Below, find excepts from an engaging Twitter chat that RootDC columnist Rahiel Tesfamariam hosted on February 20th around our first BrotherSpeak video, this one entitled “Fear”.”

As you may know, BrotherSpeak is a three-part video series that gave voice to a range of black men about what matters most to them. For the series, we asked 18 black men to discuss three words: Fear, love and dream. Each video focuses on one word.

The Fear episode, initially released on December 20th, featured Dick Gregory, the civil rights activist and comedian; national renowned educator Freeman Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland- Baltimore County; U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); Etan Thomas, a former professional basketball player and author; Tony Lewis, Jr, a non-profit coordinator from Washington, DC; and Tray Chaney, an actor who starred in the HBO series, The Wire.

For the Twitter chat we invited a series of black men — from activists to advocates to artists — to talk about what their Fears as black men. Check out a bit of the conversation through this Storify compilation.