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The UnMASKulinity Salon Experience: a Virtual Dinner for Black Men

Sunday, December 6, 2020, 3:00 AM

Amidst a global pandemic and a national reckoning with racism, mental health experts are expecting this year to have a devastating impact on communities of color. Disparities have been illuminated, and Black families are facing an increasing variety of challenges related to income, social injustice and access to quality health care. For this reason, filmmaker Brian Ellison, anthropologist Marlon Hall, and sculptor Anthony Suber are hosting a global conversation focused on the Black male experience in modern society.

The event, UnMASKulinity Salon Experience: Third Ward Edition, aims to reach 3,000 people from around the world virtually, to honor the approximate 3,000 Black Americans dying by suicide each year and shed light on the importance of seeking mental health support. An intimate, socially distanced experience will take place at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) during Hall’s CAMHLab Residency on December 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with men taking part in an evening focused on meditation, reflection, and affirmation. Then on December 5 at 7:00 p.m., a virtual dinner will be created for those who wish to join the discussion wherever they are. The dinner will be hosted on the platform Civic Dinners which is designed to create powerful conversations that inspire positive social change. The event is made possible by the DiverseWorks Project Freeway Fellowship which provides support for Houston-area artists to create socially-engaged or community-based artistic practices within their own neighborhoods.

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