The Extraordinary Playlist 003 (feat. Jorja Smith, Kids See Ghosts, Christina Aguilera, NxWorries & more)


We close out Spring with this weekend's extraordinary playlist, featuring tunes from Jorja Smith, Kids See Ghosts, Christina Aguilera and NxWorries, just to name a few. Hope everyone gets an early start on their fun and our playlist contributes to all the pre-gaming you do for your day partying!

Mental Health Monday #44: Serena's postpartum challenges, getting a new therapist, hip-hop coloring books, etc.


On last week's Mental Health Monday, Tracee Ellis Ross shared how conquers the world even when feeling like crap, Steven Thrasher shared why seeing a queer therapist is vital for him, Janelle Harris' "For Colored Girls in Their 30s and 40s Who Feel Like Life May Have Passed Them By," and much more. Come get your blessing.


"Serena Williams Opens Up About Postpartum Complications: “Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?” by Jessica Bennett [EBONY]

She went on, “I’ve broken down I don’t know how many times. Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane.”

"Mental Health Needs Of Black Children Often Fly Under The Radar" by Britni de la Cretaz [The Fix]

A 2016 study found that black and Latino children made 47-58% fewer visits to a mental health professional than their white counterparts, despite similar rates of mental health struggles. This sets black children up for what Dr. Marva Robinson, a licensed clinical psychologist in St. Louis, calls a “permanent domino effect.”

“They usually end up in punitive systems—suspensions, detentions, kicked out of school, expelled or placed in alternative schools,” Robinson told St. Louis Public Radio. “And so, that leads to a very negative trajectory from that point forward. So, higher dropout rates, lower paying jobs, more likely to end up in the criminal system and it just goes on from there.”

5 Tips For Black Girl Bosses To Manage Their Mental Health  by T-Kea Blackman [21 Ninety]


When building a business, our team usually consists of a lawyer, accountant, marketing or business coach, graphic designer and maybe a publicist. Yet, we fail to think of a therapist as a vital part of the team. If your mental health fails, you will put your business at risk. Commit to therapy. It does not mean you are weak. And no, you don't have to have a mental illness to see a therapist.

"As a Young Black Man, Rap Helped Me Deal with Depression When I Was Afraid to Seek Help" by Jesse Bernard [Noisey]

The combination of lines like “I don’t want to think of suicide” on “Heavenly Father” and “Hope they don't kill you cause you black today / They only feel you when you pass away / The eulogy be so moving, we live the scenes of those movies” on “Ronnie Drake” communicated what I was unable to say when I felt my voice was insignificant. Whether it was the brooding nature of "West Savannah" and "Tranquility," where Rashad revealed his suicide attempts and substance abuse, or the lines that helped me deal with the odd "You don't talk how I imagined you would" comment from my colleagues at work, it was the first time an artist had spoken to the entirety of my experience.

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The latest episode of Therapy For Black Girls explores an important question: "Session 40: Do I Need A New Therapist?"

And because you need a break sometimes, check out Bun B's Rap Coloring & Activity Book:

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If you have a mental health resource, event, or piece of content we should know about, step into our office. You da bess.

The Weekly Vol. XLIII (feat. Kodie Shane, Sunni Colon, Daniel Caesar, Lorine Chia, and more)


The idea that there's no good new music is a myth. The Weekly, a playlist curated by George Midgett and Synitta Walker, features a diverse pool of talent that gets your body moving just as much as your revered classics. So, tune in this weekend as you remind yourself to always make time for extraordinary music!

The Weekly Vol. XLII (feat. Hiatus Kaiyote, Doja Cat, Christian Rich, Sango and more).


Jump start your weekend with the latest edition of The Weekly, curated by Syn Walker and George Midgett. Let this be your reminder to always make time for extraordinary music!