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written by Alana M. Abernethy

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NERI Magazine

The Strong Black Woman Stereotype: What is it costing us?

by Alana M. Abernethy May 09, 2021

"When the difference between reality and our expectations catches up with us, it reveals the damage our attempts to be superhuman have caused. It uncovers how prioritizing strength is corrosive to our mental health, physical health, and emotional well-being."

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The 4 Things Your Gynecologist Wants Black Women to Know

by Alana M. Abernethy September 17, 2021

"Talking freely about your period and your needs surrounding that time for you begins the work to break the stigma. Is it the women’s responsibility to do so? No, it isn’t; however, that’s not a reason to let it continue.

 

Misconceptions, societal jokes, dismissiveness, intentionally limited education, a patriarchal society, and a long list of other factors are why we live in a world where women suffer unnecessarily."

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How to Improve Your Black Mental Health 

by Alana M. Abernethy June 05, 2021

"Seeking Therapy was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. The worst thing I did to myself was waiting until I was in emotional and mental extremis to do so. I’d put it off for years because I thought it was a weak thing to do. I believed I had things under control when I didn’t. I’d experienced things in my life that I needed help processing.

 

I needed someone with professional tools to show me how to begin the hard work of healing."

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Supporting Black Women Who Compete on the World Stage

by Alana M. Abernethy August 23, 2021

"Stereotypes for Black Women have become the world’s expectation for Black Women. Strong, Aggressive, Angry, Superhuman, Magical, etc. are the adjectives used to hold them in a specific box while self-care, mental health, taking a break, stepping back, and vulnerability can’t seem to penetrate the minds of those who have built those boxes for Black Women."

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