This afternoon, President Barack Obama had lunch at Kenny’s BBQ Smokehouse in Washington. Among the guests were two barbers who are participating in “Fatherhood Buzz,” a campaign started by the Department of Health and Human Services to connect men at barbershops with information designed to help strengthen their families. Barbers in several cities around the country are participating in the program. Here in New York, one of the participating locations is Denny Moe’s Superstar Barbershop in Harlem. The Politicker spoke with Denny Moe himself who explained why he thinks barbershops are the perfect location for community outreach.
“In the barbershop, you could talk about just about anything….You’d be surprised how many people open up to us, because we can talk about certain health disparities and certain types of things that are going on in the neighborhood,” Mr. Moe said. “If you go to a doctor and the doctor tells you something is wrong with you, even if he has something wrong with him, he’s not going to share that with you….As a barber, if I’ve got something going on too, I’m going to tell you. I’m going to say I’m experiencing that same situation. It may be prostate problems or high blood pressure buildup, I’m going to share that with you. You’re going to feel like you’re amongst a peer and you can let loose. That’s how it goes down in the barbershop.” Read More