Metro Weekly

2009 DC Black Pride Calendar

Official events: Thursday-Monday, May 21-25

Events in this listing are current as of the time of publication. Check event listings at the hospitality suite at the Host Hotel.


Renaissance M Street Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.


Official DC Black Pride “Pure Love” Kick Off Party
The Bachelor’s Mill, 1104 8th St. SE
$5 w/ Pure Love or Fly Life Pass; $10 w/o
Must be 21 or older to enter
Special Giveaways from DC Black Pride
DJ Rodney Spinning House and DJ Spinning Hip Hop


The Corner Store: Hospitality Suite
Host Hotel, Mt. Vernon Room

Your source for DC Black Pride event information/registration, tickets, souvenirs and more. The DCBP staff is available each day during the posted time to ensure your time with DC Black Pride is the best ever! Stop by to get the latest information on official DC Black Pride Parties & Events.

Financial Planning Workshop
3pm- 4pm
Host Hotel, DuPont Room

Presented by Stephanie Lipscomb, this workshop is intended to provide information to assist you in good financial decision-making.

Super Fly Fashion Show
Host Hotel, New Hampshire Ballroom
$25 General Admission
Free w/ Pure Love Pass & Pride Pass

DC Black Pride is bringing you some of the sexiest models and hottest designers that our community has to offer. Special Guest Models by De Marco Majors from LOGO’s Hit Show, Shirts & Skins, the City Gym Boys, Myammee of The Flavor of Love with special opening performance by DeAngelo Redman, Bad Boy Recording artist from Making the Band 4. The Fashion Show is brought to you by Belvedere Service, LLC.

Fly Life: The Fashion Show After Party
9:30 Night Club,
815 V St. NW
$15 in advance, $20 at door
Tickets Available from DC Black Pride
Free w/ Pure Love Pass & Pride Pass
$5 Absolut and Malibu Drink Specials

Special Appearances by Demarco Majors and the City Gym Boys. Dancers from all over the country. Music by DJ Markie B, DC Hype Man, Roy Jones. Must be 21+ to enter.


DC Black Pride Fitness Boot Camp
Host Hotel, City Center II

Featuring the City Gym Boys and De Marco Majors. Get your day started with an early morning workout. Enjoy special giveaways from Washington Sports Club & DC Black Pride.

Conversations in Love
(For the Ladies)
10:30am-11:30am Host Hotel, City Center I

Facilitated by Angel Brown

Calling all Divine souls who value communication from a place of Pure Love! This innovative workshop will help you look at communication with an entirely new perspective. How many times in the past have you felt misunderstood by a partner during a discussion or felt unable to speak your mind in the office? So many times we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations when we try to communicate what we feel or what we’d like to have. Come join us in this workshop to process through some of the most common obstacle to Loving communication, learn new techniques and ways of being that can support you in having your biggest communication possibilities turning out. Come have Conversations in Love!

Pure Love Boat – Charting the Course
(For the Fellas)
Host Hotel, City Center II
Facilitated by Tommy Jackson

Explore the sometimes calm, sometimes treacherous waters of dating black gay men. Enjoy a high-energy experience that takes you from the chance to help make some rules on dating to clarifying your definition of love. Take a close look at your own approach to dating and love using a boat as an analogy. Are you a SPEED boat? ROW boat? SAIL boat? HOUSE boat? FISHING boat? TUG boat? or LIFE boat?

Creative Writing: Signed, Sealed, and Undelivered
Host Hotel, Dupont Room
Facilitated by Lamar Ariel
What if Kindergarten, Letter Writing 101, and Group Therapy were combined?

Lamar Ariel, author of Ready to Male, will guide participants through a series of fun and interactive writing exercises. Participants will write special notes, letters, lists, and much more, using a wide range of non-traditional materials ranging from paper bags to toilet paper. The workshop will create a fun and engaging space for participants to respond to real-life situations ad emotions through the magic of their own words.

Historically BLACK Colleges & Universities: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges
Host Hotel, City Center II

This workshop will provide students with the necessary tools and support to take the first steps to creating a GSA (gay-straight alliances) on their campus and give ideas on how to grow support for their GSA and utilize the resources within the HBCU LGBT Consortium.

