Philadelphia males of color are speaking their truth—and we’re listening.
The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services’ (DBHIDS) Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) initiative is designed to improve the mental health and wellness of males of color in Philadelphia. First Person Arts (FPA), Philly’s premier storytelling organization, is partnering with DBHIDS to amplify, share, and archive the stories of males of color in Philadelphia that shatter mis-perceptions and highlight the brilliance and resilience of males of color.
What happens at an EMOC BEyond Expectations Event?
An EMOC BEyond Expectations event includes the following activities:
- Screenings of films and videos, podcast listening parties, or live storytelling events
- Post-screening audience talkback
- Audience storytelling
- Connecting and relationship building
- All EMOC BEyond Expectations Events are FREE.
Become A Community Champion Today!
We call our storytellers Community Champions because they share their lived experiences so that others can triumph over trauma. Former Community Champions include well known celebrities such as: Black Thought (The Roots), Fantin Danzler (Kindred & the Family), Grammy Award-winner Bilal, Hip Hop artists Freeway & Peedi Crakk, Comedian Ali Siddiq, Yazz from Fox’s smash hit “Empire”, Super Bowl champion Raheem Brock, and Actor Keith David. Learn about other ways to bring storytelling to your community.
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