On Thursday (May 28), the Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative (MOBI) announced the official lineup for their first-ever online MOBIfest. The festival, which normally takes place over three days in New York City, will be streamed at MOBI’s website on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m. EST.
The festival, which celebrates “queer contributions to the arts, wellness, community and culture,” will feature appearances and performances from queer acts of color, including Mila Jam, Kidd Kenn, Saucy Santana, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Mykal Kilgore, BMAJR, Harmonica Sunbeam, Papi Juice, Paris Sashay and Shantoni Xavier.
MOBIfest is also teaming up with community partners including GLAAD, Gilead, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, The New Group, Out in Tech, The National Black Justice Coalition and many more, along with a grant from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to produce their annual festival in the time of coronavirus.
“The goal for MOBI has always been to link our community with various health and wellness activities while celebrating contributions to the arts, entertainment, and culture” DaShawn Usher, MOBI’s founder, said in a statement.“The pandemic has negatively impacted the world, especially queer people of color, so it was even more important for us to be resilient and continue to build community because there just aren’t that many options for us. Many pride events already exclude Black and Brown bodies. MOBIfest seeks to center the most marginalized and showcase our continued resilience.”
Tune in to MOBIfest on June 6 at 6 p.m. EST at mobifest.live.