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Memoirs of Mental Health: Trevor Noah

I finished Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah for the first time a few months ago; however, publishing my review felt ill-timed given that George Floyd had just been murdered that week. Having finished the book for the second time today, I've come to understand that Noah's story is very relevant to the times we are living in. So let's...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Keke Palmer

I'm pretty sure that Keke Palmer is one of the youngest people whose memoir I've read. Today, I'm excited to share some of the insights that I've gained from her book, I Don't Belong to you: Quiet the Noise and Find your Voice. Mental Health Insights I believe that a lot of millennials and gen-z folks will resonate with this...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Sean Walker

As a Black business owner myself, I try my best to support other entrepreneurs of color. When I was told about the memoir written by Sean Walker, a Virginia native, I was excited to dive into his story. While Walker does not focus specifically on mental health issues in his memoir, The Curse, there are several insights that resonate with...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: James Taylor

Today, I'm excited to share about James Taylor's memoir, Break Shot: My First 21 Years. Though I've never heard Taylor's music, I really enjoyed the audiobook version, as it's read by the author and includes relevant music by James Taylor throughout. What sets this memoir apart from others that I've read is the fact that it covers the author's life up to...[ read more ]

This is Just my Face–Try Not to Stare: A Book Review

This Memoirs of Mental Health series has become one of my favorite sections of my website. I’ve always been a memoir junkie and I’ve been really inspired to see how some of my favorite celebrities are using their platforms to share about their mental health struggles and victories. I’ve loved Gabourey Sidibe since her debut role in Precious and I...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Margaret Trudeau

I recently added a new category to this blog, Memoirs of Mental Health. Other articles in this series include mental health insights gained from: Actress, Jenifer Lewis Authors, Laleh Chini and Samuel Pollen My own story Today, I want to share some insights that I gained from mental health advocate, Margaret Trudeau. She’s the former first lady of Canada and...[ read more ]

The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Book Review

I've always wanted to write on the topic of Black mental health stigma but never had the courage. Today, I'm excited to share some insights that I gained from a memoir that I couldn't help but share with y'all. Jenifer Lewis is most recently known for her role as the sarcastic (and hilarious!) grandma Ruby on the TV show, Blackish....[ read more ]

Climbing Over Grit: A Book Review

For today's Counseling Awareness Month post, I am excited to share my interview with award-winning author, Laleh Chini. Laleh is the author of Climbing Over Grit, which has recently won The Canada Book Award. Before we get into the interview, I'd like to share a brief summary of the book, as I've had the pleasure of reading it. Climbing Over...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Johnzelle Anderson

Part 1(Past): A personality shaped by childhood Childhood was characterized by both good and bad. Good: I made honor roll and did well in school. Bad: I was overweight, was often bullied, and struggled with social anxiety for most of my childhood. I believe this background contributed to me becoming introverted, assertive, and hardworking in the present. Since I didn’t...[ read more ]