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Chronicles of a Black Leading Lady on Purpose: The One-way Ticket to Africa

Vuyanzi
Vuyanzi

Vuyanzi is a the owner of Onyx Channel: The Black Experience, the podcast host of Black Leading Ladies on Purpose, co-author of four books, and Certified Life Coach. Vuyanzi is leaving on a one-way ticket to Kenya. Click here to keep up with her as she chronicles her decision and travels.

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, dead at 59

(CNN)Zindzi Mandela, South Africa‘s Ambassador to Denmark and daughter of anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winnie Mandela, has died at the age of 59, the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation said Monday. “Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own right. She served South Africa well,” Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations, said in a short statement Monday morning.

Zindzi Mandela pictured with father Nelson in 1992.The department said it was still gathering information on the cause of Mandela’s death and expects to release a detailed statement later.Mandela, who was Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s youngest daughter, died early Monday morning at a Johannesburg hospital, according to a statement from the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The premier is “deeply saddened” by her death, the statement said.”I offer my deep condolences to the Mandela family as we mourn the passing of a fearless political activist who was a leader in her own right,” Ramaphosa said in the statement.”Our sadness is compounded by this loss being visited upon us just days before the world marks the birthday of the great Nelson Mandela.”The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation also released a statement mourning Mandela’s death.She was “regarded by many as a child of the nation,” the foundation said in a statement, and her death means “South Africa loses an important generational link connecting our divided history to the promise of better, more inclusive, tomorrows.”A spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Foundation told CNN it is currently consulting with the Mandela family before it issues its own statement. The foundation earlier posted that on the same day in 1969, Nelson Mandela’s eldest son, Madiba Thembekile Mandela, died in a car crash.A third sibling, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, currently serves as South Africa’s ambassador to South Korea.Nelson Mandela died in 2013 at the age of 95.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH August Alsina ‘Affair?’ YES, IT HAPPENED BUT WE WERE SEPARATED

(TMZ) Jada Pinkett Smith admits she had a relationship with August Alsina, but takes issue with his claim Will Smith gave permission … because she and Will say it wasn’t necessary, at that time.

Jada and Will sat down for her “Red Table Talk” show which streamed Friday on Facebook and admitted Jada did, in fact, have an “entanglement” with August around 4 and a half years ago … after Jada and Will had quietly separated. At the time, Jada said she thought the separation was going to be indefinite and didn’t think Will was ever going to talk to her again.

In that time, Jada says she and August — with whom the Smiths were good friends — started dating. She said initially it was about August’s health and trying to help him heal.

As for August’s claim, Will gave Jada his blessing … that’s not the case because the only person that could give permission is Jada herself and, remember, she and Will were separated. Near the end of their convo, Jada said she never felt this was a transgression, either.

They laughed and even invoked one of Will’s famous lines when they said, in unison, “We ride together, we die together. Bad marriage for life.”

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  • Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is an app for all mobile devices that teaches breathing exercises to help decrease stress response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used alongside clinical care directed by a healthcare worker. 

  • CBT iCoach (insomnia)CBT-i Coach is for people who are engaged in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia with a health provider, or who have experienced symptoms of insomnia and would like to improve their sleep habits. The app will guide you through the process of learning about sleep, developing positive sleep routines, and improving your sleep environment. It provides a structured program that teaches strategies proven to improve sleep and help alleviate symptoms of insomnia.
  • Take A BreakTake a Break is a guided meditation app creating a calm and meditative space to enjoy deep relaxation and stress relief. This app is available for all mobile devices.
  • MindfulnessThe Mindfulness App offers an extensive number of meditations with world-renowned teachers, the app also includes a reminder function which can be activated on specific times and places.
  • Mood Tools With the Mind Tools app, you’ll gain access to a wide range of skill-building resources focused on management, leadership and personal excellence. Their stress management techniques teach you how to manage yourself effectively to keep yourself healthy and productive. With each module based on the situation and your personal preference, you can find vital resources on sleep, relaxation, managing performance anxiety, boosting self-confidence, managing anger, and preventing and dealing with burnout.
  • BreatheYou can use the Breathe app to help you relax and focus on your breathing. The Breathe app guides you through a series of deep breaths, and it reminds you to take time to breathe every day. Choose how long you want to breathe, then let the animation and gentle taps help you focus.
  • Calm Calm is an app designed to help users with sleep, relaxation, and reduce stress and anxiety, all with the help of guided meditations, soothing music, and bedtime stories.
  • HeadspaceHeadspace is a guided meditation app designed to teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Browse the Headspace Library and pick from courses and single meditation sessions to suit your mood and lifestyle. Choose your session length, replay your favourites and learn how to apply mindfulness to your everyday activities.
  • Virtual Hope BoxThe Virtual Hope Box (VHB)  is an app designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient’s own smartphone according to the patient’s specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from the clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed.

