BFT's Top 25 in Mental Health and Wellness: Trailblazers

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An American singer and actress. She rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling female groups of all time[2] with over 100 million records,[3] of which more than 60 million copies sold with the trio lineup that included Williams.[4] During her time in the group she earned several accolades including a Grammy Award and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As an advocate of mental health, Michelle discusses overcoming mental health challenges while under the spotlight of fame and success as a member of one of the biggest recording groups of all-time. In her book, Checking In: How Getting Real About Depression Saved My Life and Can Save Yours, she opens up about her life in the public eye and her ongoing battle and victory over depression.

Find Michelle here: @michellewilliams

Television host and producer Kamie Crawford has quickly become a staple in the entertainment industry. From an overall deal with MTV Entertainment Studios to her successful podcast, Relationsh*t, Crawford has amassed a dedicated fan base who instantly connected with her genuine and candid nature. From her time on screen to fashion and beauty, Crawford has proven time and time again, she can do it all.

Crawford can be seen as the host of MTV’s long-running reality-based documentary series “Catfish: The TV Show” alongside creator Nev Schulman. She joined the series in 2018 as a guest host and solidified herself as a beloved member of the Viacom family. Crawford’s work with “Catfish is just one component to her work with MTV, in 2022 she inked an overall deal as the first female host of “Are You The One?” on Paramount+ and MTV’s “Ex on the Beach”. 

Find her at: @kamiecrawford

Dr. Angelica Geter is a 20-year equity scientist and strategist. Geter launched Impactful Collaboration, a firm dedicated to wellness and justice through research, strategic planning, and policy development. She currently serves on the American Heart Association Southeast Board of Directors. The DC Culture Builder of the Year is widely recognized for her expertise and has been featured in several media outlets, including Essence Magazine, Yes Magazine, CNBC News, MSN, and Black Enterprise. Dr. Geter’s contributions to the public health field have earned her multiple accolades, including being named to Morehouse School of Medicine’s distinguished “Top 10 Under 40” list and being inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Hall of Fame in 2023. 

Find Dr. Geter: @dr.angelicageter

Park Cannon is the Democratic State Representative for Georgia House District 58. Representing the people of House District 58 is my passion. As a member of the wonderful LGBTQIA+ Community/rainbow community and a Georgia born and raised girl, she looked forward in making a positive impact that will encompass our vibrant district.

Her family are long-time Old Fourth Ward residents. She was born at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, near Albany State College to her father; a Vietnam Veteran who retired Master Sergeant at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base, and her mother, a pharmaceutical representative from Camilla.

Find Park at: @parkcannon58

A British television cook and USA Food Network host and former top model, best known for selling almost one million books in the UK alone. Her TV shows are in 70 countries worldwide. She had her own cooking show on the BBC for several seasons.

Find Lorriane Pascale: @lorrainepascale

Keshia Dennis, born in Atlanta, GA, is the founder and CEO of The Elephant in the Room, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity organization that educates and advocates for Mental Health and wellness. Keshia obtained an undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from Georgia State University and a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from Troy University.

Latoya Shauntay Snell is a HOKA ONE ONE athlete, road and trail ultra runner, obstacle course racer, road cyclist and plus size adventurer from Brooklyn, NY. Outside of her fitness work, she is a freelance chef, photographer and founder of Running Fat Chef -- a personal and uncensored fitness and food blog about her experience as a plus size female athlete of color. Latoya is a contributing writer to several platforms such as Runner’s World, Huffington Post, Gear Junkie and The Root. She is also the co-host of The Long Run with Martinus and Latoya under the 300 Pounds and Running podcast. Latoya is noted for her advocacy for the body positivity movement through her scribes about fat shaming, LGBTQ rights, fitness at every size, awareness about chronic disabilities and journalized several personal narratives about her fitness endeavors. Within a five year span, she’s completed close to 200 running and obstacle course racing events.

Find here at: @iamlshauntay


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