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Bassey Ikpi
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A Chance to Change the Way We Look at Mental Illness

Posted January 19, 2011 | 14:52:00 (EST)

I spent most of 2003 on the floor of various hotel rooms, my body balled into a tight fist. Depression was winding itself around my neck, daring me to breathe. Other times, I was lava and mania pulsating from my belly, rising with each moment until my brain was a...

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Somebody, Anybody but Tyler Perry Sing a Black Girl's Song

Posted November 9, 2010 | 18:10:15 (EST)

I wrote a post last week that was a humorous attempt to encourage people like me who were hesitant to see Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls. Because I'd had many conversations with young women around my age who had grown up with or participated in the choreopoem in one way...

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For Colored Girls Who Need Motivation When the Oprah Endorsement Ain't Enough

Posted November 4, 2010 | 11:38:10 (EST)

Full disclosure: Like most women my age (late 20s- mid 30s), I am highly protective of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. I've read it several times, and my original copy with the girl who looks like India.Arie looking forlorn into the...

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