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Dr. Scyatta Wallace, Psychologist/Teen Expert, was on BET 106 & Park live 6pm-8pm (EST) for World AIDS Day (12-1-11).  The show will provide education and tips for teens about HIV/AIDS.  

Check out clips from the show

I was recently interviewed for the December issue of Essence Magazine in the article titled Colorstruck.  

It’s an important topic that we don’t often discuss

Grab an issue, but don’t just give it a good read.

Take the time to:

1) Share it with your girlfriends

2) Talk to the men in your lives

3) Hold a discussion group with girls

4) Blog, tweet and write about it

5) Make a commitment to love and respect yourself, as well as women of all hues and shapes 

Jay-Z and Kanye West are making hits off of crazy cause the world is looking really nuts right now.  How many times have you and I heard about someone doing something and thinking ‘Are they CRAZY?’  

There have been a lot of reports in the news about crazy things that teens are doing.  This week in New York, 12 year old boys were charged and may spend a long time in jail because they pushed a shopping cart off the edge of a parking lot and almost killed an innocent bystander.  Kiddy pranks gone bad…

Then there is the craze of teens soaking tampons will alcohol and sticking it where the sun don’t shine so they can get extra drunk.  But instead ending up with alcohol

poisoning because their bodies have no way of knowing when they should stop…  

And the fad of blunt smoking K2 which is a synthetic “fake” marijuana that teens are using thinking that because it’s sold in the stores it’s good for you.  They are not realizing the substance is not made for humans and has caused heart attacks in a lot of the youth that have ignorantly smoked the drug…

Many of us were completely horrified hearing about two different cases of murder recently on college campuses in Maryland where girls in a brawl got killed by another female who became enraged and went completely out of control….

Acts like these and so many others leave adults shaking their heads in disbelief and many wiping their hands of what they feel are a ‘lost generation.’    I say how dare we as the ‘grown ups’ look at youth and turn away.  Those acts of craziness are signs that they don’t know any better. And how could they know something when many adults are absent; providing little to no guidance.  

I have been accused by some as being too soft on parents when giving advice about working with teens.    I don’t like to blame the many good parents out there who are trying the best they can to make it in a tough world.   There are so many issues to deal with it can be hard to keep up.  And they are trying…I believe we need not just parents; but community members, working professionals, teachers, clergy, really everyone to pitch in.    It used to be a village raising the children.    

So I’m talking to everyone- DO YOUR PART.  Talk to youth about the issues that matter in life.  Be frank with them about drugs, alcohol, sex and violence because it can be a matter of life and death.  Feeling uncomfortable talking about these issues with teens is not an excuse.   The next time you hear about a kid that has ‘lost their mind’; see it as pain, a call for help and take it upon yourself to be the medicine they need to come back to sanity…

Doctor’s orders

I just came from Brazil where I learned they look up to how much we as Black women have pride in ourselves.  
Yes, the world is watching ladies and after they catch a glimpse of the Black Girls Rock! Awards on BET tonight they will be inspired.  
I so admire founder of Black Girls Rock! Inc., Beverly Bond.  Her dedication to girls is unwavering.  We need more like you Ms. Bond!   Watch tonight 8pm on BET to see the power Black girls behold.

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