology student seated nearby; her reaction to HIM + HIS was this: ‘When a little boy trips, their mum will tell them, ‘Niin iskaa dig,’ meaning ‘man up’ in Somali, act like a man.’ The unfavorable language surrounding mental health in general is problematic and leads to a reluctance to speak out, let alone seek help. ‘Sufferer’, ‘Problem’ even ‘Patient’ all lead to a victimization of the person, and a detachment between a being and the agency they have over themselves.”
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