February 2nd, 2024
BCNY’s Jamboree in East Harlem was huge success. Members from Queens, Harlem, and the Bronx gathered for a day of games and a visit from Ashanti Branch, founder, speaker, and mentor featured in the documentary “The Mask You Live In”.
“The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.” – Everforwardclub.org
Ashanti created a brave space for BCNY members to reflect on questions of masculinity, identity and acceptance of both sides of their masks and the masks of others.
Members created 2 masks, one representing what they let the world see and the what they keep hidden behind the mask. We can’t wait for the second phase of BCNY’s partnership with Ashanti: Masks, Emotions& Math, where members will analyze the anonymous data from the workshop to better understand themselves, young men, and the world.