Let the Celebration of Black Gay Men’s Wellness begin! And so it did last night at the historic LA 84 Olympic Foundation. 150 Black Gay men and allies shared an evening of great food, California wines and fellowship. In The Meantime, skillfully facilitated a program that opened with the sound of the gong and soured through an hour long intervention of empowerment and healing.
Congrats to Tony Walk and Paul Scott, medal of honor awardees. Thank you, Wayne Moody, for taking us to the next level in three points. In The Meantime is grateful to the ITMT general fund, the City AIDS Coordinators office, and AHF for helping to make the opening a great success. Join us next week, same time same place, different program. #blackexcellence #blackpower #bgmwm #blackgaymen
Dream Builder, Life Coach and Life Mastery Consultant
Social Justice Activist, HIV Advocate
Medal of Honor Award Recipient
Medal of Honor Award Recipient
Author, “Counter Punched”
Director, Co-Actor, Enactment of Chapter 5 of “Counter Punched”
Los Angeles celebrated BLACK BRILLIANCE last night at the historic LA 84 Foundation as the gifted author DWAYNE VERNON presented his 7th and most recently released novel ‘COUNTER PUNCH’. IN THE MEANTIME is proud to have hosted the LA premier. Our very own NIC FEW and BENJAMIN CARLTON were compelling as they brought chapter 4 to life. This powerful scene was directed and acted by NIC FEW.
The performance was followed up with a series of questions asked of the audience participants and later a Q&A session with DWAYNE, NIC and BENJAMIN. Thank You STEVEN S. WILLIAMS for these amazing images. We hope to see you next week Tuesday, August 20th @ ITMT Black GAY Men’s Wellness Month part 3. #blkbrilliance #bgmwm2019 #blackgaymen #blkwellness
Yamonte Cooper, Ed.D., LPCC, NCC, CST
Professor, Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist
‘THE SUNKEN PLACE’: RACISM & TRAUMA IN BLACK GAY MEN
Yesterday’s session featured the nationally recognized lecturer, DR. YAMONTE COOPER, professor of Counseling at El Camino College, Assistant professor of School Counseling at USC, adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, LPCC, NCC, EFT, CST.
Dr. Cooper skillfully wove together a narrative, providing research and historical context that addressed the multiple forms of oppression that Black people, and Black gay men experience as a result of anti-Black racism and their intersecting identities. Dr. Cooper presented valid interventions and means to assist individuals and communities experiencing anti- Black racism and trauma. Dr. Cooper received a 2-minute round of applause with multiple request for him to consider a part II.
Congrats to Stevie Cole for receiving a King Bremond Scholarship. $1,000 to support his schooling.
Derrick Butler, MD., MPH
Associate Medical Doctor
To Help Everyone Health and Wellness Center
We Did It Again!!!
We closed out a Powerful Series of focused sessions for Black Gay Men’s Wellness Month. It was intention to Educate, Inspire, Elevate, Empower, Uplift, Encourage, Celebrate the Well-Being of Black Gay Men and so WE DID!
Dr. Derrick Butler left his power point at home and came to In The Meantime, where he had a sit down, open and honest conversation with Black Men/Black Gay Men.
He spoke as if he were talking to his Sons, Brothers, and Elders. His sincerity, compassion, and honest concern for the brothers present was more than obvious.
This group was the icing on the cake.
Thank You Dr. Butler!