They Can't Steal My Joy: With 'Black Joy' Author Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts

PR Yourself with Leah Frazier

May 31 2022 • 55 mins

In this episode, right at the closing of May's Mental Health Awareness Month, we tap the shoulder of highly-acclaimed 'Black Joy' author Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts. In an inspiring story, Tracey discusses how she "PR'd" a simple guest essay on Black Joy for the Washington Post, into a globally renowned best-selling title -- from one of the top publishers in the world.

In discussing 'Black Joy' and how to find joy during traumatic or discouraging times -- Tracey's candid depiction and characterization of how the Black community accesses joy as its own form of resistance -- is always prime for discussion. Later on, Tracey and Leah dive deeper into the simple concept of utilizing the breath (or deep breathing) as a variation of joy. Known for its healing properties, the concept of breath work is widely accessed during meditation, yoga, mindfulness and many other global modalities as a tool to battling many of the causes of mental health disturbances or mental distress.

Read Tracey's original Washington Post Essay on Black Joy Here

Grab your own copy of 'Black Joy' Here

Pre-Order Tracey's upcoming book, 'Then They Came for Mine: Healing from the Trauma of Racial Violence' Here

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