Dawn Richard

Source: James Anthony / Courtesy of MOBI

Last fall, the Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) launched MOBItalks, a three-part development series for Black, gay and queer men created to foster a sense of community. This May, MOBI returns in time for the weather break with MOBIfest, an interactive art experience 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 the event,”Dawn Richard, who’s headlining the festival, said in a statement. “This is the launch of MOBI’s first festival so it’s great to be asked to be the first headliner. It’s also cool because MOBI is giving local queer artists of color an opportunity and platform to perform during the festival as well.”

MOBIfest, which takes place May 17-19 is a free ticketed event. You can cop a pass by visiting one of MOBI’s community partners or wellness initiatives by May 11. Check out a list of partners below, then head to the website to learn more.

Dawn Richard

Source: MOBI / Courtesy of MOBI

Brooklyn Locations:

AHF Brooklyn at Out of the Closet

475 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Health Insurance, Mental Health, and Housing Assistance

Brooklyn Men Konnect (BMK) Drop-in Center

147 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11213

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Health Insurance, SNAP, Harm Reduction, Mental Health, and Housing Assistance; Career Services: Employment Assistance

Bridging Access to Care

2261 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11226

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Health Insurance, SNAP, Harm Reduction, Mental Health, and Housing Assistance; Career Services: Employment Assistance

Diaspora Community Services

921b East New York Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11203

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Health Insurance and SNAP

HEAT Program at SUNY Downstate

760 Parkside Ave, Room 308, Brooklyn, NY, 11226

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Mental Health and Housing Assistance

HCC

3807 Church Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11203

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Harm Reduction, Mental Health, and Housing Assistance; Wellness Services: Fitness, Zumba, and Food and Nutrition

Manhattan Locations:

William F. Ryan Community Health Center

110 West 97th Street, NY, NY, 10025

(between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues)

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Health Insurance, Harm Reduction, Mental Health, and Housing Assistance; Wellness Services: Zumba, Jazz Dance, and Food and Nutrition

Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center

645 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY, 10036

(between 45th & 46th Streets)

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Health Insurance, Harm Reduction, Mental Health, and Housing Assistance; Wellness Services: Zumba, Jazz Dance, and Food and Nutrition

Ryan Nena Community Health Center

279 East Third Street, NY, NY, 10009

Free Services Offered: Sexual Health; Supportive Services: Health Insurance, Harm Reduction, Mental Health, and Housing Assistance; Wellness Services: Zumba, Jazz Dance, and Food and Nutrition