Words as a Weapon and a Whisper: Challenging Narratives and Redefining My Story

Dr. Mercedes Samudio, LCSW
7 min readApr 6, 2024

TL;dr: From a straight-A academic who thought every word must be laden with profound meaning, to discovering the true power of writing as liberation and healing — I’ve navigated the expectations of excellence as a Black girl in America to find my voice. Through embracing my prismatic identity and shedding the weight of oppressive narratives, I’ve journeyed from writing as a survival tool to expressing myself with unapologetic softness and joy. This is a tale of transformation, from believing writing must always be…

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Dr. Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

Clinician, Researcher, author of Shame-Proof Parenting, AfroNerd, Hufflepuff, & MCU mythologist shifting the narrative for Black mental health