Write WHats Right Theater Project

Bi Weekly Worshop

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday 

6:30- 8:30 pm

Delores Duffie Recreational Center (ROSEWOOD REC)

1182 N. Pleasant Valley Road

Austin, TX

During this time we will discuss the topics of mental health awareness, bullying, and write a script together based on the dialogue during the workshop. In April 2018, our workshop will move forward to the rehearsal process with the completed script. During this time we will begin rehearsing and planning for the production of the script we wrote.
Participants will learn acting technique and skills as well as emotional learning skills that are beneficial to mental health wellness. The production of the script will take place July 19-23, 2018 at the Santa Cruz Theatre in East Austin. It will be a six-show performance that will include teens and young adults who participated in the workshops as well as actors and artists from the local Austin community. 

MisterTellTales Exclusive Interview

MENTAL HEALTH MINUTE Interview with Keith Paris, Make-up Artist and Amputee  

  When you first go to Keith Paris Instagram page you will see a vibrant young man who truly loves the art of make-up and life. Little do most know that he has been on a unique journey as an Amputee all of his life. He wasn’t born with a Tibia, a stronger part of the shinbone of the body resulting in him wearing a prosthetic leg. Immediately when this Brooklyn, NY raised make-up artist reached out to me through social media, I knew I had to write an article on him for Mental Health Awareness Month and help tell his story. These are a few questions I asked and his responses:  

Tarik: If no one knew your story what would be the best three words to describe yourself and why? Keith: I would describe myself as Confident, Brave, and Kind because I always strive to be confident and embrace every day and I always treat everyone with kindness. 

 Tarik: What are some challenges and blessings that you experience in your childhood due to being an Amputee? Keith: Some challenges I face was really not fitting in with kids because I was an Amputee. I didn't have role models who were Amputee, so I felt like I was like the only species on earth. And a blessing is just releasing my book and being my true self.  

Tarik: According to your book on Wattpad, you explored self-harm as a child. Why do you think children use self-harm i.e. suicide as an option at such a young age? Keith: I think children explore self-harm and suicide at a young age because they are alone and have no one that feels the pain that they going through at that moment. I know when I was in the dark mindset I didn't feel comfortable talking to no one, I felt disgusted with myself.  

Tarik: I’ve followed your page on Instagram and I see you are a make-up artist and into fashion. How do these things influence self-esteem?  Keith: These things influenced my self-esteem because it makes me feel confident and it just makes me happy. I started experimenting with makeup during sophomore year and I never looked back. I love expressing myself with fashion and YouTube and my book was a big part that influenced my self-esteem. It just made me in control of my happiness and confidence. 

 Tarik: You inspire to motivate young adults in the LGBTQ community Why is that important? Keith:  This is important to me because I feel like it's not a bad thing to be Gay, Lesbian, Transgender or anything you are. My family is from the West Indians and there is so much negativity for LGBTQ community. In some parts of the world, we still have a lot close minded people that just can't see that it's okay to love the same gender. I remember when I came out, I felt so good about myself and I felt free.   

Tarik: My organization, Whatsinthemirror? recently had a Children’s Mental Health Day that focused on bullying. What are some ways to eliminate bullying in our schools?  Keith: One way we can eliminate bullying is by children not being afraid to speak up if you see your friend or your classmate getting bullied. Stand up for your classmates! Also if you know any one that dealing with eating disorder or self-harming make them talk to a guidance counselor and make them get help before it's too late. Lastly if you have social media block the bullies on Instagram. If you go to setting you can block any negative words you don't want people to comment on so that's good! 

 Tarik: Any last words that Keith Paris would want the readers to know? Keith: I just want to thank Tarik Daniels for writing this amazing article on me. I'm so blessed and so happy he took the time to write this and interview me. Thank you so much and also I want to thank my friends Joyal & Amiya & Arianna & Ezri & Randolfa , Rangelina for always loving and supporting me. Also my cousin Bryce & Camisha for being amazing role models I look up to you guys so much and thank you for giving so much love over the years. Make sure you guys follow me on Instagram at @keith.xpx, Twitter is @MUAParis, and my YouTube is ParisMUA Also; make sure you guys come to Harlem Skin and Laser clinic in Harlem New York I'm The Brand Ambassador Go to http://harlemskinclinic.com/ to book your Appointment! Love you guys and stay strong.



