About Black Girl, Bleu

About “Black Girl, Bleu”

“Black Girl, Bleu” is a short documentary featuring candid interviews with Black women – from a teacher to a community organizer and an entrepreneur – about how the “Strong Black Woman” stereotype impacts their mental wellness.

In this film, each woman shares intimate details about their struggles with mental health, including what has helped them overcome their challenges. Also, Black female therapists share insight regarding the particular mental health challenges Black women face along with resources, tips and tools to cultivate healing and self-love.

The “Strong Black Woman” stereotype, among others, has created such an abundance of shame, hopelessness and fear surrounding mental health concerns that it also has Black women who are hurting feeling like their only option is to suffer in silence rather than seek the care they desire and need.

It’s often difficult for the people around us to see that we are suffering when we are smiling, being promoted at work, making moves in our businesses or “balancing” our careers, families and love lives. It can be hard to make sense of depression, anxiety or an eating disorder when we are deemed “successful” in others’ eyes.

For Black women, this veil is even thicker, as societal and familial pressures, expectations and perceptions require them to be all things to everyone, at all times.

Through this documentary, we will deconstruct the stigmas surrounding mental health; encourage those around us to realize that mental illness does not “look” any particular way; create a safe, loving space for Black women to share their truth; and help Black women experiencing the same challenges see that they are not alone and healing is possible. We also want Black women to know that they matter, their pain matters and they are loved.

The mission, with this project and others, is to tell stories where Black women and girls exist as full human beings on screen and feel seen, heard, loved and affirmed beyond the screen.

Watch the film’s official and teaser trailers below:

What People Are Saying

What people are saying:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Wow! I’m in tears. The world needs this. It will break cycles!’

Licensed Therapist

‘It’s beautiful. Cinematic. A vast range of stories are told, and they are woven together perfectly.’


‘It’s breathtaking. This was absolutely amazing. I’m left speechless.’


‘It’s so moving, relevant, relatable and touching. It centers dynamic women and helps to humanize the ways Black women see themselves in the context of mental health. It makes it feel like we don’t have to be so alone.’

Healer + Wellness Consultant

‘This film is critical. What’s poignant about it is that it shows that while Black women save the world, we need people to treat us as human beings. We break down, too.’

Advocate + Organizer

About the Director

About the Director

Founder, CEO + Executive Producer

11 Stars Studios

My name is Sharee Silerio, and I’m a St. Louis-born, raised and based writer, director and producer focused on telling stories where Black women and girls exist as full human beings on screen and feel seen, heard, loved and affirmed beyond the screen.

My film and television credits include projects on cable and streaming platforms such as Netflix, Oxygen, Comedy Central, MTV, Prime Video and more. This film – “Black Girl, Bleu” – is a love letter from my heart.

After the unexpected passing of my favorite Uncle Nell, I knew that I wanted to be “okay”, which meant I was still able to go to work, do well in school and accomplish my goals. So I immediately put my “Strong Black Woman” mask on and went about the work of overflowing my plate with a part-time job, several freelance gigs, a film training program and more.

A year later, I found myself overwhelmed with grief, lost and depressed. Grasping for support, I had a chat with a friend, who told me “No one has a reason to be depressed,” “You’re ungrateful for being depressed” and “I don’t care what you’re going through.” As you can imagine, this left me feeling even more alone, misunderstood and hopeless.

I knew that I couldn’t be the only Black woman trying to be strong, dealing with mental health challenges and feeling shame because of them, so I decided to do two things.

First, I wrote, produced and directed this short documentary, “Black Girl, Bleu“, where five women – from a teacher to a community organizer and an entrepreneur – talk about their mental health journeys and how the “Strong Black Woman” stereotype has impacted and impacts their mental wellness.

Next, I created the Black Girl, Bleu community, a safe space for Black women to shed the “Strong Black Woman” mask, talk about their feelings and experiences, plus start and continue their mental health, wellness and healing journeys without shame, judgment, or fear.

From weekly wellness sessions to healing circles, workshops, support groups and therapy, the virtual community offers plenty of opportunities for Black women to do the deeper work of deconstructing stigma surrounding mental health, to show up as all of who they are, and connect with other women who get them.

My mission, vision and purpose for Black Girl, Bleu is to cultivate compassion and empathy so one less Black woman will suffer in silence; to help more Black woman realize and accept that they don’t always have to be strong and that it’s impossible to always be strong.

I want Black woman to see that it’s okay not to be okay; that they matter; their pain matters; and healing is possible.

To learn more about me and to view my body of work, visit shareesilerio.com.

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11 Stars Studios LLC is a film, television, digital and streaming production company launched by Sharee Silerio that focuses on telling stories where Black women + girls exist as full human beings on screen and feel seen, heard, loved and affirmed beyond the screen.


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