Thursday, September 28, 2017

Here are the details on my multimedia mental & emotional wellness movement aimed at Black and brown folks, GetSomeJoy.





Okay so boom. I've working on this Get Some Joy mental and emotional wellness situation for Black and brown folks these past few months and I'm super muy excited to finally be rolling it out publicly. I've found community, support, resources, and motivation by being open about my struggles with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and all that jazz over the years (writing & work here: http://bit.ly/AlexHardyMH), and felt it was necessary to create something bigger than me that would reach and bring resources and joy to my people in need of some assistance.

Our site, gogetsomejoy.com is now live. Go poke around, submit resources, and learn more about what we're trying to do. It's a work in progress, and is updated regularly as we compile resources.


We had two pretty nifty teleconference moments last week to introduce this joy-flavored movement, the events, our content plan, the video storytelling series, the online therapist and resource database, Mental Health First Aid trainings, and my lovely team to advocates, agencies, homies, mental health professionals, those in the struggle, and so forth. We also talked about how this project came together and ways folks and businesses can get involved in helping us broaden, normalize, and amplify conversations around mental and emotional challenges and get more of us connected with the support we need to be great (and continue living) out here.

If you weren't able to attend the party, the recording of the first call is below. Listen when you have a moment, and also:

Feel free to use #getsomejoy in your social media postings about getting your joy on. Eating, running, dancing, humping, creating, thriving, swimming, reading, perming, braiding, whatever. Also, use #getsomejoy to tag me to relevant content, events, resources, etc.



Answer the question, "How do you get some joy?" here: gogetsomejoy.com/how

If you would like to discuss partnership/sponsorship between your brand/agency/non-profit/site/restaurant/event venue, etc. and Get Some Joy, hit us up here: gogetsomejoy.com/sponsor.html

If you believe in what we're trying to do and want to offer financial support, step right into our office: gogetsomejoy.com/pledge.php

If you know someone I should connect with (a reporter, a philanthropist, someone who makes awesome cheese grits, etc.) or want to share chicken recipes with us: hey@gogetsomejoy.com.

Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I stopped by Essence Now to talk about race and such

I was invited to appear on ESSENCE Now's Kitchen Table Talk for a discussion called "Talking To White People About Race" with Essence's Christina Coleman, Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak, and Daveen Trentman, co-founder and Production Director of the Soze Angency, hosted by the lovely Makho Ndlovu.

There was wine. There was pizza. There were some uncomfortable truths.



More ESSENCE Now videos.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

That time I was on a Human Rights Campaign panel about Minority LGBTQ Mental Health

Last month, I joined a squad of mental health advocates and practitioners on a panel at the Human Rights Campaign to close out Minority Mental Health Month. We discussed mental and emotional issues among LGBTQ folks of color. There were two panels that day. You should totally watch both, but the one I'm on begins at around 42 minutes in.


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

An Extraordinary Recap: Insecure - "Hella Shook" (Feat. George M. Johnson)


In the latest installment of An Extraordinary Recap, we're joined by Broadway Black managing editor and chicken fried scribe George M. Johnson to discuss the latest and greatest in of the fifth episode of the second season of HBO's Insecure, "Hella Shook."

More George: Black Gifted and Whole | Twitter | Black Gifted and Whole Facebook | HIV Equal | The Body

Feel free to listen and subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher, MixCloud, and such.

Previous Extraordinary Recaps:


Episode Three: Hella Open feat. Evette Brown of Bitch Media

Episode Two: Hella Questions feat. Monique Judge of The Root

Episode One: Hella Great feat. Tonja Renee Stidhum



And if you're interested in supporting our movement, we graciously accept Patreon and PayPal donations.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

new ep. of The Extraordinary Negroes: "New Slaves" (feat. Marlon Peterson)


In this episode, we're joined by Ebony Magazine Power 100 honoree, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, and criminal justice advocate Marlon Peterson to discuss the challenges of retaining your humanity while incarcerated, whether or not mass incarceration should be abolished, and how we as a community failed Kalief Browder. Additionally, we discover the origin of Alex's asshole ways, Procter & Gamble just might get a plate at the cookout, and Jay provides a candid update on his physical and emotional well-being. Intro courtesy of Keithron Powell.


Marlon's writing: "Dear 02A3172: Letters To and From a Caged Bird" and "Kalief Browder's Death Was a Homicide...and We Are All Guilty"

Decarcerated Podast: iTunes | SoundCloud | Podomatic | Stitcher

More Marlon: Web | Twitter

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