This week, the internet was on fire about Lil Wayne’s interview with ABC News’ Linsey Davis. When asked about his feelings/connection to the Black Lives Matter movement he dismissed the movement and questioned its validity; stating “It just sounds weird that you put a name on it.” He added “Don’t come at me with that dumb shit ma’am. My life matter. Especially to my bitches.” When asked if he has separated himself from the movement he replied “I don’t feel connected to a damn thing. That ain’t got nothing to do with me. If you do you crazy as shit…you.” Once the chill-less (it might be a word…) internet caught a whiff it was on. Everyone, both in and outside of the community, weighed in on his words and stated perspective. As I watched the video, I saw a man whose life is in danger feeling validated in his belief that he is alone in this world. I took to Facebook Live to share my personal and professional thoughts on the matter. Okay, Family, what do y’all think about the interview and the treatment plan I’ve laid out for Wayne?
Latrice Sampson is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and CEO of Sampson Therapeutic Services, LLC. In addition to her clinical work, Latrice extends her services to the wider community in the form of workshops, podcasts, and digital media publications. Her work aims to reduce the stigmas associated with mental and emotional health treatment in African American and minority communities; while promoting positive life skills geared toward fulfillment of true happiness and life satisfaction. Through this site, www.theblackunicornproject.com, she aims to foster a movement of healing, self-acceptance, and collective growth. Latrice has traveled the world spreading knowledge, inspiration, and healing. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Latrice holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from the University of Louisiana—Lafayette as well as a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Latrice is a transformational speaker and uses her gifts to enhance the lives of others, which she believes is her calling.