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Developing a safe virtual space for Black Men to have authentic conversations

Developing a safe virtual space for Black Men to have authentic conversations

The 2021 Black Lens Symposium to kick-off Black History Month

Raleigh, N.C. – Jan. 21, 2021  Local black-owned and operated media company to host its second annual Black Lens Symposium, a virtual event aimed at creating a safe space for Black men to have real conversations that acknowledge Black History and affirm who they are within America. 

The Black Lens Symposium, hosted by Substantial Media, LLC and The Institute for Building Communities By Design, LLC have collaborated with a host of sponsors to include the North Carolina Community Community Foundation, The Diversity Movement, The Black Light Project and U Good, Bro?!, Inc. to present this year’s symposium as a kick-off to Black History month. This special event is a series of panel conversations and keynotes around black duality, black centricity, black history, black reciprocity, black business and the future of being black in America.

“2020 was a trying year for our community; having dealt with so many challenges and deep rooted issues, we deserve and need a space to talk about how we made it through and how we plan to forge ahead,” said Greg Hedgepeth, President & CEO, Substantial Media, LLC. “The Black Lens Symposium was created to provide a safe space for open dialogue about some of our community’s most pressing concerns. In an effort to remain as safe and socially distant as possible, this year we’ve gone completely virtual.”    

A number of experts, thought-leaders, and community members across a range of sectors are set to take the virtual stage on Saturday, January 30 to discuss a variety of topics to include: being Black in law enforcement, policing the Black community, mental health and well-being, mentoring and education, community philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and more. 

This free community event is geared toward Black men at the high school/collegiate level. And professionals from a variety of spaces including community, business, education, government, philanthropy, and non-profit are all welcome!

This year’s lineup of speakers include: Special guests Attorney Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci (nationally recognized trial lawyers), Donald Thompson, (Founder, CEO, Veteran Entrepreneur, and Investor), James White, (Executive Vice President/YMCA of the Triangle), Chief Jason P. Armstrong (Chief of Police, Ferguson Police Department), Representative Zack Hawkins (North Carolina General Assembly), and so many more.

Visit to learn more and to register.   

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About Substantial Media, LLC Substantial Media, LLC is a black-owned and operated multimedia platform that produces and publishes editorial content focused on the promotion of influential and affluent minorities, spotlighting their successes while amplifying the positive stories within black and brown communities. Substantial also raises awareness regarding relevant issues that directly affect black and brown communities on a local, state, and national level. 

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