An African American Girl’s Voice and Magic (and Horcruxes)

Dr. Mercedes Samudio, LCSW
AfroNerd Insights
Published in
8 min readMar 8, 2024

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TL;DR: I’m an African American woman with a huge (annoyingly huge) love for the Wizarding World. And, I also have lives with a mental illness my whole life. This intersection meets at how voices in my head are exactly like the Horcruxes Voldemort created to stay alive.

This is an image that shows a patterned design with illustrations of an African American woman in a purple cloak practicing magic, with whimsical elements like a spell book, potion bottles, and a black cat in a witch’s hat.

The Longer Version (and it’s long because I’m long-winded)

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Dr. Mercedes Samudio, LCSW
AfroNerd Insights

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