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Barbershop Talks at Fresno State letting men have unique conversations

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Junior Ballard is a member of the Barbershop Talks in Fresno State.

The discussion group offers a safe space for men of color to talk about global issues.

“Conversations in the barber shop help us feel comfortable, without having to hide who we are or hide our culture,” Ballard said.

The support team was started a year ago by Ramar Henderson, a professor and faculty member at Fresno State.

Although haircuts are not part of the sessions, the team aims to recreate the atmosphere of a barber shop.

“The barber shop is a very important component of the black community,” said Dr. Henderson. “You understand the Black Beauty, you can talk about who is the best NBA player in terms of politics.”

Barbershop Talks actually started during the pandemic.

Dr. Henderson says such sites do not really exist, but the growth he has seen in the last year shows that there is a need.

“The state of Fresno is growing in this regard, as it involves recruiting more teachers and black staff and having more resources that explicitly meet the needs of black students, especially our men,” he said.

Although the group is deliberate in discussions about black culture, it is an open space for all men to participate.

“Apart from the black men who are coming, we have brown men coming, men from Southeast Asia are coming to join the discussion,” Dr. Henderson said.

The group meets every Thursday at noon at the Fresno Intercultural Gender Center.

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