Ourselves Black Magazine

Ourselves Black Magazine Ourselves Black is a biannual, mental health resource magazine for the Black Community, beautifully written and designed to focus on our exploration of our mental selves through a select number of engaging resources, interviews, stories and photography.
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Recently @bevel Interviewed @ourselves_black Magazines Chief Editor @dr.sarahvinson Read the full article in getbevel.co...
02/01/2020

Recently @bevel Interviewed @ourselves_black Magazines Chief Editor @dr.sarahvinson

Read the full article in getbevel.com

“How a group of Atlanta-based creatives and psychiatrists are taking a stand for black mental health”

@bevel @lakecia_hammond : Other psychology publications aren’t nearly as focused on the black experience. Additionally, nothing I’ve seen has been so raw and visual. Why was it important to have a magazine that people actually wanted to have at home on their coffee table?

@dr.sarahvinson : There is mental health in all things. This just isn’t consistently recognized. Our goal is to take everything on the continuum from black mental health to mental illness out of the box – both literally and figuratively: using a print to help people take mental health out of the mental boxes that keep it sectioned off and unspeakable. Our print can hold its own in any space, not just those reserved for medical or mental health stuff or for medical or mental health audiences.

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We are taking it all in! #beautiful #light #ourselvesblack #mentalhealth #blackmentalhealth #magazine #share #ig #dogood...
02/01/2020

We are taking it all in!

#beautiful #light #ourselvesblack #mentalhealth #blackmentalhealth #magazine #share #ig #dogood #blackmentalhealthmatters #style #fashion

This Instagram travel cartoon we stumbled upon called @lunankiki is amazing - Two young teen girls who’s adventures take...
01/30/2020

This Instagram travel cartoon we stumbled upon called @lunankiki is amazing - Two young teen girls who’s adventures take them around the world to learn and discover new cultures and opportunities. Much needed!

#blackgirlmagic #melanin #blackwomen #blackgirlsrock #blackwoman #melaninpoppin #girl #blackgirls #fashion #love #naturalhair #blackqueen #makeup #blackbeauty #hair #beauty #curlyhair #beautiful #afrohair #blackexcellence #lifestyle #blackisbeautiful #ootd #bhfyp

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Kickstarter Campaign and supported us in our attempt to push forwar...
06/03/2019

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Kickstarter Campaign and supported us in our attempt to push forward our second issue print. The fight to destigmatize Black mental health is still very much alive.
📸: @braylendion

As the creative director of Ourselves Black Magazine, I spend a lot of time traveling, pulling on the creative and aesth...
05/31/2019

As the creative director of Ourselves Black Magazine, I spend a lot of time traveling, pulling on the creative and aesthetic strings of many cultures and countries around the world to initiate the creative process.⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Staring at a map of Russia in my early childhood sparked an obscure curiosity in wanting to visit Russia one day; I don't know why, but it stuck. My curiosity in Russia from a map visual, matured into a greater curiosity in Russian literature, everything from the greats like Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Pushkin, to some of the lesser knowns, and my favorite Vladimir Pozner. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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I digress to mention that Russia's greatest poet and the founder of modern Russian literature, a "white man" (many older Russians would like to believe) was also the great-grandson to a stolen East African, Eritrean slave-child adopted by Peter the great of St. Petersburg. General Ibrahim Hannibal (not to be confused with his namesake African military genius Hannibal The Great of 200 bc) became himself, one of the greatest military geniuses in Russian History. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Fast forward some years and boom, as an adult, I found myself literally walking the snow-covered streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg searching for coffee at 3am. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Needless to say, my curiosity with Russia, Russian Art, Russian Culture and Russian Literature puzzled many of my black friends, but to a greater degree, my father - A Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston while listening to Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" type of guy. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Langston Hughes also walked the streets of Russia when he was 32, and more interestingly, he did so in the 1930s with Graduates from my alma mater - Tuskegee University. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Therein lies an unforeseen, hidden gem that catapulted my inner Tuskegee Ego to investigate on a deeper level, Black Americans but more specifically, HBCU students and graduates and their love affair with USSR - Pre and post Stalin years. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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In short, please read this Amazing book By Black Russian, Yelena Khanga (I was honored to be able to speak with her and plan on meeting her in a next month in Moscow) which documents her family's Black Russian lineage back to the slave fields of Mississippi and into the classrooms of Tuskegee University who's students ended up developing Uzbekistan and Russia's Cotton and Agriculture Industry. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Ourselves Back Podcast: Childhood Trauma: Dr. Michelle Durham Part 1.Dr. Michelle Durham an adult, Child and Adolescent ...
05/29/2019

Ourselves Back Podcast: Childhood Trauma: Dr. Michelle Durham Part 1.

