Recording artist Shanti Das, a not-for-profit organisation Shut up the Shame, works with Germaine Dupree, Kwame, DJ Trauma and others to raise awareness about mental health.
When the country enters its third month of quarantine, many people suffer from isolation, anxiety and depression. Frankly, experts have determined that the Americans were in mental crisis even before the pandemic.
Charlaman God, an advocate for mental health in black culture and hip-hop, adds that most of our problems are directly related to social media – and our need to compare our failures and successes with others that appear on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. In his book Shook One: The alarm is playing tricks on me, he writes: Social networks teach us to compare our lives instead of valuing everything we are.
The Charlemagne of God shook one: Fear games with me.
And while the radio presenter, who has become a TV presenter, seems to be investing heavily in social media, which is a major source of social anxiety, and while his work in raising awareness about mental health and well-being deserves praise, other voices in the industry are calling for a response to what the U.S. today calls a pandemic epidemic.
Shanti Das, renowned music director, philanthropist and mental health advocate, took the microphone (usually reserved for the multi-platinum artists for whom she created the campaign) to create a safe space where members of Gen X, Millennials and Y can unpack and get rid of the stigma of mental health in their lives.
Their organization, Shut the Shame, is a prophetic message for the world of smoke and the mirror of liberation. And since May is the National Mental Health Information Month, the mission is to get the message across to as many people as possible: THEY’RE NOT ALONE!
In the early 1920s, Shanti Das was one of the biggest players in the emerging music scene of Atlanta. Working at LaFace, he has taken the lead in the rise of living legend Tony Braxton, TLC’s CrazySexyCool, the most talented artist of this generation Asher Raymond, ATLien’s Outkast and The Goodie Mob. There were platinum slabs in the walls of his house and money was constantly flowing into his bank accounts. The success was good for her, and the big city of New York finally saw it too.
Eventually, in the early 2000s, she moved to New York and was confronted with a demon dressed in glitter, glamour, panic and fear: Depression.
Hip Hop Depression
We hear a lot about the depression of hip-hop from the point of view of contemporary artists. This is probably the first time we’ve heard rappers talk about depression in Mel Mel’s historical song, The Message, which talks about the despair of the poor, black people and Americans. The same despair can be heard in the song Geto Boys Mind Playing Tricks on Me. While the whole recording is filled with a fear that evokes poverty and a poisoned masculinity, Scarface clearly expresses it as the day he speaks: I know God is looking at me, but I still have trouble feeling happy. I float a lot when I’m driving. With deadly suicidal thoughts. I don’t care. I’ll get it done, but it’s nonsense. I have a little boy to take care of and when I die, my child will be a bastard. A sensitive and miraculously fragile rap, read in context, can move you to tears.
Logica brought tears to the eyes of Americans at the Video Music Awards 2017 with his courageous performance at 1-800-273-8255 (the title of the song is actually National Suicide Prevention Hotline). But that’s just one example. Recently, Hip Hop has become a diary for teenagers and adolescents struggling with mental illness and health.
As a consultant and psychotherapist Laura Morse actually uses artists like Kendrick Lamar to talk to her male clients.
Kendrick Lamar caught my attention in 2012 when I first heard the pools. Beyond music – attention to alcohol and drug abuse, pushing the boundaries and the consequences. Kendrick took the mackerel butterfly film one step further by telling the world about it: I live with depression and anxiety, and I am King Kendrick Lamar. The honesty of his struggle, which went hand in hand with his success, brought my gratitude for him (and the power of hip-hop) to new heights. I started seeing more black people in my practice. Not just because their closest wives dragged them to family therapy. And not only because they are struggling with drug use, but also because they are struggling with depression, anxiety, sadness, vulnerability and feel that the IRT can at least safely seek help.
She even says she uses Beyonce’s Lemonade suite to work with black women.
Who can forget that Kid Kudi has been rehabilitated, often Kanye suppresses bipolarity (which is ridiculed by many), or the rhyme of Lil Wayne 2016 in the song Solange Mad, where he says he tried to commit suicide, but is angry that he failed. Juice WRLD, Mac Miller and many of the 20 rapists who were treated with pills independently expressed the severity of the depression in their music. Even Drake, probably one of the most famous and happy rappers, talks about his demons in his song Two Birds.
More time with family and friends, more life. More time to work things out.
It’s just me, but I see four shadows in the light of
. My demons visit me every night.
But Dr. Stephen Allwood, registered clinical psychologist and director of advisory services at Morehouse College, while appreciating the effort… …is being turned down:
In hip-hop there is a kind of paradox about mental health. Many artists talk about depression and other mental health problems in their music. But outside the music they seem to be confronted with traditional notions of masculinity that push this kind of vulnerability away. Few seem to take the next step to get real professional help. Little Cudi and Eminem come to mind as two artists who have made very public statements about psychiatric treatment, but many of them seem to be stuck in self-treatment with drugs. Or they only get help if they are arrested and the law requires treatment. If you look at the images of masculinity in the media, it is clear that anger is the only socially acceptable negative emotion a man can express. This is how depression manifests itself in many cases. And that leads to men entering the legal system as treatment for mental illness is what they really need.
Art gives people a way out. The fame gives them admirers who not only depend on them, but also sympathize with them, support and confirm them when they are vulnerable. Fans allow artists to make gaping holes in their mental health and say it creates better art and forgives them whether or not they get help. It develops into an excellent topic of conversation.
But behind the cameras there are people sitting at the table who don’t care if they know. Those who suffer in silence – grab their favorite rap stars so you can always get some bop while they work in their fight.
