The Lives Of Men Wellness Conference.
With the atmosphere of black women connecting across the globe healing one another in their own spaces with us there as well, The Lives Of Men saw fit to create a space for black men to heal and be expressive as well. This is not to divide but is a connection with our brothers on a deeper level with women present as well. To see us in a space where we feel safe beyond the comfort of our homes and closest homies, The lives of men showcased a feeling that was missing in the black man's life and far removed from the black woman's eyes
From the keynote introduction by Malik Yoba to the speaking panels with Anderson Ali, Pastor Rich Bowman Pastor James Roberson, Bea Arthur, Davon Livingston, Wesley D. Willis, Carolina Bolivar and many more who spoke on on mental health that leads to better physical health and spiritual health. Between panels and guest speakers there was a food break and vendor spots that showcased black owned businesses, self made businesses and brands. Here is a list of the vendors and brands: oath , Frederick Benjamin Grooming , Babe of Brooklyn , Classic Man Barber Lounge , RX Bar , Health First NY , Metro Plus Health Plan , People Of The Sun , Veganeik , Head Space , Helms Bros , Advanced Holistic Center and We Can Mix Events.
Between panels and guest speakers there was a food break and vendor spots that showcased black owned businesses, self made businesses and brands. Here is a list of the vendors and brands: oath , Frederick Benjamin Grooming , Babe of Brooklyn , Classic Man Barber Lounge , RX Bar , Health First NY , Metro Plus Health Plan , People Of The Sun, Veganeik, Head Space, Helms Bros , Advanced Holistic Center and We Can Mix Events. The Lives Of Men Wellness Conference was conducted in the brooklyn commons which is located on 495 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, New York. Which is a " work space when you need it! ". The slogan that they live by and the space is very welcoming and comfortable with the decor and artwork placed in various places in the building to give you a home feeling. The brooklyn commons offers various serves and you can visit their site if you are interested in having an event or a space to work with you employees or creative friends at www.bklyncommons.com
Towards the end of the conference there was a moment that may have touched everyone in the room the most and that is when a gentlemen spoke out about how to deal with being accepted and moving past his wall of defense against the world and various other questions he asked the very last set of panelists. When he asked these questions he didn't ask them in a timid voice, he spoke out in a vibration of courage and a cry out for help.
As he expressed himself for feeling like an outsider in a room filled with strangers that alone showed a step in his character to be open to be welcomed by many after he expressed his voice about his truths. As i looked around the room there where women shedding tears and men shaking their heads in agreement to his statements and questions . This was the most pivotal moment and the reason of why this conference was most important. To express, to heal and to feel at home amongst your people and your community.
The event was informal and very insightful. From the greetings at the door to the networking with strangers to the goodbye's and see you again soons. This is a progressive space created for those of us men looking for not just healing but a space to feel expressive in the most gentle but confident way. The Lives Of Men is taken there steps into helping reshape the masculine narrative. I support it fully! Thank you to the man responsible for this movement and event as well as his team, Jason Rosario Founder of The Lives Of Men. Below is a gallery recap of The Lives Of Men Wellness Conference. This article was written and photographed by our Founder SiR.MOORE