#ThatBlackCouple Ep 43: Black Masculinity, Manhood, and Mental Health

In the first segment, Jenn and Daren mourn the loss of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, other recent celebrity losses, and how so many people in society don’t understand that the personas celebrities put forth are not the entirety of who they are.

In the second segment, they discuss the rising rates of suicide in the Black community and do a deep dive on what work needs to be done around Black masculinity and vulnerability for them to be able to thrive in a world structured for their destruction.

In the third segment, Jenn reflects on how important it is to be expansive with the concept of self care for ourselves and Daren challenges all of the Black men out there to be courageous in taking care of themselves.

Articles for Reference:
* Suicide Prevention Resource Center Black Populations – https://www.sprc.org/scope/racial-ethnic-disparities/black-populations
* The Black Gender Gap: A Commentary on Intimacy and Identity Issues of Black College Women – http://tpcjournal.nbcc.org/the-black-gender-gap-a-commentary-on-intimacy-and-identity-issues-of-black-college-women/
* The biggest threat facing middle-aged men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. – https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2017/03/09/the-biggest-threat-facing-middle-age-men-isn-smoking-obesity-loneliness/k6saC9FnnHQCUbf5mJ8okL/story.html
* Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden – https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a27259689/toxic-masculinity-male-friendships-emotional-labor-men-rely-on-women/

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Podcast Summary:
This is an accidentally funny podcast about the realities of Blackness and adult life. We do “adult” differently. We are That Black Couple.
Our goal is to create a space for Black millennials to discuss and embody adult life on their own terms. We aren’t beholden to “traditional” gender or parenting roles, queerness is fluid and present in the ways we show up in our relationships and in the world, and we want to build community with other 30-something Black folx who are trying to figure this ish out.

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