2510, 2021

How do we fix child care in the South? These 5 advocates have thoughts

By |October 25, 2021|

Before the pandemic, the South was already a place where child-care workers are paid less, even when wages are adjusted for cost of living, than the national average. Many places in the South, particularly rural areas, don’t have enough child-care slots for the number of eligible children.  This year, Reckon obtained data on child-care program closures in Tennessee, Alabama, [...]

1409, 2021

As Black folks reimagine soul food, plant-based eating is on the rise

By |September 14, 2021|

For Black Americans, eating greens is becoming about a lot more than massive pots of collards, mustards and turnips.  While the pandemic has disproportionately affected Black and brown communities, some have found restitution by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diets and, in some cases, switching to plant-based diets.  [...]

305, 2021

More diverse, higher poverty: What babies tell us about the future South

By |May 3, 2021|

In states across the Deep South, children of color make up about half of the child population.   And those children are now two to three times more likely to live in poverty than their white counterparts, according to a new report issued this month, forecasting a potential for growing economic inequality across the region.  “Looking at how babies are [...]

1204, 2021

In a rural Alabama town, young Southerners have created their own ‘magical community’

By |April 12, 2021|

Sarah Cole, 32, is relaxing on the front porch swing with her partner, Robert Fitzpatrick, when her phone buzzes.  It’s a text from their friend, Tim Higgins, inviting them over. Tim and his partner, Aaron Head, live just across the street. The spring breeze ruffles at least half a dozen different windchimes strung along the porch [...]

1501, 2021

The legacy of Black Joy

By |January 15, 2021|

The first two weeks of 2021 have felt like a whole month to me.   But I managed to catch a theme despite the chaos this week, and that is: What is your Black joy legacy?   While we often talk about legacies when our folks are no longer with us, it’s important to note how our words and actions build our legacies in the present day. [...]

101, 2021

New year, same Black Joy

By |January 1, 2021|

On the last day of 2020, I read jokes on social media going around about black-eyed peas.   A tried-and-true tradition was turned into a cautionary tale: Don’t soak them peas this year. They didn’t bring us a lick of luck of 2020. We’re walking into 2021 with new traditions.   I laughed and [...]

1812, 2020

At this COVID-19 unit, things were getting better. Now, its nurses fear a ‘tsunami’ is coming

By |December 18, 2020|

Working in a hospital COVID-19 unit right now feels a little like being in a disaster flick, said Jake Perkins. A 24-year-old registered nurse in a medical intensive care unit at UAB, he’s caring for the hospital’s sickest COVID-19 patients.  “It reminds me of a movie about a tsunami,” he told Reckon. “You turn around and you see this wave coming at you.”  Recently, UAB Hospital hit a [...]

1109, 2020

Southerners from eight states demand Medicaid expansion

By |September 11, 2020|

Activists from eight Southern states have formed a new coalition to urge Medicaid expansion. Of the 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, eight are in the South. Nine out of 10 people who fall in the so-called “coverage gap” — [...]

709, 2020

Broken by design: The long history of the South’s fragmented health care system

By |September 7, 2020|

The Covid-19 pandemic laid bare the problems with the South’s fragmented, patchwork health care system. Nine out of 10 people in the United States who fall into the “coverage gap” live in the South. The region leads the country in high rates of chronic disease and each year we see more and more hospitals shuttering across the rural South.

905, 2020

As Alabama reopens, will people wear masks?

By |May 9, 2020|

Crowds gathered Tuesday afternoon in parking lots surrounding Huntsville Hospital. Parents and kids, grandparents and teens sat on tailgates and waited for a promised military flyover honoring hospital workers. Few were wearing masks, but none were crowded together, keeping mostly to their cars.

805, 2020

How are extroverts finding purpose without people?

By |May 8, 2020|

The unmistakable riff from the early ’90s grunge hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit," by Nirvana has been keeping Anna Mahan busy in quarantine. Mahan, a recent graduate of the University of North Alabama, has been trying to fill every moment of self-isolation with engaging activities, like learning chords on her new guitar, streaming shows, and reading books. In a non-pandemic world, the self-described extrovert would be working closely with others at her now-canceled internship in Honduras.

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