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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11 Genius Ways To Make The Most Of A 3 Day Weekend

Everyone loves a three-day weekend. When one is coming up, it's literally all anyone can talk about. You'll get the question "What do you have planned for the three-day weekend?" approximately 87 times before it's time to clock out. But even though t…
By Katie Mitchell

These "Healing Retreats" Help Black Women To Disconnect — Without Having To Deal With Racism

As a Black woman, my bandwidth for dealing with white people is often maxed out each Monday by noon. Every aspect of my life requires me to consider race. Will my dermatologist know how to treat Black skin? Should I straighten my hair for this interv…
By Katie Mitchell

Money Actually CAN Buy Happiness — And Science Figured Out Exactly How Much It Costs

You’ve probably heard the saying “Money can’t buy happiness.” Personally, I’d be more than willing to test out that hypothesis myself, but researchers at Purdue University beat me to it. Researchers found that there is an actual amount of money it ta…
By Katie Mitchell

11 Black Athletes Who Made Winter Olympic History

This year, the Olympic Winter 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, coincide with Black History Month in the United States, a month-long celebration where the successes of Black people are lifted up for the world to see. With the Games in full swin…
By Katie Mitchell

This Is How To Know If Your Food Poisoning Is Actually Norovirus

When you feel sick to your stomach, it’s only human nature to want to know the source of your illness. Is it food poisoning or is it norovirus? Some illnesses have so many similarities that it’s hard to distinguish between them, but knowing the under…
By Katie Mitchell

8 Olympic Athletes Who Swear By Plant-Based Diets

Have you ever wondered what your favorite Olympians eat? I know I do. You'd think they'd need a lot of protein, given how much muscle you need to be a professional athlete, much less an Olympian. Some Olympic athletes are vegan or vegetarian, and the…
By Katie Mitchell

Here’s How Much Money Athletes Make In These 8 Winter Olympic Sports

With everyone getting excited about the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, you’ve probably been more curious about winter sports than usual. The Olympics are one of my favorite traditions because it brings together people from all across the worl…
By Katie Mitchell

This Is How Figure Skaters Actually Pull Off Their Amazing Tricks

When you think of a physicist, what comes to mind? A lot of people picture Albert Einstein at a chalkboard solving equations, but what if I told you physicists also wear bedazzled costumes and do tricks on ice skates? While they may not have a PhD in…
By Katie Mitchell

A Teacher Allegedly Assaulted A Student Who Didn’t Stand For The Pledge Of Allegiance

A physical education teacher in Lafayette, Colorado, is currently on paid administrative leave after allegedly assaulting a student who didn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance on Feb. 1. Angevine Middle School principal Mike Medina stated in an ema…
By Katie Mitchell

These Artists Are Reimagining Black History Month To Think About The Future

Most folks know that February is Black History Month in the United States. Black History month began as in 1926 and later became a month-long celebration in 1976. As anyone who has attended a public school in the United States knows, Black History Mo…
By Katie Mitchell

The First Modern Britons Had “Dark Skin” & "Pale" Eyes, According To New DNA Analysis

The DNA of “Cheddar Man,” a man who lived over 10,000 years ago and is believed to be the first modern Briton, revealed what the first people in Britain may have looked like thousands of years ago. Researchers from London's Natural History Museum and…
By Katie Mitchell

12 Olympians Who Have Hustles On The Side

These days, everybody has a side hustle, even your favorite athletes. Olympians are adored by people across the world, but adoration doesn’t pay the bills. Even though training for the Olympic games can feel like a full-time job, it doesn’t actually …
By Katie Mitchell

A Study Just Linked Having Acne With Depression — Here's What You Need To Know

Acne can suck. As someone who has had acne for years and has the scars to prove it, I’m speaking from first-hand experience. If you’ve ever had acne, you may be familiar with the some of the side effects associated with the skin condition; itching, r…
By Katie Mitchell

The Number Of Students Who Are Accurately Taught About Slavery Is Infuriatingly Low

As a student in high school, I couldn’t help but notice that my social studies classes seemed to skim over the American slavery portion of the curriculum. Enslaved Africans were sometimes referred to as “unpaid workers,” and the notion that not all e…
By Katie Mitchell

Your Cold Meds Might Be Messing With Your Mood, According To This New Study

This year’s severe cold and flu season has taken many in the United States by surprise, but people are finding ways to try to avoid getting sick or feel better faster when they do start feeling under the weather. Seeing folks stock up on over the cou…
By Katie Mitchell

These Eagles Super Bowl Memes Include Some Pretty Sick Burns

Are you ready for some football? Ready or not, Super Bowl LII is underway, and the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots are both in it to win it. No matter, who you're rooting for or the outcome of the big game on Feb. 4, 2018, Twitter always…
By Katie Mitchell

This Unexpected Side Effect Of Depression Changes How You Speak

Anyone who has lived with depression knows that the mental illness impacts every aspect of your life — appetite, relationships, energy levels, and even the way you communicate. A new study has quantified how much depression can change your communicat…
By Katie Mitchell

Turns Out That “Shower Rat” Isn’t Actually A Rat At All — It’s A Giant Rodent 

Typically, I’m really grossed out by rats. I cannot overstate how much they usually make my skin crawl. They rummage through the trash, carry diseases, and have long, creepy tails, but the viral shower rat may have changed my attitude towards rats (f…
By Katie Mitchell

This Flu Season Has Been Especially Bad For Children, According To The CDC

The flu virus has hit the United States particularly hard this season, but the 2018 flu season has been especially bad for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that this flu season would last a few more weeks, and on …
By Katie Mitchell

These 15 Young People Are Celebrating Black History Month In Creative & Inspiring Ways

It’s the first day of Black History Month, and Black Twitter is already having a great time sharing .gifs, memes, and hot takes about the blackest month of the year. There are so many ways to celebrate Black History Month, and as I scrolled down my T…
By Katie Mitchell