In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, TC Carson talked about mental health, his career and new projects. (Courtesy Photo)

By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
mgreen@afro.com

You may have loved watching him while he was “living single” as Kyle on the show by the same name, but legendary actor, singer and arts activist TC Carson is now emphasizing that people should “Come Together.” He reprises a 19-year-old song with a message and music video that is needed today. In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Carson talked about his personal life, mental health and new projects. He even shared a schedule that made this reporter question if the artist ever slept. Through it all, he inspired audiences to take care of themselves and “come together,” to truly make the world a better place.

In such unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 pandemic, a tense general election season and protest surrounding Black Lives and police brutality, Carson told the AFRO he was, “making it okay.”

“I have some things in place: I meditate, I talk to my therapist, exercise and all those things help me with everything that’s going on right now.”

Talking about mental health has traditionally been taboo in the Black community, Carson said it’s incredibly important to talk about it and seek help as African Americans.

Carson spoke with D.C. Editor Micha Green, about his career, personal life and current projects. (Screenshot)

“A few years back I had a lot of things happen at one time.  I lost my mom, and other things just kind of came from there. They say, ‘You go to church and talk to God.’ You do, but then God tells you, ‘You need to go see somebody.’ And a friend of mine who practices meditation, he got me really involved in it and said it would help me, and it really did.  And when I came to Atlanta, I found this therapist, who’s a sister and really helped me deal with a lot that was going on.  So I think, yeah you go to church and pray, but you also talk to somebody who can give you some healthy things to do, to help you move forward. That’s what I did and I encourage other Black people, especially Black men, to talk to somebody.”

A healthy mind is important for Carson as the artist is staying booked and busy.

“There’s a few things that are in rotation.  One is ‘Coins for Love,’ and that’s a TV One movie, starring Essence Adkins, and there’s another film called ‘Bricked’ that’s on BET Her right now about a young man dealing with bi-polar disorder – again mental health in our community.  I’ve got a show on YouTube called ‘The Gaze,’ which was done completely through Zoom and iPhones, and Go-Pro cameras, and it really came out well. The premise is a theatre festival that was supposed to happen is not happening because of COVID, and they want to do a presentation online, and it’s the rehearsal process for the presentation,” Carson said. “We’re working on a cooking show called ‘TC’s Recipes,’ which will be more than just cooking-  for young people to show them how to live. I realize when I talk to young people that a lot of them don’t know how to do much. They don’t know how to keep a house, they don’t know how to cook, they don’t know how to do laundry.  So this show is going to be a show to help them get those life skills, but also introduce them to professions and businesses that they may not have thought about going into. So it’s about a conversation between young Black men and older Black men, while we cook some food and learn some life skills.”

In addition to the films and shows that have kept him busy, Carson continues to work as a musician and his new music video “Come Together,” is a revisiting of an old song that continues to offer hope today

“‘Come Together’ was released back in 2001 or ‘02, I believe and all those songs on that album, the album is called Truth, and all of them were written by myself and Andre՛ Cymone- Andre՛Cymone used to play bass with Prince and we worked for a year, just dealing with things that were going on at the time.  I was watching something and the unrest was so unreal, and that’s where Come Together came from.  Jumpcut to today, when everything is happening with Black Lives Matter, Police brutality and all this stuff is going on now, and as an artist I wanted to say something, but I couldn’t figure it out.  It was just all just running around on me.  And my music was on a scroll, it was just playing in the background, and when the song came on, it hit me- That’s what we need to do.  We need to come together.”

“And I talked to my buddy… in Chicago, who is an editor/ filmmaker. He shot the footage and put it together, and it really spoke to what I wanted to say, because it’s really about all people- Black, White, straight, gay, young, old.  People are people, color is just what’s on the outside.  So in order to make this thing work, we do have to come together.  We all have to make the powers that be, do what they’re supposed to do- not just one sector- everybody has to go and make them do that.  And I’m hoping- as an artist you hope that you move the needle just a little bit. And I’m hoping that this song moved the needle just a little bit to give people some things to have some hope about,” Carson said. 

To keep with all of Carson’s projects he encourages his followers to check out all his social media profiles, and said he personally updates his Instagram- @officialtccarson.

Micha Green

AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor