Black voices reflect on joy and the future

“I make a lot of music when I’m depressed or sad,” Randolph added their mental health issues do not mean there is anything wrong with them. “I think it means there’s something wrong with society, you know, society that could be working a lot harder to meet my basic needs and to make me feel wanted and loved.”

Teen Wonders How to Move Forward After Week of Violence

Police officers in Oakland, Calif., line up across from demonstrators on July 7 as protesters marched against police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Amanda Agustin/Youth Radio

 
After a week of violence and death, Youth Radio’s Soraya Shockley ponders how to move forward despite the sadness and anger.  

On Tuesday, in Baton Rouge Louisiana, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot by police. The next day, in Falcon Heights, Minnesota police shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile. Both were black men, and videos of their deaths have been watched by millions on social media. Including me. These two videos aren’t special.