Dark-skin, black women and depression: The Karyn Washington Suicide

Dark-skin, black women and depression: The Karyn Washington Suicide



Dr Boyce Watkins discusses the suicide of Karyn Washington, an advocate for dark-skinned women.

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  • Skinny Bones Jones Reply

    Only 5.5 thousand views? Smh wow

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Shenia Wallace Reply

    I was diagnosed with Bipolar and depression at the age of 14. I take antidepressants and mood stabilizers to help with the chemical imbalance I have. As a teenager up until now I still have some low self esteem and insecurity issue. Over the years  since I was a teen I have been in and out of  psychiatric hospitals for numerous suicide attemps  including once suicide attempt which  I almost died and I  ended up in a coma for 3 days.  I have took numerous medicines including Zoloft lithium depakoke respiradol (which I have yet to  file a lawsuit because it caused me to have a pituitary  tumar and they wont  take on female cases) nurantin, effexer ,  and today I take lamictal  for my mood and welbutrin for my depression. Over the years its been a battle and I can relate to not thinking I was pretty enough. Every one says light skin and biracial chicks have it easy and are not insecure, that's not true because my struggles are   no different than a dark skin woman, Bipolar depression does not discriminate regardless of race anyone can suffer from depression. As far  as Karyn Washington, its heartbreaking to hear of such a thing and  I hope God forgive  her for what she did and still allowed her in to heaven and give her a 2nd chance. I wish more dark skin  sistas would love themselves and accept themselves for who they are. God created  us in his own image and their are black   men out her who like dark skin women. Don't worry I not  one of those light skin chicks snatching up black men because I date outside my race and Im the type to leave the good looking brothers to the black women who are out here looking for their black king. I know this is a old video  but my thoughts and prayers go out to her family

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Doranna M Reply

    That's really sad because DARK COLORED Black women are the MOST beautiful of us black women and you are the MOST beautiful girl in the world. As all that Melanin in your skin is a blessing and that is what they are jealous of which is sad. That Melanin in your skin helps you from the sun and it gives your vitamin D and all the more because you can lay out in the sun as long as you want to and won't get cancer or sun burn. And that Melanin gives you energy protein and other vital things that is good for your body and you dark or chocolate black women are the TRUE Black women of our race and you are so very BEAUTIFUL and soon there will be no more True and beautiful black women like Karyn Washington,and that is sad. So Black women DON'T and STOP bleaching your skin and tell our Black men and women and tell them all that I am BEAUTIFUL and to go to hell and like and LOVE your self as you brown color and our black African race is the race of God(Allah) and our kinky hair is Beautiful and it is the same hair that God Allah has and We as black Africans are the TRUE Human beings and the white race and the Mexican and the OTHER races are the NON-HUMANS.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • given family Reply

    I knew that this is hard to believe but light skinned women hurt also. Colorism hurts all sides. My fiance's family is entirely dark skinned and they treat me and my lighter children like outcasts. Meanwhile the other daughter in law and her dark children are doted on. Colorism hurts everyone!

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • ORISHA PHOTOS Reply

    Boyce how can I help you with your kids?

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Pink Gal Reply

    Ummmm, no! She committed suicide because her mother passed away from cancer, and she couldn't get past it! She was devastated over the lost of her mother! She didn't suffer from self-esteem issues! She didn't hate herself! Please, get your facts straight before you speak! Thanks! 😬

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • red devil Reply

    ESPECIALLY BLACKWOMEN WHO OPENLY SAY THEY DON'T DATE US IAM SHE KILLED HER.NOW MUST SHE REST.IN.HELL HAHAHA

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • ord2jpn Reply

    I understand why she did it. No one probably bothered to check on her. I'm a curvy, African-American woman who's 35 years of age. The stereotype is that we're suppose to be strong, loud women…I guess. I'm quite shy and assume no one likes me. People only see the outward persona. I'm bubbly and happy to everyone (I studied acting), but inside I'm dying. I don't have any family. My nomadic lifestyle means I cannot have a relationship with any man. It gets horribly lonely, but it's the price I pay for living so freely. At one point, I thought of riding my motorbike off the cliff at Mt. Agung National Park. In my attempt to do it; my motorbike turned over and now I have a scar on my leg. The villagers put me on the back of a truck and took me to the local hospital. It gets so tiring pretending all the time. The stereotypes get tiring. No one wants the truth. Just smiles and b.s. My point in writing this is to say let people know they're special to you. Call for no reason at all. Make time for people. Try to see life from different perspectives. Respect everyone. Love.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • michelle thomas Reply

    RIP

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Becca G. Reply

    …the other funny thing is sometimes society can contribute to pushing ppl to the edge by the mean and crafty things they say or atmosphere they sometimes create, yet they will comment after the negative motivation is accomplished, but won't admit that all these subtle little things may have contributed to the conundrum which finally broke her will. God only knows the truth but as human beings, we all need to try to change for the better. Don't know her life story, but by trying to do some thing (-or at least some things) positive, to encourage others (where they could be better for it,) at least she tried in her own way…. which is more than can be said for most of us. (In her own way she could have been trying to save someone else from what she was experiencing in trying to do something that encouraged or uplifted others…) So who is one to judge? …(meant for rhetorical reflection)….

