September 16, 2015

Episode 8: #FallFunVideo!

Fun hair that's easy to "assemble"
Fun clothes from Meijer
What else can you ask for??

It Costs $25 to Rape*

*At the University of Toledo, it does.

In the 7th episode of The Motley News vlog, I'm tackling the issue of University campus rape and sexual assault. This video is a response to the newly released documentary called The Hunting Ground. The movie does an excellent job of revealing what happens when rape survivors report their experiences to school administration.

September 9, 2015

Can Black People Misappropriate Other Cultures?

Good question.

I read this article and it got me thinking about the ramifications of taking customs or fashion from various African cultures. The author's views, which needed to be heard, warranted a response. It's a complicated issue, but I'm glad that Zipporah Gene started the conversation.

To sum up my views: No, I don't think African Americans are misappropriating African culture. Yes, I think we need to be more educated about African culture and history.

September 6, 2015

Black Women and Depression

If you're sad and you know it, clap your hands!

But seriously, if you are sad, you have to say something. All too often, black women have trouble admitting when they're suffering from depression. When you're historically pinned as "strong," it makes it even harder to admit when you need help. Depression and anxiety not just a white person's illness, we experience it too!

I made this video in an effort to share my own experience with depression and possibly start a discussion about how we can do a better job of seeking help. While there are obstacles to overcome, like cost and social stigma, mental health is more important than we think.