Introducing T-Kea Blackman: Our first cast member from This Is My Brave Arlington!

T-Kea Blackman is a mental health advocate, speaker, and writer. She desires to see minority communities healthy despite disadvantages and racism that negatively impact their mental health. She is the creator and host of the Fireflies Unite Podcast, a weekly podcast dedicated to normalizing the conversation about mental health within communities of color by sharing the stories of individuals thriving with mental illness.

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T-Kea’s articles have been published on The Mighty, Urban Faith, Blavity, and 21 Ninety. Making a digital footprint, her articles have garnered over 45,000 views and encouraged individuals to seek treatment.

Described as an inspiration, her heartfelt and powerful story is a testament that you can thrive despite having a mental illness. T-Kea was diagnosed with major depression and generalized anxiety disorders and is a suicide survivor. She previously worked in the television industry as a publicist and production/talent coordinator. Within her career, she provided support to TV One’s signature award-winning shows Unsung and Unsung Hollywood, BET’s Black Girls Rock!, The Soul Train Awards and BET X Youth Experience. Her diagnosis led her to use her communications skills to raise awareness for minority mental health.

T-Kea is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness, and currently serves as a In Our Own Voice speaker. She is also a member of ColorComm, a professional community for women of color in the communications industry.

She earned a master's degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University, and a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film production from Howard University.

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