Brent Staples — Black Men and Public Space
In his short, autobiographical essay, Brent Staples brilliantly offers his experience on how he, as a black man, was able to alter space. He takes his readers in tow as he vividly retells his story of what should have been mundane encounters. Brent’s keen awareness is illustrated throughout, not only showing how he is perceived but, rather how this perception is ultimately a precarious balancing act played out daily like a hair-trigger target.
Hip-Hop, Barbershops, and Therapy: The Black Man’s Journey to Mental Health
“Want to a make a room full of Black people uncomfortable? Start a conversation about mental health. If you’re lucky, you just might get one or two people who’ll engage with you before the conversation shifts to why the New York Knicks haven’t made the playoffs in four years or why Dwyane Wade signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.” ~ Lennie J. Carter
On Black Men and Mental Health
“They say it is only funny until everyone stops laughing. Well, today we’ve stopped laughing, and many of us are quite concerned.
This weekend, Kanye West had what is being referred to as a mental breakdown after performing a few songs at a show in Sacramento, Calif. After going on a lengthy tirade about what is perceived to be a dying relationship with Jay Z and Beyoncé, West dropped the microphone and walked offstage, abruptly ending his concert.” ~ Jonathan P. Higgins, Ed.D.
Men Welcome Here
“If you think barbershops are all about haircuts and shaves, take a closer look.
For African-American men in particular, barbershops often serve as epicenters of culture, community and camaraderie. Debra Johnson is hard at work adding counseling to that list as well. Her approach works in part because, for most of these men, the barber chair is a lot more inviting – and a lot less intimidating – than the therapist’s couch.”
Why Black Men Are Transforming The Stigma About Depression & Therapy
William Ketchum III explains why more and more black men are speaking about mental illness, depression and even being open about therapy.
Wayne Sutton speaking at Tech Inclusion Conference
Processing My Struggle With Depression And Imposter Syndrome in Silicon Valley
… and How It Has Been Costing Me Millions In Opportunities
“There was a time I wanted to change the world. I tried to change the tech industry. Now I just want to change my thinking. I have struggled with depression on and off since 2011 that I’m aware of. My peak depression level came early 2013 after moving from Raleigh, NC to San Francisco. The move didn’t cause my depression, but the lack of self-awareness that I was even depressed almost killed me. As an entrepreneur, one of the most successful behaviors you can develop is the skill of self-awareness. Learn what it means to know what you don’t know and how you are feeling. Learn the ability to process your emotional state of being.” ~ Wayne Sutton
Tracy Coleman: Why Black Men Avoid Therapy (A Black Man Tells Us)
“Society plays a major role and it dictates our roles and how we are supposed to relate to each other. Black men are taught to suppress their emotions. It was considered weak to cry. When we cried as children, our parents would tell us, “boys are not supposed to cry, suck it up.” ~Tracy Coleman
#YouGoodMan: Black Men And Mental Health
“In 2016, social media started a dialogue on Black men’s mental health using the hashtag #YouGoodMan following the disclosure of mental health issues by rapper Kid Cudi. In a post on his Facebook page, Cudi stated he was seeking help to treat his anxiety and depression. Research shows that African Americans often under-utilize therapy compared to White counterparts . According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 18.6% of African Americans report living with a mental health condition, but only 16.9% report using mental health treatment.” ~Dr. Erlanger Turner, Ph.D.