The Quick Read: Jada Pinkett Smith Shares Previous Suicidal Thoughts
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Jada Pinkett Smith took to Instagram to confront her previous suicidal thoughts following the recent deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. The 46-year-old Red Table Talk host reflected on her days of healing from while sharing a message about mental health. “Mental health is something we should practice daily, not just when issues arise,” she wrote. “With the suicides of Kate [Spade] and Anthony [Bourdain], it brought up feelings of when I was in such despair and had considered the same demise… often.” She dedicated the post to the late designer and chef. (Vibe)

New York City public housing is reportedly getting a $2 billion upgrade from the New York City Housing Authority after several complaints claimed that the agency has left tenants to contend with lead paint, malfunctioning elevators and rats. One billion will be paid over four years and $200 million annually until the residential issues are solved. NYCHA will now create three new departments to ensure they provide safe and sanitary housing for tenants: one for compliance, one for environmental health and safety, and one for quality assurance. (NBC New York)

Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, bonded with Oprah Winfrey before the royal wedding. According to a red carpet interview for OWN’s Love Is series, Winfrey explained how she asked Ragland to bring her yoga mat “in case we just want to do yoga on the lawn” and detailed Ragland’s love of kumquats. (TIME)

A Georgia church has been expelled from the Southern Baptist Convention after allegedly discriminating against another black congregation as they shared a church building. Raleigh White Baptist Church of Albany, Ga. displayed increasingly “un-Christian attitudes and acts” that were “racially motivated” toward New Seasons Church, an African-American congregation, says the Mallary Baptist Association. New Seasons has now merged with another church in the association. (The Root)

A proposal calling to divide California into three states has been made eligible for the November ballot. CAL 3, the name of the plan led by venture capitalist Tim Draper, gained 600,000 signatures, allowing for the statewide split. Northern California will cover the land from the Bay Area to the Oregon border; California will span six coastal counties, including Los Angeles and Santa Barbara; and Southern California will go from Fresno to San Diego excluding the California region. (ABC 7 News)

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