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Topic: Creator of For Brown Girls Commits Suicide at Age
Posted By: liesnalibis
Subject: Creator of For Brown Girls Commits Suicide at Age
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 5:57pm
I don't know who this is but are any of you familiar with her?

Creator of For Brown Girls Blog Reportedly Commits Suicide at Age 22

Karyn Washington’s work in the black blogosphere encouraged a generation of women to love their natural selves and live their best lives.

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karyn_washington

Karyn Washington

FORBROWNGIRLS.COM

Karyn Washington, the 22-year-old founder of the  http://www.forbrowngirls.com/" rel="nofollow - For Brown Girls  website, which sought to empower chocolate-complexioned black women, died on April 8, reportedly committing suicide, according to  http://madamenoire.com/419330/karyn-washington-founder-empowering-site-brown-girls-commits-suicide/" rel="nofollow - MadameNoire . 

Her passing is a devastating loss for legions of black women who went online to seek refuge in any one of Washington's many initiatives, including the  http://www.darkskinredlip.com/" rel="nofollow - #DarkSkinRedLip project , which knocked down beauty standards and encouraged black women to find and rock whatever shade of red lipstick that best suited them. 

Early reports suggest that Washington suffered from depression as she coped with the loss of her mother. 

Her supporters are expressing their condolences on Twitter and are beginning a conversation about the importance of addressing the issue of mental health in the black community. 


https://twitter.com/WerkChicMag" rel="nofollow -

I have to share this sad news with my daughter who was so inspired by https://twitter.com/KayFBG" rel="nofollow - @ - KayFBG peace, prayer & blessings to the family of https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KarynWashington&src=hash" rel="nofollow - #KarynWashington


https://twitter.com/OfficialKaira" rel="nofollow -

This shouldn't be just a shock & awe social media moment. Ask the "strongest" women in your life, are you OK? https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KarynWashington&src=hash" rel="nofollow - #KarynWashington


https://twitter.com/CocoaFly" rel="nofollow -

Let's use https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KarynWashington&src=hash" rel="nofollow - #KarynWashington passing as a chance to stop mental health stigma in the black community. Getting help doesn't make you weak.

https://twitter.com/CocoaFly/statuses/454478279160774656" rel="nofollow -
https://twitter.com/ShadonAkai" rel="nofollow -

RIP https://twitter.com/KayFBG" rel="nofollow - @ - KayFBG , Founder of https://twitter.com/ForBrownGirls" rel="nofollow - @ - ForBrownGirls . May your life be a legacy and your works be our guide. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KarynWashington&src=hash" rel="nofollow - #KarynWashington


Washington's friend LiaLia  http://aliyahmonea.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/words-to-my-sister-my-beloved-brown-girl-extraordinaire-karyn-washington/" rel="nofollow - described  what she will miss most about the young social entrepreneur:  

When I look at you I see a reflection of myself and most certainly that is why this hurts so badly. From now on I’ll forever remember your big beautiful smile, your charm, ambition, professionalism, entrepreneurship, confidence, humility, your drive, and your beautiful Brown Skin. That is what I’ll choose to remember...

Read more at  http://madamenoire.com/419330/karyn-washington-founder-empowering-site-brown-girls-commits-suicide/" rel="nofollow - Madame Noire.




Replies:
Posted By: herwoman
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 6:04pm
Lawd have mercy


Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 6:06pm

aw man 
having your mother pass that young can be tough

cute girl...im gonna do some research on her...



Posted By: liesnalibis
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 6:09pm
Originally posted by herwoman herwoman wrote:

Lawd have mercy

Did you know of her? I think I'm familiar with the #darkskinredlips campaign. 


Posted By: mzsophisticated
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 6:15pm
oh goodness so sad


Posted By: herwoman
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 6:17pm
Originally posted by liesnalibis liesnalibis wrote:

Originally posted by herwoman herwoman wrote:

Lawd have mercy


Did you know of her? I think I'm familiar with the #darkskinredlips campaign. 
I actually went to her FB page to see if she had made a post about Domin because I was looking to share on my page. She seems so strong that I wonder if it's suicide not saying that strong women don't commit suicide but if you look her up you will get what I'm saying.


Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 6:18pm
Didn't know her but this is very sad. So many people in distress, nowadays. Y'all be kind to each other.


Posted By: Miss B
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 6:26pm
Another blog writer that had personal contact with her had some insight about Karyn's journey that was a little eerie but also beautiful in that it gave a true inside look at grief and depression. Conversations like this are so essential because so many people suffer alone in order to look strong.

http://gorgeousingrey.com/founder-of-for-brown-girls-karyn-washington-commits-suicide/" rel="nofollow - http://gorgeousingrey.com/founder-of-for-brown-girls-karyn-washington-commits-suicide/


Posted By: kfoxx1998
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 7:00pm
DamnCry


Posted By: ThoughtCouture
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 7:04pm


Posted By: femmefatale85
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 7:22pm
terrible rip

didn't know much about her but hopefully someone will continue what she was doing



Posted By: maysay1
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 7:28pm
This needs to be give a brown girl a hug week. My heart can't take too much of this.

Poor thing. Hopefully she is at peace now.


Posted By: Nisha
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 7:38pm
rip
 
this has been a tough week


Posted By: sbrownie84
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 8:14pm
Horrible. My condolences.


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 8:21pm
My heart hurts...this is really sad.


Posted By: 510QUEEN
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 8:28pm
This is just saddening I know sometimes things look hopeless but there are so many things to live for. This has to be hard for her family


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 8:29pm
Forgive my ignorance in advance...

There was a thread a while back where we discussed depression. I remember a few posters stating that it was permanent and that it always comes back...

When depression is onset by a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one, can it be temporary? If so, how does one differentiate depression from bouts of sadness?


Posted By: Lady ICE
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 8:51pm
This shouldn't be just a shock & awe social media moment. Ask the "strongest" women in your life, are you OK? https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KarynWashington&src=hash" rel="nofollow - #KarynWashington

no one ever does this. smh.as far as i know.


Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 9:03pm
The death of your mother can be devastating, too bad she couldn't continue living in her mother's memory. Cry


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 9:06pm
Way too sad. They must have been extremely close.

They are together now


Posted By: rell85
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 9:10pm
Sad


Posted By: SoutherNtellect
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 9:21pm
Rough week
Rip


Posted By: Im_oh_so_hott
Date Posted: Apr 11 2014 at 9:40pm
Wow, RIP.


Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Apr 12 2014 at 12:29am
2 beautiful black young females passing away ....so sad...so sad...


Posted By: ThatGurlD
Date Posted: Apr 12 2014 at 1:14am
Originally posted by GoodGirlGoneGr8 GoodGirlGoneGr8 wrote:

Forgive my ignorance in advance...

There was a thread a while back where we discussed depression. I remember a few posters stating that it was permanent and that it always comes back...

When depression is onset by a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one, can it be temporary? If so, how does one differentiate depression from bouts of sadness?

Maybe in can for some.  For me, the intensity just eased.  The first two years were utter hell.  As a suicide survivor I can say suicide is a tricky death because people don't know what to say or do.  You think obviously they wanted to die.  You blame yourself.  You wonder terrible things like if God will forgive them.  The worst part for me is the constant fear of losing someone else I love.  My mother has heart failure and has some really bad days where I feel that weight on my chest pressing the air out.  I have a wild little brother who gets caught up sometimes but I love him so much and can't bear the thought of losing him.  

So to answer the question, I think the depression can ease but the sadness doesn't or at least hasn't for me.  It's been 10 years since my sister shot herself in the head.  I still get very, very sad.


