Monique Caradine | Momentum Media Group


Chicago-based Author says:
“The Black woman isn’t just mad, she is near psychotic.”
Reality TV showcases the madness week after week.  Now, a new book uncovers why many African American women are secretly plagued by fear, depression and low self-esteem and what we can do about it.

CHICAGO (January 2013) – Black women are often shown on reality TV as gorgeous fashionistas with fancy cars, lavish houses and strong personas.  Yet, it only takes a few minutes for author Angela Brister to recognize that secretly, many of our favorite reality stars may be suffering from low self-esteem and in some cases, debilitating emotional pain that deeply impacts every aspect of their lives. Their frequent displays of verbal and physical aggression, their sometimes dysfunctional relationships and their obsession with the superficial are characteristics that are all too common among women who aren’t just mad but in Brister’s words, “psychotic.”


Brister is the author of Black Woman, Just Get Your Hair Wet!  She admits that while reality TV is primarily entertainment, a lot of the behavior we see the most controversial reality stars engaged in comes from a place of fear.  However the good news, Brister says, is that we can absolutely overcome the fear, the pain and everything associated with it.


“I’ve never been a reality star, but I recognize some of the ways their fear manifests itself,” says Brister, who suffered with depression and self-esteem issues for more than a decade. “I spent years putting up a positive ‘front’ around my peers and colleagues pretending everything was okay, but when I was alone it was a totally different story,” she said.


Brister also reveals in the book how her depression caused her to enter into a string of abusive relationships.  It also kept her from pursuing major career opportunities and realizing her full potential.  At one point, she even contemplated suicide.


“I was stifled, paralyzed, stuck, afraid, confused, sad and always mad.  My life was the definition of psychotic!”  Brister not only reveals her most personal challenges in Black Woman, Just Get Your Hair Wet! she also shares ways to overcome the fear, pain, depression and psychosis that so many suffer.


Brister says that the behavior displayed by of some of the popular reality stars is just a metaphor for how many black women cope with fear and in some cases depression.  “It’s time we stop masking our pain, start confronting it and get help so we can truly live fulfilling lives!”


Black Woman, Just Get Your Hair Wet is a timely book that candidly reveals Brister’s personal experience with depression.  Women across the nation have been connecting with her story as they learn easy strategies to overcome the challenges that hold them back.  The book is available online in paperback and on popular eReader devices. Visit


ABOUT: Angela Brister is an entrepreneur, speaker and workshop presenter.  Her powerful workshop series helps black women unlearn old habits in order to power through challenges, scale higher heights and excel in every endeavor they undertake.  Angela is also committed to raising awareness about depression as a growing national crisis among black women.  Visit her website at


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