The term “Jegna” is a translation from the ancient kingdom of Abyssinia. In African culture, Jegna is a title of distinction. Translated into English, it can mean several things: hero, warrior, soldier, courage, strength and protection of our culture, land and people or elder.
By adjusting our current understanding of code-switching and using it as a tool to empower and position ourselves as a group, it could be one piece of the puzzle to moving Black people forward as a collective people.
When we look at the current state of Black youth today, we often have mixed thoughts and emotions on whom and how they are. We have brilliant young Black people, geniuses with untapped potential, and troubled young people who often get labeled as at-risk.
News Analysis Disclaimer: While this is not a clinical analysis, as both a Black man and psychotherapist, these are my views on Kanye West from a mental health lens based on his recent media appearances and discussions on slavery. Rapper Kanye West has found a way back into our daily conversations over the past few […]
It is hard to not be triggered into trauma in such a toxic stress society as ours. There are stressors lurking around many corners. What can we do to protect ourselves? As Black people, we continue to live with much self-doubt, inferiority, and anti-Blackness that streams from our historical and intergenerational trauma. These uncomfortable truths […]
As a mental health professional, I am often asked why African Americans do not go to therapy, or I’m asked to address the notion of the stigma on mental illness. These are things that I have addressed in this column before. One bit of advice that I often share is that many African Americans can […]
Trauma has been a common term discussed in many social circles for the past few years. I believe the concept of trauma is approaching a condition of stagnation due to the overwhelming focus it has received. We are beginning to hear new terms to further the conversations on trauma, like “resiliency” and “healing.” Both terms […]
There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. All over the internet and in many other places within the United States, many African Americans are asking, “How do we improve the state of the Black community?” Many of our heroes have in common the task of improving the state of the Black […]
During Black History Month we are bombarded with many of the fabulous inventions and other achievements that Black people have accomplished during our existence. Every year February offers a significant display of our unique genius. Every year we are exposed to valuable information about who and where we have come from. One sentiment often expressed […]