In search of something queer to watch while quarantined? Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) has got you covered.
On Wednesday, the New York City-based advocacy group announced the 2020 revamp of MOBITalks, its new digital film series highlighting the work and lived experiences of LGBTQ people of color. (MOBITalks is usually a community networking event held in-person, but organizers went digital this year to expand its reach.)
The series will consist of three 15–20-minute films, all of which will be released digitally throughout the month of May on MOBI's website.
Each of the shorts were filmed by LaQuann Dawson, an NYC-based photographer and videographer. They combine interviews, musical performances, and skits to tackle topics like sex, mental health, and other lived experiences unique to LGBTQ communities of color.
Founded by DaShawn Usher in 2017, MOBI aims to curate events for queer communities of color in NYC. The initiative is funded by a grant from the NYC Department of Health and is currently in its third year of programming. MOBI has tapped A-list talent for previous MOBITalks, like Queer Eye's Karamo Brown, Boomerang screenwriter Ben Cory Jones, and activist DeRay McKesson, who have all participated in past live events.
Below, watch the trailer for MOBITalks—and keep an eye out for the first short film, Sex, which drops next Friday, May 1. (Mental Health and LGBTQ Experience, the second and third installments, will be released on May 15 and May 29, respectively.)
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