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Sisters are Still Shifting: Mental Health and the African American Woman

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Brown Girl Collective celebrates BOLD, Brilliant and Beautiful women and girls of African descent by paying homage to our past and sharing our present, while preparing for our future. 

Hosted by BGC founder Marcie L. Thomas, the topic of discussion is the double lives that many sisters find themselves leading as they seek to please everyone around them: at home, at work, at church, with their mates, as mothers and within society. As Zora Neale Hurston stated in Their Eyes Were Watching God, the Black woman is "the mule of the world," working hard to meet everyone's needs but their own, often to the detriment of their own well-being.

Special guest Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden is the co-author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America (2003), which talks about many challenges that women face and how those issues can impact their mental and emotional health. A licensed psychologist, she is the first Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Vice President at the University of Maryland, College Park. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Shorter-Gooden has presented and published on African American women and identity, psychotherapy with diverse populations, and diversity issues in higher education.

Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent of Monford Dent Consulting, based in Cleveland, OH, is a licensed psychologist and sought after presenter on issues related to women’s health. She is the author of Girls Got Issues: A Woman’s Guide to Self-discovery and Healing and the developer of a faith-based program for survivors of sexual abuse.