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Being Mary Jane Suicide Episode

Updated on November 1, 2015

Suicide Among African Americans

The writers of Being Mary Jane did a great job brining light to the face of suicide coupled with mental challenges that effect the African American community. Depression, racism, social stress, mental challenges/disorders, childhood issues never addressed, mental/physical abuse, and effects of single parent homes are just a few things that often remain overlooked in the community.

CNN reported May 2015 - The rates of suicide among African-American children have doubled in the last two decades.

Let’s not mention killing softly techniques of suicide such as sexually risky behavior and experimental drug use. Making life more difficult than it has to be by pretending to be someone you are not or living a lifestyle you can’t afford in an effort to be accepted. Mental disorders that are not discussed-perhaps your aunt is more than just mean by bi-polar, etc. It’s considered weak to get help and take to a therapist although many health insurances allow for therapy sessions at a minimal cost. Wouldn’t it be better to admit something is not right and get the help you need rather than spiraling out of control?


R.I.P. To Those Who Made The Headlines & The Families That Grieve:

“Samuel Sarpong Jr., a former co-host of MTV's "Yo Momma" and model, died Monday after jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California”

Atlanta Black Star Reported:

“Don Cornelius, best known as the creator and host of the hit television show “Soul Train,” had been dealing with severe health issues for the last 10 to 15 years of his life.”

“Lee Thompson Young, 29, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in August 2013.”

“Seattle rapper Freddie E apparently tweeted his intention to his fans before shooting himself in January 2013.”

“In 2008, Def Jam Records Executive Vice President Shakir Stewart, 34, committed suicide in his Atlanta home.”

“Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed himself in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium in front of the team’s coaches on the evening of Dec. 1, 2012, after he murdered Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and mother of his child.”

The Truth of The Matter

When a host of challenges are faced from racism effecting every part of one’s life from legal, justice, civil/human rights, incarceration, lower pay for the same jobs, and broken families leading to missed opportunities to generational wealth and lack of education/skills bringing in wages to sustain a family- conversation is needed. Watching the legacy of Willy Lynch play out in the interaction, value, and relationships amongst a group of people addressing self-hatred issues –conversation is needed. The absence of fathers in the home and the devastating effects on both girls and boys alike-conversation is needed. The image of the super human African American woman who can move mountains without any feelings –conversation is needed. Little girls and boys molested and raped at the hands of others which is not discussed nor addressed – conversation is needed. Women who believe their only asset is their body and looks, willing to risk death by requiring no protection when having sex just to have a man around – conversation is needed. There are things that devastate and impact the soul that can’t be overlooked. People are human and have needs.


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Pioneers to needed Conversation

For Those Needing Help-One Bright Light

1 important practice that will grant your gratitude and some sense of peace - Start making a difference in one’s life and begin to understand we are connected to one another. Volunteer. When you get out of yourself and get into the lives of others it enriches your soul in a way that you cannot comprehend. Don’t overcommit yourself but you will be surprised how much fulfillment can come from helping others or supporting those organizations and initiatives that speak to issues you champion or have experienced. is a great start.

Most importantly, we can’t be so consumed in our twitter feeds and facebook life that we forgot to do simple things like call your friends. Even if you have to leave a message, try to communicate with that person because you never know what someone else is going through. Now you can not heal their issues, leave that to the licensed professional but you can be there to say: “You don’t seem okay, have you talked to someone about that?

Thanks to Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant for addressing issues that shape people and challenging individual for confronting those issues, processing those issues, and overcoming those issues to achieve a better outcome in life.

PositiveControversy: Black Men: Mental Illness, Depression and Suicide



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