Misconception of Mental Illness in The Black Community

The common misconception and miseducation of the Black community is that we misdiagnose the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The community has a firm belief that mental illness only has a connection with depression and suicide, but as a survivor we know it to be much more.
Mental Illness can be associated with disorders such as ADDaddictionADHD, anger management, anorexia, ansomnia, anxiety, autism, bipolar, claustrophobia, depression, dementia, OCD, PTS, schizophrenia, and more.
We need to first understand the definition disorders that alter your thinking, behavior and actions. More people than we think are  affected by mental illness in our communities, but still in 2019, it is considered taboo to seek help, counseling or therapy because it’s labeled as a White person’s disease.
The numbers show otherwise; 20 percent of African Americans are more likely to experience mental illness as compared to every other ethnicity the equivalent 1 out of every 5, but only 25 percent will seek professional help as compared to 40 percent of our white counterparts. It’s just as much the communities responsibility to bring awareness and help get our brothers and sisters help by changing the narrative.

African History Month

This thing I have got me through all of the bad days,
Carried me through all of the good days,
And hopefully will get me through the rest of my days.
I just hope it gets me to and through that big day,
So I can live happily ever after avoiding internal disaster.
Captured relocated to a new land that was stolen and claimed by the white man.
Held for hundred of years like animals,
Forced to believe if we pray everything would be okay.
Still the disconnect that disenfranchises the hood keeps you on welfare Never biting the hand that feeds you obedient,
Yes um master.
The spirituality of consciousness lead me astray,
Not wanting to work a 9-5 for minimal pay,
The spirit lives inside me!

K.R.E.A.M

When you get the education to make changes to your culture and community and motivation to follow through that’s knowledge.
Against all odds you created the ghetto to keep down my DNA,
Prison is the plantation and that’s not okay.
I move different with spiritual rules.
Everyone will say cash is the end,
All mean all but not knowing anything always results in the blind chasing a bag falling for everything.
I’m stranded in the middle of two generations,
Between niggas spending birthdays in jail and tight shirts wearing skinny Jean enthusiast,
I believe they’re all sleep and naïve,
But I’m spreading knowledge waking everyone around.
You need to realize cash doesn’t take the pain away,
So don’t try to Aunt Jemima “aka” Mammie me.
Knowledge rules everything around me,
Elevate get your education y’all

Injustice Simply Black & White

In 2019, this is a subject we still shouldn’t be talking about but unfortunately we are. I quote, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
Today, I’ll be stating a few facts on the two separate crimes and the men involved in the crimes. Both represent the same political party and sexual orientation. The only difference is the color of their skin.
Jussie Smollett is a well known actor on the FOX hit series Empirewho has recently come under fire for reporting and filing fake police reports for a hate crime. He is now currently detained and facing serious felony charges that could result in prison time, while also receiving major blowback and loss of support from the LBGTQcommunity, which is some what expected.
On the other hand, we have Ed Buck, prominent Democratic donor, in which two male escorts were found dead in his home. Buck’s first case never made it to trial due to insufficient amount of evidence linking him to the murder and the second case made national news, but soon became swept under the rug.
Do we just completely ignore the crimes of Ed Buck who has received no further discipline simply because of skin color and affiliations? Jussie Smollett lied and filed fake police reports for a hate crime. Should that be punishable of felony charges?
In my morale compass, as well as the judicial system, murder/homicide should be taken more seriously and is punishable by life in prison and death.

Middle Child

Y’all counted us out,
Dehumanized treated like animals,
Loaded us up,
Filled every slave ship on the list.
Deception is the tactic,
You’re jest all the woke strong ones are dying,
But the naive unconscious are lit. 
This is for all my brothers and sisters who jumped ship,
The thought and reality of captivity,
Too much so death was their only wish.
Freedom is my mission that’s why I can’t quit,
Disgracing my temple was never my shit,
My spirit came from the ancestors my only gift.

Corcoran State Prison Corruption and Plantation Like Tactics

We are going through a uproar of change in this country with activism & following proper media rules to spotlight the short cummings. As of today I will be taken through this protest against prison reform and how their staff treats inmates. Today I would like to highlight the gladiator fights as called by inmates comparable to mandingo fights of the slaves, the warden and staff call them incremental releases. 
In the fights prisoners are released out into the yard and forced to fight sometimes even allowed are 2 on 2 bouts which are described as inhumane. The worst part is inmates are sometimes allowed to bring weapons out into the fight with staff and nurses on the scene for after the fights are over. The fights take place every 2 weeks and leaves most loved ones & families worried if they’ll ever see their loved ones again alive, usually after no matter the injuries inmates are sent to the hole or back to their cells.
on Jan. 9, 2019, an estimated 250 prisoners went on hunger strike within Corcoran State Prison’s 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. They have asked that this info be made public and that their DEMANDS BE HEARD.
Directly after the hunger strike went public, the warden ordered sandbags to be placed at the bottom of the southeners doors to prevent any food or messages from being passed or shared. Last Sunday was the first protest from the wives & families of inmates and I received quotes “Last sunday we were there all day in the cold and pouring rain, children and all, and as the co’s came out, they would record us and laugh.”

Corcoran State Prison (3C Yrd)
SIX CORE DEMANDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Lift Lock-Down.
Allow Visits.
Allow Us To Attend Educational, Vocational & Rehabilitation Programs That We’re Enrolled In.
Allow Us To Receive Commissary & Packages.
That We Be Given Our Weekly 10 Hrs Of Mandated Outdoor Exercise Yard.
That We Are Treated Fairly.
***WE’VE BEEN ON THIS PEACEFUL HUNGER STRIKE SINCE JANUARY 9TH, 2019 AND HAVE YET TO SEE CHANGE… WE WILL CONTINUE THIS HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL OUR VOICES ARE HEARD.
UPDATE: On January 9, 2019, an estimated 250 prisoners initiated a hunger strike within California State Prison – Corcoran’s 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. On Jan 28, after three weeks of refusing food trays, the warden met with representatives, granted full canteen privileges and promised to work out a separate yard schedule. The strikers suspended their hunger strike and were ready to continue negotiations in good faith.
Over the last two weeks there has been NO PROGRESS on receiving full canteen or separate yard time. The warden has reneged on all pledges so the strikers of 3C refused breakfast trays on Monday, Feb 11 and held a day long noise demo banging on doors and windows. The initial demands remain and strikers insist that they be dealt with in good faith.
BACKGROUND: All units within Corcoran’s 3C facility have been on “modified program” for four months now. This essentially means a “lockdown” in all meaningful aspects – no visitation, no canteen, no packages, no educational, rehab or vocational programming, and little yard time.
The pretext for this indefinite lockdown by CDCr of hundreds of prisoners for months on end is an altercation on Sept. 28 which saw three prisoners from their unit attacked and put into the infirmary. Group punishments and indefinite isolation are standard practices by CDCr and must stop.
These practices only escalate trauma and conflict and ultimately only promote violence and destabilization within facilities. The effects are not an accident or “regrettable by-products.” This is how CDCr interprets its mission: control by brutalization and division.

Thirty One Fifty Promotes Unity Through Fashion

Clothing is something that you wear, but fashion is a statement, especially for Thirty One Fifty (3150), a brand that represents unity through clothing.
3150 is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and they have been tirelessly and successfully promoting its message through the clothing line. I recently caught up with the founder for a quick interview. Check it out below:

Can you tell the readers and I a little about yourself?
We’re an exclusive clothing brand that’s been in business since 2017. We’re based out of Atlanta, Georgia and we are two cousins with a similar mindset trying to stay consistent in all aspects of life.
We started the company really just to spread a positive message and take our wives and kids out to eat and family outings such as Chuck E Cheese, camping, youth sports. museums, indoor playground, etc.
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations and how did they impact your life?
Our biggest inspiration growing up and still till this day would have to be our Uncle T. He has been there for us in every aspect of our life. From fashion, spirituality,  careers, to our partnership with our wives. To being our number #1 supporter in our journey in the clothing industry.

At what critical point in you life did you realize you had a passion for fashion and social consciousness?
Fashion kind of grew on us through the music industry moguls like DipsetJay-Zand Diddy. Of course, older cousins and siblings but we figured if we spend money on other brands why not spend it on our own clothing.
The social consciousness came from our Uncle T who was always testing and questioning our mindset based on us just seeing and believing everything we were being told by the media from social media to local news to even national news. The one thing that he told us that stuck with us was, “If you didn’t see it with your own two eyes there’s a 50/50 chance it’s a lie.”
What particular event, situation or thought inspired you to create your clothing company Thirty One Fifty?
It’s was just a random day that we were just talking about how much we spend to represent these expensive brands that really don’t care about us. The company was originally going to be named Founding Fathers, but after watching videos on YouTube, Facebook and doing a little reading about the current state of the U.S. and how divided things are in general and with in the community, we came up with Thirty One Fifty which is named after 3150 B.C. the year Egypt (Kemet) was United.
Can you tell us the meaning behind your brand and about its objectives?
3150 B.C. is the year when Upper and Lower Egypt (Kemet) was United under one pharaoh (Narmer) starting the first dynasty of Kemet history. We just want to build awareness among everyone. The fact that a lot of Ancient history has been manipulated, we just want to present fact and make it in a way where it’s not overwhelming.