Posted By: femmefatale85
Date Posted: Apr 12 2014 at 1:17am
Originally posted by Lady ICE Lady ICE wrote:

This shouldn't be just a shock & awe social media moment. Ask the "strongest" women in your life, are you OK? https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KarynWashington&src=hash" rel="nofollow - #KarynWashington

no one ever does this. smh.as far as i know.


this just reminded me i need to call my grandma :(



Posted By: briany
Date Posted: Apr 12 2014 at 5:54am
RIP


Posted By: tatee
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 4:27pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGg6G87v7v8#t=87" rel="nofollow -

- http://shine.forharriet.com/2014/04/karyn-washingtons-close-friend-speaks.html" rel="nofollow - Karyn Washington's Close Friend Addresses Misinformation on Her Death


Last week the death of beauty and lifestyle blogger Karyn Washington, of apparent suicide,  http://www.forharriet.com/2014/04/all-is-not-well-with-our-girls-when.html" rel="nofollow - sent the blogosphere into shock . The creator of http://www.forbrowngirls.com/" rel="nofollow - For Brown Girls touched the lives of many women with her message of self-love and empowerment, but Karyn's close friend, Yumnah Najah, wants to offer some clarity on her life and legacy.

In this video blog, Yumnah says assumptions that Karyn's suicide was the result of insecurity about her appearance are false. According to Yumnah, Karyn had been having a difficult time dealing with the recent death of her mother.

Yumnah offers a moving tribute to the loss of her friend. Watch below.




http://shine.forharriet.com/2014/04/karyn-washingtons-close-friend-speaks.html



Posted By: liesnalibis
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 4:47pm
^^^Her skin is suspiciously gray... 


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 5:33pm
Originally posted by ThatGurlD ThatGurlD wrote:

Originally posted by GoodGirlGoneGr8 GoodGirlGoneGr8 wrote:

Forgive my ignorance in advance...

There was a thread a while back where we discussed depression. I remember a few posters stating that it was permanent and that it always comes back...

When depression is onset by a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one, can it be temporary? If so, how does one differentiate depression from bouts of sadness?


Maybe in can for some.  For me, the intensity just eased.  The first two years were utter hell.  As a suicide survivor I can say suicide is a tricky death because people don't know what to say or do.  You think obviously they wanted to die.  You blame yourself.  You wonder terrible things like if God will forgive them.  The worst part for me is the constant fear of losing someone else I love.  My mother has heart failure and has some really bad days where I feel that weight on my chest pressing the air out.  I have a wild little brother who gets caught up sometimes but I love him so much and can't bear the thought of losing him.  

So to answer the question, I think the depression can ease but the sadness doesn't or at least hasn't for me.  It's been 10 years since my sister shot herself in the head.  I still get very, very sad.


I'm really sorry to hear about your sister.

Thank you so much for clarifying this...


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 5:35pm
Originally posted by ThatGurlD ThatGurlD wrote:

Originally posted by GoodGirlGoneGr8 GoodGirlGoneGr8 wrote:

Forgive my ignorance in advance...

There was a thread a while back where we discussed depression. I remember a few posters stating that it was permanent and that it always comes back...

When depression is onset by a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one, can it be temporary? If so, how does one differentiate depression from bouts of sadness?


Maybe in can for some.  For me, the intensity just eased.  The first two years were utter hell.  As a suicide survivor I can say suicide is a tricky death because people don't know what to say or do.  You think obviously they wanted to die.  You blame yourself.  You wonder terrible things like if God will forgive them.  The worst part for me is the constant fear of losing someone else I love.  My mother has heart failure and has some really bad days where I feel that weight on my chest pressing the air out.  I have a wild little brother who gets caught up sometimes but I love him so much and can't bear the thought of losing him.  

So to answer the question, I think the depression can ease but the sadness doesn't or at least hasn't for me.  It's been 10 years since my sister shot herself in the head.  I still get very, very sad.


I'm really sorry to hear about your sister.

Thank you so much for clarifying this...


Posted By: Az~Maverick
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 5:43pm
This is why the term "Strong Black Women" needs to be eliminated. It minimizes our pain & other emotional trials and dehumanizes us. 

Because at the end of the day, we're all just human. A lot of us may put on a poker face and pretend we're ok, but the reality is.....we all need a shoulder to cry on or some kind of outlet for what we feel and experience. 

