I couldn’t resist this “Stranger Things” reference!
I couldn’t resist this “Stranger Things” reference!
Lately, I’ve been listening to inspirational podcasts on spirituality and mental health and it definitely helps when stuck in the traffic jams of L.A. I will let you know about some of those podcasts in the near future.
“Therapy For Black Girls” has been one of those mental health podcasts I’ve been listening to, because well…it’s nice to hear another take on mental health in the Black community and not to mention…there’s very few Black women as therapists and psychologists, because trust me if there were I’d be at their site. But for now, listening to mental health podcasts such as “Therapy For Black Girls” serves as an additional source to therapy, self-help books and the Bible. Can’t forget my Bible.
The host for “Therapy For Black Girls”, “Dr. Joy, for the week of March 6th, had a podcast session on “The Psychology of the Black Panther”, with guest, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Parent Coach, Mercedes Samudio. The podcast I found interesting because it talked about how the “Black Panther” film, finally gave African Americans like myself a sense of pride seeing people that look like us on the silver screen taking on amazing roles and feats. And especially if you’re already a Black Nerd/Geek, like myself, it is awe-inspiring! The podcast also talked a lot about the issues I have always felt that Hollywood has failed to show with people of color…. Like seeing Black folks in a fantasy world, even if it’s in a dystopian one. I mean is Hollywood trying to say that we won’t exist in the 50 or so years??? I hope Black Panther will not be the last sci-fi/fantasy movie in the years to come, in addition to a sequel.
So I’m going to stop right here, before I ruin the rest of the podcast (because I’m very good at ruining things. I don’t mean to, I just get excited and forget myself.), so here is the site to the podcast and the one you can listen to from the “Therapy for Black Girls” website.
Without trying to ruin it, it was amazing! This was decent picture of me watching the film:
I mean…holy crap! I’ve never been…so proud as I have been watching this film. Seeing someone who looks like me, someone who has the same skin tone, and same hair texture like my kicking ass just as much as the white superheroes. Some of them didn’t even HAVE superpowers!
I have NEVER watched Danai Gurira in “The Walking Dead” (I don’t like Zombie movies/tv shows) and from what I heard about her in the show, she was awesome. So I wasn’t surprised…until I saw in the film… What have I been missing?! She incredible as Okeye! Ho-ly crap! The gif above pales in comparison as how she fights in the film! Ugh! I wanted to get back in Kung Fu class again! But I gotta strengthen my herniated back …but dude I wanted to take Kung Fu class again.
Then Lupita Nyongo’….yes…you can look fabulous AND kick ass! She a great actress in most films I’ve seen, but to see how she can fight is amazing. A-MAZ-ING!
Then seeing Letitia Wright make her debut here as Shuri…oh, man! I loved her. Her character was so funny and so brilliant! Again, I wanna say HOW awesome she is, but…I don’t know wanna ruin it for you. But you know what I loved the chemistry between Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa and Shuri as brother and sister, will remind you have with your siblings or even the ones that are like brother and sister to you.
The chemistry with cast and even the story line were great! I felt compared to most movies of today, there is so MUCH CGI and “bang, boom!” now days, you forget that movies need a compelling cast and story as you NEED special effects. Especially when they’re superheroes and they much like ourselves have to embrace or they even struggle with their own humanity and weaknesses in order to protect those they love against a great threat. And I felt this movie touched on it very well in addition to you don’t need superpowers to be SUPER.
The Black Panther film has already amassed $111.7 million in sales. See that Hollywood? Yes, black films CAN sell. Minority films CAN sell. There are viewers who want to see people of color on films that represent US. That we’re not just the sidekicks, the funny guy, the best friend, the smart one, the thugs…we can play other roles too and still win hearts and of course, the box office.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest you and I promise you’ll have a “roaring” good time.
I meant to continue this last year, but because season 2 of Jessica Jones is coming back (finally! It’s been 3 years), I decided to show this! More on the way
I liked how she was able to face her assaulter and most importantly her inner pain
Every now and then I like to listen to uplifting, educational and/or entertaining podcasts. So let me share one I listen to—Assembly of Geeks. Well, mostly their segment, “Superhero Therapy”. Sound familiar? If not, it is coined by, Dr. Janina Scarlet author of “Superhero Therapy” and “Harry Potter Therapy”. She just started her segment last year on the Podcast, with one of the first topics on Harry Potter. I encourage you to check out the Geek Podcast. Dr. Scarlet’s segment there is very informative especially on how she ties in mental health with popular tv shows and movies like, “Stranger Things” and “Star Wars”. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
When I first read saw the “Batman: Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight”, I thought to myself, “Really??? I like Batman and all, but to do some sort psych evaluation on the the characters of the Batman series. C’ mon.” But guess what I did. And you know what? It’s a very good read.
Although I’m still reading the series, “Batman Psychology” is a very entertaining read, while informing the reader the exact science of psychology. And guess what? There are 10 books from the Psychgeek series that use pop culture to discuss the dynamics of human nature, its psyche, and how life events can affect it.
These books include as shown:
Star Wars: Dark Side of the Mind
Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors
Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know
Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled
Dr. Who Psychology: Mad Man With a Box
Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier
Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing The Truth
Captain America VS Iron Man: Freedom, Security, and Psychology
The Walking Dead: Psych of the Living Dead
If you like to purchase these books, please purchase them via this link. Proceeds go to this website.
Unfortunately, I found my amazon link on mental health books on the left border side of my blog has not been working, so I replaced it with my link to Barnes and Nobel. In the future, I’m hoping to update my blog and add for instance, videos on mental health and through your purchase(s) with the links on the following books it can be a possibility! So without further ado, here are books I recommend for you to read. These books are fun, entertaining, but most importantly educational: