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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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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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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