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News Too Real: Watch Black Lives Matter fire-recap Part 2 and alternative solutions for donors

By ONME News

In this episode of News Too Real, producer host, Julia Dudley Najieb does a brief recap of news headline scandal surrounding Black Lives Matter; she offers solutions for donors looking for other alternatives in philanthropy.

Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors is currently under fire by some mainstream headlines who are suggesting that she used donations and funds from the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation to purchase four homes from 2016 to 2020. However, Dudley Najieb reiterated that the average house prices in California are in the range in which Mrs. Khan-Cullors purchased them; there there is not enough evidence to assume Mrs. Khan-Cullors took money from her foundation to pay for those homes during the five-year period. Due to her monthly speaking engagements and several multi-million dollars deals and contracts she has been awarded, it is difficult to make such an assessment on hearsay versus the proof from actual paperwork.

In the beginning of this podcast, Dudley Najieb reviews Mental Health Awareness Month followed by a 9-min. TEDx video excerpt titled, Re-imagining Mental Health Discourse Among African Americans, featuring Dr. Shaun Fletcher and his personal story regarding mental health. Dr. Fletcher reviews the barriers African-Americans have when it comes to getting help with mental illness.

Dr. Fletcher started his career with the Center for Health Futures within the Florida Hospital health system, working to resolve issues related to cultural competency among health practitioners. His research and interests include diversity & inclusion, unconscious bias, career and life resilience, and mental health within underrepresented communities. Dr. Fletcher's educational background includes:

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Howard University, 2009

  • Master of Arts, University of Central Florida, 2005

  • Bachelor of Science, San José State University, 2003

According to Dr. Fletcher, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population, including serious depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide. African Americans are also more likely to experience certain life circumstances that increase the risk for developing a mental health condition, including homelessness and exposure to violence.



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