Matthew R. Manning

Homeward Bound: A Search for Peace

“People just see our youth as Black and angry. They’re not considering their illnesses,” Matthews says. “The system has failed our young people, as well as our community – period – by stopping their resources and access to mental health services. These kids are trapped in a cycle.”...

Beauty, Love, Struggle: The Art of Blackness

“Our Stories, Our Voices.” Thus rings the slogan for Art of Blackness, an exhibition “created to allow for a meeting of the minds between African American artists and design professionals. The exhibit's goal is to provide the featured artists with both an avenue of expression and an introduction to potential patrons and resources.”...

Black Boy Cry

You’re sitting in a drab airport terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare, surrounded by dozens of white travelers. Pay these faces no mind. This is a scenario you’re used to; a feeling of isolation you resent, but one you’ve accepted as normal. Focus instead on the 60-something-year-old Black woman searching for a seat some rows ahead of you. ...