All Rights Reserved Whatsinthemirror? 2017

About Us

Who We Are

New Social Movement bringing Mental Health Awareness to People of Color  AUSTIN, TEXAS-Whatsinthemirror? is a 501c3 non-profit organization and social movement that provides suicide prevention and mental health awareness through art and advocacy to people of color and low socio-economic communities.

 The organization was created in Austin, Texas by Founder and Executive Director Tarik Daniels in October, 2015. “I saw a need to merge my two passions together with my background in non-profit organization and being a performing artist and writer. I truly believe that mental health is a topic and idea that has this stigma that needs to be removed. We need to enlightened our communities about the alarming numbers of suicide rates and educate on mental health and suicide prevention. It’s time to begin the conversation and do the work. Spreading love and kindness is key. We are the prevention”. 

Our board members include 

Tenee Young, President,

 Eric Edmonson, Treasurer, 

 Nea Young, Secretary. 

Whatsinthemirror? canvasses and advocates in target neighborhoods throughout East Austin. It has participated in Million Man March Rally at Givens Park, Juneteenth Health Fair. First Saturdays at The George Washington Carver Museum, Sundays in the Park at Givens Park, Suicide Prevention Workshop at THE Q AUSTIN,NAMI Walk 2016, 12th Street Return and Discover Fair and countless other events to promote awareness. Executive Director Tarik Daniels recieved the Whos Who Community Service Award from Texas101Jams in 2016 as well as presented at the Central Texas African American Support Coinference, the largest family conference in the nation in 2017.

The Counseling Session (play)was our first big project as an organization with an attendance over 400 people during a six show run. It was a sponsored project of the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and Austin Creative Alliance. Other sponsors included Austin Black Pride, Capitol View Arts, Rain Nightclub, and Proyecto Teatro. It recieved a Broadwayworld.com nomination for Best Orginal Script for Tarik Daniels work.

Future projects include Holiday Blues Suicide Conference in December 2016 and A Night of Love 2.0: Visual Art in February 2017. Whatsinthemirror is proudly a part of the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Greater Austin of Black Chamber of Commerce.   As an organization we are always seeking funding and assistance in continuing to make our mission a reality. If any organizations or community member would like to get involved or partner as well as donate with us please contact us via email, whatsinthemirror.org@gmail.com or through our website, www.whatsinthemirror.org or any of social media platforms at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Whats next

 Whatsinthemirror? And Capitol View Arts Presents
Write What’s Right, A Theatre Project
AUSTIN, TX - Whatsinthemirror? and Capitol View Arts are pleased to collaborate in bringing Write What’s Right, a bi- weekly theatre workshop that would focus on mental health, dance, theater, music, and visual arts. Tarik Daniels created Whatsinthemirror?, which is a social movement that provides mental health awareness and suicide prevention to people of color and low socioeconomic communities through art and advocacy. One of our many objectives and goals is to improve academic outcomes and mental wellness educational settings. Our initiative was created because of the real concern about the lack of priority given to creative approaches within mental health settings. We know that the arts are highly valued by those who have experienced mental health problems and are seen as a meaningful vehicle by which to approach their recovery.
The Arts, Creativity, & Mental Health Initiative is led by "Write What's Right", our theatre project that incorporates various topics such as bullying and mental health awareness for children, teens, and young adults.

The process starts with workshops twice a week on Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm in East Austin and at a location TBD beginning January, 2018. During this time we will discuss the topics of mental health awareness, bullying, and write a script together based on the dialogue during the workshop. In April 2018, our workshop will move forward to the rehearsal process with the completed script. During this time we will begin rehearsing and planning for the production of the script we wrote.

Participants will learn acting technique and skills as well as emotional learning skills that are beneficial to mental health wellness. The production of the script will take place July 19-23, 2018 at the Santa Cruz Theater in East Austin. It will be a six-show performance that will include teens and young adults who participated in the workshops as well as actors and artists from the local Austin community. 

Whats the message

We believe that the idea of how we treat people effects the everyday lives of others. We have our social media campaign of #spreadlove. Please follow our instagram page, twitter, and FACEBBOOK @ whatsinthemirror or whatsinthemirror.org

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Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals of providing mental health awareness and suicide prevention through art and advocacy to communities of color. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

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