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Becca G. Reply

    Smh… Persons speak so superficially about the girl's death. That really couldn't have been the only source of her depression NOR the main cause of her death. But persons are quick to believe in what is shallow. Have no idea what was going on in her personal life nor her external environment as she grew into success, so I can't judge. And we live in an age where foul play cloaked as suicide is not some far-fetched / uncommon thing. Anything can happen, but can't fully speculate either. One thing is for sure; The eyes of The Almighty seeth all, and He knoweth all, so everything is in His Hands. And He DOES balance the scale. So in the mean time RIP, sis / may she RIP.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Izen Guarr Reply

    Thank you for exposing a bit of yourself and parts of your past to help encourage our younger brothers and sisters (of all colors).   You have an excellent message to convey to our youth and you did it very well.   Blessings to you and yours.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • CapiTen10 Reply

    Not everything is about race.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Dawn Bless Reply

    A close friend of hers said that she was dealing with the death of her mother. Not any other issue. Ijs

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Ted Banks Reply

    Nice blog Dr. Watkins.  Simple yet profound advice to our young people.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • JJ R Reply

    White supremacy?  Last I looked we had a black president and a black attorney general.  VOTED IN.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Rainesblue84 Reply

    Question? +Boyce Watkins is killing yourself a form of self hate and low esteem.  At all if not referring to their entire life. 

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • GORGEOUS IN GREY Reply

    I think it's important to stress that we have no idea exactly why Karyn took her own life. We should not assume that colorism or self-esteem issues had anything to do with her struggles. What we do know is that she struggled with her mother's death and became very sad. 

    It's important to celebrate her legacy by educating others where they might be able to seek help! 

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Nothingbutthebest Reply

    I'm so glad you got to speak with her before her suicide or read her suicide letter, so you can speak with us as to why she did it.  I am also happy about how many Youtube bloggers and posters are taking her family and friends into consideration.  When others commit suicide frequently we try to reach out to the living, this has not happened for this young lady.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • '88dBm Reply

    May she rest in peace. However we should not jump to conclusions. Color-ism may not have been an issue. We never know what a person is struggling with internally. We should address the prominence of certain forms of mental illness in the Black community. Often we're told to 'pray' it away or to toughen up, mental illness is a 'white folks' issue. This is not true. Many of us suffer from undiagnosed PTSD and depression IMO. Sad story truly. Great advice Dr. Watkins but for those that suffer from depression going to a happier safer place or relationship is not that easy. It's consuming on so many levels. The weight of despair can feel like a ton of bricks.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • BlackEnergyNews Reply

    This sounds so suspicious she seemed upbeat and dedicated in helping others. It really makes no sense in my opinion. To this day the MAJORITY of the Black community is made up of Dark-skin BM and Dark-skin BW there's no black neighborhood in America where you can go and say "wow look at all those light-skin people and wow over there too". People who are hues other than what would be considered Dark-skin are still sprinkled throughout the community. That's why their ENERGY is still considered that of a rare gem. Not only are Dark-skin people prominent, the suicide rate for BW has always been the lowest of all races and genders. And that accounts for Dark-skin BW who most likely didn't receive the love and admiration Karyn did just by uplifting others.  I don't want to go in a conspiracy theory route but lets just say there's a determined push by "the powers that be" to dilute BP here and in Africa and the only way that can happen is by bringing the self-esteem of Black people really low. Karyn's whole goal was against that occurring. Hopefully more details about her death will come out details that can be scrutinized.  Thanks for the post

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Magic9053 Reply

    This society brainwashes us with the mindset that the "lighter" your skin (mainly females), the more attractive you are, black being at the bottom and white at the top.  This is all BS, sadly however, this is the warped reality that we live in, the key is to NOT buy into it.  The truth of the matter is that dark skin is BEAUTIFUL (always has been) and deep down white women envy darker skin,(that's why tanning products are a billion dollar industry) the more melanin you have, the YOUNGER you look. Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson, Anita Baker, Iman, and the new actress Lupita, are just a few examples of beautiful DARK skinned women. 

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • moormagic1 Reply

    The reports I've read said Karyn committed suicide. How do we know she actually killed herself? Did she leave a note? Was she taking drugs? Was she talking about suicide? I understand she suffered from depression, but when I hear "suicide", I'm also thinking foul play. Not enough information to make me think she took her life. 

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Hassan Hartley Reply

    So being dark skinned leads to depression? Ch……….
    depression is depression…but this coddling of black women's emotions over every little thing is sickening….so a few people said some negative things about a skin color….SO WHAT? If that's all it takes to kill yourself, then you were FAITHLESS and WEAK….

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm
  • Victor of RWS Reply

    the way this racist system really get to us black folk is at the subliminal level with the use of words. the words we use we dont even realize how we perpetuate this racist mindset when we say dark (bad) and light (good). No wonder black folk look for lighter skin complexion because of this and when you are dark skin you feel so bad about yourself. We must stop using the words dark and light that way.

    February 19, 2019 at 9:11 pm

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