JAY-Z, Taraji P. Henson, Kendrick Sampson and More Stars Advocating for Mental Health in the Black Community

Amid stresses like the coronavirus pandemic and continued fight for racial equality, mental health is more important than ever. ET is shining a light on stars trying to break the stigma.

In a 2018 conversation with JAY-Z, CNN’s Van Jones opened up about the lack of mental health support for Black Americans.

“Mental health, trauma, PTSD is so rampant in our community,” he said. “As scared as Black folks are of the cops, we’re even more scared of therapists,” he quipped.

“Yeah, it’s a stigma,” JAY-Z agreed. “As you grow, you realize the ridiculousness of the stigma attached to

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Pregnant 26-year-old’s death sheds light on health care system that fails Black mothers

It was a day Sha-Asia Washington had looked forward to for the last nine months.

The Brooklyn mother-to-be posed for a photo from her bed at Woodhull Medical Center in New York on July 2. Her face mask was pulled down to her chin so the camera could capture her joyful smile.

Washington, 26, was a few days past her due date when went to the hospital for a routine stress test. After some observation, doctors noticed her blood pressure was high and gave Washington a drug to induce labor. She was asked if she wanted an epidural and after

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Centuries of Racism Have Created a Mental Health Crisis Among Black Americans

Photo credit: Getty/ Morgan McMullen
Photo credit: Getty/ Morgan McMullen

From Marie Claire

“He wanted me to run, so he could shoot me in the back,” my father said through tears that refused to fall. It was last month, the day before Father’s Day. Instead of making plans to celebrate, my dad and I sat in grief and fear together, like so many Black parents and their children, over the senseless loss of more Black lives.

He was telling me the story of how, as a 16-year-old walking around his neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia, he had been picked up by the police. After being taken

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