TED Speaker, Nikki Webber Allen, has created a safe space for honest conversations about mental health in communities of color.

WE HERE AT NEVAHBLACKDOWN ARE EXCITED AND HONORED TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOU! THIS CONVERSATION IS UBER IMPORTANT AND WORTH SHARING! With over a million views (on Nikki’s TEDTalk) and growing, we can see how important this topic is.  –Nevahblackdown

Why you should listen

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Nikki Webber Allen is a two-time Emmy winner with 20 years of experience producing content for media outlets including Warner Bros., HBO, ABC, 20th Century Fox and BET.

In 2013, while working as the vice president of casting and talent relations for the cable network TV One, Webber Allen lost her 22-year old nephew, Paul, to suicide after his years of struggle with depression and anxiety. Since then, she’s become a passionate mental health advocate.

In Paul’s honor, she launched the nonprofit I LIVE FOR… FOUNDATION, INC. to create a safe space for honest, unapologetic conversations about mental health in communities of color, where the cultural stigma of mental illness discourages far too many people from seeking help. Michael Eric Dyson, advisor to the foundation, has called I LIVE FOR… “an incredibly important organization that offers much-needed support to those who too often suffer in silence.” — Read more: HERE

In recognition of her work with I LIVE FOR…, Nikki was selected for the coveted TED Residency program, an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas, where she spent four months working out of the NYC headquarters with other exceptional people from all over the map. She is also a recipient of the Marie Forleo B-School for Social Entrepreneurs scholarship and the Walter Kaitz Fellowship for executive leadership in the cable television industry.

She has an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University in New York, NY and a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

https://www.ted.com/speakers/nikki_webber_allen

http://www.ilivefor.org

https://www.nikkiwebberallen.com

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