BET Media Group Partners With Boris Lawrence Henderson Foundation for Mental Health Initiative

The “Can We Talk?” Symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 30-31 to provide mental health resources and services to revitalize the mind, body, and soul.

BET Media Group is joining forces with the Taraji P. Henson-founded Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) for the 2024 Can We Talk? Symposium, which will be held on May 30-31, 2024, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, DC. The much-anticipated event will “focus on the theme of Radical Attunement,” emphasizing deep listening, empathetic understanding, and authentic connection.

BLHF is dedicated to eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community. Through this ongoing collaboration, BET and BLHF aim to further their commitment to providing 1 million hours of free mental health services to the Black community via The Joy Challenge.

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Mental health resources and services will be provided during the event, along with engaging activities, thought-provoking panels, inspiring fireside chats, integrative wellness sessions, and an exciting ’80s/’90s party at BoBo’s Joy Joint. 

“Through the Can We Talk? Symposium, we aim to provide attendees with the tools and insights they need to navigate life's challenges with resilience and compassion," said Henson. "By coming together to explore our theme, Radical Attunement, we can create a world where every individual feels valued and respected.”

"The Can We Talk? Symposium is more than just an event - it's a platform for attendees to engage in meaningful dialogue, share their stories, and cultivate a sense of belonging," adds Tracie Jade Jenkins, BLHF Executive Director. 

Panels during the two-day event will include “Sistas” and “Zatima” stars Devale Ellis and Crystal Renee Hayslett, who will participate in “Beyond the Armor: Redefining Masculinity Through Vulnerability” and “S.I.T. Down Sis: Self-preservation Is Transformative.”

For more information and to register for the Can We Talk? Symposium, visit

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