How many different designs and products does your brand currently sale?
We have about 10 designs and have over 60 items to choose from Premium T shirts, Hockey Jersey , polo’s, backpacks, Stickers, Hoodies to SnapBacks and Dad Hats to Duffle Bags and windbreakers plus more all ready to be shipped out as soon as an order is placed!
What are your top five designs?
1.Awake&Aware Pharaoh/Queen
2.United Dynasty 
3.Founding Fathers
4.Forever Life (Ankh)
5.Melanin God
What are some upcoming release dates and events we can look forward to seeing from you?
For upcoming release dates you’ll have to follow us on Instagram . We do surprise drops on our stories due to our exclusive designs and quantity, but we can say this, we will be dropping new items for Spring/Summer and also introducing our 3150Kids collection this summer.
We exclusively do four pop-up shows every year. The first of 2019 will be our “City of Ink 12 Year Anniversary” on Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. which will be held at 333 Peter Street in Atlanta. The event is FREE! Stay tuned for future pop up shops 
What great advice and words of wisdom would you like to share with the millennials?
As millennials ourselves, we advice that you invest in yourself (credit, financial, health, knowledge), set goals and execute them on daily and weekly basis, and stay consistent in your passion and art. 

Youth pastor, activist, and life coach makes strides at age 23.

Age is definitely just a number at the young and tender age of 23-years old, Pastor Isaiah M. Kilgo-Felder has been making a name for himself. He is a youth activist, pastor, mentor and a life coach.
Pastor Kilgo-Felder has degrees in Christian Ministry and plans to take over the world by storm.
I was very impressed by this young man’s success at such an early age, that I had to interview him check out the interview below.
Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself?
I am 23-years old. I am the proud father of two beautiful children and also a proud, young husband. I am a high school and college Graduate, and an Associate Pastor of the City of Refuge Church Inc. and Founder of The Millennial Movement.
I am a Youth Navigator Expert, Mentor, Life coach, international Co-Author. I love God with all my heart, and I love young people. I believe my job is to help youth and young adults reach their purpose in coming out from a stuck life. I was a high school dropout, “the bad kid”, the one who struggled with their identity and most of all who “I” was. I believe that if I can come from those labels and have gotten Un-Stuck that I can spread that message and reach a generation and lead them the same way.
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations? How did they impact your life?
My inspirations when I was a kid were my Grandparents because they taught me my values and my foundation of church and its meaning in my life. As I got older, I found myself to be my inspiration because I had a hard time with trust, but at the age of 18, my biggest inspiration, even to this day is my father and Leader Dr. Ira D. Roach III. He impacted my life in so many ways. He taught me the value and importance of being a man.
When I first came to him he told me, “I don’t need your gift or talent, I don’t need your preaching or prophecy I need you to get a job and an education.” He would also say things like, “Know who you are,” and he mentored me even when I would get mad and try to run. He never turned me away. He’s the reason why today I’m on the platform that God has for me.
When did you realize you had a passion for The Gospel?
I knew I had a passion for the Gospel when I was a little kid. My siblings would go play outside and I would stay in the house and watch TBN and The Word Network. I loved to sing and play the keyboard and drums. I never liked children’s church. I loved to listen to my pastor preach and seeing people get healed and seeing God just move. I knew although it was spokeN over my life many times, I knew this for myself.
When did you first get involved in the church? What was your first position?
I was involved in church at 12 years old, but I didn’t receive my first position until I was 18 years old. My very first position in church was an Elder. 

Do you still remember your first sermon? What was your first sermon about and addressing?
My first sermon was titled “I’m the One”. I was preaching a Sunday morning service and I was talking about how over in the Book of Isaiah where God says, “Who shall I send?”, and I said, “Often times we don’t like to answer that because we feel that our past is not forgivable so we hide in our darkness so God can’t find us and use us.”
But Isaiah answered and said, “Lord, I am a man of unclean lips,” so the Angel takes the coals off the alter and touches his mouth and purifies him. And I told the congregation that if you acknowledge where you are and what you need God will clean you up and use you for his glory.
What inspired you to be a youth minister/pastor?
What inspired me was I always wanted to help people. I believe in the gift of helps and I believe my job was through the world of ministry. It was something that I knew I wanted to be from a child; it was a passion.

Your church has released a new project a book called, “The City Of Refuge Changed Our Lives”, what is the book about?
“The City of Refuge Changed Our Lives” is 12 amazing stories about how they have overcome since being at the City of Refuge Church. Transformation, Restoration, Healing, Deliverance, all of this comes from these 12 stories and you identify every area in the book. It’s a must read!!!!
You also have a project called the Millennial Movement, what is the movement about?
The Millennial Movement is a youth and young adult movement that has one goal and one goal only,” Helping young people Get UnSTuck and reach their purpose”.
We provide a number of this annual #Unstuck live at 5 hosted events in Chester, PA. We have something called Millennial Chatz Web radio and we also host a power call every Wednesday night with a 30 minute bible study and prayer.
We also have job coaching, an afterschool program and a youth life coaching program. We strive to make sure that we have different things to offer millennials. I believe there is no reason for our young people to be dying, selling drugs, in jail, etc. There is no reason when we have the God given power and tools to help them Get UNSTUCK.
What great words of wisdom or words of advice can you offer the millennials and our readers?
If I could encourage any millennial, I would tell them to, “Know who you are, learn your true identity and to dream and dream big. Never box God in. Remember you have the power to take back control of your life and reach your purpose. Work hard and never quit. Keep God first and whoever He sends your way as a help or with sound wisdom, listen and apply and watch your self grow.”