Garcelle Beauvais

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Garcelle Beauvais:
More Than Meets Her Beautiful Eyes

Story and Interview
By Matthew Shack
@shackster21


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"Girls with the beauty and brains thing going on are the most intimidating girls in the world" -Susane Colasanti,When It Happens

 

Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others. 


Beathtaking and ultra talented actress/author/humanitarian Garcelle Beauvais is not only philanthropic, she is extremely committed when it comes to the aiding of children and fighting mental illness.


As this year’s host of "Music Matters" 17th Annual Erasing the Stigma Awards Luncheon presented by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Garcelle will honor musicians whose songs have not only eased the pain of those suffering from mental illness — but whose own lives are a testament to overcoming adversity and erasing the stigma.

 

 

2013 Honorees include Quincy Jones, Michael Angelokos and Jeffrey Greenberg.


The Flow Online's Matthew Shack catches up to Garcelle in the green room at the luxurious Beverly Hiton to talk about her passions and forthcoming projects.

 


TFO:
What have you been doing lately, what do you have planned and what’s going on with you?

 

Garcelle: A lot is going on. I have a movie coming out in June with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum called,”White House Down”. Jamie and I reunite again.  I have a children’s book line coming out. It’s coming out August 7th but you can pre-order them on Amazon it called,”I Am Mixed”. And doing other things like hosting this [event] which is very important today because I really feel like in mental health so many times people are labeled, people are shunned because we do not understand and we’re not aware. I think that if we are aware that mental illness exists and it’s something that can be cured and help people feel like they’re not alone, I think it’s a good thing.

 

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TFO: Well, we all do. How do you feel the aftermath of the situation in Boston [Bombings] ties into this event? How important is it now to get this word out to help provide help to those in need?

 

Garcelle: It is more than ever the time to talk about mental illness. To educate, to bring awareness and have compassion. You know? I think that compassion is really important. Like I said, so many times people are just shunned [because] they’re crazy, they’re psychos and we just put them away and we don’t do anything. And I think as adults it’s time for us to really sort of lead the way for our kids and show them compassion. Bring awareness to the children so maybe there’s less bullying for someone who’s acting differently than we expect [them too]. So I think now more than ever, it’s really important.

 

TFO: I’m glad you mentioned bullying because that was my next question. A lot of actors, actresses and entertainers are getting behind the anti-bullying thing in regard to trying to eradicate it. As a mother, give us an idea of what you recommend to the mothers and fathers out there to do to make sure that their children are not victims of bullying?

 

Garcelle: Well I think, not being a victim of bullying is really important but it’s also about not bullying yourself. I think it’s about having love, it’s having compassion, it’s like being kind to your neighbor and your fellow students. You know what I mean? And if you don’t do it, hopefully no one will do it to you. Treat others as you would like to be treated.  Loving yourself. I really think it starts with that.

 

TFO: Tell us about your new book series and where people can go pick it up.

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Garcelle:It’s on Amazon and it’s coming out at Barnes and Noble on August 7th.  The series is called the “I Am” series. We’re staring with “I Am Mixed” because I couldn’t find book where my kids could feel like they see each other in the book. And the second is “I Am Living in Two Homes” for kids of divorce that go back and forth and that’s huge!

 

TFO: How about blended families?


Garcelle: Yes, blended families and all other kinds as well. It's really about celebrating who you are and being proud of who you are and excepting yourself.

 

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