Using Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” album and Bell Hooks’ “We Real Cool” as consistent reference points, we can engage in conversations around mental health, self-love, and healing among other things. This is a self-reflective workshop that challenges folks to think about how they contribute (or have) to the toxic downfall of what was meant to be beautiful (self, mates, community, truth, and power). (1 hour+)
Neckties & Handshakes focuses on the basic principles of manhood. I attempt to offer them knowledge about importance of first impressions, eye contact, proper handshakes, basic hygiene tools, and how to tie a tie. These are the practices that many believe are passed on through a father-son relationship. Many of our young Kings are not being given the basics for presenting themselves properly in their pursuit of advancement opportunities. This might help.
"Imagine A World Without..." is a multi-layered workshop through which I encourage folks to think about the power of advocacy and using their voice. Society may not want to hear your ideas about change when they are framed as a debate but art has a way of making folks hear what they don't want to see and vice versa.