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Charlamagne Tha God has announced the Mental Wealth Alliance (MWA) launch, his forward-thinking foundation to destigmatize, speed up, and center state-of-the-art mental health outreach treatment across the U.S. while establishing an unparalleled long-term generational support structure for Black communities.

“My founding of the Mental Wealth Alliance is the manifestation of a deeply personal vision,” says Charlamagne. “I believe improving Black mental health is a core tenet of restoring souls, igniting wealth, and inspiring upliftment for Black America.”

Over five years, the revolutionary initiative will raise $100 million and partner with Black-led organizations and experts to enable the three core pillars of the life-changing effects of MWA:

  • Train – prepare thousands of Black people to become research and clinical services providers in psychology, psychiatry, social work, and related fields.
  • Teach – advocate for the implementation of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Literacy (MHL) in public K-12 education nationwide.
  • Treat – support Black-led and culturally-competent organizations to provide free therapy to more than 10 million Black Americans within 5 years.

In the best-selling novel, Shook One, published by Simon & Schuster, Charlamagne has publicly focused on his path of self-discovery and recovery through psychotherapy to address trauma, anxiety, and depression.  He has been a vocal advocate for those with these issues for a long time, working actively with local, state, and federal officials to promote much needed Black mental health legislation.

Most recently, in support of her mental health platform for America, he expressed his vision with Vice President Kamala Harris during her candidacy. To ensure concentrated funding for Black mental health, MWA is pleased to support HR 5469, the PURSUING Equality IN MENTAL HEALTH ACT bill authored by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Charlamagne has also acted as a catalyzing leader at the forefront of the national mental health debate, strategically positioned at the epicenter of Black culture’s changing tectonic plates. He has not only illustrated the tragedy of untreated mental illness through the truthful revealing of his own mental health journey in the wake of losing many close friends to suicide, but he has also become a lodestone for others to follow in his footsteps.

Additionally, he brought into sharp focus the degree to which mental illness frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated, with an influence spanning society’s intersectionality and all the industries that the mounting mental health crisis affects. Myriad celebrities have come forward to expose their own challenges inside the profound glare of the spotlight in movies, sports, and other public-eye careers, finding motivation for doing so in the words and actions of Charlamagne.

“A strange thing happens when you start to tell your story,” he said. “It encourages other people to tell theirs, and slowly but surely the stigma around mental health in the Black community starts to dissipate because folks learn that it’s ok to not be ok and more importantly seek help for not being ok. It was never in my plans to become a mental health advocate, but after I started discussing my journey, writing about it in my second book, Shook One, talking about therapy, and sharing life experiences with listeners, a lot of people reached out to me. I want to be a part of providing that help. That’s why I created MWA.”

As many organizations strive to transform their own communities and engage in meaningful change, many have considered MWA to be an articulate prescription for fixing what has been systemically wrong for too long, with its focus on the value of cultural competence when identifying and addressing black mental health problems and its systematic plan for achieving lasting results. MWA is off to an auspicious start and is well-positioned to achieve spectacular success with impressively generous donations already coming from major businesses and high-profile people motivated by the cause.

Jeff Harleston, General Counsel and EVP of Business and Legal Affairs, UMG, and interim CEO, Def Jam Recordings said, “Today like never before, the need for mental health awareness, education, and treatment in the black community has risen to the forefront. The work of Charlamagne and the MWA to break down the stigma of mental health treatment and to provide access to support is incredibly important during these extraordinary times.”

 




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Mr. Potato Head Is Now Gender Neutral

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Don’t call it “Mister” anymore!

Hasbro, the company that makes the iconic potato-shaped plastic toy, announced earlier today that it is giving the spud a gender-neutral new name: “Potato Head.”

Toymakers are updating their classic brands to reflect the changing world and appeal to today’s kids.

Hasbro contends that Mr. Potato Head, a toy staple for about 70 years, needed the makeover. The gender-neutral change will begin appearing on boxes this year.

Hasbro is following in the footsteps of other major toy makers like Mattel, whose iconic blonde, blue-eyed Barbie image has now transformed into a multi-skin toned and body-shaped doll for everyone. Even American Girl now offers a male doll.

Hasbro also announced the launch of a “Create Your Potato Head Family” kit with two potato parents and a potato baby. In the video, the company said the kit was for “modern families” and featured various family makeups, including those with same-sex potato parents.

On their website, the company said, “Hasbro is making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion.”




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The popular social media platform Twitter is planning on doubling its revenue by the year 2023. The company announced a new feature today called “Super Follow” that will give users the option of providing exclusive content to their followers for a price.

This new feature will very closely copy subscription platforms like Patreon and Onlyfans. Super Follow will allow subscriptions that run for $4.99 per month, offering users a “cancel anytime” option. Some of the highlights of the feature include giving users a supporter badge, access to subscriber-exclusive newsletters, and exclusive media content of varying forms.

Social media experts believe the new “Super Follow” feature will be a highly impactful tool for content creators like sex workers, independent journalists, writers, and other public figures who could use the feature as a paywall for their exclusive content.

 




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Manhattan DA Finally Receives Donald Trump’s Long-Sought Tax Records

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The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has finally obtained Donald Trump’s tax records. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s protection from investigators’ subpoena that requested the long-sought documents.

Danny Frost, a spokesman for DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., confirmed the retrieval of the documents. Apparently, prosecutors took possession of the documents on Monday, which was the same day the nation’s highest court rejected Trump’s last effort to block prosecutors from getting them.

Trump has fought hard for years to keep his financial history private and claimed prosecutors were pursuing a politically motivated “fishing expedition” following the Supreme Court’s decision, CBS News reported.

In 2018, the Manhattan DA launched an investigation into the former celebrity-in-chief’s business dealings. Their initial focus was on hush-money payouts made to women who spoke out about their romantic affairs with Trump. But court documents now show the investigation has expanded to include potential tax and business fraud involving the Trump Organization’s valuation of its properties.

Mazars USA—an accounting firm subpoenaed by the DA’s office—said they will fulfill “all of our professional and legal obligations” following the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling.

Court filings show that prosecutors want to look into the wide disparities in how Trump’s company valued properties in its portfolio, including Trump’s valuation of the Seven Springs estate in suburban New York, which ranged between $25 million and $50 million to $261 and $291 million in the past decade.

Other subpoenas suggest investigators are also looking into an expansive 200-acre property that straddles the affluent New York towns of Bedford, New Castle, and North Castle. Ralph Mastromonaco—an engineer who worked on the Seven Springs estate property for Trump, told the news outlet that he received a subpoena on February 11 regarding his past labor.

He also said he complied by turning over maps of the property and other documents he produced for the Trump Organization close to ten years ago.

CBS News also obtained a grand jury subpoena sent to Bedford’s town clerk that requested documents regarding Seven Springs valuations and tax assessments, tax appeals, and conservation easements.




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