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New York City-based food-lover Alexander Hardy is an essayist, mental health advocate, cultural critic, and lupus survivor, and co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. He has written for Ebony Magazine,, Esquire, Gawker, Courvoisier, The Huffington Post, Saint Heron, and Very Smart Brothas, among other outlets. Before shifting his creative and professional focus to mental health, he founded and worked as director of Panamerican Languages and taught dance and CardioDance classes while living and working in Panama City, Panama. Alexander now teaches creative, essay, and academic writing and spreads awareness as a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. When not writing on or talking about self-care or Janet Jackson, he enjoys cheese grits, power naps, and sweet tea. Alexander does not believe in snow or Delaware.

View Alex's mental health writing and work here. See all of his work here.

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