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Actress Maia Campbell has battled her share of demons including a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and her mother – author Bebe Moore Campbell – dying from brain cancer. Some time ago, videos of Campbell surfaced that showed her incoherent and out of it, which worried her family, friends and fans. But with the help of her stepfather and others, she’s put her life back together. She appeared on an episode of “Iyanla, Fix My Life” and was open about her struggles to take back control of her life. Campbell is featured on the next “Life After: Owning it All” airing on TV One this Wednesday at 8 p.m.

“I’m fine, I’m blessed, I’m great. I’m doing excellent,” Campbell, 36, told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “Things have been really, really good. They’ve all turned around. I’ve been blessed enough to get my own place. I’ve been spending time with my family. I’ve been in good health. I’ve just been counting my blessings. I’ve been attending church and going to meetings. I’ve been keeping my place clean, I’ve been driving and I’ve been doing some things in the entertainment industry.”

Campbell is also working with the National Association of Mental Illness, which works to increase awareness of mental illness. They have an outreach specifically for African-American and Latino families who are impacted by mental health issues but often don’t know how to find resources or assistance. Moore’s mother co-founded the NAMI Urban Los Angeles chapter and worked steadily to help other African-American families impacted by mental illness before her death from brain cancer. Her 2006 book “72 Hour Hold,”  about a parent struggling with her teenage daughter’s bipolar disorder, is believed to be based on her relationship with Maia.

Campbell, a single mother, says her relationship with her 12-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, is great these days. She says Elizabeth wants to be an actress.

“She has a great personality. She’s getting good grades. She just did a Disney commercial recently and she had a great time. She was happy about that. She’s a doll. She’s an inspiration to me. She’s the reason that I got my health and life together and I’m a strong single mother right now, just doing the best I can in acting and life.”

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10 thoughts on “Maia Campbell Owns it All in ‘Life After’

  1. Hi Mia. I just watched the interview Iyanla “Fix My Life” and the entire interview I was in tears. Happy tears that is. I’m a single parent as well and seeing your life through its ups and downs really inspired me to keep moving. Holding my head high and knowing that prayer can change things. I wish you the best and encourage you to keep up the great work. You inspired me and I wish you and your daughter the absolute best!!!!!

  2. I am choked up after watching Maia on “Iyanla, Fix My Life.” I still have a lump in my throat! Maia, you will continue to be an inspiration to others. You have a strong, educated group of loving people around you! Hold tight to them. And your daughter, well, she was absolutely beautiful and amazing. I can’t even put into words how amazing that little girl is and I just saw her for a moment! She reminds me of my little girl. She touched my heart just as you did. I feel for you more than I could have imagined after watching just a portion of your life portrayed on this show. Thank you for sharing both the good and bad parts of your life. I know that you are grateful to have a stepfather who has stood by you through this. He has been a lifesaver also to you. You remind me of myself in so many ways, except my pain spiraled downward after my older daughter died. I can’t judge you because I know how rough the road can be. It is so easy to lose touch with the real world when your life falls apart and this little mental illness creeps into your life. You are showing us that we can go to the deepest, darkest holes, yet still be able to find ourselves, if we so choose. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I hope you will only see good things in the future…hugs to you and your beautiful daughter.

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  4. lynn s. on said:

    It was actually heart breaking to hear Maia’s voice in this interview. It is the same voice as my daughter who also suffers from bipolar disorder. But there is hope for Maia as long as stays on her medication. My prayers for Maia and her daughter.

  5. October 20th is fast approaching and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will be announcing plans for a United Black treasury on this day to buy farms, build factories and make jobs for Black Americans. Yet still no mention from a website that even takes the time to report tabloid gossip. I am starting to wonder if Tom Joyner is not allowed to report this major event in history. Could it be that he is bought and paid for like Tavis Smiley suggested?

  6. Stephanie on said:

    Mental illness is a bi**h, especially in the black community. We want to keep our heads buried in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist, but its there. I am so happy for you Maia that you found the power and courage to seek and accept help. Many Blessings to you and your daughter.

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