A Call 2 Men

Posted: June 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

by Gidon

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to travel to New Brunswick, New Jersey for the annual A CALL 2 MEN conference, which was held at Rutgers University. A CALL 2 MEN is internationally recognized and the leading national men’s organization set out to educate on the issues of domestic violence in order to advocate healthy manhood.

This year’s conference took a different turn than the previous ones I’ve attended in the past because of the major names co-signing the event. The NFL association has recently launched its new project “Training camps for life”, which is a collaborative effort to end domestic violence, along with the Verizon Foundation, which is a philanthropic organization, created to fund various projects around the world for a good cause to humanity, teamed with A CALL 2 MEN for an amazing opportunity to address the issues of dating violence and sexual abuse prevention.

In the building were a few NFL star players speaking to an audience of over 600 teens about such issues as overcoming life barriers, choices and consequences and healthy relationships. It was clear that this year’s message was aimed at youth to help them become aware of the impact popular culture plays in the lives of their everyday thoughts and actions. This conference put in perspective the definition of what it means to be a man by challenging the preconceived notions of the matter and examining the world of male privilege through the scope of respect and equality. The teens got to see their NFL idols speak on these matters and hopefully the message will continue to carry on out of their own experiences.

Now, you may ask, why was I blessed to attend such an impactful event? Well, it wasn’t just me who was grateful but it was the hip-hop group in which I’m a part of, “The Public Offenders”. The Public Offenders collaborated in 2009 with A CALL 2 MEN on a musical project entitled “Drop Jewels”. This album addressed many issues dealing with domestic violence by challenging men to step up to the plate and join the movement to end it. Aside from the most important message of the contribution, the record also had songs dealing with fatherhood, teenage pregnancy, police brutality and other topics relating to perseverance throughout hard times. P.O was invited to perform for the teen conference and boy…did we set it off.

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