WRITE ON! Author’s Forum
Host Hotel, Potomac Room
Facilitated by Lee Hayes, Author of Passion Marks

Meet & Greet with Gay & Lesbian authors from around the country. Enjoy the authors as they read excerpts from their books and answer questions. Books Signings immediately following the forum. Scheduled participating authors include Lee Hayes, Lamar Ariel (Ready to Male),Vega (Vision Quest), Michelle Brown (Wild Fruit Hidden in Open Spaces), Rashid Darden (Lazarus), Skky (Consequences), Marquette Carney, (Love-Exotic or Toxic), and Dahni McPhail (Tow and Possible) and G. Winston James (Shaming the Devil).

Pure Throwback Film Festival
Host Hotel, New Hampshire Ballroom
Viewing times will be posted at the Hospitality Suite.

Showings include Music Videos by Nhojj & Baron, the full length features Blueprint and Anderson’s Cross, the documentary Overruled, and the shorts Christopher Street and Drama Queenz.

Anderson’s Cross follows three friends who do everything together. And yet they couldn’t be more different. Neighbors from adolescence they finish each others thoughts and sentences. The inevitable intrusion of others tests their stability in ways never imagined.

In Blueprint, Keith and Nathan’s worlds collide to the rhythm and chaos of the New York City. How far will they go?

Christopher Street is known for its artistic culture, history, and attractiveness for all those walking the streets of Greenwich Village. This film presents the story of four young men of minority descent, and the challenges that they faces daily growing up in a world of poverty, sickness, alienation, racism, sexism, and prejudice.

Drama Queenz is a new comedy web series about three actors and roommates dealing with life, love, and auditioning in New York City. The eight first-season episodes explore the lives of these three actors as they attempt to achieve their dreams in a kooky and unpredictable world. Meet the Cast After the Viewing.

Overruled is a short documentary highlighting the courtroom drama behind Lawrence vs. Texas-the case that led the US Supreme Court to strike down all remaining sodomy laws in the nation.

Solid Poetry Slam & Stone Groove Soul Café
Host Hotel, City Center I
Hosted by Butta Fly Soul

Featuring Performances by Monte J, Tamkia Jones, Ashley Phillips, Nhojj, and Baron.

Lyric: Feel the Funk 70s Pure Love Party
House Party: Host Hotel, New Hampshire Ballroom
Ball House Party: Host Hotel, City Center
$20 with ’70s Gear, $25 w/o
21+ to Enter
Light Buffet and Cash Bar

Featuring DJ Mandrill Spinning Old School House & Funk and DJ India Spinning the latest in ball scene house music. 1970s attire not required but join in on the fun! We are taking you back to the days of “The Club House.” Feel the funk celebrates the grass roots beginning of DC Black Pride, embracing the past, living in the presence, and looking forward to the future.


Pure Love Interfaith Service
Host Hotel, City Center
Get your praise on with some of DC’s most progressive religious and faith based leaders. Featuring the DC Black Pride Community Gospel Choir and Special Guest Speaker Bishop Yvette Flunder, Senior Pastor , City of Refuge, San Francisco, Ca.

Pure Love Unity Festival
1350 Okie St. NE
FREE w/ Pure Love Pass

Open to the public. Must be 18+ to enter. No children.
Performing on the Main Stage: National Recording Artists Crystal Waters.

The Pure Love Festival is a combination of celebration of the arts and a celebration of self love, through health and wellness. The 19th annual festival features local and national talent, vendors, food, games, prizes and special guest. The Health & Wellness expo consist of health and fitness providers from various arenas to offer fitness and exercise training, healthy cooking, diabetes, syphilis, HIV, sickle-cell anemia, cholesterol screenings and body mass index evaluations. Performers include Crystal Waters (headliner), BadKatMc, BlackCity, Morgan Terry, Keith Fleming, Daniel Gray, Dy’ari, Entrigue, Sean360X, Nisha, Marck Angel, Lester Green and more.Special Guest: City Gym Boys, De Marco Majors and more.

Pure Love Unity Dance Party
BRAVO! BRAVO! Nightclub
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW
FREE w/ Pure Love Pass
Must Be 21+ to enter

The Official DC Black Pride Close Out Unity Dance Party
Presented by Daryl Wilson Promotions. Special Guests: City Gym Boys, Demarco Majors and Mya.


Pure Love BBQ
6609 Allentown Rd Temple Hills, Md.

Music by DJ Calvin Smith. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, and relax, party, eat, drink and be full of Pride. Free BBQ. NO GRILLS ALLOWED! Presented by Daryl Wilson Promotions.