#MTM Mental Health: Depression – an insight into the minds in our community; film and Interview

For the end of BHM this year, we decided to look at a a topic that isn’t usually spoken of in the black community. Mental Health. In particular depression. 2 young people in completely different walks in life, Brenda and Sean give an insight on what it feels like to be in depression and be severely depressed, problems they face with others and how they feel are the best ways to tackle depression.

Then Sean (who also happens to be an actor) goes through possible triggers (found on the mind website and his own experiences) of what may cause a depressive episode and what may help improve your mental health In this short film


If you are depressed or feel suicidal, I would urge you to call the Good Samaritans helpline on: 0845 780 9090.

We used a minimum amount of scenes. Different scenarios effects people differently, and depression is triggered in all sorts of ways. What maybe ‘silly’ or ‘childish’ to you may not be for someone else. The facts are real. Depression is real. Lets acknowledge it, listen and help others through it.

As for us, we’ll regroup and comeback with more content for you πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoyed your British Black History Month experience.

WE ARE MORE THAN THE MELANIN THEY PORTRAY.

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http://www.visionnaryarts.com

Walter Tull – Britains First Black Officer

Paul McKenzie (who featured earlier in the documentary) has gone around schools in the UK giving students a WW1 experience used to teach kids discipline and respect amongst other life lessons with very positive results. He joined up with us as his character Walter Tull Britain’s first black officer and takes through a descriptive journey of what it would be like living in these conditions working in the trenches.

You can see his work here – http://www.war-story.co.uk/

British Law in regards to slavery and moors

Historian and writer Kathy Chater gives us an insight to a period when Britain where trying to define whether there was slavery in the land.

Pictures courtesy of searchlight press: Belle

You can purchase her book on Amazon: Researching Untold History

Slavery in the caribbean and the plantation memorial project

Monica Threlfall talks about a project she stumbled upon in 2 ways, the slave memorial project. With a slave namesake ownership and the project that the London college university is looking at, using the old slave registers to create a memorial for slaves who once lived on the land and wasn’t remembered for the hardships they were put through.

If you wish to contact Monica to start your own memorial project or help with yours email her: M.Threlfall@londonmet.ac.uk

The Black Cultural Archives: the past the future and Ongoing projects

This week I was more than fortunate enough to meet up and work with Emma at the Black cultural archives center at Windrush square in Brixton. A place where we can find information on people who have made an impact on lives in Britain and globally, from entertainers to politicians.

Emma talks about what they currently do, what they aim to do, and the reason as to why it’s open.

It you wish to visit the address is:

1 Windrush Square, London, Brixton, London SW2 1EF

The BCA, where black history is 365 days a year!

What’s next for more than melanin?

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Good evening I hope you are all well. Just a quick update for you lovely people.

Tomorrow begins the start of education week, but not the end of the blog. If you have a video already done and you wish to showcase it here or wish to have one made for this blog, we are more than happy to add it to the tremendous people educating us, speaking about what’s on their minds and explaining their respected views to us.

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Just head into the contact page and email or tweet me at @visionnaryTJ or drop a comment if you wish to add some content or there’s a particular subject that you feel we could and should explore.

As for me. In the meantime I’m creating a long documentary for you guys, called MTM. Some stuff you’ve seen, and some that didn’t make it to the final footage but is well worth hearing. If you wish for me to show it then have a QnA about the project at your school, college, university, ACS meeting etc. then again please get in contact, or comment below.

Let’s continue the learning and celebration of people who have made a massive contribution to society.

Retweet, ReBlog, comment and like and remember we are more than the melanin they portray.

Enjoy the rest of your evening πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

Natural Hair with Brenda

Brenda aka Curly Comediana talks about natural hair and the journey she’s been on. She discusses where she gets her tips from, the hair typing system and the effects of chemicals on young girls hair.

She then gives a bit of show and tell about the products she uses and what she uses them for.

You can find her blog post of hair discrimination, hair routine and contact infoΒ  here:
http://curlycomediana.blogspot.co.uk/

On the other side of the screen

From our living rooms, our dinning rooms or anywhere we see a TV show on some sort of a screen we question the diversity, and whether a role is just stereotypical or can anyone pay it as we are in multicultural Britain. But how is it for those digitally remade on the other side of the screen?Do they enjoy the roles they get or do they believe there is a new horizon waiting for them?

With Weruche Opia and Ntonga Mwanza

Women know your worth!

The perfect follow on from feminism, this black history month, gives you WKYW. They are a group of fantastic women who Empowering women to set standards & goals in their lives & raise their self perception so that they are unwilling to accept less in love, life and business. The normally run workshops throughout the year.

2/3rds of the group helped create this video bout what self worth means to them, and their perspective on the media, working, advice for the younger audience and being a black female.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wkyw.uk/timeline

Feminism with Jesse, Siana and Chi Chi

First and foremost welcome to women’s week, where we have lot’s of talks, spoken word and generate love and understanding of our black ladies all down the Melanin spectrum. They discuss much about how they feel they are viewed in public and portrayed by the media. Arguably non more so than feminists. These feminists aren’t in the same lane as the mainstream feminists.

Their scope seems a lot wider. In this video they discuss the different types, the feminism they choose and why, the relationship between men and non-feminists, natural hair and the media.

Short version can be found here: