Sex, drugs, bullying, fatherhood highlight 2018 Real Men Real Talk Conference

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FLINT (WJRT) (05/19/18) -- Peer Pressure; it's something just about everyone faces or has faced at some point in their life.

Today though in Flint, for men young and old, was a chance to openly discuss how to deal with those mounting pressures.

"A lot of times as men, we go through different things that kinda hold us back in life. A lot of times, we never really get the chance to bring those things out of us, we keep them hidden inside," said Organizer Jamal Bransford.

Until today; the third annual Real Men Real Talk Conference in Flint brought out dozens of men from across Mid Michigan.

The topics included everything from sex to drugs bullying or even fatherhood.

"A lot of times men, we have to feel like we have to be tough, we have to be strong, we have to be that strong person for our family or for our kids," Bransford said.

But today, was more about having an open mind with open dialogue.

"Life happens to everybody, so now what happens that life has happened. It's not what happened to you, it's how you respond to what happens to you," said motivational speaker Shon Hart.

The 6 hour conference, held inside Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church featured several speakers to provide the men with different perspectives on issues they are facing.

"A lot of times, we get information but don't know how to apply it, so what I'm hoping to do is to give them enough tools, enough strategies for them to leave this conference, to be able to go out and implement them right away," Hart said.

And the results are quite promising.

"Once a man can be open and free and release, he will actually become a better man, a better husband, a better father," Bransford said.

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