by Stephen Garner

Billionaire Boys Club (BBC), and TheFutureParty (TFP), the community-based media platform owned by NVE Experience Agency (NVE), will once again collaborate to host a Creative Quarantine Conversation during Minority Mental Health Awareness Month on Thursday, July 23rd. The discussion, virtually produced by NVE on Hopin, is titled “You Are Not Alone,” and will dive into the stigmas of mental health in communities of color.

To coincide with the digital event, BBC and TFP will also launch a limited-edition T-shirt on NTWRK with a special episode hosted by digital creator Kia Marie. The unisex shirt, available for $65 in mustard and sea foam, will drop 1 hour prior to the event. Access to “You Are Not Alone” will cost $1 with encouragement to donate more when purchasing tickets. All funds raised from the event, including a portion of the sales from the T-shirts, will be donated to Taraji P. Henson’s charity, the Boris L. Henson Foundation.

“It’s important to us at BBC that we utilize our platform to highlight those who are committed to creating a better society for us all,” said the marketing manager at BBC Icecream. “Mental wellness is something we have been focusing on lately and we noticed the minimal amount of resources for communities of color—communities that as of late, need them the most. With the You Are Not Alone event, we hope to open more doors and educate people about the spaces created specifically for them.”

Mental health is increasingly becoming more of a trending topic among some communities. Predominantly white individuals and companies are coming together to share insights and raise awareness. Fashion companies, record labels, and media conglomerates regularly champion the issue. However, communities of color are majorly stigmatized when it comes to mental health, and in many cases, the topic is taboo. Many Black people, men specifically, want to get help but don’t have access to resources to get the help they need.

“Billionaire Boys Club and TheFutureParty have a passion for igniting creativity and sparking conversation within our communities, especially when we need it most,” added Paul Yurick, co-founder of TFP. “This year has been a year no one expected, and mental health conversations are becoming more important than ever. Both companies came together to collaborate on an idea to remind people that they aren’t alone in this challenging time. Everyone is on a digital screen all day and it can be easy to feel isolated and alone. We are putting our minds together to make a clothing collaboration that feels authentic and true to how we feel about our approach to life. We want people to know that even though they can’t be together all the time, they’ll always have someone who will be there for them.”

Given the increased social unrest in our world, it’s past time to change the narrative and properly provide resources in the realm of mental health.

Join Billionaire Boys Club & TheFutureParty for the next Creative Quarantine series as they talk with creative professionals and mental health advocates in the Black community to expose these issues and discuss how to create change within our culture. Just remember, you are not alone.

The conversation will take place at 4pm PST / 7pm EST via the digital conference platform Hopin. Registration for the Creative Quarantine conversation has begun via this link, which will also be made available on Instagram and Twitter via @bbcicecream and @futureparty.