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No More Drama: Shanti Das Takes on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Culture

No More Drama: Shanti Das Takes on Mental Health in Hip-Hop Culture

Shanti Das worked in the entertainment business for over 25 years. She has an accomplished entertainment industry veteran, speaker, author, and Philanthropist. Her music industry career (from intern to Executive Vice President) included positions at Capitol Records, LaFace Records, Columbia Records, Sony Urban Music and Universal Motown where she worked directly with some of music’s top talent like OutKast, Usher, Prince, TLC, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, and more.

As a result of Shanti’s extensive community work in the 2000 decade, she decided to establish her very own nonprofit, The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation, Inc. The foundation was rebranded under the name Silence the Shame, Inc., the mental health movement that lead the way since 2016.

This initiative is important to the music industry veteran because she has personally suffered from depression over the years and dealt with her father’s suicide. Das hopes to spark a national conversation that will lead to increased awareness and funding to support those living with mental health conditions.

With the COVID-19 Pandemic, Shanti rallies her celebrity friends for her new daily check-in series The Yeah Wellness Check-In via Instagram Live.

Past guests: Estelle, D-Nice, Chris Webber, June Ambrose, Tisha Campbell, Charlamagne tha God, Cynthia Bailey, Karen Civil, Kandi Burruss-Tucker< Chuck D, Da Brat and Ludacris plus more.

Shanti has suffered from depression/anxiety over the years and has also experienced love ones affected with mental health disorders and in wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, felt the need to make sure her friends were okay and give others the opportunities to see how they are coping.

Silence the Shame, Inc. has received global awareness and has become a commonly used hashtag to normalize the conversation in America. Shanti’s foundation curates community conversations, creates content, and broadens awareness & education around mental health and wellness. (In 2019, Silence the Shame was awarded one of five awards by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation for advancing minority mental health).

She self-published her book, Silencing MY Shame in 2018. Shanti shares her journey with her own emotional health and wellness of how she turned her pain and struggles into a passion to start a global movement!

In addition to running her nonprofit, and her new series, Shanti speaks at companies and universities sharing her inspiring message of mental health awareness Warner Chappell Publishing, National Geographic, SB Projects, Translation, NBA, Warner Media, Warner Music Group, Dillard University, Syracuse University and more).

You can check out The Yeah Wellness Check-In Monday-Friday  3:00 PM EST.