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Young Black Woman’s Thoughts: President Trumps Inauguration

February 26th, 2017

I had lunch yesterday (Thursday before the inauguration) with a colleague and mentor. In the midst of catching up and asking how her teenage daughters are doing, a story was recounted that on Christmas my colleague’s mother (and daughters’ grandmother) asked the oldest daughter (15 years old) how she was feeling about the future. And her response even at the tender age of 15 directly and indirectly sum up the thoughts of many right now, “I am trying to just make it through the next 4 years”. As I watched the live footage of President Obama leaving the Oval Office for the last time on CNN wit...

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Thankful for Young Black Men

February 25th, 2017

African American Man Looking At Camera. In the recent wake of the video release of the killing of Laquan McDonald—- a Thanksgiving Thankful Open Letter to Young Black Men: Dear Young Black Men- This Thanksgiving as we gather with family and loved ones to give thanks for the blessings of life, health, perseverance and hope, I personally want to express my resolute thankfulness for your (young black men’s) unwavering resilience in this environment that fumes evil, hatred, and lack of compassion for you; still you remain ever strong, ever alive, and ever fighting. Yesterday, Tuesd...

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Police Shootings and Mental Health

February 25th, 2017

It seems that with increasing frequency since Travyon Martin’s death three years ago, the big beautiful eyes of a young African American boy have flashed across the television or internet screen, “unarmed African American” at the top and “shot dead by police” at the bottom. But with the latest of these series of deaths, most recently the shooting death of Anthony Hill, a key component has to be further explored among the outrage and discussions surrounding police shootings. Mental health education, understanding, and compassion are sorely missing from the dialogue, and inevitably this issue is...

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Don’t Watch the Racist Oklahoma Frat Video

February 25th, 2017

I try to start off each Monday morning on an “amazing and productive” foot; well every day for that matter, but I am one of those people who put extra emphasis on Mondays to start my week off “right.” But this morning and — such is life — sometimes you are thrown a curve ball that makes you duck, but ultimately tests how quickly you can get back up and back on your way. I was driving to work listening to my usual rotation of Atlanta morning shows attempting to dodge commercials, and landed on V103’s Ryan Cameron and Wanda Smith in the Morning in the midst of discussing “some” racist event. I...

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The Passing of Natural Hair Pioneer Titi Branch

February 20th, 2017

Like I do most Mondays, I grabbed my morning herbal tea and sat down at my laptop to begin sifting through emails from the weekend, as my iPhone buzzed with a picture attachment and text message beaming. I picked up my phone, and within seconds my heart sank as I read the news from a fellow mental-health advocate that Titi Branch, the co-founder of Miss Jessie’s natural hair products, died by suicide. (Please note that it is most appropriate to use the terminology “died by suicide” as opposed to “committed suicide”; Terrie Williams, author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, f...

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The 3 Things Minority Women Need NOW For Mental Health

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February 19th, 2017

The 3 things minority women need now for mental health I remember vividly the day I was diagnosed with clinical depression. I was 15 years old, and to say the diagnosis was a double-edged sword is an understatement. On one end, I breathed a deep sigh of relief at finally having an explanation for my diminished relationships, extreme sadness and hopelessness, and withdrawn behavior. But as a young African-American girl, that brief sense of relief was quickly followed by feelings of intense shame and isolation. Why? Because, from the way I understood the world, Black people don’t have mental hea...

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