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Meet our Modern Muse | Gleveen Mcbeth

Birthed on the beautiful & vivacious island of Jamaica, this stunner is artistic, expressive, and intelligent. Gleveen spent her formative years in Jamaica and continues to live each day by the values instilled in her, influenced by her life in the Caribbean. We chatted with Gleveen to talk about passions, activism, and mental health. 

 What occupies your day-to-day these days?

I am currently a Psychology major focusing mainly on Neuroscience. Although my current priorities are my academic endeavors, I find that I employ a lot of my free time to creative pursuits. Recording music, curating Pinterest boards, penning visual treatments, reading novels, and studying old films are some of my favored pastimes.

 What are your deep passions in life? 

I am very passionate about being at the forefront of breakthrough research on Fibromyalgia and other neurological conditions. Knowing I will contribute to the betterment of society makes me smile. One of my biggest motivators in life is helping to alleviate the suffering of other human beings. 

 It's quite heavy right now in regards to human rights activism for people of color. Is there anything you want to share about this? Is there anything you wish people could hear, understand, or do to help?

I believe it is imperative as global citizens to be informed of issues that affect the world at large. It is unsettling that black women and men worldwide share a common trauma bond of racism and that we have spearheaded the fights for change for many years. While it is comforting that now other ethnic and racial groups have opted for solidarity and allyship, it is still important that these supportive actions aren’t short-lived and only displayed when it is “trendy” to do so or in a performative way. I implore everyone to do their diligent research and inform themselves of the injustices the black communities face and utilize their privilege and platform to speak out on those injustices and inquire about how they can best support.

You are an advocate for mental health. What got you started in promoting this on your social feed?

Mental health has always been a subject I was passionate about and my personal experiences in that regard were the catalyst for me becoming a Psychology major. I felt that with a huge platform and as someone who others looked up to, it was my responsibility to be vulnerable and honest about my struggles. Knowing that there’s a real person behind the account with real struggles too is something my followers have told me validated their mental health journey and gave them hope.
 
Are there any other non-profit organizations you'd like to share with our readers?
A nonprofit organization my values align with is Therapy For Black Girls. This organization sheds light on the inaccessibility and stigma regarding therapy within the black community. The platform not only serves to provide sessions with licensed therapists to black women but is also a great support group and a safe place for women who are impacted by racial injustices in a very specific and rather egregious way. This sisterhood is crucial for the sustenance of mental health for black women and is an integral part of healing our communities as a whole. 
 
What is your favorite activist quote?
My current favorite activist quote is by Malcolm X -- “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”

What advice do you have for a young black individual aspiring to be a model/creative on social media? 

Never change yourself! I know the demands of the industry will make you question your beauty and talent but revel in your power. Your black is magic and it is powerful. Stay true to yourself always and take pride in your melanin despite a society that wants to make you feel less than.

 

Do you have any resources that we can all read to help educate ourselves more about the struggles that the black community faces? 
 
In my quest for resources, I happened upon a few books that are a worthy read for those wishing to be allies to the black community. Here are a few of my faves: 
“I am not your negro”- James Baldwin
“Women, Race and Class” - Angela Davis
“The New Jim Crow” - Michelle Alexander
 
 
'Life experiences marred with tragedy and pain fueled a creative outlet. - Gleveen'
 
Check out her upcoming artistic work on her creative account @afro.vogue and her personal account @gleveenoctavia