They suffer alone and try to follow the image of an actor in the music or the sexual film.
As a friend of Das, the rising star Shakir Stewart comes to mind.
Usher Raymond, Shakir Stewart, Shanti Das, Big John Platt
(Shanti The Personal Highlight of Instagram)
He drew Beyoncé, Rick Ross, Ciara and Yang Jizzy. A Morehouse graduate who started university at the age of 16 has devoted more than half of his life to building a career that can make anyone shrink from jealousy or suspicion. At 34, after climbing the top of the Def Jam Records, the 27-hour week he often joked about became too long for him. The pressure of power hurt him and he tragically committed suicide with a gunshot wound he suffered in 2008.
Four years later, another magnate (coincidentally associated with Def Jam), Chris Liti, also committed suicide by shooting himself. Grace has been the driving force behind such actions as Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, Foxy Brown, Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent and Fat Joe (to name a few).
Surprisingly, many still believe they were murdered and ask rhetorical questions: Why would they kill themselves? They had everything.
Maybe they both suffered from so-called high-functional depression. But because they committed suicide, none of them were diagnosed.
But like them, this is an example of why people who are close to performing on their caliber (at work and in their personal lives) do not see signs of difficulties in their lives. In industry, people wear masks. Anyway, a power station the size of a stallion… until the masks go off. # Masks forever and ever Masks forever and ever Masks forever and ever Masks forever and ever Masks forever and ever Masks for ever and ever
As a marketing expert it has always been my job to come and correct others [campaigns, artists], but I couldn’t correct myself. She shared.
If the corrector has to correct…
After living in New York, Shanti began to disintegrate into the big city. Her sister began to realize she wasn’t in her right mind. After the death of her father, the death of her best friend, and certain hereditary traits that made it more likely than others that she had mental problems, years of grief began to develop. Your sister suggested we start the therapy. They made her life easier, but when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009, it was too difficult for her.
In the middle of her heyday she left her flourishing career. She was in a crisis and didn’t even know it.
She left New York and went back to Atlanta. The city was a happy place for his soul, filled with a kind of industrial statement that you can’t understand when you’re not there. She began to recover to some extent and focused on activities that made her feel good and independent.
In 2013, the same people who had helped her in the past had not responded to her calls. And for the first time in a long time, there was a lack of money.
The language of my love has always been a gift and a giveaway for my family and friends… and the inability to provide as in the past has exacerbated my depression. But when these things stopped, she felt she couldn’t give anything of value to those she had always blessed in the past.
Depression has given him mixed messages about why people love him.
At one point she could no longer bear it and thought of committing suicide, just like those with whom she had worked over the years, those she knew and/or loved (Dear Friend/Enter/Exit).
But thanks to the call, her sister and her pastor, she is here today to tell her story of the triumphant victory. She called the suicide prevention hotline and her pastor, and he reported to her right away. Not only that, but the fact that he sent her to a doctor.
Reverend David Browley, pastor of St. Mary’s Baptist Church in Toronto, is a member of the Board of St. Paul, explain why such instructions are important to preachers:
While] the clergy is both advanced and necessary to talk about mental health, and] is called to talk about the immense crisis of life, he explains, most clergy receive little training in the field of mental health and can at best see the need for clinical intervention. Attempts to treat people with mental illness and clinical depression without a license distort the atmosphere of pastoral duty and can harm others.
Mental health and mental illness cannot be prayed in church, and that is one of the things that prevents black and brown people, who are very faithful and religious, from doing so.
Victory after the silence of shame.
She was able to get out of the exhaustion room and looked for help to get back on her feet. This includes working with your doctor to find the right antidepressants that regulate the balance of chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters, which are associated with depression and anxiety.
Shanti Das, founder of Silence of Shame and supporter of Mental Health Awareness.
When she worked with a therapist, she realized that it was difficult for someone who was always a resource for others to pour into an empty cup. The suicide of her father and other childhood traumas that had nothing to do with her work in the industry, she never really got over it… … … …but it certainly complicated everything.
She also learned another language of love: Community service has become my new love language. If you give yourself time, that’s the most precious thing.
And she has given her time, resources and now her voice as a representative of her organization. Shut up. Shame on you.
In 2015, one of her darkest years (and also the year of her release) after Bobby Cristina fell ill, she interviewed Ryan Cameron of Atlanta Radio about preventing depression in the African-American community and said : We don’t talk about it in the African-American community. We just have to silence the shame in the world, yes, but especially in color communities.
This is where the formalisation of silence was born, a disgrace that made it official in 2016. Four years later, the movement creates new spaces for members of the Hip Hop community to turn around now. Through the silence of shame and from her private office, she wants to support 20% of black people who are more exposed to serious psychological stress than her white colleagues. She and her team will support black teenagers who are more likely to commit suicide than white teenagers (8.3% versus 6.2%).
The fifth. In May, the organization will hold its annual virtual Big Text-A-Ton charity event to increase its programs, resources and scholarship funding. It’s an exciting year to work with national DJs and artists to make progress. Names like Kwame, Bryan Michael Cox, DJ Trauma, Dallas Austin, Stephen Grant Hill and many others will be on display from the 1st to the 10th floor. Can organise virtual fundraising campaigns at IG Lives, interviews with healthcare professionals, webinars for the general public and much more. An old friend of Germaine Dupree is a guest at the school on Tuesday 5 September. In May, from 16.00 to 18.00 (EST), we organize a virtual party called Dance to make a donation. This year’s fundraiser commemorates her sister who began her healing journey last year.
The goal is to raise one million funds to support the organization. Silence is a disgrace.
Follow the movement: www.silencetheshame.com.