getsomejoy presents

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// WHAT

Mental Health Monday with Alexander Hardy is a weekly wellness bonanza, featuring joy-flavored stories and conversations, Self-Care Check-Ins with voices from across Janet Jackson’s America and beyond, #AlexGottaEat recaps, and tools and thug motivation for the War on Spiritual Ashiness.

// WHEN

LIVE Every Monday at 9PM EST.

UP NEXT: 9.21.20 | 9PM EST | LIVE

Mental Health Monday: Rona-flavored finances with sheena anthony of feel good investments

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09.21: rona-flavored finances
Featuring Sheena Anthony

Financial advisor, project manager, and CEO of Feel Good Investments Sheena Anthony stops by to discuss financial planning and navigating economic uncertainty in the Age of the Rona. Plus, an #AlexGottaEat recap and tools for the War on Spiritual Ashiness.

09.14:
thriving in your own lane

Featuring Leslie "Big Lez" Segar

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

Legendary choreographer, gymnast, producer, host of BET’s Rap City, and media personality Leslie “Big Lez” Segar—seen dancing for her life in the Living Single intro, and in Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time” and Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love”—joins the party to discuss her iconic career and life in this raggedy moment in history, what she’s doing to get some joy, and thriving in your own creative and professional lane.

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08.24:
the secret lives of church ladies

Featuring Deesha Philyaw

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

Literary Superthug Deesha Philyaw stops by to discuss how she’s maintaining her mental health in the Age of the Rona and her new book, “The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.” Plus, an #AlexGottaEat recap and tools for the War on Spiritual Ashiness.

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08.17:
the gift of music therapy

Featuring Melody Bien Aime

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

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Singer Melody Bien Aime stops by to discuss how she is using music to heal and thrive after mental health challenges, her single, “I Am Rising,” and how she’s finding joy amidst Rona-flavored isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty. In light of reactions to the public wellness struggles of musicians Tamar Braxton, Azealia Banks, and Kanye West, I share tips for supporting someone experiencing mental/emotional health challenges or in crisis, an #AlexGottaEat recap, and tools for the War on Spiritual Ashiness.
 
Listen to Melody’s single, “I Am Rising” on all music platforms and join her Listening Room: melodybienaime.com.
 

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07.20:
hometown check-in

Featuring Saphira Contreras & André Williams

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

On this Hampton, Virginia-inspired edition of Mental Health Monday with Alexander Hardy, I check in with hometown homies, Saphira Contreras, facilitator at A Soul Center, and Wholesale Director André Williams about their self-care, how they’re coping and finding peace in the Age of the Rona, how our adult versions match up against our youthful projections, and life since packing up our dreams and leaving the 757.

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07.13: Engaging with the Inner Hater

Featuring Brandon Nick & Donja Love

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

On this week’s Mental Health Monday with Alexander Hardy, filmmaker Brandon Nicholas and playwright Donja Love, co-founders of The Each-Other Project, join the party for a conversation around giving yourself grace and engaging with the Inner Hater (during the Rona and beyond). PLUS: Self-Care Check-Ins, thriving as a couple during a recession-flavored pandemic, creating peace amidst chaos, and as always, an #AlexGottaEat recap from Magic Soul Food.

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07.06: Feeding the Community

Featuring Tanya Denise Fields

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

This week, I rapped with reproductive & food justice warrior, urban farmer, Rona survivor, mother, and Founder and Executive Director of The Black Feminist Project, Tanya Denise Fields about healing herself so she can heal her community, what she’s doing to getsomejoy, the Corona Food Relief Box, and what it’s like to manage a farm in El Bronx.

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06.22: Thriving With Community

Featuring Angelica Delacruz & Biana Shaw

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

TRIBE Co-Create co-founders Angelica Delacruz and Bianca Shaw joined me to discuss thriving through collaboration and community-based wellness, how therapy has helped them in the war on spiritual ashiness, how prioritizing nutrition and examining their relationships with food has helped them let their souls glow, and what they’re doing to get some joy.

Recap & resources: http://www.thecoloredboy.com/2020/06/mental-health-622.html

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05.04: Coping THRU CREATIVITY

Featuring Darnell Lamont Walker, Chef Jazzy Jalapeño, & Steven McKenzie

Mental Health Monday

With Alexander Hardy

// ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

On this week’s Mental Health Monday, I hosted a self-care check-in with some wonderful folks and explored coping with creativity in the age of The Rona. I talked to a trio of winners about their self-care, what they’re up to, and how creating has helped them thrive in this spiritually ashy moment in time.

I talked to writer and filmmaker Darnell Lamont Walker (Outside the House, Set Your Life On Fire, Blue’s Clues) about working from home, creating routines, and his transition into writing television for children.

I talked to illustrator Steven Mckenzie (of hellacrust.com / IG: @iconikes / twitter: @iconikes) about his self-care, what he’s learned since quitting his job this spring to pursue art as a full-time career, and and his upcoming solo art exhibit.

I talked to educator, mama bear, and chef Jazzy Jalapeño aka Jazzmin Brown (IG: @jazzitude) about her self-care situation, what it’s like teaching babies via Zoom, helping her children navigate distance learning, and how cooking helps her find peace.

Recap: http://www.thecoloredboy.com/2020/05/mental-health-monday-coping-through-creativity.html

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ABOUT THE HOST

ALEXANDER HARDY

rhythm nation caterer

photo: Brandon Nicholas of The Each-Other Project

OH, HEY.

Alexander Hardy  is a mental health advocate, dancer, educator, lupus survivor, food enthusiast, host of Mental Health Monday with Alexander Hardy and co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. 

He battles spiritual ashiness as CoFounder of GetSomeJoy, a creative wellness agency promoting mental and emotional wellness to marginalized, underserved communities via soulful storytelling, joy-flavored programming, dynamic live events, and accessible wellness resources. 

He has written for Ebony, CNN.com, Esquire, Food & Wine, Courvoisier, The Root, Saint Heron, and Very Smart Brothas, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of TheExtraordinaryNegroes.com. .

Alexander, a fervent dance break advocate, supports communities and organizations with English and Spanish Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid trainings, wellness resource curation, and other joy-infused programming. 

These days, he is working finding his footing and confidence as the grandson of the Janet Jackson of Rice.

Alexander does not believe in snow or Delaware.

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