First, let me state that this post in no way serves as a diagnosis of Britney or anyone else portrayed in the film, as it would be inappropriate for me to do so as an outside observer. These are simply my reactions to the Britney documentary filtered through my own experiences as someone who just so happens to be a mental health professional. This piece is not appropriate — nor is it intended — for the use of diagnosing, treating, or forming an official legal opinion of Britney Spear’s case or anyone else’s.

Watching the FX/NY Times documentary “Framing Britney…


Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle

I’m writing this on the eve of the much anticipated Verzuz battle between legends Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight. I’ve seen a lot of ‘auntie’ references online in the lead up to this. So, I started to think about what being an auntie means, specifically in Black American culture, and what it is that we as a people are hoping to get from our designated aunties at this moment. …


Characters Andre Watkins meeting with two of the Kyle brothers for a business deal

P-Valley (based on the play Pussy Valley) is a show that depicts layers of identity and its implications exceptionally well. In a lot of ways it does so better than many other shows on TV right now. It gives us a window into how these characters are processing their surroundings in real time in a such visceral way that the viewer resonates directly with their triumphs and their traumas. Set in the fictional town of Chucalisa in the Mississippi Delta, so many of the characters’ interactions call to mind the ugliness of the Southern racism that I was surrounded by…


“That’s just so indecent. That’s indecent.” This was a statement uttered by my late brother’s home healthcare aid. I’ll call her Miss Mary. I was watching a replay of a Salt-n-Pepa performance, probably from an award show that was re-airing on MTV or BET at that moment. This was a medley performance that probably also included ‘Shoop’ or ‘None of Your Business’, also singles from their 1993 album Very Necessary. These were the singles off of that album containing more sexually frank lyrics, but the song they were getting ready to perform was ‘Whatta Man’ — their wildly successful…


Image by M. Ryder, taken from https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/mlk-and-the-silence-of-good-people/.

Dear Fellow Believers in Christ,

I am writing this to you those of you who consider yourselves to be good friends of Black people in your church, at work, or even family members/in-laws. I hope that most of you have thought about how you can be a light during this time. I pray that you are uncomfortable in a holy sense because you are wrestling with what to say and do that will be most impactful right now. I also hope that you are being mindful of the Black people in your life — whether they be family members, friends…

Mitzen Okada

A psychologist trying to psychologize as the world is ending and on fire.

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