Tarik Daniels a, Founder and Executive Director of Whatsinthemirror? is a Mental Health/HIV Justice Activist, Black Queer Feminist, and Healing Justice Community Organizer. His artistic  and community works focuses on social injustices towards the black diaspora of woman, queer, and trans persons of color in America .


Austin Under 40 Award winner 2019 art & entertainment

Tarik Daniels


Your 2019 Austin Under 40 Awards Winners

This past Saturday, Austin’s best and brightest young professionals were honored at the 21st Austin Under 40 Awards Presented by the Loewy Law Firm (AU40)

Bingham Group was proud to support as the sponsor for the Civics, Government & Public Affairs category. 

Created and hosted by the Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) and Young Men’s Business League (YMBL), AU40 covers 16 categories. 

 • Arts and Entertainment:  Tarik Daniels, an AfroQueer writer, performer, and mental health advocate from Detroit, Michigan, currently residing in Austin, Texas. Tarik is the Founder and Executive Director of Whatsinthemirror?, a social movement that provides mental health awareness and suicide prevention through art and advocacy to communities of color. He is serving his second term as a City Commissioner for Austin’s LGBTQ Quality Of Life Advisory Board.  Tarik has written and produced several plays and released a novel, No Bonds So Strong in 2018.  He was honored with 2019 Outstanding Community Leader from Integral Care and Central Texas Family Support Conference, the longest running  mental health conference for African Americans in the nation.

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Since 1998, the Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League have partnered annually to host a series of events culminating in the Austin Under 40 Awards—a black-tie event honoring and celebrating Austin’s emerging professionals and their mentors. These individuals are recognized in 16 categories: Architecture, Engineering, and Construction; Arts and Entertainment; Civics, Government, and Public Affairs; Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality; Energy, Mobility, and Transportation; Financial and Insurance Services; Innovation and Start up; Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations; Legal; Medicine and Healthcare; Nonprofit Service; Real Estate; Sports, Wellness, and Fitness; Technology; Youth and Education; Mentor of the Year. The awards serve not only to commend individuals such as Michael Dell, Dan Graham, Kendra Scott, and Andy Roddick for their leadership and achievements, but more importantly, to raise money for two philanthropic beneficiaries. 


TARIK DANIELS, Project Director


 The Art Heals Project focuses on the intersectionality of mental health and HIV care with meaningful involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS through a healing justice framework. 

Healing Justice Support Group


This Healing Justice Support Group is for persons who are committed to ending HIV related or mental health stigma as well as persons living with a mental health condition. It is a collaboration with the Center for Health Empowerment that will include awareness, advocacy, and forms of art such as film and vogue.
Every  Other Thursday,  6:30- 8:30PM  Center for Health Empowerment

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 This project is directly aligned with The SUSTAIN Wellbeing COMPASS Initiative COMPASS Coordinating Center aim to strengthen organizational capacity through community-centered grants, training and consultation focused on the intersections of HIV, wellbeing, mental health, substance use/misuse, trauma-informed care and telehealth.  

What Works for US PODCAST SHOW

All Black All Queer

Black And Queer Conversational Podcast Hosted By Mental Health Advocate and  Author Tarik Daniels (Mistertelltales) and Fashion Blogger and Style Enthusiast Eric Edmonson of the The E.L.E. Code.

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Tarik Daniels

"Unapologetically Black, Unapologetically Queer. I write about the realm we exist in of intersectionality and bondage"

Born and Raised in Detroit. Tarik got his first taste of theater in the church, appearing in several gospel plays during his teenage years. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Double Major in Political Science and International Studies with a minor in Theater, he appeared in college productions of The Dutchman and Six Degrees of Separation. After a few years in Atlanta, Georgia, he relocated to Austin,Texas to start his journey in professional theater and playwright. Tarik wrote and produced his first play, The Counseling Session in 2016, which was nominated by BROADWAY WORLD AUSTIN for Best Original Script and co-produced by the City of Austin. He has since written three more plays, STIGMA, Rose University, & Prettyboy Realness. In 2015, he founded and currently serve as Executive Director of WHATSINTHEMIRROR?, an 501c3 non profit and social movement that provides mental health and suicide prevention through art and advocacy to people of color.  As an AfroQueer writer, his work focuses on the struggles and mistreatment of the black queer man in America. He was also appointed as a City Commissioner of the LGBTQ Quality of Life Advisory Board by the City of Austin City Council in August 2017, currently serving 2nd term. 

No Bonds So Strong

No Bonds So Strong is AVAILABLE now on AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLES.

No Bonds So Strong is a coming to age story about four black queer friends growing up in the streets of Detroit. Faced with the drug culture, diseases, homelessness, violence, and the lack of the black father, these friends must lean on each other to make it out alive. When many of us don't. 



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No Bonds So Strong is a coming of age drama about four black queer friends growing up in Detroit. Plagued by the absence of the black father, Trayvon, Eman, Robert, and JayJay must rely on their friendship with each other to survive the adversities of being young, black,and queer in inner city America. In a culture of drugs, rape, disease,and violence against their very existence, their future isn't promised and without guidance, their lives starts on a journey of heartaches and heartbreaks. After losing one of their own, and having new dreams to move forward in Atlanta, they are now faced with the challenge of making it to the next chapter of their destiny, when far too many don't. 

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