July 23, 2018 at 8pm EST is the date for our next #blkcreatives chat. Here’s everything you need to know.

TOPIC – Dealing With Anxiety

In honor of July being Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted this month's theme to be focused on an aspect of mental health. If you're learning to manage anxiety, this chat is for you.

WHAT & WHO: #blkcreatives is a community that advocates for Black genius across Creative industries. We live at the intersection of culture, creativity and community. Every aspect of Black culture is ingrained into our society and yet Black creatives are often overlooked, undervalued, and underemployed. We exist to bridge the gap between culture and careers.

Born in April 2015, our monthly Twitter chat creates discussions that revolve around a specific topic that relates to our personal development and growth as people and professionals.

Meet our guests for this chat:

Dr. Joy Harden



Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a Licensed Psychologist and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. Her work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women and she specializes in creating spaces for Black women to have fuller and healthier relationships with themselves and others.

She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Bustle, Black Enterprise, Women’s Health, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, and Essence. She was also named in Huffington Post as one of “10 Black Female Therapists You Should Know.” Dr. Joy lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two sons.

Learn more about her work here and follow @hellodrjoy on Twitter.

Jarrod Anderson



Jarrod Anderson is a Florida native currently living in New York City. He is a creative specializing in capturing visual stories via photography. His primary focuses are portraits, lifestyle + fashion.

Learn more about him here and follow @createdbyjarrod on Twitter.

Duanecia Evans

Duanecia Evans blkcreatives chat

Duanecia Evans blkcreatives chat

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Duanecia Evans leads as the Senior Managing Director of Black Community Alliances on Teach For America's national Public Partnerships Team. In addition to her work at Teach For America, Duanecia serves as Managing Partner and Lead Strategist of Seventh Suite. A creative services firm that develops traditional and digital brand strategy for socially conscious influencers and brands. Her client base includes the International Day of Purpose and activist Brittany Packnett. Duanecia's work sits at the intersection of community-driven justice and corporate social responsibility. Duanecia has dedicated her career to bringing voices together who have both the mindsets and means to obliterate social inequity in this generation.

Learn more about her here and follow @Duanecia on Twitter.

Melvin Taylor II



Melvin Taylor II is a 26-year-old Chicago native who moved to New York City and is living the dream. Currently, he hosts his radio show "The Alternative with Melvin Taylor ii" which can on WHCR 90.3 FM-NY (every Monday from


-2a EST) and on weekends on WLGK Logik Radio. He also hosts his TV show Making Manhattan (on MNN, BRIC TV, Comcast, Spectrum, and Optimum) every



9:30 pm

, and produces business, entertainment and political TV shows for Bold TV.

In his free time, you can find him on stage at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) performing improv, writing for Respect Magazine, or reacting to whatever he decides (mostly music and movie trailers) on his YouTube channel. In the future, he plans on hosting on a national platform while creating more opportunities for talented individuals who are looking to showcase their talents and sitting courtside at every Lakers home game. You can watch his YouTube channel 



Learn more about him here and follow @MelvinTaylorii on Twitter.

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