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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Biz Markie hospitalized for unknown health condition

Biz Markie has Type 2 diabetes, putting him at risk for COVID-19 complications.

Hip-hop icon, Biz Markie, has been hospitalized in Maryland for weeks, according to multiple news reports. The rap legend, 56, has Type 2 diabetes, but the exact cause and details of his condition are unknown.

A representative for Markie said that he does not have COVID-19, The Daily Mail reported.

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Biz Markie cites his weight to be the source of his Type 2 diabetes. Obesity is a major contributor to the condition and weight loss

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Chris Cornell’s Daughter Launches Mental Health Series ‘Mind Wide Open’

Lily Cornell Silver
Lily Cornell Silver

What happened: Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily Cornell Silver is launching a new interview series on Instagram today about mental health, on what would’ve been her father’s 56th birthday.

Silver’s goal with the series, titled “Mind Wide Open,” is to normalize and destigmatize conversations around mental health. The 20-year-old debuted the series on IGTV in honor of the late Soundgarden frontman.

Guests on the series will include mental health professionals, public figures from music, pop culture and entertainment, as well as her peers who will discuss their stories and struggles with mental illness and the offer insights

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The 6 Signs of Poor Gut Health and What to Do About It

Gut health has been such an important topic, especially in recent years. And while much research still needs to be done on the subject, generally, we know it’s important to have a healthy gut. But when you get down to the nitty-gritty of the topic, like “good” and “bad” bacteria, prebiotics, and probiotics, it can be downright confusing, especially when you’re not a gastroenterologist, scientist, or dietitian.

If you’re still a bit fuzzy on gut health, we’re here to help. We talked to experts to get some more insight into the subject, how you can improve your gut

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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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Hope fades for fall high school sports as health wisdom prevails over COVID-19 skeptics

Last month, I was certain high school sports would play out in California this fall, even if in an abbreviated form.

I wasn’t naive. I was hopeful, as were the sea of coaches, administrators, parents and student-athletes I regularly spoke to.

I was encouraged because flattening the coronavirus curve meant to shutter schools, to social distance, to mask up, to wash hands vigorously as if was performing surgery. Everyone doing their part.

I was optimistic because sports, the band, theater arts — anything extracurricular — are a vital part of a campus and a community, especially football, the identifying action

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