On episode 37, we welcome Yolanda Danae of The Sassy Rant blog to discuss mental health in the black community, the necessity of re-conceptualizing the idea of masculinity, how writing helped her become more vulnerable and self-possessed, and the influence that Tupac Shakur had on her ways of seeing and dealing with the world.
Yolanda Danae’ is the Creator of The Sassy Rant, a brand and blog that discusses the real life accounts of a millennial woman on the verge of changing the world. Based in Newark, New Jersey, The Sassy Rant has become a digital collection of personal survival stories documented by Yolanda, a charismatic twenty-something who’s experiences are real, raw, and relatable.
Similar to the conversations held at your weekend powwows, she uses her encounters to share lessons on dating + mental health, the importance of ownership, and encourages readers to shoot their shot on goals + aspirations.
Through hosting her annual Cocktail Conversations events, Yolanda takes on the task of addressing societal misconceptions, as they pertain to men and women of color. In her own words, “We are not what they say we are, but what we know ourselves to be.”
Yolanda created Cocktail Conversations to foster discussions among thought leaders and community members about the importance of mental health, how our beliefs affect our decisions and interactions with one another, and how we can come together to help each other prosper.
Yolanda sat down with us to provide us with insight into her communal vision; the ways she was influenced by Tupac, Afeni Shakur, Nipsey Hussle, and Beyoncé; and to explore how vulnerability and self-expression helped her overcome sorrow and tragedy.