Mental Illness Is Not A Choice

Ja’Nell Gore shares her opinions on the rampant portrayal of depression and anxiety as romanticized mental health issues. From her own experiences, she knows firsthand that these are not issues that people choose to have. “Too often social media gives a misconception of what depression looks like and sometimes even romanticizes it.” Read more at […]

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County Allocates $2m for Parks, Prioritizing ‘Building Healthy, Safe, Forward-Thinking’ Communities Through General Plan

With a new grant for improved parks and other public spaces, Kern County is tackling an ambitious goal of adopting new changes that residents have been pushing for. Also on the agenda are improved drainage systems, libraries, and pedestrian pathways. “This tells us that the county is willing to listen to the residents’ priorities to […]

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A Forgotten History: Why Doesn’t My School Place a Greater Emphasis on Black History Month?

Even though February was Black History Month, Bakersfield’s Ja’Nell Gore continually notices how the narrative surrounding black history and accomplishments is weak and often incomplete. She wants a comprehensive adoption of black history into schools’ curriculums, ones that don’t just focus on slavery and Martin Luther King Jr. “Schools constantly nag students about the importance […]

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