Resources

>>HEALTH SERVICES<<

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

National Suicide Prevention LifelineHours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 1-800-273-8255

Anxiety and Depression Association of America Committed to ensuring that everyone who struggles with an anxiety disorder, depression or PTSD can obtain the resources they need to live healthier and more productive lives.

Black Women Health Imperative Nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girl.

Black Girl in Om This company works to promote holistic wellness, self-care, and self-empowerment, specifically for women of color.

Black Men Speak This is a speakers bureau where African American men educate others outside their race about mental health issues.

Innopsych Find a therapist of color. Innopsych therapists are dedicated to eradicating the negative stigma around therapy and opening doors for people of color to get the support they need to cope with life’s challenges.

Melanin & Mental HealthMelanin & Mental Health are committed to promoting the growth and healing of our Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities through our website, online directory, and monthly events.

Mind This organization is designed to look after the mental health of Black men.

>>IDENTITIY<<

How the “Strong Black Woman” Identity Both Helps and Hurts

The Difference Between Racism and Colorism

Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism

The Roots of Colorism, or Skin Tone Discrimination

Miss America 1968: When civil rights and feminist activists converged

‘Racial Impostor Syndrome’

>>LOSS<<

The Death of a Parent Affects Even Grown Children Psychologically and Physically

Five Ways to Cope With Your Parent’s Death

How one son coped with his father’s illness and death

>>SELF CARE<<

Why Every Black Woman Needs Mindful Meditation

>>DNA<<

Forensics gone wrong: When DNA snares the innocent

DNA test kit mix-up: Results show black woman is 97 percent white

Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t.

>>Adoption<<

A white couple, a mixed-race baby and a forbidden adoption

History of transracial adoption

What adopting a white baby taught one Black family

What Happens When Parents Wait to Tell a Child He’s Adopted

>>Race<<

Colorism is not something that white people experience.

The Whitest Historically Black College In America

How Can I Cure My White Guilt?

>>BOOKS<<

James Patterson | Making Book

Please purchase books from independent bookstores.

The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad

Black Men and Depression: Saving our Lives, Healing our Families and Friends by John Head

Bearing the Unbearable. This book is for anyone dealing with the traumatic death of a loved one.

Imitation of Life by Fannie Hurst. A bestseller in 1933, has played a vital role in ongoing conversations about race, femininity, and the American Dream which is still relevant today.

Black, White, Other: Biracial American Talk About Race and Identity by Lise Fundburg

>>FILMS<<

Little White Lie A personal documentary about the power of telling the truth.

The Rachel Divide Rachel Dolezal, her family and her critics reckon with the aftermath of a national debate sparked by questions about her racial identity.

Imitation of Life (Trailer) Living a lie is a poor substitute for living the truth – sometimes it takes the harsh realities of life to help us discover who we truly are. Two widows and their troubled daughters struggle to find true happiness amidst racial prejudice. Lora, a single white mother whose Hollywood starlet ambitions come at the expense of any meaningful relationship with her daughter, Susie. Lora’s black housekeeper, Annie, has troubles of her own as she faces the rejection of her own fair-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane, who abandons her heritage for a chance to be accepted as white. As years of selfishness and denial pass, tragedy strikes and forces the women to come to terms with their own identities.

>>DEROGATORY SLANG<<

Note: Obviously these phrases are very racist, but the history is interesting.

Badunkadunk: Large butt

Badinkadink: Small butt

Coon: noun, a black person. This form is believed to have shown up in English in the 1800s, although a lead character in the colonial comic opera “The Disappointment” from the 1740s is a black man named Raccoon. It’s believed that the origin of the slur could be from the Portuguese barracoos, “building constructed to hold slaves for sale.” (1837)

This racial slur was also popularized by George Washington Dixon, an actor and newspaper editor who was widely known for his blackface performances during Andrew Jackson’s administration and through the early- to mid-1800s. His most popular blackface performances included the songs “Zip Coon” (which you can listen to here or find the lyrics here) and “Coal Black Rose” (listen here), both sung by other performers.

High Yellow: denoting a black person with a very light complexion.

Oreo Cookie: noun, plural O·re·os. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a Black person who is regarded as having adopted the attitudes, values, and behavior thought to be characteristic of middle-class white society, often at the expense of his or her own heritage.

Redbone is a term historically used in much of the southern United States to denote a multiracial individual or culture.

Vanilla wafer: noun, Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a white person who has demonstrated an understanding of the African-American experience and who can be trusted by people of color. A genuinely non-racist person of white-European descent. He’s ok; he’s a vanilla wafer: golden brown and too sweet to be a cracker. She’s got my back; she ain’t really white, she’s a vanilla wafer.

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