Ep. 22: Mental Health, Azealia-Azalea, Justine Sacco, Best PGs

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In this week’s episode, the crew discusses structural and social mental health issues in the Black community. We also discuss the importance of coping in today’s society. The NWAP crew also discusses the beef between Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea and appropriation in hip-hop, the Justine Sacco fiasco redux, and the best PGs in the NBA.

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2 responses to “Ep. 22: Mental Health, Azealia-Azalea, Justine Sacco, Best PGs

  1. @RealGoesRight
    Great episode, but pause on the Azealia Banks critique. Getting a bit tone policing. She may not speak like a cool headed academic, but she has very valid reasons to be angry, passionate and to express herself in such a way on her own twitter page. Her emotion and raw expression doesn’t detract from her point nor dilute her argument.
    She is hella problematic in many other areas, but who else is getting the mic talking about what it’s like to be a black woman in hip hop in the age of Iggy & Mackelmore?
    She’s fearless about it and I love her for that.

  2. KSwills

    I enjoyed the podcast, as usual, guys. Keep up the good work. The point of discussion I found most interesting is mental health, the black community, and religion. I definitely agree that mental health is still far too taboo in the US, and specifically in our community. I grew up in church, as a preacher’s kid, and as an adult, I still attend church nearly every Sunday. My faith has gotten me through many of life’s growing pains, and I won’t ever discount God and what it has meant to have a meaningful relationship with Him, as I go through tough times. I’ve been through a bouts of depression and anxiety. Going to church and praying doesn’t physically fix chemical imbalances, or racism, or any other ugly thing we experience in this life. The world is going to be filled with things that we cannot avoid. Prayer and worship through attending church, for me, are less about what’s happening in the world, and more for MY inner peace. I think it’s important to have that center you can always go to when there’s chaos going on outside. I’m sure there are some that think you can pray issues away, but that’s not the case for everyone who attends church regularly. At the church I attend, the pastor actually encourages mental health, and has a ministry specifically for that. As Five Fifths said, we are the hands of God. God has given mental health professionals the knowledge and the tools to help us through our mental struggles. Just my 2 cents! I look forward to next week’s podcast. *****

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