The Case of the Brownie: Examining Aggression, Trauma & Apathy in Black Males

Myths created fear concealing the truth. Everything depends on deconstructing the myths.

The Case of the Brownie explores historical and current events framing the perception of Black masculinity in the context of racial stigma and societal expectations. The book includes narratives to illustrate complex topics related to trauma, aggression, incarceration, apathy, and systematic oppression.

It’s Not About the Damn Brownie

It’s Not About The Damn Brownie! Workbook is a companion to the nonfiction book, The Case of the Brownie, which examined the relationship between aggression, trauma, and apathy in Black males. The workbook provides exercises to help human service workers and clients develop skills necessary to begin the healing process.

Author, Latoya Logan

Founder and Director of Project LIFT, LaToya Logan, understands the complexities surrounding the perception of Black masculinity. She also understands that it’s time to disrupt it. So, she has penned two books that explore the historical and current events that frame those outdated perceptions. ​

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Examining Unconventional and Mischaracterized Trauma Expressions in Black Males

As we move towards a more culturally responsive approach to behavioral health and trauma, it is important to examine the influence of implicit bias on how behavioral health professionals identify trauma in clients. Historically, research defining the symptom criteria and by extension symptom definitions of mental illness and trauma, have been acquired from a largely homogeneous sample, which excluded racial ethnic minorities, as well as, other marginalized groups.


In understanding the effects of trauma to be a deeply personal experience, defined by each individual, it is important to challenge the characterizations of what is an acceptable expression of trauma. Research related to depression and mood disorders for Black males has been limited to 19 studies, leaving a significant gap in knowledge impacting assessments, diagnosis, referrals and ultimately treatment.


Addressing trauma, both clinically and culturally, requires behavioral health professionals to challenge what we think we know, to effectively advocate for those unable to articulate their experience within a diagnostic or philosophical criteria. This workshop will review current literature and practices and offer strategies to support professionals and clients.

The workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of the participants. Submit an inquiry to get started!