July is National Minority Mental Health Month 
 

Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths.

But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way.

Both an irreverent memoir and a rousing call to action, Haldol and Hyacinths is the moving story of a woman who refused to become torn across cultural and social lines. Moezzi reports from the front lines of the no-man’s land between sickness and sanity, and the Midwest and the Middle East. A powerful, funny, and poignant narrative told through a unique and fascinating cultural lens, Haldol and Hyacinthsis a tribute to the healing power of hope, humor, and acceptance.

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This summer the City of Minneapolis and partners from across the state have collectively hosted events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A closing ceremony is scheduled for the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday, July 31st at 5pm. Toni Newborn is assistant director of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and chair of the closing ceremony. She talked with KFAI’s Xan Holston, who asked why it’s important to remember the anniversary of the passage of a piece of legislation.

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July 14th The Map: To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True

To create a totally joyous life, a life of your dreams? Some people have read book after book on the subject, and they still haven’t managed to make it happen. (Not their fault, really – the instructions just haven’t been clear enough, or easy enough to implement into daily life).

Tune in Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7pm to hear a mixed bag of queer-a-licious theater, music & dance. A menagerie of guests from the Minnesota Fringe Festival come on Fresh Fruit to talk about their shows with LGBTQ content, creators, and/or performers. Each guest gets 5 minutes to plug their show and then it’s on to the next. It’s crazy, kooky and queer!

On this week's True Brit! our genial host Simon Husbands will be coaxing some music out of special guest Doug Collins! Doug is a singer songwriter with a new CD coming out next week, so he will be sharing music from that and from his private collection – plus some live music too! Join Simon and Doug – this Friday night at midnight!

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