If there is one post of mine you read, please make it this one. Growing up, my family taught me it’s the stronger person that can express their feelings, not be afraid to be vulnerable and ask for help when needed. I also grew up in hip hop, and in this community, we’re taught to “man up”, “keep your head down” and “keep pushing” or you’re looked at as weak whenever we express those kinds of feelings. But my issue with that is hip hop is the driving force, and dominant voice, of popular culture, we can change the conversation so it isn’t awkward and looked down upon, and instead, embraced and applauded. I mean for real, WE ALL go through life’s ups and downs no matter how successful or how much money you have, we are all susceptible, and trust, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
I dealt with anxiety and depression for many years and never spoke to anyone about it, instead I internalized it and “kept it pushing.” Self sabotage set in and I would hold myself back, talk myself out of my dreams and developed an inner critic that made sure of it. When I came out of it and shared my story with friends, pretty much everyone revealed they could relate, either through personal experience or people they knew. I can’t tell you why but something said I could be an agent for change, if my revealing touched so many people imagine what others’ stories could do.
I decided to create the Mask Off podcast (@maskoffpod) as a safe place to share our personal journeys. Through these conversations I am hoping listeners will be able to identify, relate, find comfort and know they’re not alone. Interviews will feature friends of mine from fashion, media, sports, entertainment, creative fields and more, a wide range, cause like I said before, we are all susceptible. Through natural conversation you will hear what my guests have gone through and find some tools and tips you can utilize in your own life.
I am not here to diagnose anyone, I just want to open the dialogue up so we can shift the culture around the topic of mental health and be a relatable voice to our community. I would be honored if you took the time to listen and spread the word, let’s all take the Mask Off. (Link in bio)