“Niggas from the hood is the best actors. We the ones that gotta wear our face backwards. Put your frown on before they think you soft. Never smile long or take your defense off. Acting tough so much we start to feel hard. Live from the city where they pull cards.”            

J. Cole

 

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I am convinced that the persona of black people being exceptionally strong, tough, and resilient is in many ways very damaging to our health and our community. Black women are most notably described as being ‘strong black women’. Our black men are perceived