Looking back on when I was a little nappy-headed boy. Then my only worry was for Christmas, what would be my toy. Even though sometimes we wouldn’t get a thing, we were happy with the joy the day would bring. I wish those days could come back once more. Why did those days ever have to go? Cause I love them so_ Stevie Wonder
As we enter June which is officially dedicated as PRIDE MONTH which is marked with a month-long observance in celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and their culture, history, and contributions. Also, this month will be a period where the LGBTQIA+ community will experience unprecedented attacks from all fronts about how we shouldn’t be celebrated!
Let’s keep the main thing, the main thing! PRIDE is about self and learning to accept and love yourself unconditionally! When I say love, I mean in the way GOD loves you and that is with AGAPE LOVE.
So, for my LGBTQIA+ community, I ask you, do you have PRIDE? If not, I highly recommend disconnecting from things and people that attempt to rob you of your humanity and right to live openly and free. Because GOD has already ordered your steps, you just have to start moving your feet! _ Editor Gwendolyn D. Clemons
Editor-in-Chief/Publisher TUV Magazine
On the Cover: Carter The Body known for her current role as “Trouble” in the BET Series “All the Queen’s Men,” and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (2014), and Lipstick the Series (2105). Carter credits includes personal trainer, fitness model, actress, and a highly sought after celebrity influencer!
CARTER THE BODY Photo Credits by Kelian Scott
TUV Magazine obtained this exclusive interview with “Carter The Body” whose career has expanded for over decade. This interview is for Ladies who Ladies and for those who may need to draw inspiration from Carter’s representation in mainstream media. Here’s an excerpt from the interview!
Question: At the beginning of the year you tweeted, “I refuse to do and go through the same shit as 2022.” How’s your 2023 so far, especially in terms of upholding that vow to yourself? What are some things that you’re making sure remain in your rear view?
Answer: 2023 has been exciting. I took a huge step forward in my life and refused to move backwards. I’m sticking to that vow I tweeted and making sure I put myself first at all costs. I realized that I needed to do this for me to grow and be the person in both my career and my personal life that I’ve always dreamed to be.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Umieca N. Hankton, Ph.D.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT forthcoming. We are replaceable on our jobs, ask brother Jamie Foxx. WE are irreplaceable to our loved ones. Since the start of the year, I’ve noticed a significant increase in people calling to start therapy because they’ve “reached a breaking point” or feel as though they are “drowning.” This declaration leads me to explore factors contributing to their sense of drowning and self-care practices. Take a moment and guess the factor most commonly identified as a source of relentless stress. If you guessed work, then you guessed correctly. Unfortunately, what is also common is the belief in lack of time or the inability to slow down momentarily to allow themselves to recharge or care for themselves healthily.
Dr. Umieca Hankton (Dr. U.) is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of mental health treatment experience across multiple treatment settings. She is the founder of UNH Counseling Services, a behavioral health agency that deliberately focuses on the psychological health and wellness of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, college students, and clergy. To learn more about treatment options and services offered, please visit www.UNHCounselingServices.com or call 901-300-9082.
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People often as why are Gay Pride events important! Gay Pride is important for several reasons. Firstly, it is a way for members of the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate their identities and promote visibility and acceptance. For many years, people who identified as LGBTQ+ were marginalized, discriminated against, and even criminalized for their sexuality or gender identity. Gay Pride events offer an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate their differences, and to take pride in who they are.
Secondly, Gay Pride events are an important way to raise awareness about the ongoing struggles that LGBTQ+ people face, including discrimination, violence, and inequality.
Thirdly, Gay Pride events provide a sense of community and belonging for LGBTQ+ people.
Finally, Gay Pride events are a way to push for change and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. By coming together and raising their voices, members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies can call for greater equality, representation, and protection under the law. This can help to create a more just and equitable society for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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