Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Black Depression

Posted on February 24, 2016

At times it seems no matter how high you reach, you cannot escape the obstacles of being black in America.

It might shock you to know that I have been battling depression for years. As I got married, as my career progressed, as I was blessed with children, and as I’ve blossomed as a writer, the depression never left. So to me, I’m not shocked to hear that even as his star shines brighter than ever before, Kendrick Lamar struggles with his own demons.

This can come from a lot of different sources. Sometimes you may not be fulfilled by the success you’ve achieved. Sometimes your personal station in life does not preclude you from having to deal with the struggles your family and friends still face. Sometimes you’ve just never adequately dealt with baggage. In any case, knowing that you should be happy yet aren’t can be a tough pill to swallow.

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