National Organizations

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the nation’s leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes. Individuals, families, and communities who have been personally touched by suicide are the moving force behind everything we do. Learn more at: www.afsp.org

AMERICAN HOLISTIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION

American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) is a free, impartial clearinghouse connecting you to self-help wellness resources. Learn more at: www.ahha.org

ASSOCIATION OF BLACK PSYCHOLOGISTS

The Association of Black Psychologists sees its mission and destiny as the liberation of the African Mind, empowerment of the African Character, and enlivenment and illumination of the African Spirit. Lean more at: www.abpsi.org.

BORIS LAWRENCE HENSON FOUNDATION

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation’s vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community. They partner with other nonprofit organizations who offer programs that educate, celebrate, and make visible the positive impact of mental health wellness. Learn more at: www.borislhensonfoundation.org.

THE BALANCED MIND FOUNDATION

The Balanced Mind Foundation (formerly the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation) provides resources for parents raising a child, teen or young adult with, or at risk for, a mood disorder. Learn more at www.thebalancedmind.org

AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC FOUNDATION

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing a growing membership of more than 36,000 psychiatrists. Learn more at www.psychiatry.org

BRING CHANGE 2 MIND

Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign founded by Glenn Close, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen & Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness. Learn more at: bringchange2mind.org.

COLLEGE GUIDE FOR STUDENTS WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES

College students with psychiatric disabilities face unique educational challenges. Dedicated mental health counselors and disability coordinators are available on most campuses, and students can typically seek medical attention. Many students, however, do not know how to get help for their problems. To help students get the assistance they need, BestColleges.com has examined instructional strategies, course accommodations, and other campus services designed to serve this population. Learn more.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA

Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. Learn more at: www.mentalhealthamerica.net.

NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

National Mental Health Association (NMHA) NMHA is an advocacy, education, and support organization working to address the needs of people with mental health-related needs and mental illnesses. Learn more at www.nmha.org

START YOUR RECOVERY

StartYourRecovery.org provides helpful information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and SYR aims to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery.  Learn more.

THE STEVE FUND

The Steve Fund is the nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.  The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color. Learn more at www.stevefund.org.

THERAVIVE

Theravive is a network of licensed therapists and psychologists committed to helping people receive the best mental health care available.  Through building bridges with others, we continually strive to lower mental health stigma.  Learn more. 

The story behind the masterpiece

By: Angelica L. Owens/Beauty Editor 

“For me, Art is restoration of order. It may discuss all sorts of terrible things, but there must be satisfaction at the end. A little bit of hunger, but also satisfaction.”- Toni Morrison

Harmony Granderson, a rising Sophomore at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University painted this mural to shed light on the Black Lives Matter movement. She also wanted to pay homage to the A&T Four, who started the Sit-In Movement in 1960, here in Greensboro, NC.

Harmony used her artistic expression to try to make a positive impact in the city. However, a lot of people had a problem with her painting, just because she was Biracial. She attended a Historically Black University to get in tune with her blackness even more. She never thought that those same people would be the ones to put her down and have negative comments to say about her painting.

Even though she wanted this to be a positive piece to bring to downtown Greensboro, there have been many misconceptions about the painting. Many people thought that she was glorifying the last words of George Floyd, Eric Garner, Javier Ambler, and many others who have lost their lives from police brutality when in reality, she was trying to say that as black people, we can not breathe. Harmony added the logo of the University to honor the Aggies who paved the way for social and political change.

Since she is both an Activist and a Social Media Influencer, the painting has had both negative and positive influences. While she lost a lot of followers and friends who were worried about ruining their reputation, she grew thicker skin and mind strengthening strategies, She learned how to stand her ground and how to stop over-explaining herself when it is redundant.

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How to become Comfortable with being Uncomfortable Pt 2

Life Coach Vuyanzi
Life Coach Vuyanzi

Vuyanzi is a Certified Life, Career, Executive Coach. She is the host of the Black Leading Ladies on Purpose podcast. She is the co-author of 4 books. Life Coach Vuyanzi is the host of “Vuyanzi Coaches.” Sign up for updates! Stay connected. Click here.

How to become Comfortable with being Uncomfortable Part 1

Life Coach Vuyanzi
Life Coach Vuyanzi

Vuyanzi is a Certified Life, Career, Executive Coach. She is the host of the Black Leading Ladies on Purpose podcast. She is the co-author of 4 books. Life Coach Vuyanzi is the host of “Vuyanzi Coaches.” Sign up for updates! Stay connected. Click here.

Monday Meditation

Vuyanzi
Vuyanzi

Vuyanzi is a Certified Life Coach, Speaker and Author. She is also the host of the Black Leading Ladies on Purpose podcast and Vuyanzi Coaches on The Coach Channel launching in July of 2020.
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