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February 2018

Black Mental Health

What Is Black on Black Prejudice?

February 28, 2018

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What is black on black prejudice? In keeping with my belief about ‘Authenticity and bravery in sync,” it is impossible to not address an issue that I believe is pervasive in the black community. Prejudice towards other blacks is extremely pervasive in the black community but it is very rarely talked about. Even in working on this post, and researching recent articles, the results were very limited. Most people would not use the term ‘racism’ to address the prejudice that exists within the black community, because it’s not black and white or across racial groups.

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Black Mental Health

Mental Health in the Caribbean: Changes in the Afro Caribbean

February 25, 2018

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The Caribbean is seen as this place of paradise for visitors to come and frolic for a period of time and then return to their lives. The truth is that many people that live on these islands have never experienced the tourist attractions for the islands they live on. Underneath all the sunny days and rolling seas lies everyday people with thriving cultures built on independence from colonialism. The underlying social impact is slowly rising to the surface with the rise of mental health problems in the Caribbean.

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Black Mental Health

Black Panther: A Mental Health Perspective

February 21, 2018

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The Ryan Coogler film, Black Panther, has been breaking records and making waves in the media. A Marvel Entertainment big budget superhero movie that is set squarely in the Marvel cinematic universe (Black Panther is an Avenger) but has become a movement all its own. As a movie buff and a big superhero fan, the excitement and anticipation for that movie was so inspiring to watch, and just plain fun to be a part of.

The movie sports an almost all black cast, with strong individual characters, and clearly depicts the African continent in all its glory. The movie covers so many different themes from self-identity, power, family, betrayal, forgiveness, tradition, modernism, futurism, politics, and so much more. I saw the movie a few times during opening weekend in different locations and it was interesting to observe the various audience reactions to the movies. In the urban and mixed areas, the reactions to the movies were relaxed, engaging, and responsive throughout the movie. In the suburban area, the audience was reserved and quiet, barely laughing at the jokes.

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Black Mental Health

When Did You Begin Accepting Your Black Self?

February 18, 2018

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“When did you accept your black self? When did you add your blackness into your self-identity?

When did you first acknowledge it? When did you begin to like being a black woman/man?”

I did not always like the fact that I was black. For many of us, accepting our blackness comes with a lot of history and responsibilities? Though, you may not be aware of it, at some point, you had to go through a self-acceptance process to make sense of who you are. I wonder how many people are walking around in their lives and have not experienced this process?

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Spirituality

How Awesome Is Our God?

February 14, 2018

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This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.”

Isaiah 43:21 KJV

I was reading a devotional (I forget which day it was) and after reading it, I just felt amazed. Sometimes, we are so busy with our lives and distractions, we just forget that God really is good all the time. The service that I went to this past Sunday also reinforced those thoughts that I had. We get bogged down with complaining about everything that we never take the chance to just relish all the small and daily miracles that God gives. It rained for two days this weekend and I’m sure everyone, including me, was complaining, and saying…enough of the rain. Then, I was watching the weather and the meteorologists was reporting how much we needed the rain.

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