Conversations with 5 Local Black Men

DAYTON — News Center 7 Anchor Letitia Perry sat down with five local Black men for an honest conversation about life and personal experiences.

‘Conversations with 5 Black Men,” involved husbands, fathers and sons, from the Dayton area, representing several generations.

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The discussion group was made up of a veteran, corrections officer, research consultant, chef and worship leader.

During their discussion, the men talked about a variety of subjects important to black men, including mental health and the relationship between black men and the police.

One of the men who took part in the discussion was chef, Anthony Head. He shared his perspective on the importance of black men opening up about their mental health.

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“I think that the acceptance for brothers, black men to go get formal therapy is on the rise. The acceptance is there, the pandemic made it more accessible and I think, even within my social group, its not just the formal therapy services, but when the church or the barbershop are no longer there I noticed that my inter-group has changed. We are saying ‘I love you’ a lot more,” he said.