Beyond the Beat and the Lyrics

In an unprecedented effort to engage and utilize the perspectives of young black men in government level plans to reduce disparities, the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) released the Strategic Plan to Reduce Mental Health Disparities which was developed in partnership with the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and workgroups from five populations - African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders (API), Latinos, Native Americans, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) communities. Building on their 2012 report We Ain't Crazy! Just Coping with a Crazy System, the African American Strategic Planning Workgroup developed a video called Beyond the Beat and the Lyrics to increase dialogue and understanding of the impact of stigma and discrimination on the mental health status of transition age African-American men. The BBL project was produced by Jace Martyn Melvin Smith.