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Suffering in Silence: Mental Health Stigmas in the African American Community.

Acting Out! TALK

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Moderated by Lawrence Daniel Caswell, a panel of local mental health advocates and professionals discuss the topic of mental health stigma in the African American community.

Why are African Americans more likely to experience serious mental health problems, than the general population, but suffering in silence.

Moderated by: Lawrence Daniel Caswell (WCPN)
Musician, writer and broadcaster Lawrence Daniel Caswell has been on the radio in Northeast Ohio for over 23 years. He currently works as an Associate Producer for ideastream. Caswell lives in the Collinwood neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland with his wife and daughter.

Julius Bailey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wittenberg University, and Award-winning Author. Julius Bailey, PhD, teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Wittenberg University. He is a philosopher, cultural critic, social theorist, and diversity lecturer. Dr. Bailey has been interviewed on CNN, Fox, B.E.T, and ABC Nightline. A guest on numerous radio shows as a social critic and education advisor, he is often sought to speak at colleges, prisons, and community organizations across America.

He is an award-winning author who has written four books including: The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, Jay Z, Philosophy and Hip Hop, the award-winning Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams in the Obama Age, and his most recent Be-Longing: Triumph in the Mirror, dealing with overcoming depression, addiction and self-hatred. Some may remember him when he was a 26-year old professor at Millikin who fought for seven high school students expelled for 2 years after a football fight. Others may remember him as the former Church Administrator at Main Street Church who brought in dozens of national recording artists and organized educational events. He holds Masters Degrees from Howard and Harvard Universities and a Doctorate from the University of Illinois.

Archie Green
Cleveland, Ohio producer/emcee Archie Green in many ways is unconventional in today’s era of rap. Green refuses to put on a “rapper suit” instead opting to be himself – what a novel idea.

Having earned a Master’s degree [in Music Business] from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Green is an educated man and he raps like it. However, his message, versatility and authenticity can be compared to the realness of fellow Cleveland-bred artist, Kid Cudi and respected rapper/producer, J. Cole.

In 2016, Archie became an advocate for mental health, having himself been a victim of clinical depression.  His introspective single on overcoming his personal demons, “Layers,” which was premiered at VICE, garnered over 25,000 streams in 2 weeks.  The 32 year old artist has spoken to various media outlets on the subject such as BBC News, NPR, VICE, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Magazine, and Cleveland.com.

Archie’s brand is CLASS.  CLASS is an acronym which stands for Creatively Learning to Achieve Sustainable Success.  He is just as passionate about learning and education as he is about music.  CLASS is a lifestyle that encourages one to learn and acquire new skills everyday to become successful.  CLASS is also a way of life touching on etiquette, appearance and honoring one’s roots.


Steven E. Woodard
Steven E. Woodard is a Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment Worker (CPST) for The Centers for Families and Children, a nonprofit organization that improves lives through integrated behavioral health, primary care, early learning and workforce services. Over the past three years, Steven has worked with more than 100 Cleveland residents to help them overcome daily challenges. He is an empathetic listener who connects deeply with his clients and gives them access to the resources they need to take a positive step forward.  He follows up on individual progress with a face-to-face visit at least once-a-month.
Steven’s parents Stanley and Andrea are his greatest inspiration and have been married nearly 40 years. He is the proud father of a 15-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. He graduated from East High School before joining the U.S. Marine Corps where he served his country proudly during two deployments to Iraq and received numerous awards. He reached the rank of Sergeant before receiving an Honorable Discharge.
Upon his return to the U.S., Steven graduated from Cleveland State University with his B.A. in Social Work and worked with the blind and visually impaired before switching his field of interest to adults with mental health issues. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Vision of Angels Youth Foundation and The Little Giants. Steven believes that meaningful work that gives you the opportunity to experience people from different ethnic backgrounds enriches life and the community at large. His favorite book is The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography‎ by Sidney Poitier. “So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness. To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.” – Sidney Poitier

September 14, 2017

Start Time:

7:00 PM

End Time:

8:00 PM


Happy Dog (West)

5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102