BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY
Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) is a series of curated social connectivity events for queer people of color to see their holistic self while promoting community, wellness, and personal development. MOBItalks, a personal and professional development series for Black gay men. MOBIfest, is an interactive arts 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.
MOBI is supported in partnership with the New York Blood Center’s Project ACHIEVE.
MOBItalks, a personal and professional development series for Black gay men. Featuring powerful talks, free professional headshots, and an interactive marketplace for gay and queer men of color.
Upcoming Locations: Bronx, Harlem, and LIC
Previous Locations: Brooklyn, Bronx, Harlem, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL and Newark,NJ
It’s a citywide festival that celebrates black, queer voices in different industries, like fashion, music, media and the arts. Each day is going to highlight and celebrate those particular industries and our influence on the various cultures. Last year we teamed up with some amazing black, gay and queer individuals for our community like art curator Jae Joseph, DJs BMajr and Adam R. from Papi Juice, visionary artist LaQuann Dawson, media influencers Julian Walker and Dustin Ross, and our favorite drag queens Harmonica Sunbeam and Brita Filter, to name a few folks involved. Since it’s a citywide festival, we wanted to showcase different areas of the city. The first night was in Manhattan, Friday night was in Brooklyn and Saturday was at the Melrose Ballroom in Long Island City, Queens.
MOBI x Scotch & Soda for #WELLANDWELLDRESSED Campaign
MOBI & Scotch and Soda’s “Well and Well-Dressed” campaign is a call to action, a modern symbol for holistic wellness in black queer communities. In a time of heighten insensitivity and shade, the collaboration is meant to tackle adversity head on and foster safe spaces while looking and feeling good in the process. In layman’s terms: if you feel good, you look good, you do good!
The Dutch brand handpicked nine handpicked LGBTQ+ influencers to front the in-store collection and the models range are representative of all spectrums of the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
Wellness is the latest fashion statement worthy of a moment as Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) launches its latest campaign with the help of Dutch fashion brand, Scotch & Soda. Under the name “Well and Well-Dressed,” the campaign encourages queer communities of color to consider holistic health as a lifestyle choice to combat their stressors and adversities while looking and feeling great in the process.
MOBI and Scotch & Soda’s “Well and Well-Dressed” campaign serves as a call to action to dedicate as much time to your inner wellbeing as your outer appearance.
The team tapped nine LGBTQ+ influencers to lead the charge as models for the campaign including:
● B MAJR (@bprep) – NYC based DJ
● Bry’Nt (@bryntmusic) – Rapper and music artist
● Devin-Norelle (@steroidbeyonce) – Writer, model, and Trans advocate
● Kameron Mack (@kameron_depaul) – Director and video producer at Complex Media
● London Miles (@proseccopapi11) – Fitness model and influencer
● Marco Maldonado (@_mguapo) – Event planner and first openly gay cast member/couple on BET reality show, Hustle in Brooklyn
● Randy Bowden (@randybowdenjr) – Model and first openly gay cast member/couple on BET reality show, Hustle in Brooklyn
● Rap Sarmiento (@rapisoffensive) – Fashion stylist
To look their best, Scotch & Soda outfitted each influencer in a full look from their latest in-store collection to match their personal style regardless of gender norms. Model, B. Hawk identifies as Non-Binary and wears a Scotch & Soda women’s top and pants matched with personal accessories.