Katie is an Atlanta-based writer focusing on race, health, and social justice. She's probably the only Black person named Katie you'll ever meet.

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Why Cigarette Companies Are About To Air A Bunch Of Ads... Telling You Not To Smoke

Think back to the last time you saw a television commercial advertising cigarettes. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. If you’re drawing a blank, it’s because cigarette ads on TV were banned all the way back in 1970. Starting this Sunday, however, these ads wil…
By Katie Mitchell

These #MyPainDay Tweets Show What An Average Day With Chronic Pain Really Looks Like

The disabled community has made huge strides in making their specific struggles more widely known and recognized. #DisabledAndCute, #AcessibilityMatters, #TheFutureIsAccessible, and #DisabledLatinx are just a few of the many hashtags on Twitter that …
By Katie Mitchell

This Museum Wants To Archive Your Cheesy Home Movies As Actual History

If this Thanksgiving is anything like all the other Thanksgivings since 1996, there will be plenty of dancing, laughing, and remembering the good ol’ days. Some time after saying grace, but before your cousins go on a walk around the neighborhood, so…
By Katie Mitchell

9 Things You Can Celebrate Instead Of Thanksgiving If It Makes You Uncomfortable

In elementary school, I was taught that Thanksgiving was a beautiful moment in our country’s history. Friendly white people sailed over on the Mayflower and befriended the Natives who taught them how to hunt and grow crops. The two groups celebrated …
By Katie Mitchell

These 20 Jobs Will Pay You Over $100,000 — If You Want To Work In These Industries

Money can’t buy happiness, or at least that’s what folks with money say. According to Forbes, attractive fixed salary is eighth on the list of top 10 factors for on-the-job employee happiness. Even though salary isn’t the number one factor in job sat…
By Katie Mitchell

This Video Game Makes You Fight Off People Who Want To Touch Your Hair

Black folks deal with strangers touching our natural hair all the time, and frankly, we’re sick of it. Solange sang "Don't Touch My Hair" on her hit album, A Seat at the Table. Tamera Mowry talked about it after revealing her big chop on The Real. An…
By Katie Mitchell

This Pill Tells Your Doctor If You’ve Taken It, But It’s Not As Freaky As It Sounds

Research suggests that more than half of all patients tell their doctors they’re taking their medicine exactly as prescribed when they’re really not. Lying to your doctor can lead to incorrect diagnoses and unnecessary trips to specialists. Lying can…
By Katie Mitchell

This App Will Donate Your Spare Change To Help Pay Bail For People Who Can’t Afford It

Mass incarceration in the United States is a huge problem. One of the many things activists are criticizing about the United States’ prison culture is the bail system. Bail is the money an arrested person must pay to the court in order to be released…
By Katie Mitchell

A White Person Claimed To Identify As Filipino In An Interview & People Are Not OK With It

A person in Florida has recently spurred controversy over the concept of "transracialism" — aka, taking on the identity of a different race. Ja Du, a "transracial" white person, gave an interview to WTSP-TV, a local Florida news station, claiming to …
By Katie Mitchell

The 19 Best Secret Santa Presents For People You’ve Only Spoken To Like, Once

It’s that time of the year again, folks. With Chrismahanukwanzakah on the horizon, offices, classrooms, and sports teams across the country are preparing for Secret Santa gift exchanges. Nothing exposes how little you know about a person like having …
By Katie Mitchell

This Powerful Open Letter Is A Reminder That Outing Sexual Predators Is A Privilege, Too

Although Hollywood is only a short, two-hour car ride from one of California’s largest agricultural sites, the actors that grace the big screen and the farmworkers who feed the nation rarely get mentioned in the same sentence. But on Nov. 10, 700,000…
By Katie Mitchell

Don’t Take Your iPhone X Outside This Weekend, Y’all

Loyal iPhone users can’t seem to catch a break. First, the iOS 11.1 update caused the letter “I” to be replaced with the letter “A” and a question mark, which led to some pretty iconic memes. Now, with temperatures dropping throughout the country, Ap…
By Katie Mitchell

This Tiny Device Can Tell If Your Weird Skin Mole Is Dangerous

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that, if recognized and treated early, is almost always curable. But because melanoma has “one of the most inefficient, ineffective diagnosis methods,” according to the Dyson Foundation, 80 percent of all skin cancer…
By Katie Mitchell

Why Teens In Chicago Want To Stop This $95 Million Police Academy From Being Built

On Nov. 8, a Chicago City Hall meeting got an unexpected guest in Chance the Rapper, who argued against a proposed police academy in West Garfield Park — which will reportedly cost the city $95 million. The Grammy-award-winning rapper and other Chica…
By Katie Mitchell

A White High School Teacher Allegedly Told A Black Student “That’s How People Like You Get Shot”

A white teacher at Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, GA, has been placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced of him allegedly threatening a Black student, according to the Washington Post. The video, which was reportedly shot late last m…
By Katie Mitchell

Sojourner Truth Is Getting Her Own Statue In New York For A Really Important Milestone

2017 has seen a renewal in the public’s interest in statues. Dozens of Confederate monuments have been removed or proposed to be removed after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville — protesting the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee res…
By Katie Mitchell

Twitter Is Finally Rolling Out 280 Characters To Everyone & People Have FEELINGS

You’ve probably noticed that some of your favorite Twitter users have been sending out longer tweets. Twitter tested out the increased 280 character limit for a select number of users back in September while the rest of us were left to make due with …
By Katie Mitchell

This Viral Twitter Thread Explains Exactly Why Blood Drives Need Diverse Donors

I have a confession to make: I’ve never donated blood. I walked by dozens of blood drives in high school and college because I was afraid I’d pass out. But recently, I found out that as a Black woman, my blood donation is needed more than I thought. …
By Katie Mitchell

48 Percent Of College Students Can't Afford Food, But A Hunger Strike Is Trying To Change That

Food insecurity — the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food — impacts college students on many campuses throughout the country, and to a much bigger degree than most people think. Of the college students who…
By Katie Mitchell

Here's Evidence Christmas Music Actually Messes With Your Mental Health

Picture this: You’re strolling through the mall, hot chocolate in hand. Out of the corner of your eye, you see a lovely red and green display at the front of your favorite department store. You walk in. The smell of peppermint tickles your nose and y…
By Katie Mitchell