Author: Olivia B. Waxman

USA

For decades, troubled teens have endured physical, sexual, and psychological abuse in residential rehabilitation programs. Survivors are now speaking out, shedding light on their traumatic experiences. Recently, documentaries like The Program: Cons, Cults, and Kidnapping and Teen Torture, Inc. have highlighted the horrors faced by teens in such facilities, exposing the lack of oversight and regulations. Former residents, like Jen Robison, and patients from nationwide facilities are sharing their stories, advocating for reform in the troubled teen industry. Many survivors describe their rebellious behavior as cries for help, emphasizing the need for proper mental health support. Through these documentaries, survivors…

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USA

FFifty years ago, talks began for a movie inspired by real Hollywood bigwigs who helped a leader of the Black Panthers flee America. It never got made…until now. The Big Cigar, a series debuting on Apple TV+ on May 17, is based on Hollywood producer Bert Schneider’s effort to get Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton to Cuba. The series follows Newton as he tests Schneider to ensure his trustworthiness, depicting the real history that inspired the show. The Black Panthers, founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966, aimed to combat police brutality and support minority communities through…

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