Dr. Michelle Durham an adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She received her MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, completed her residency training at BUSM/BMC and completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Durham’s interests lie in advocacy, mental healthcare integration into the pediatric primary care setting, trauma in young children, health disparities among minority populations and training/education.

https://ourselvesblack.com/ob-podcast/2018/7/24/ep-1-h7596-9dhgz-a9p3l-6wtms-cj6kl

I didn’t grow up seeing black entrepreneurs - never even had a black teacher until becoming a FAMU Rattler. For years, I...
05/29/2019

I didn’t grow up seeing black entrepreneurs - never even had a black teacher until becoming a FAMU Rattler. For years, I’d received well-intentioned messaging that the respectable, responsible life path was education and then a steady job, often a “good government job”. When institutional racism on all sides has frayed or obliterated our economic safety net, perceived financial security is often the ultimate goal.

While understandable, this mentality limits true progress. I did the right things and followed the script: Go to school, get your degree(s). And then, when all of my training was finally over, I chose not to work full time for anyone else. I removed financial security as the ultimate goal and replaced it with one of financial freedom - freedom that allowed me to design a life that supported my wellness personally and to fund and support initiatives that mattered to me and my community professionally.

OurselvesBlack, until now, has been completely supported financially by me. Entrepreneurship empowered me with the capital and control over my time to do it. We exist because of this freedom, and also have a truly independent voice.
The next stage of building, rolling out our magazine and amplifying our message, needs the support of our community - whether it’s telling others about us, ordering a print, following us on social media, or becoming a sponsor or part of the provider directory.

Join us.

Executive Editor
Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D.

An Overlooked Truth Of Black Mental Health: Thoughts Do MatterThe sum of one’s thoughts creates an internal mental envir...
05/29/2019

An Overlooked Truth Of Black Mental Health: Thoughts Do Matter

The sum of one’s thoughts creates an internal mental environment that results in a certain emotional disposition which leads to particular decisions and actions. This is not ‘junk science’ or wives’ tales. Reputable researchers and scientists have produced work which reveals the truth of these realities. Dr. Caroline Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist and who specializes in neuropsychology, has studied the science of thought for over 20 years. She explains that fear-based thoughts produce fear-based emotions which lead to fear-based actions. This cycle of mental and emotional toxicity causes harmful biochemicals to build in the mind and body, with devastating results.
continue reading on our blog:

https://ourselvesblack.com/journal/2016/4/5/an-overlooked-truth-of-black-mental-health-thoughts-do-matter?rq=overlooked

Field Notes Topic Of The Month For Ourselves Black MagazineDoes Where/How You Meet Someone ( Online Vs Irl ) Change When...
05/29/2019

Field Notes Topic Of The Month For Ourselves Black Magazine

Does Where/How You Meet Someone ( Online Vs Irl ) Change When Or How Personal Mental Health Is Shared?

Share your response: https://ourselvesblack.com/field-notes-submission

Couples Therapy: Dr. Ayanna Abrams Part 2. on the Ourselves Black Podcast. Click link below. https://ourselvesblack.com/...
05/24/2019

Couples Therapy: Dr. Ayanna Abrams Part 2. on the Ourselves Black Podcast. Click link below.

https://ourselvesblack.com/ob-podcast/2018/7/24/ep-1-h7596-9dhgz

Our guest expert, Dr. Ayanna Abrams is a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia and CEO/Founder of Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC. Dr. Abrams enjoys providing consultation and guest speaking opportunities to organizations (specifically non-profit), schools, churches, hospitals, & amp; other media and has been featured on Huffington Post Live, Therapy for Black Girls & Silence the Shame. She is also the proud co-founder of Not So Strong, a mental health initiative focused on emotional healing of black women through use of vulnerable narratives.

A huge congratulations to the Morehouse graduates of 2019 for closing a chapter debt-free! Philanthropist and technology...
05/21/2019

A huge congratulations to the Morehouse graduates of 2019 for closing a chapter debt-free! Philanthropist and technology investors— Robert F. Smith
makes it his priority and pledged to give these graduates a clean slate.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 75 percent of mental-health conditions begin by age 24, which means that both the college years and the abrupt transition when it’s over can be a particularly challenging time emotionally. Between job searches, student loans, etc. the transition can be especially difficult.

Ourselves Black Magazine's cover photo
05/20/2019

Ourselves Black Magazine's cover photo

Our Mental Health Matters// Share and support our Kickstarter. Link listed on our homepage for more information on how y...
05/15/2019

Our Mental Health Matters// Share and support our Kickstarter. Link listed on our homepage for more information on how you can contribute!

