About

Darkness RISING is a mental health awareness 501(c)3 nonprofit. We offer free community wellness workshops geared toward people of color, inspirational cover songs, visual albums, and live concerts created by Black Broadway and theatre professionals, many who have experienced a mental health condition. Our goal is to inspire conversations about mental health, address issues which directly affect the Black community, connect attendees to resources, and erase the stigma.

OUR MISSION

Improve

the health and wellness of the Black community

Raise

awareness about mental health in our community

Empower

and engage our community via resources, events and services.

Erase

the negative stigma of mental health issues

Upcoming Events

Healing Yoga The YOMA Method

Saturday 6/27, 10am Online

Darkness RISING Virtual Concert

Friday 5/29 7pm Facebook Live

Board Members

Collin Howard

Director of Creative Content

Nichole Ramirez

Grant Specialist

Cathey Ector-Cox

Program Director

Founder

carlita victoria

Founding Director

What We Do

Wellness Workshops

We offer free wellness workshops throughout the year, including: Meditation, Fitness, Yoga, Adult Coloring, Community Forums & more

Mental Health Resources

Our free Black mental health resource packet includes databases of Black therapists, apps, podcasts, blogs, advocates and more.

Music & Mental Health

Our Broadway singers perform at live events and virtually, singing songs of hope. Our video series includes singing, dancing + conversations about mental health

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Director of Creative Content

Collin L. Howard

Collin L. Howard is a performer, producer, hospitality expert and an overall culture enthusiast. Originally from Piscataway NJ, Collin graduated from the prestigious Hartt School at The University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT where he earned his B.F.A. in Music Theatre and now resides in Harlem. He has performed Off- Broadway, regionally as well as in film and television. A proud member of Darkness RISING since its inception, Collin is an inaugural member of its Board of Trustees as well as Director of Creative Content. He firmly believes in making mental health and self-care awareness more accessible to the Black community; with a strong emphasis in the destigmatizing of addiction.

Grant Specialist

Nichole Ramirez

Nichole Ramirez is the Assistant Director of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program at Purdue University. She has been passionately involved with mental health organizations for over six years after having experienced a mental health condition. In addition to serving on the board of Darkness RISING, Nichole advises the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus at Purdue and is a former President of the Board for NAMI West Central Indiana. Nichole is originally from El Paso, TX, and obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue.

Program Director

Cathey Ector-Cox

Cathey EctorCox has been involved with youth, community advocacy, and volunteer initiatives for more than 27 years. She currently serves as the Youth Services Director in the City of Raleigh Community Engagement Division, and is a Nonprofit Consultant. 

Cathey oversees the Raleigh Pathways Center, which houses a portfolio of workforce development programs, services and resources meant to increase opportunity and provide clear pathways to success for young adults. 

Cathey plays a vital role in the facilitation, organizing and planning of youth programs, community offerings, and services.  She is knowledgeable in the areas of community development, strategic planning and administrative management.  She works with youth service organizations by finding real time solutions to community issues, while simultaneously working with local government, grantors, and other stakeholders in order to create collaborative partnerships in bringing those solutions to fruition.