RIP Creator of “For Brown Girls” Commits Suicide
Karyn Washington, the 22-year-old founder of the For Brown Girls website, which sought to empower chocolate-complexioned black women, died on April 8, reportedly committing suicide.
www.forbrowngirls.com, an organization dedicated to celebrating the darker shades of brown while combatting colorism and promoting self love!
Her passing is a devastating loss for legions of black women who went online to seek refuge in any one of Washington’s many initiatives, including the #DarkSkinRedLip project, which knocked down beauty standards and encouraged black women to find and rock whatever shade of red lipstick that best suited them. Early reports suggest that Washington suffered from depression as she coped with the loss of her mother. Her supporters are expressing their condolences on Twitter and are beginning a conversation about the importance of addressing the issue of mental health in the black community.
Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that even the strong cannot carry the entire weight of the world. Many people learn to carry others, and feel there is no room for their own pain. We hope Karyn has found the peace this earth could not provide, please keep her family in your prayers. Do you think suicide and mental illness in the Black community is often ignored? What can we as a community do to save our people and positively discuss the state of mental health in this country?
Credit Source: The Roots/Bossip