Join us this month for an Ourselves Black Q&A Brought to you by triple board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson....
05/15/2019

Join us this month for an Ourselves Black Q&A Brought to you by triple board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson. DM us any of your questions and we will try our best to get them answered for you. www.ourselvesblack.com

https://ourselvesblack.com/ob-podcast/2018/7/24/ep-1-h7596-9dhgz-a9p3l-6wtms-cj6kl-s5bne-g6nkt-m6fty-dnwh6-8c2dl-fcnps-w...
05/14/2019
Dr. Annelle Primm: Innovative Solutions/Use of Technology Addressing Young Adult Mental Health Part. 2

https://ourselvesblack.com/ob-podcast/2018/7/24/ep-1-h7596-9dhgz-a9p3l-6wtms-cj6kl-s5bne-g6nkt-m6fty-dnwh6-8c2dl-fcnps-w8wef-zza2k-m74ny-p5hxw-lk263-ms8xs-rm8xw-3d37j-bh32d-dehw6

Dr. Annelle Primm, a community psychiatrist based in Baltimore, Maryland, is the Senior Medical Advisor for the Steve Fund, the nation's only organization focused on the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color. Dr. Primm was formerly Deputy Medical Director of the America

Join us this month for an Ourselves Black Q&A Brought to you by triple board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson....
05/13/2019

Join us this month for an Ourselves Black Q&A Brought to you by triple board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson. DM us any of your questions and we will try our best to get them answered for you. www.ourselvesblack.com

#HappyMothersDay We hope that everyone across the world is celebrating and enjoying this day dedicated to all of the lif...
05/12/2019

#HappyMothersDay
We hope that everyone across the world is celebrating and enjoying this day dedicated to all of the life bearing, nurturing and strong mothers.

Words of Influence: CJ Johnson Jr. CJ Johnson Jr. (Social Media Influencer) gives us insight on how he utilizes his well...
05/12/2019

Words of Influence: CJ Johnson Jr.

CJ Johnson Jr. (Social Media Influencer) gives us insight on how he utilizes his well-built platform to inspire + motivate our community, balancing social media w/ personal life, and shares a few of his own inspirations.

🔗: https://ourselvesblack.com/words-of-influence-cj-johnson-jr

Issue No. 1 spotted on the coffee table of @psykedr. What a dope layout! Post & tag us in your coffee table shots of our...
05/11/2019

Issue No. 1 spotted on the coffee table of @psykedr. What a dope layout!

Post & tag us in your coffee table shots of our print🙌🏾

If you haven’t copped our first issue, it’s never too late. Copies are available at @shopquickquick // @thesocialstatus // and on our site!

Ourselves Black Magazine's cover photo
05/08/2019

Ourselves Black Magazine's cover photo

05/08/2019
We need your help with donations to our Kickstarter to continue our magazine on Black Mental Health.Please share and sup...
05/08/2019

We need your help with donations to our Kickstarter to continue our magazine on Black Mental Health.
Please share and support ;)

https://ourselvesblack.com/ob-podcast/2018/7/24/ep-1-h7596-9dhgz-a9p3l-6wtms-cj6kl-s5bne-g6nkt-m6fty-dnwh6-8c2dl-fcnps-w...
05/08/2019
Dr. Annelle Primm: Innovative Solutions/Use of Technology Addressing Young Adult Mental Health Part. 1

https://ourselvesblack.com/ob-podcast/2018/7/24/ep-1-h7596-9dhgz-a9p3l-6wtms-cj6kl-s5bne-g6nkt-m6fty-dnwh6-8c2dl-fcnps-w8wef-zza2k-m74ny-p5hxw-lk263-ms8xs-rm8xw-3d37j-bh32d-dehw6-56zke

Dr. Annelle Primm, a community psychiatrist based in Baltimore, Maryland, is the Senior Medical Advisor for the Steve Fund, the nation's only organization focused on the mental health and emotional well-being of college students of color. Dr. Primm was formerly Deputy Medical Director of the America

Self care Sunday—preparation is key essential to ensure you’re operating at your full potential. What are some ways you ...
05/05/2019

Self care Sunday—
preparation is key essential to ensure you’re operating at your full potential. What are some ways you prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually for the upcoming week? 👇🏾 Tag & share with your friends below.

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Ourselves Black is a biannual, mental health resource magazine for the Black Community, beautifully written and designed to focus on our exploration of our mental selves through a select number of engaging resources, interviews, stories and photography. Birthed from my perspective as an HBCU educated and Ivy League trained psychiatrist, Ourselves Black is a place where we own the narrative and are unapologetic about our goal: to share imagery and tell stories infused with knowledge that promotes Black mental health.

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Good Morning, I want to personally Thank everyone who called, texted, brought food and cards. Also for your love and prayers that meant so much to me and the children . My husband is present with the Lord now and please continue to keep us in your heavenly prayers as we try to get through this holiday season. We love appreciate all of you and may the blessing of Jesus Christ be with you all😇 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The Adams Family