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Welcome Kings! was born from the idea that Black men and boys face unique challenges and stigmatization, and therefore need a dedicated space for seeking and finding mental health support. We’ve made it our mission to strip away that stigmatization and ease the process of finding help. By providing targeted resources and a database filled with professionals equipped to support men of color, our users can now obtain the help they need and deserve.
Vladimire Calixte

Vladimire Calixte, Founder of

As a child, I grew up without a father in the household. As I saw other children interact with their fathers, I felt an immeasurable void, and I yearned for that connection. Through my past personal struggles and my professional background as a therapist, I understand we all have experienced some form of trauma in our lives. In working with men of color, I’ve encountered the ever present narrative in which Black men are told to “be strong”, “walk it off”, “don’t cry”, and “man up”. I’m here to tell you that these are the wrong messages. You’re not meant to go on your journey alone!

Now, as a mother and wife, I see the positive impact my husband has on our children day in and day out. Furthermore, as a therapist, I witness first hand the courage men show each and every day during therapy. I know how the power of sharing one's story in a compassionate, judgment-free environment helps put them on a path to healing. I started so all Black men could find strength in healing.

Vladimire is a multiple award-winning expert on mental health, self-esteem, abuse, addiction, and relationships. She works with children, adolescents, women, men, couples, and families from all walks of life, including celebrities, politicians, and professional athletes. She holds a sociology degree from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in applied psychology from New York University. She has worked in the field of psychology for over eighteen years and has helped various clients around the world overcome addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse, and PTSD. Vladimire provides individual, couples, and family therapy.

When she’s not counseling others, she loves to write, sing, cook and dance. She is most proud of being a happily married mother of two children, and she’s been married to her husband, Benjamin, for 16 years.

Benjamin Calixte

Benjamin Calixte, Founder of

My greatest pleasure in life was being a stay-at-home dad. Second to that, my passion is coaching and being able to guide people to reach their utmost potential.

Growing up, my father encouraged my brothers and I to participate in various sports. I played basketball, football, baseball, and ran track. As such, coaching felt like a natural fit for me.

Through both fatherhood and my vocational calling to lift others, I’ve learned that the right support can have a massive impact on a person’s psyche and overall well-being. That’s why I found it imperative to provide a resource catering to the needs of Black men. My wife and I designed this forum so that Black men could be better educated on mental health matters. Furthermore, we wanted to facilitate a culturally relevant social media presence to offer daily inspiration, and allow black men to connect and encourage one another.

Benjamin is a certified professional coach with a holistic approach to health and wellness. He has over fifteen years of experience in customer relations and eight years of experience in a managerial capacity. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brooklyn College and has earned a certification as a life and executive coach from New York University. In his free time, Benjamin loves to read, write and play sports. He’s most proud of being a happily married father of two children, and has been married to Vladimire for 16 years.

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Brian Chamberlain is the developer of the site
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