Celebrities are seeking out ways to fight the mental health stigma within the Black community.
Studies show Black men are particularly concerned about the stigma of mental illness, and apprehensive about seeking help.
Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, director of the Health Disparities Institute at University of Connecticut Health and associate professor of psychiatry, said that men of color are generally discouraged from seeking any kind of help, including help with mental health issues.
But some brave men in the very public eye, have decided to tackle the issue hoping to change the way the Black community views getting help.
Earlier this month, Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to help improve mental health services in Chicago. Six mental health providers in Cook County will each get $100,000 grants, and SocialWorks is starting an initiative called "My State of Mind" to help connect people with treatment.
NFL player Brandon Marshall, who struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder, started a nonprofit Project 375.org to help eradicate stigma, increase awareness and improve training and care for youth. He wrote a powerful essay called "The Stigma," last year, where he was candid with his own battles and some of his coping mechanisms that included meditation and journaling.
The conversations around health are happening in other ways, in interviews, on albums, online and on screen.
Jay-Z has come out in interviews to talk about how the experience of therapy helped him grow as a man, overcoming situations, which he describes in his lyrics.
On his album "4:44," he released a mini documentary "Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod," where he gathered a group of Black men to talk candidly about therapy, self-care, and mental health awareness.
He also advocated for therapy at younger ages and in schools.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson posted about his mother's suicide attempt on social media and went on "Oprah's Master Class" on OWN to discuss his own depression and how important it is to know that you are not alone in your struggles.
Rapper Kid Cudi, in posting about and seeking help for his anxiety struggles back in 2016, inspired users on social media to start the #YouGoodMan hashtag, which became a place for Black men to share knowledge and their stories with support.
Primetime TV shows are breaking the silence in the Black community as well.
Sterling K. Brown star of "This Is Us," Romany Malco Jr. of "A Million Little Things," and Kendrick Sampson and Issa Rae of "Insecure" all struggle on screen with issues and survive.
These actors are tackling conversations around getting help for depression, suicide ideation, panic attacks, and trauma — many issues that plague the Black community based on everyday living experiences.
And talking about it helps.
Marcus and Markeiff Morris, twin brothers and NBA players talked to ESPN about their struggles with depression and trauma from growing up in a violent neighborhood. Marcus Morris, who shared their story, encouraged others, "If you have depression, you should be trying to get rid of it instead of bottling it up and letting it weigh on you and weigh on you and weigh on you."
Markeiff, initially agreed to speak about his illness, but bowed out, possibly a sign that he's not quite ready. There are many men like him.
Hopefully, the more men that come forward to advocate and share, the more others will feel empowered to do the same.
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"This is my grandson. We're on the way home from church to my house," Paulette Barr pleaded with officers.
Driving home from church is dangerous in Wauwatosa, Wisc., if you're a Black teen in a car with your grandmother who happens to be white, and police think you're robbing her.
Akbar Cook is the epitome of what an educator should look like.
"The video is extremely disappointing to me," Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said.
UPDATE: Aug. 14, 2018 at 6:08 p.m. ET
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby
announced at a press conference Tuesday that officer Arthur Williams, seen on video repeatedly punching a civilian, has been charged with first and second-degree assault, as well as misconduct of an officer.
From the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 to a recent incident where the violent actions of an officer was caught on video, using excessive force against Black residents, even by Black cops, is engrained in the work culture of the Baltimore Police Department.
Ving Rhames Held at Gunpoint by Cops at His Home After Neighbor Reports 'Large Black Man' Breaking In
"I get up, I open the door, there's a red dot pointed at my face from a 9 millimeter," the "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" actor said.
As stories of white people calling 911 on Black people for no reason continue to circulate on social media, actor Ving Rhames revealed that his celebrity status hasn't shielded him from racial profiling — a neighbor called the cops on Rhames for simply walking into his home.
Home Depot Fires Black Employee Targeted in Trump Supporter's Racist Rant, Offers His Job Back After Backlash
"I am not going to accept racist behavior at work, home, the streets or anyplace else," Maurice Rucker said.
UPDATED: July 25, 2018
Maurice Rucker, a 60-year-old Black man working at a Home Depot, was following store policy when a customer subjected him to a racist rant. Rucker responded to the customer and Home Depot fired him last week. But after backlash, the company now wants to give him his job back.
A 20-mile commute on his first day; police and CEO reward him with rides.
Walter Carr, 20, found out on the night before his first day at work that his car was not going to get him there — or anywhere, for that matter. With no other options, Carr decided to walk seven hours to work. When Pelham police noticed him in the wee hours of the morning on the road, they pulled over, checked his story and drove him to work early.
Like the 911 call from BBQ Becky, another documented instance where police are called to the scene for no valid reason.
After almost 40 years as a cold case, Frankie Gebhardt was convicted for the murder of Timothy Coggins.
Innocent Black people are seven times more likely to be convicted of murder than innocent white people, which means Blacks are presumed guilty more often than whites.
"Racism exists in the world, and it exists in Oakland and everywhere else," said Fire Capt. Damon Covington, president of the Oakland Black Firefighters Association.
A resident in an upscale community in Southern California called 911 because a Black firefighter was working in the neighborhood and then another resident videotaped him while he worked.
"While at the gas station waiting for the tow truck we were stopped and frisked because the undercover police officer said we 'looked suspicious,'" said Dmani Brown.
Thanks to a viral Facebook video with more than 650,000 page views, an investigation is currently underway into why Dyer, Ind., police stopped and frisked Black men because they pushed a friend's SUV into a BP gas station parking lot.
American Greetings says it "missed the mark" and Target pulls the card from shelves.
"Baby Daddy" is a term used to refer to a man who is the father of a woman's child whom she did not marry. American Greetings, the world's biggest producer of greeting cards, decided to create cards for Father's Day with a "Baby Daddy" theme and feature a silhouette of a Black man and woman.