B&E News: Big K.R.I.T. Talks Depression, Jesse Jackson’s Parkinson’s Diagnosis, and Viola Davis’s New Film

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Big K.R.I.T. Talks Depression
In an interview with Revolt’s William E. Ketchum, Big K.R.I.T. discussed dealing with depression and how it is often overlooked in the African-American community.

Big K.R.I.T. believes his depression was always around, it was more present when he began to look at his life at 30, as he felt all he was doing was touring and being in the studio. However, a big part of the problem is we don’t fully understand depression and how to describe within our community. “You don’t even normally talk about it! You see your parents wake up and go to work every day and make it happen. You don’t necessarily know what they’re dealing with until they get into their later years, and you’re like ‘damn, I didn’t know you were going through all that.’ These kinds of conversations have to be talked about. Anxiety is real. Disassociation is real. That moment when you look in the mirror and don’t recognize yourself.”

He went on to say, “That means it’s fight or flight. Something happens, and you’re dealing with it, but you’re not dealing with it in a natural motion. You’re trying to escape so you can go about your everyday life. That’s not the right thing to do. If something happens or you’re feeling a certain type of way, you have to acknowledge it, understand what it is, flow through it naturally, and the next time it happens it won’t bother you as much. But it’s going to happen. We all get triggered here and there, so you have to figure out a way to move through it. To dial into it so it doesn’t crush you when you’re by yourself, so you won’t lean on your vice.”

To read the full article, click here.


Reverend Jesse Jackson Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

Yesterday, Reverend Jesse Jackson shared that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

In a statement, Jackson said, “My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” Jackson wrote in a statement. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”

Jackson says he knows he will have to make some lifestyle changes.

To read in full or learn more about Parkinson’s disease, click here.


Viola Davis and Malcolm D. Lee Team Up to Co-Produce Terry McMillan’s I Almost Forgot About You

In positive news, Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon (who together form JuVee Productions),  Malcolm D. Lee of Blackmailed Productions, and  The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley will co-produce one of Terry McMillan’s bestsellers, I Almost Forgot About You. The Jackal Group obtained rights to the book in May. Davis is also to star as Georgia Young, a twice-divorced, successful optometrist, on a journey to self- discovery.

Read full Deadline article here.



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