Racial Healing

The healing power of Black men being vulnerable together


This story was produced in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was originally published by Word In Black.

The way Jourdan Sorrell sees it, between microaggressions at the office, the threat of getting stopped or shot by police, and societal definitions of masculinity, Black men in America are in a constant existential struggle. With the stress of moving through a world that often sees them as a threat, there isn’t much time to decompress, let alone heal.

Coincidentally, the same thoughts were on the mind of his friend Darrious Hilmon, when the two met for lunch in Chicago in April. As they dined, Sorrell, a Comcast senior manager, and Hillmon, executive director for CAN TV, a local public access channel, found themselves talking about the lack of a safe space for Black men to truthfully answer the question, “How’s it going?”

That conversation led the two to create “Brothers Talking,” a monthly, hour-long program on CAN TV, the Chicago-based public access TV channel Hillmon leads. Hosted by Dr. Obari Cartman, a professional psychologist, the show features a multigenerational group of Black men tackling topics from Black sexuality to toxic masculinity and the schools-to-prison pipeline.

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