In honor of Mental Health Day we have to tell our stories the right way because the West does not represent us let alone acknowledge black people’s struggles with mental health. We need to create spaces where we can talk about our struggles surrounding mental health and well-being. Our black men are told that crying is weak and they should “toughen up”. This only harms rather than heals and that is not okay to express when you are hurting inside. If this negative stigma is not removed we are then allowing the next generation to go through the same trauma and generational curse without access to any counselling or mental health improvement that can improve their health and well-being.
It is not our job to hold these white healthcare professionals to task because deep down black people know that they do not care about our health or represent us. They feel black women don’t go through any pain, there is racial bias, and they intentionally misdiagnose us and also poison our black children. To protect ourselves and our children from racial misdiagnosis I feel we need more black practitioners and doctors in the mental health field because they understand us and what we experience with the ups and downs with mental health
Too many black people strugagle in darkness and it’s important for us to realize that no matter how strong we are we may struggle at some point with mental health. You are not alone and it’s time we help each other and offer each other help because that leads to the true healing we need.
I always knew how powerful I am as a melanin rich chocolate woman.. Black girls have to know that as well. Promotion of positive images and encouragement for dark skin black women and girls can greatly improve the way they feel about themselves. It’s to have important to have our own lane and platform where we can be seen and uplifted. The lack of promotion for dark skin black women and girls is the norm so they think that they don’t deserve praise or something is wrong with them for wanting to be seen or elevated.
Dark skin black women and girls like me should support platforms that celebrate us and where we don’t have to beg to celebrate us. Creating images of dark skin black women and girls is always a confidence booster for them. Black parents should be educating their dark skin black children especially girls on colorism and encourage them on loving their skin color. It is very therapeutic and empowering to talk about it and how to respond to it. By doing this black women and girls will bee able to navigate the world in a way that will enhance their life and well-being
Black women should not be caping for white feminism due to the fact that there is a historic erasure of black women who do not fit the white straight female norm. Black women’s experiences with inequality and sexism is different to white women. Black women are paid 65 cents to white women who receive 78 cents to the dollar. Black trans women are murdered and told that they are not “real women”. Black women are targets for police brutality. White women are praised when talking about issue about race, class, and gender but the second a black women decides to make a statement about black issues and black culture she is labelled the “angry black women”.
Black women still fight to this day to defeat the one-sided face that is white feminism and continue to bring to the forefront the importance of intersectional feminism. Through history women such as Ida B. Wells and Sojourner Truth fought for inclusion for black women. We must confront and tackle these issues that there is more than just a white POV to the feminist branch. I give thanks and I am proud to have come from a lineage of black women who are fearless and speak truth to power.
What’s the problem white ppl? Tired 40 year old white folks fussin’ over a black mermaid is laughable to me. What’s even worse is they are trying to hide their racism by making a big deal over Ariel’s hair color!?! We only got 2 black Disney characters (Tiana & Moana) so it’s so refreshing to see Halle Bailey going to play Ariel and I’m here for it.
My only concern which I wouldn’t be surprised is Ariel’s prince being white. When I was growing up I was brainwashed to believe white is the standard norm in fairy tale books to cartoons that you should look up to as a black child. I never even stopped to think that there were no dark skin DIsney characters on TV that looked like me. I’m pretty sure that black boys and girls felt exactly the same way. It’s about time Disney gets their foot out of their asses and start showing a diverse range of melanin characters for black children.
“The danger of the black community not controlling their overall narrative is that anyone can say what they want to say about you and the world will believe it”- Samantha X
What I’ve found through the success of Get Out and Hidden Figures is that the lens of the story is not being told from a black point of view. There is an absence of black narratives and stories being told in the UK. The images still portrayed on te-lie-vision in the UK shows that black people can only play dark roles (thug, drug dealer) or play the role of a mammie or slave. The British Film Institute shows that between 2006-2016 British films have only 0.5% of roles played by black people. This is why it is important to take misrepresentation about black people in the UK. This includes LGBTQ and disabled black people as well. It is crucial for the future generations of black boys and girls. When a black child does not see positive images of themselves in cartoons, movies, books, etc. they feel that they have no one that they can aspire to be like when they grow up.
I want to see posters of popular film/TV with black actors/actresses, writers and directors showcase their talent, showcase their authenticity in the characters that they bring to life.
Black people also need an opportunity to have an easy access to any role within mainstream media. Hence why I cannot relate to a lot of things I see on TV because I do not see myself being represented. There needs to be a balance of different black British experiences and not the same ol’ story. #PERIODT
I feel so good to make my intentions and to have that intention manifest before my very eyes. It started with oils, crystals, candles, and then herbs. Prayer wasn’t enough for me and I needed an extra oomph with my prayers in order to see results.
Unlocking your ancestral power connects you to your ancestors’ energy for guidance so you can regain your supernatural power. The wisdom of my ancestors is key to unlocking who I really am. The science of breath and meditation through African spiritual traditions offer powerful tools for transformation in order for me to gain insight into my purpose.
Once we realize that we are more powerful than what we have been socialized to believe through false perceptions of westernized Christianity and our spirituality/identity being stolen away from us….we can strive for truth, clarity, and authenticity.
It’s time to tap into our authentic spirituality and use the ancestors, their spirit to heal and strengthen our future selves.
Until we have sensible intelligent white people who are strictly going to Africa to use their platform to make a difference and strive to improve the poor conditions in the Motherland……we will continue to have exploitation of Africa’s resources and the people. There are too many images of a white person standing around a load of black children brainwashing the public making us think that their experience in Africa “changed their life”. Hugging and taking pictures with black children is not enough. You need to be qualified and educated, learn the culture, speak and work with the people in these African communities to improve the economic conditions. That is the best thing you can do as an ally.
The negative images of Africa is portrayed on a daily basis through social media and on the te-LIE-vision. Black people and especially African people throughout the African diaspora must wake up to the brainwashing that is going on. What money have these white-owned charities contributed to aid in propelling Africa forward?!?! Not a goddamn thing!! Sounds like systematic financial oppression to me.
None of the money you give to these charities (Action Aid, Feed The Children, etc) reaches the people of the poverty stricken areas of Africa. We need African people from the developing countries armed with the knowledge and experience building health clinics or building homes for families. We need to learn how to do for self. What we don’t need is white individuals stepping in Africa with little to no experience acting as tour guides and only coming to Africa only to fill your pockets from whatever charity you work for.
These white-washed charities must educate themselves first on how these African countries become poor in the first place which is colonialism and systematic oppression instead of going there to provide a service they do not even understand themselves. #PERIODT