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The Angry Black Woman

August 14, 2019
Black woman with afro hairstyle

Photo credit: Derek Torsani/Unsplash

 

The stereotype of  “the angry black woman” has inspired many GIFs and quotes that only serve to perpetuate the stereotype and show how deeply embedded it is in the fabric of the American society and other communities.

Black women threaten the fabric of society. Labels are used to strip us of our power and beauty. Click To Tweet

 

Is Anger A Bad Emotion?

But let’s break this down…Is anger a bad emotion? No, it is not…

Anger is a normal human emotion. It is a part of the human experience. Society has already taught us that when we are uncomfortable with things, we should try our best to isolate it and put it in a tightly closed box.  The fact is that…Black women threaten society. Yes, I truly believe that we do. The description of the phrase “The Angry Black Woman” is only used to restrict us, label us, and place us in boxes that remove our internal power.  This is a powerful statement because black women have so much power; but sometimes, we tend to misuse it and sometimes we let others turn it against us.

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Black Mental Health, Black Women

Black Women Health and Wellness

May 23, 2018

Photo by Clarke Sanders on Unsplash

Let’s face it…the health and wellness of black women is not a priority of the society that we live in. Black women face the intersection of gender and race minority (double minority). If you are an immigrant, such as myself, you stand in the center of a 3-way minority junction. The term “intersectionalilty” highlights intersections such as these very well for people of color. Health and wellness for black women is an area that is sorely needs more support.

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Black Mental Health, Black Women

5 Self-care Tips for Mothers Everywhere

May 16, 2018
Blak mother and son

Photo credit: Eloise Ambursley/Unsplash

So, in this month – May – we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States and parts of the Caribbean. Many of us will be heading out to seek out the perfect Mother’s Day presents, scheduling our Mother’s Day specials (brunches, dinners, massages, etc), and generally obsessing about the perfect Mother’s Day for our loved ones. So, as a mother myself, and surrounded by my own mother and mother-in-law, of course, I will be doing the same!

Of course, I had to join the Mother’s Day festivities. What can we say about mothers? They are awesome. We know there are mothers who have this name in roles only. But we have to give thanks for the women in our lives that love us unconditionally and support us. Most of these precious women tend to care for everyone but themselves. This has been our socialization.

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Black Women

What Does Intersectionality Mean in Mental Health?

October 11, 2017

Image courtesy of Kimberlé’s Twitter

 Intersectionality

The term intersectionality, coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and scholar, describes the overlap of social group categorizations (race, gender, social class, etc) and its relationships to systems of oppression and discrimination.

The term intersectionality as it relates to mental health is important as the term can help minority groups describe our experiences as we navigate our social and political worlds. As Kimberlé noted in her TedTalk, when we are unable to name an issue, we are unable to fix the issue.

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Black Women

3 Lessons on Black Love

September 21, 2017

Photo by William Stitt on Unsplash

I first became familiar with the ‘black love’ term when the Obamas became the first family of the US. I didn’t fully understand the need to have a specific term to describe a black couple. The Obamas and the Carters have become the gold standard of black relationships in the US. Maybe that’s because of the preoccupation with social media and the need to find role models that we can identify with.  This creates a certain amount of pressure to adhere to a society-approved relationship model as well as completely undermining those relationships that exists outside of the spotlight and have managed to thrive.

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