The Black Psyche

What happens when a race of people becomes become mentally and emotionally exhausted by the repetitive injustices being served to them on an almost daily basis? What is happening in the minds of Black people who are ingesting sickness and racial reckoning at the same time? What is the condition of the Black psyche? Here to help answer those questions …

What’s Going on in The CLE? Violence and Poverty

Homicides in Cleveland are up, with 91 this year versus 68 at the same point last year. This week Cleveland was named the poorest large city in the United States according to census data compiled by the Center for Community Solutions. That same report says that almost half of the children in Cleveland are living in poverty. What’s going on …

Suffering in Silence – Male Depression

Most people don’t like to talk about their mental health, but when it comes to young boys and men, it’s an ongoing crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has heightened depression and anxiety among men. It is National Suicide Prevention Month, and studies show an increase in Black boys committing suicide. Stigma and judgment prevent Black and African-American people from seeking treatment …

Child Cancer Clusters

Wendy and Warren Brown live in Clyde, Ohio, where they were raising their four children. Their daughter Alexa was diagnosed with cancer and died in 2009 at 11 years old. Her cancer diagnosis is linked to a medical mystery that also affected 34 other children in and around their hometown. It was called the Eastern Sandusky County Childhood Cancer Cluster. …

Mom Shaming

Some moms receive sharp criticism from other moms, and also family and friends, about decisions regarding their children and careers. Why do moms shame other moms? How do you deal with it? And how do moms heal from the hurt that mom-shaming causes? Joining Danita are Anita Flowers, career and life coach and founder of Blue Sage Career Strategies; Rhonda …

Kamala Harris: What Is Black Enough?

When Sen. Kamala Harris threw her hat in the ring as a Democratic presidential candidate, one of the many questions asked was, “Is she Black enough?” When she accepted the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate, the question was asked again. “Is she Black enough?” Joining Danita to discuss the question “What is Black enough?” are Jharie Parker, a …

Cardi B and the Sex Revolution

“I don’t cook/ I don’t clean/ but let me tell you/ how I got this ring.” One of the few “clean” lyric lines from the number one song on both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts. With 93 million U.S. streams, rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are the dynamic duo behind WAP, which is the most …

The Unspoken Struggle

Infertility is a word no woman who is trying to have a child wants to hear. And when she hears it, a silence may follow, because of the feelings of embarrassment, shame and inadequacy she may experience living in a society where fertility is a defining factor of womanhood. It hurts, and nobody wants to talk about it, so it’s …

Pressing through Depression

According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people worldwide have depression, including, according to the Census Bureau, one-third of all Americans. Depression is the most common mental health disorder for women, affecting more women than men. Former First Lady Michelle Obama says she suffers from low-grade depression, and it’s her transparency that sparks this week’s discussion. Joining …

Throwing Shade at Colorism

The light skin vs. dark skin issue within the Black community goes way back in history. This inner cultural divide that still exists has marked many Black women and men, boys and girls, with low self-esteem, self-hatred and envy—all based on the tone and shade of Black they possess. It affects romantic relationships, employment, family dynamics and fashion. Whether we …