Los Angeles-based artist and activist Alfred Nomad has released a new documentary to culminate a two-year project dedicated to mental health awareness. The project began with the release of Nomad’s restorative 2020 album Everything Will Be Alright. It has since blossomed into a community-building movement and mental health initiative.
The “Everything Will Be Alright” initiative uses music as a nucleus to highlight the mental health needs of Black creatives and their communities. The mantra “everything will be alright” came to Nomad as he navigated the ups and downs of his own mental health struggles, something he doesn’t shy away from speaking on. Along the way, he noticed a lot of people dealing with similar struggles, many of whom felt they didn’t have the time, resources, or money to get the help they need. As a result, this inspired Nomad to create the EWBA Initiative.
“There is a heavy lack of representation when it comes to professionals and resources for Black people and the Black community. There are not enough people that look like you or resources accessible.”
Interestingly enough, a documentary was not always a part of the plan. Director Liana Lydia wanted to highlight the deeper story of Alfred Nomad’s Everything Will Be Alright movement. Released exclusively on TONE, the insightful documentary provides an extended conversation around what inspired Nomad to start this initiative. Throughout the thirty-minute film, Nomad shares personal anecdotes that shaped his album and the movement it birthed, intercut with intimate live performance clips. He hopes the documentary encourages people to seek out the proper help they need when struggling with mental health issues.
Coinciding with the release, Alfred Nomad is continuing the EWBA Initiative to offer mental health resources for Black creatives. He’s partnered with Inclusive Therapists and Therapy in Color to bring free therapy sessions to marginalized communities in need. Inclusive Therapists offer a safer, simpler way to find a culturally responsive, social-justice-oriented therapist. Therapy in Color is a directory specifically created to link people of color with therapists of color.
The “Everything Will Be Alright” documentary is available to rent now on TONE. You can also watch the trailer in the player above or read the press release here. Additionally, you can donate to the Everything Will Be Alright Initiative to help provide free therapy for Black creatives here.