Highlights from DC Black Pride 2010 [video]

All of the action from the Fashion Show, to musical performances by J Holiday and Wale, and poetry from ButtaflySoul, Rayceen Pendarvis and others

DC Black Pride showcased a wide variety of talented supporters of the  lesbian, gay, bi and transgender community. This was the 20th year for the annual event. Metro Weekly captured many of the participants on video from May 29-30, 2010, including poetry, fashion, and musical performances by a couple of DC’s most popular entertainers.

At the Washington Convention Center, singer J Holiday sang live for the crowd at Black Pride. He told Metro Weekly correspondent Ebone Bell, ”My mom is a preacher. So, I grew up with that real religious background. But, it’s like, love is love, man. They want to see the show just like everybody else wants to see the show. So, let’s go out here, let’s have fun, and let’s just be a family. We’re all from the same city.”

“At the DC Black Pride Fashion Show, you get to see the gamut of what gay, black life is,” said Jorge, a participant from New York City, who was one of the many models and designers burning up the runway at the Sphinx Club on May 29. ”So, it’s no discrimination,” he added. ”Everybody gets in where they fit in. You might have a couple of studs walking here. I’m a boy in heels. You’re going to get the whole mix, and everyone just comes together and gives you a great product and a great show.”

Singer J Holiday performs ”Be With Me,” ”Sing 2 U,” and more songs at DC Black Pride at the Washington, DC Convention Center, Sunday May 30, 2010:

Poetry by Leslie ”ButtaFlySoul” Taylor, Saturday, May 29, 2010:

Hip Hop star Wale performs ”Chillin,” Sunday, May 30, 2010:

Wale also apologized for an earlier cancellation, which he said was done by a member his team.

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