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Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay.
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Dec 18 – Lacrisha Holcomb, Crystal Joseph, and Rowana Abbensetts
Lacrisha Holcomb is a radical authenticity advocate, therapist, mental health educator, writer, and artivist who aims to remix the healing narrative by amplifying mental health awareness for the under-served through representation, art, and culture! She is the owner of mental health awareness company Therapy Is Light. Visit the online store for your mental health awareness merchandise at www.therapyislight.com!
Rowana Abbensetts is a Guyanese-American writer, mental health advocate, and founder of Spoken Black Girl, a platform that promotes mental health and wellness among women of color through expressive writing, events, and workshops. Rowana has had fiction and poetry published in Moko Magazine, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Culture Push, and Free Verse Magazine. As a freelance health and wellness writer, Rowana has written for Well +Good, Bold Culture by Streamline Media, The Tempest, and Electric Lit.
Crystal Joseph is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (Maryland), Approved Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor (Virginia), the author of Conversation with a Clinician of Color: Likeness, Lucy & Lemonade a first-person research commentary, and PoundCake & Private Practice: 5 Things I Learned During My First Year, a colorful, unadulterated book which delves into building a private practice from scratch. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Black Studies from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC campus. Joseph owns PsycYourMind®, a thriving private practice in the DC Metropolitan area, where she hold space with persons affected by mental health challenges, on the oncology continuum, and have had culturally traumatic experiences. PsycYourMind is in its third year of training up-and-coming therapists through its robust internship and residency program. When not in session, you can find Crystal cooking with cast iron or curating her shoe collection. She reside in the D.C. Metropolitan area with her supportive husband. You can visit her website at psycyourmind.com for more information about Crystal and her practice. She’s also on Social Media: Instagram as TheReal_PsycYourMind; Twitter @PsycYourMind and Facebook—facebook.com/PsycYourMind