What’s life like for young Black men in London today – and how has it changed since the 1980s? What can be done to support them, and to open up new ways of being a man? Find out more in this conversation with Owen Thomas, Head of Programmes with Fathers at the charity Future Men, where he has worked for over 15 years.
Some of the issues we cover in this episode of Now and Men include:
Why Owen was invited to the G7 to talk to the Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden about Future Men’s work with fathers.
Owen’s experiences of growing up and learning about what it means to be a man in Brixton in the 1980s and 1990s.
The struggles and new opportunities around being a father during the pandemic.
The work that Future Men do and how they seek to foster new, healthier models of masculinity.
The Black Lives Matter movement, and the impacts of racism on Future Men staff and the men and boys they work with.
The challenges that young men in London are facing now and in the future, from extreme wealth inequalities, to gentrification, to gang violence - and how young people are creating social change in the face of this.
We apologise for the background noise during the first part of the episode – Future Men’s office is near a school and the children were obviously having their break at the same time we were recording!