Emancipation from Mental Slavery | Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills | TEDxCulverCity

Emancipation from Mental Slavery | Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills | TEDxCulverCity

Dedicated to the liberation of the African mind, psychologist, Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills, speaks on the crippling image of African and African-American people worldwide and offers solution through Emotion Emancipation.

Dr. Cheryl Tawede Grills is a clinical psychologist with emphasis in Community Psychology. She is Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, Immediate Past President of The Association of Black Psychologists, and founder and director of Imoyase Community Support Services. Dr. Grills served as the Co-Executive Director of the LA County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection. She continues to serve as a Los Angeles County Commissioner on the Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections which focuses on conditions within county jails, probation, correctional facilities and group homes for children. She is principal investigator on several social justice projects related to education reform, mentoring African American youth. Dr. Grills consults nationally on issues regarding cultural competence, multiculturalism and Africentric interventions. She has also studied under traditional medical practitioners in Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


July 27, 2015 / 17 Comments / by / in
  • black power.

  • Thank You!!

  • I've seen her speak several times. Dr. Grills is amazing.

  • thanks


  • Maybe it's too late to do anything :(.

  • An excellent talk by Dr Tawede Grills, that I can easily relate to. Not because I've heard this topic discussed on BBC or Sky News or read it in the Guardian or Daily Telegraph, but because she is describing the life I live in the UK, as do my siblings, children, parents, cousins, aunties and uncles. This is life for all Africans within the diaspora and on the continent. It will be particularly difficult for Europeans to fully comprehend this.

    Of course in order to function within European societies some of us have sought to assimilate in order to try and live an ordinary life. This talk helps to remind them that, in spite of their strenuous efforts to be accepted as an equal, it is extremely unlikely we will be seen as equals until we enlighten the world about the BIG LIE constantly perpetuated about us as a people.

  • Google images – black man … how many of you actually did that? Or, did you simply ASSUME that their would be some sort of negative result and not do it.
    This speech waste of your time. How many you folks believe white people are not enslaved as well as black people? BS , no real tools here to free yourself.

  • thank you very much about this

  • T P

    This speech is powerful, relevant, and truth comes from it. I needed to hear this speech. When she said black people can't breathe I had to pause this video!

  • "emancipate yourself from mental slavery, non but ourselves can free our mind" Marcus Garvey

  • Thank you Dr.GRILLS! Please keep EEC Emotional Emancipation Circles going! Pax, Frederica-Azania Clare

  • see white people sell us fake democracy….we are continuously excluded from the justice system, education system

  • This was phenomenal.

  • I think the words of Marcus Garvey, apply here.

    Marcus Garvey gave in Menelik Hall in Sydney, Nova Scotia in October 1937:

    “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind, because man is related to man under all circumstances for good or ill.”

  • Very enlightening!

  • What a convincing and compelling case for the fight for collective liberation. What a gift to the world.

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