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For my podcast, I had the honor of interviewing Nicol Osborne & Tamera Gittens about their new book, Blackness Interrupted: Black Psychology Matters. Their book is essential because it acknowledges many of the significant Black folx that contributed to the field of psychology and mental health. I highly recommend it, as most psychology courses exclude the accomplishments of Black people… or at least I was never taught about any Black psychologists in my 6 years of higher education.

From reading their book and chatting with them on my podcast, I knew I wanted to get more involved in their book…

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Despite being only a month old at the release of her debut album, Mary J. Blige is one of the icons that have been a constant throughout my life (alongside Mariah Carey and Ms. Lauryn Hill.) When I saw that Mary J. released a documentary to commemorate the 25th anniversary of her second album, My Life, I was excited to learn more about her story.

The film covers a multitude of mental health challenges that inspired her music. Music that has become the soundtrack for many lives, including my own. So let’s dive in!

Depression, Drugs, and Suicidal Thoughts

The lyrics in the My Life…

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Though I don’t tend to follow the royal family, I became more interested when Meghan Markle, an actress from one of my favorite shows, Suits, got engaged to Prince Harry. More recently, I’ve seen how their lives have been shaped by racism and anxiety, which ultimately culminated in the couple separating from the royal family. Today, I’ll be sharing some insights on mental health based on Prince Harry’s participation in the Docuseries, The Me you Can’t See.

I was five years old when Princess Diana and her partner died in that tragic car accident in ’97 and I remember being…

Or has this Kindle turned me into a book snob?

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Roz Warren recently wrote about how she only finishes one out of every twenty books she starts. I found her 20–30 page rule to be quite generous. Thirty turns (pun) to grab her attention enough to make the cut.

Unlike Saint Roz, I give a book two chapters TOPS to grab my attention before I press the big red button.

And, if the book was a purchase, I have no shame in calling Kindle or Audible to request a full refund.

Lately, I’ve been even pickier about the books I choose to finish, as I curate books to review on…


I loved watching the docuseries, The Me You Can’t See, produced by Oprah and Prince Harry. As a lover of stories, I especially appreciated the interviews with Lady Gaga and Prince Harry (post on him coming soon). What surprised me the most was how forthcoming Oprah was about her own mental health. Today, I’ll be sharing some of what I learned.

Childhood, Abuse, and Hope

Oprah’s childhood was characterized by poverty, several transitions between households, and neglect. O shares that she was raised by her grandmother for several years due to her mother’s struggle to provide for her children (a teen mom at the…

Just when I thought I had become numb…

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Having lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia my entire life, I’ve become accustomed to various brands of southern ignorance and the abundance of racism.

Folx will claim, “southern pride,” as they cruise their lifted, overcompensating, smoke-billowing diesel trucks topped off with a huge confederate flag flapping from the truck bed. To accessorize, there’s usually a “Trump 2020” bumper sticker and a “Don’t Tread on Me” specialty license plate thrown in for good measure!

Sure, “Don’t Tread on Me” is supposed to be about gun rights; however, any half-aware person can see the nuance that comes along with this slogan and…

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I’ve been seeing snippets of Lady Gaga’s Lady Gaga’s interview on Oprah’s docuseries, The Me You Can’t See. Having not yet seen the show, I started to research if Gaga has ever written about her life. The closest thing I could find to a memoir was an essay she wrote as part of a compilation book put together by her foundation, Born This Way. Today I’ll be sharing some insights that I’ve gained from her remarkable story.


“To be honest, it ultimately felt as though many relentless and quite mean children and adults around me were asking me why I…

I save a ton of money using my debit card.

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Circa 2017, I began writing about my journey towards paying off my student loan debt. At that time, I had been paying the monthly minimum payment since graduating with my master’s degree in 2016 and began working full-time (~$35,000/yr. at the time).

I’ve made significant progress in debt payoff since then but writing about the journey fell off as I cycled through the life transitions of typical 20-somethings (marriage, baby, house, starting a business, etc.)

But now I’m back at writing about the journey to financial independence!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Including interest, my bachelor’s and master’s degrees have cost me $155,255.43.
  • Since going…

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Since I primarily work with teenagers and read a ton on adolescent development, I wasn’t surprised when my library’s e-book app recommended Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, by Peggy Orenstein.

Before we dive in, the information presented within comes from Orenstein’s research of well over 100 male teens and young adults. My goal is to share insights that I gained objectively, so with that in mind, there will be no commentary on morality in this post. Trigger words: Sexual assault, rape.

Myths, masculinity, and conditioning

To create a case for why this book’s content…

Johnzelle Anderson

I help adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and life transitions.

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