Mental Health Awarness Month: An Interview with Sh’Niqua Alford, LCSW

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical well being. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough dialogue in the Black community about mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar or other life stressors that would warrant the need to speak with a therapist. I spoke with licensed clinical counselor Sh’Niqua Alford to discuss why being in tune with your mental health is important and how we can help dispel some negative stereotypes about mental health in the Black community.   What is … Continue reading Mental Health Awarness Month: An Interview with Sh’Niqua Alford, LCSW

An Open Letter to My Mama

Dear Mama, It wasn’t until I became an adult and moved away that I realized how I undervalued the need for you in my life. I guess most children under-appreciate and take for granted all that a mother does for them. But what I’ve always known since an early age is that there is no me without you. And I don’t mean the physical gestation of me but the spirit of me. My strength, resilience, and tenacity to keep going are all the qualities I learned from you. I’ve studied how you navigate through life with fortitude and grace and … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Mama