Sep 3, 2009
Black Women & Mental Illness
Maia Campbell, the bronzed beauty who once graced our televisions acting alongside LL Cool J and Debbie Allen has resurfaced again on blogs all over the internet. I read some time ago where BeBe Moore Campbell the NAACP Image Award winning author and mother to Maia admitted that Maia had Bipolar Disorder, a mental disorder. She went on to write a book about it, 72 Hour hold, where she had this to say in an interview with AOL Black Voices, "watching my loved one become violent and an incoherent stranger certainly tested my faith. My very close family member has bipolar disorder, which is a mood disorder - a disease of the brain."
At one time there was information that she was wanted by the police, for stealing a Jeep. The blogs were lit up with that info, as well as a video where she was half dressed, prancing around, and singing. Some blogs were reporting that she did the video in exchange for crack.
This time there is a video that shows her in a car, with a dead look in her eyes. She is clearly sick and needs help. I chose not to upload this video, instead I wanted to remember her the way she used to be, like in the pic I have posted here.
Let me just say this, it is sad that Maia has fallen from grace. Instead of us pointing fingers, laughing, and saying mean spirited things. Let us pray that she gets the help she needs and deserves. No one should have to live like this, in darkness. The woman lost her mother one day after her 30th birthday, and her father is dead also. She has one daughter, and I am unsure of what happened to her.
To the people filming her, laughing, thinking mental illness is a joke. I can assure you it is not, and it is a dreadful disease that anyone can subccumb to if it is in your genes. In the black community it is taboo. However, many black people suffer from mental illness.
If you know anyone who has Bipolar disorder, or any other type of mental disorder please encorage them to seek help. Like Bebe Moore Campbell stated, its hard enough being a black woman, but living with mental illness adds a whole nother' level. May God bless and keep Maia safe.
Stay Blessed & Happy Locing!