I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Kahmaria Pingue RECE, B.A.(Psych), B.Ed, M.A.Ed, who works with Under the Acacia Tree, which is a program put on by the Somali Centre for Family Services in Ottawa a few weeks ago, and here is the interview for folks who are interested in taking it in.
This upcoming Sunday, December 27th, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm (eastern), marks the final Sunday Dinner virtual gathering for Black men of 2020. The last session which took place, had representation from Black men from Toronto, Baltimore, Chicago,and Bay Area (California) and the consensus that was reached was that this monthly space is necessary for Black men to attend.
The idea behind the monthly Sunday Dinner gatherings which takes place on the last Sunday of every month, is to create a space for Black men to connect and talk about things which are relevant to them.
We will be starting Sunday Dinner back in the new year with a special collaboration edition to start off the new year, more information will come in January 2021.
This time of year can be stressful for a lot of folks, with so much extra pressure being put on buying gifts and spending time with loved ones, however the pandemic has made this even a more trauma induced time, where economics and finances for folks have been impacted, and the ability to spend time with loved ones has also been impacted. The Black Daddies Club recognizes that Black men are going through it right now and a lot of us are suffering in silence, and we ask that we bring all of ourselves into the Sunday Dinner virtual gathering and take of our masks, and share what we are grateful for this year or share what has been challenging for us this year.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
Please have your video on
These conversations will be online, with that being said, we would like for folks to have their videos on, so that we are able to see who we are in dialogue with, this helps with the creation of trust amongst people on the call
We are asking that what happens on the call, stays on the call and that we do not speak about things that comes up during the call outside of these virtual gatherings
This is a gathering not a workshop
The Black Daddies Club intention with these dialogues is that we will be gathering and the dialogue will be co-created by the men who are in the conversation.
Be open minded
There is no set destination that we are going towards. In many ways these conversations will be an experiment, so please come with an open mind and see where the conversation takes us.
No homophobic or discrimination vibes
Black masculinity is not a monolith, all of our entry points are different and valuable. With that being said, these conversations are open to Black men who are straight, gay, trans, non-binary. So if you identify as a Black man, you are welcomed on the dialogue, we will not tolerate any language that seems to be homophobic.
No sexist language
Let us be mindful about how we speak to issues relating to black women and women in general. Not to generalize our experiences but speak specific to the experiences that we have with women and not paint the picture that all women are the same.
Break bread with us
The premise of these Sunday Dinners virtual dialogues is that we will be gathering over food and we will engage with each other throughout the process. So we are asking that we all have something to eat while we are engaged in the dialogue. I know our parents say that we should talk with our mouth full, but we will make an exception for these gatherings.
Please be on-time
We will be connecting from 5pm to 7pm, and I will be letting people into the zoom room at 4:50pm. Please be on for 5pm, so that we are able to get into the dialogue. If you are running late, please drop a line to me in advance to give a heads up.
How to register for the dialogue, if you are interested in attending, please send an email to email@example.com, and put “Registering for Sunday Dinner” in the subject line.