I know, because I'm one of those people who's looked at as "Strong", when the truth is some days it's a struggle just to get up in the morning and can't wait til the day ends.


Posted By: eanaj5
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 5:50pm
Originally posted by GoodGirlGoneGr8 GoodGirlGoneGr8 wrote:

Forgive my ignorance in advance...

There was a thread a while back where we discussed depression. I remember a few posters stating that it was permanent and that it always comes back...

When depression is onset by a traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one, can it be temporary? If so, how does one differentiate depression from bouts of sadness?

I beleive the experience is different for different people

I had a bout of depression 2 summers ago. I was not suicidal, however I was in a constant state of sadness and despair. I felt like I was in a hole I'd never get out of. I went to therapy and recovered completely, no medication needed. I had depression in conjunction with anxiety. I still have issues related to anxiety every once in a blue blue moon but Im not on medication for that either.

Severity plays an important role as well


Posted By: Ds2nice
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 6:15pm
Wow!  That is extremely sad.  So young....


Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 6:17pm
Damn. I had heard of the darkskinredlip project but never really looked into it. A damn shame. She seemed to be an inspiration. Rip


Posted By: newdiva1
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 6:20pm
IA Az. I hate that term. It's meaning has been totally twisted over the years.


Posted By: coconess
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 6:34pm
how did she do it? 


Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 7:15pm
Yas

Originally posted by Az~Maverick Az~Maverick wrote:

This is why the term "Strong Black Women" needs to be eliminated. It minimizes our pain & other emotional trials and dehumanizes us. 

Because at the end of the day, we're all just human. A lot of us may put on a poker face and pretend we're ok, but the reality is.....we all need a shoulder to cry on or some kind of outlet for what we feel and experience. 

I know, because I'm one of those people who's looked at as "Strong", when the truth is some days it's a struggle just to get up in the morning and can't wait til the day ends.


Posted By: BBpants
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 7:54pm
R.i.p


Posted By: StylingArabella
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 8:22pm
So sad. Some people have a way of putting on such and air of confidence that others can't tell when they are suffering Unhappy. I hope those whose lives she touched can rest in the fact she did a lot of good while she was here.


Posted By: liesnalibis
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 8:40pm
This article reminds me of my cousin who thinks mental illness straight up isn't real.

Motivational Blogger Karyn Washington Dead at 22 From Apparent Suicide

April 11, 2014 at 6:38PM by Heather Wood Rudulph


Posted By: yaya24
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 9:01pm
super sad


Posted By: nemesis1
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 10:41pm
Originally posted by coconess coconess wrote:

how did she do it? 

I'm wondering too, but didn't see it on any of the articles I've read.

Maybe they don't want to disclose how.


Posted By: nemesis1
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 10:59pm
Does anyone know if she was an only child? I'm just wondering if she had siblings. Maybe she wouldn't have felt so alone if she had siblings, you know, people who were also going through the same thing (the loss of their mother). Then again, you can be surrounded by 100 people and still alone, so I don't know how much difference that would've made.


This's a good video:

http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/karyn-washington-suicide/5346641f02a760045000064b


Posted By: noneyons
Date Posted: Apr 14 2014 at 11:06pm
man, i don't know of her but i wish she had sent a call for help. let folks know what she was going through. damn. fck the strong sh*t. desperate times call for desperate measures. 


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: Apr 15 2014 at 7:46am
She reached out to another blogger right before and shortly after her mothers passing...










http://gorgeousingrey.com/founder-of-for-brown-girls-karyn-washington-commits-suicide/" rel="nofollow - http://gorgeousingrey.com/founder-of-for-brown-girls-karyn-washington-commits-suicide/


Posted By: MsBMW
Date Posted: Apr 15 2014 at 9:28am
May she Rest in Peace so sad

Depression is real. Prayer is not enough, it has to go hand in hand with medical treatment (psychiatry) and therapy (psychology).



Posted By: ModelessDiva
Date Posted: Apr 15 2014 at 9:33am
those emails



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