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African-American Mental Health

Self-Esteem in the African-American Community

Let’s get real deep about something that I believe is unique to the African-American experience. This is around a message that we as black Americans receive from our parents, caregivers, and other adults in our lives. The message is “You have to work 10x’s harder than any white person to get ahead”. Now this message…

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Spanking Hurts

This blog post will be controversial and that’s ok…Sometimes for the power of healing, one needs to take a controversial stand. It may also be triggering, especially if you experienced any form of corporal punishment as a form of discipline while growing up. So here is the controversial statement: Spanking is just wrong. Spanking doesn’t…

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Sexual Abuse in the African-American Community Pt. II

In part 1  sexual abuse, myths and long term effects. Part 2 will talk about the healing process and what that means for you. At the core of sexual abuse is the loss of trust-trust in your fellow human, trust in your caregivers who were suppose to protect you, trust in yourself and trust in…

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Sexual Abuse in the African-American Community

There is a belief within our community that African-American men do not sexually abuse their children. There is a belief that African-American females do not get sexually abused, unlike their Caucasian female counterparts. Simultaneously it is common to witness African-American men ages 18 and older who are “dating” (which often includes sexual acts) young African-American…

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