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Marsai Martin Speaks Out on Depression



Blackish star Marsai Martin penned a post on her Instagram platform recently giving thanks to God.   She honestly shares that she dealt with depression this year and struggled to get through dark times.

Marsai Martin has experienced a major year in 2019, producing her first film Little, in which stars in alongside Issa Rae and Regina Hall. She became owner of her own production company, Genuis productions, all while continuously starring on the hit ABC show Blackish. She is also a multi award winner.

The fascinating fact, with all of these major accomplishments, Marsai Martin is fourteen years old.  In the public we celebrated and encouraged her success. However we didn’t know at such a pivotal time of success, this rising star was also struggling to find her way out of the depth of depression.

Marsai mentions in her Instagram post she felt pressures to present a certain way, and uphold a look of perfection.  She shares that she put uneccessary pressures on herself. When she kept her feelings inside, they became worse. Eventually Martin shared her feelings with her parents and began to talk about them more.

Through prayer, communicating with others and spending time with people in her life, she soon began feeling better. In her gratitude post to God she writes “Thank you God for hearing my prayers, thank you for blessing me with the greatest family and friends.” Marsai Martin mentions now she feels the best she has in a long time. Lastly she recommends to readers to check on others as we never know who may be experiencing depression, even reaching out to those we don’t know very well.  Caring for others can have a huge positive effect.


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Appreciation post to God: I sometimes see these types of posts as corny but this is how I feel lol. This year has been a roller coaster. This year has been filled with crazy emotions and big blessings that I couldn’t even imagine me having. Moments from this year, I was in a dark place. A place that I didn’t think I was going to get out of. I thought I wasn’t good enough and I thought I needed to present myself in a way that was “perfect” when I didn’t need to. Putting so much pressure on myself. Fighting with myself. This feeling had nothing to do with how child actors think. These were my own personal thoughts. The more I kept how I was feeling hidden, the more this dark emotion got bigger. I finally talked to my parents even tho they already knew how I was feeling. It made me feel better about myself. A sense of relief. I started praying more, talking more, and spending more time with the people I love. Now I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt In a long time. Thank you God for hearing my prayers. Thank you God for blessing me with the greatest family and friends. I encourage everyone to speak their mind to anyone u trust. Even asking a random person “how are you?” Can mean something. Also, be yourself because no one can be like you, other than YOU. Okay I’m done bye♥️ – MM

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When shared on social media outlets, reactors to her honesty began to state “she is fourteen, she is too young to be depressed.”  According to research this statement is simply not true, approximately one to eleven children experience some form of depression by the time they are 14 years old.  It appears that slowly entertainers are coming around to discussing mental health and care, hopefully this will change the reactions of the public in how we deal with and discuss mental health. The more we honestly speak and share, the better off we could be.

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Tauren Wells Speaks Out About Ahmaud Arbery: Watch Here



Tauren Wells recently spoke out about the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on instagram. Ahmaud was a Black 25 year old man who was shot while simply jogging in his own neighborhood of Satilla Shores, near the Georgia coast.

Tauren posted a photo of Ahmaud that included the following statement:
“If the roles were reversed, the shooters would be in jail RIGHT NOW. God let justice run like a river. My prayers are with the Arbery family. America, we have a problem. Who will raise their voice? LINK TO PETITION IN MY BIO”

In his video he shares that after speaking out, he lost followers, and received messages from others who didn’t think he should have commented on this issue.

Later the same day, Tauren made a facebook live post sharing why he posted about the incident and why he still stands behind his decision despite losing followers and despite receiving replies from fans who didn’t agree with his position on the issue.

Tauren’s full video reply was everything that we all needed to hear…

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#irunwithmaud Link to petition in my bio

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Ahmaud Arbery was a former high school football star who would’ve celebrated his 26th birthday Friday, May 8th.

As reported by several news sources, Ahmaud was known in the neighborhood and would even occasionally wave to his neighbors as he ran. On Sunday, February 23, a series of events transpired that resulted in Ahmaud being shot and killed by Gregory McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael.

The accused father Gregory McMichael reportedly told police that 25 year old Arbery violently attacked his son. But, the video footage filmed by an anonymous individual and released this week contradicts that claim. Arbery’s parents have now been calling the incident with their son “a modern day lynching in the middle of the day”.

Ahmaud’s Brunswick High School football coach and history teacher Jason Vaughn had the following to say about Ahmuad:

“Amazing football player, amazing speed…He’s one of those students you don’t forget because his smile was so infectious. His smile made you smile”

To learn more about this case click here to view the full story on CNN.
The Runners World organization and others have come together in protest to run while using the hashtag #irunwithmaud to spread more aware awareness to this case until the accused are held accountable. Click here to learn how you can get involved.

Our prayers are with the family of Ahmaud Arbery as we also continue to pray for more change in our nation. Prejudice and racism must end. Join us in prayer and continue to be the change you want to see. #irunwithmaud


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Ciara and Russell Williams Donate 1 Million Meals to Seattle Area During Corona Outbreak



Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are donating one million meals to Seattle Food Lifeline to support their community during the coronavirus outbreak. They made an announcement Tuesday evening on Twitter  sharing their goal to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle area and encouraged others to both donate and to continue to practice social distancing.

In their one-minute video posted to Twitter, the couple announced that they’re partnering with Seattle’s Food Lifeline, an organization that distributes food to more than 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs throughout Western Washington.

Western Washington has been hit the hardest in the US so far by the coronavirus outbreak. So, this donation is coming to the perfect area at a great time of need. The Associated Press has listed Washington as having the highest number of fatalities in the U.S. at this time. We plan to continue to keep this area along with the entire nation and world in prayer during this time.  We will also continue to celebrate stories like this showing the power of kindness and giving back that are happening within our nation and the world. So, comment below or send us your story ideas. In a time like this, there’s always room for good news. Shoutout to Ciara and Russel for being two of the many taking the lead on moves like this!



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Usher Sings “Amazing Grace” As Tribute to Kobe Bryant

Usher recently sang a heart felt tribute to Kobe at the Staples Center. Players and attendees listened while a collage of memories played on the score board screens.

Sung in true Usher style, he followed up the classic hymn with his own impromtu rendition of the song. Watch it in full below here…



It has only been almost one full week since the world started mourning the passing of Kobe Bryant, GiGi and the others who recently lost their lives. Our prayers continue for all of the connected families and loved ones of each life represented as many continue to find their way to healing.

Usher recently sang a heart felt tribute to Kobe at the Staples Center. Players and attendees listened while a collage of memories played on the score board screens.

Sung in true Usher style, he followed up the classic hymn with his own impromtu rendition of the song. Watch it in full below:


Usher Sings “Amazing Grace”

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