Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative Launches MOBIfest This May in NYC

Citywide Festival Celebrates Black Queer Contributions to Art, Film, Fashion and Culture


​​This May, New York City is set to become immersed in a colorful celebration of Black queer art, film, music, fashion and culture as Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) launches “MOBIfest” – the only free curated festival focused on seeing its attendees in their holistic selves.

Following the success of MOBItalks, the three-part series featuring compelling conversations with LGBTQ+ thought leaders such as DeRay McKesson, Emil Wilbekin, Ty Hunter, and Karamo Brown, MOBI continues to keep its finger on the pulse of Black queer culture with its latest experience.

Each MOBIfest event will celebrate Black queer trailblazer’s contributions in the arts and media. The festival launches with a community art exhibition and reception showcasing artwork submitted by Black queer artists and a panel discussing the impact of Black queer art. Contributions in popular music, house & ballroom scene, and fashion will be recognized through a party themed day with performances by artists from the community. MOBIfest will conclude with Black gay men from the media and entertainment industries that will share their insights with festival goers during a brunch party.

What all these events and experiences have in common is that they’re all peer-led and produced by queer people of color. Everyone from the event producers to the volunteers are Black gay and queer individuals working with the overall goal of creating a community that will empower each other at no cost to attendees. This isn’t by chance. It was the main objective that Founder and OUT 100 honoree DaShawn Usher had in mind when developing MOBI.

“The festival will be primarily centered around increasing health and wellness for the Black queer community,” says Usher. “The events will be free to attend by visiting our community partners and wellness events to gain entry into this celebratory weekend experience. The goal is to link our community with various health and wellness activities, while participants can select how they would like to best take ownership of their health. MOBIfest will continue on the success of MOBItalks in building community and inclusive spaces for the Black gay and queer community.”

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Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) exists to create experiences that celebrate the diversity of Black gay and queer men while building community, wellness and personal development. The MOBI network features our signature events: MOBItalks, a personal and professional development series for Black gay men and MOBIfest, a citywide interactive wellness festival that celebrates Black queer voices in fashion, music, visual arts and media. With a focus on wellness, MOBI connects individuals to opportunities to better themselves before and during events.

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Kenneth Courtney

Source: MOBI