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Kofi Siriboe Tackles Mental Health in the Black Community With New Documentary

In the short documentary "What the Fuck Is Mental Health?" the Ghanaian-American actor addresses the taboo around mental health in the black community.

Though the conversation continues to expand, mental health remains a taboo subject in the black community. As a result, working to deal with mental health issues while black can add another layer of complexity. Often, black people lack the same level of access to resources to address such issues as their white counterparts.

This is the very issue that Ghanaian-American actor, Kofi Siriboe seeks to tackles in his new documentary What the Fuck Is Mental Health?

In the four-and-a-half minute piece, a group of young black people speak openly about their battles with mental health, and express how they're taking steps to overcome it.


Siriboe told the Huffington Post that he felt inspired to make the piece after he began working on the hit series Queen Sugar.

Making WTF Is Mental Health? has been a part of a healing process for me, one I'm still exploring. It's the companion piece to Jump, a short film I made after a mentor and big brother figure died by suicide, just before I got the call that I'd been cast in Queen Sugar. I started working on this beautiful, emotional show and felt how liberating it was to channel my fears into art. As I began to mold Jump, I realized the true conversation I was craving centered on young black people who are figuring out this mental health thing, too.

He says the piece is about providing a platform for black people to be able to relay what's going on in their heads, and express their feelings on their own terms.

Everybody doesn't have that language and doesn't understand that there is a community or world out there of people who are dealing with similar things, so I really want to explore what it is and what it means to us. A lot of our project is just asking questions, and I think with the questions they're able to give us answers and able to define these definitions for ourself rather than what we're accustomed to being told.

The piece gets at a topic that affects so many of us—it's definitely worth your time. Watch What the Fuck Is Mental Health below.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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