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.

I think MOBI is special. The fact that it’s an initiative to help black gay men and the black gay youth—it’s really important, culturally, for us. MOBI gives a great platform for you to be exactly who you want to be and the opportunity for you to thrive in that.