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Schedule of Events

Black Pride 2010

Host Hotel
Hamilton Crown Plaza
14th & K Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Friday, May 28

DC Black Pride’s Opening Reception, 7-10 p.m., in the Hamilton Ballroom, honoring the D.C. City Council, Charlotte Smallwood and Jeffrey Richardson. Free; refreshments and cash bar.

Saturday, May 29

Free Workshops
DC Black Pride presents a series of free workshops today, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel. Details follow.

Do You See What I See?: Personal Vision Development
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Hamilton Ballroom
Presenter: Angela Harvey of Let’s T.A.L.K.
This is an interactive growth workshop that will educate participants on the art of developing, maintaining and upgrading their vision in their personal and professional lives. Participants will learn how to create a vision board and ways to “see” their way to greatness.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Joy of Lesbian and Gay Travel
11 a.m. to Noon
Lafayette Park Room
Presenter: Donna Shands-Island
This workshop will examine the difference in exclusively gay travel. The presenter will highlight some of the major travel companies and what it means to our community to support these companies. In additional there will also have some brochures from the different companies to share as well as contact information. There will be a chance to win a trip for two on at least one vacation.

Operation: REBIRTH
Overcoming Homophobia in the Black Church
11 a.m. to Noon
Franklin Square Room
Presenter: Tuan N’Gai
This workshop empowers people who are suffering from spiritual abuse, and helps them heal so they can overcome it. Topics include how to recognize spiritual abuse, debunking the myths of God’s destruction of same gender loving people, how to speak up and fight back.

Yes We Can! How do we create and sustain healthy, positive, empowering, monogamous relationships?
Noon to 1 p.m.
Lafayette Park Room
Presenter: Dr. Christopher A. Lester
This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and reflections on the characteristics that can lead to sustainable, positive, empowering monogamous relationships. The workshop will explore the following questions: What are the nonnegotiable characteristics we seek in potential lifetime partners?
Are there some nonnegotiable characteristics that prevent participants from meeting and building ”quality” relationships? What compels us to seek fulfillment outside our relationships? Participants will complete a brief relationship profile.

Out on Campus
Noon to 1 p.m.
Franklin Square Room
This workshop will be a panel discussion about the climate for openly LGBT/SGL students on various campuses. The panel will explore what progress has been made on HBCU or largely Black campuses and what remains to be done. Each of the schools represented has a LGBT student group or a Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), whether officially recognized or not.
Moderator: Samantha Master, Moderator
Bowie State University — Jenn Wood
Howard University — Falon Shackelford
Morgan State University — Jeremy Lee
NC A&T State University — Tanisha Coleman
UNC-Pembroke — Jamel Porter
Winston-Salem State University — Rudy Jones

The Generation Gap
1 to 2 p.m.
Lafayette Park Room
This panel will discuss the issues of ageism that are barriers for intergenerational collaboration between younger and seasoned LGBT/SGL activists.
Moderator: Sterling Washington
Sheila Alexander-Reid
Genesis Nunlee
Andre Rosario
Courtney Williams

Health Care Reform: What’s in it for me?
1 to 2 p.m.
Franklin Square Room
Moderated by the Women in the Life Foundation.
Health Care Reform broadly refers to changes in the managed care medical insurance system in the United States. High insurance premiums and insurers declining to cover pre-existing conditions are among the reason that millions of American residents are unable to afford quality, reliable health care at affordable prices. This workshop will explain many of the nuisances of the new Health Care Reform.

The Thickness: A Discussion About Healthy Bodies
2 to 3 p.m.
Lafayette Park Room
Sponsored and Moderated by the Mautner Project.
Come join the Mautner Project for a discussion on the black lesbian physical aesthetic. Is it healthy? How do you see yourself within these ideals? Let’s talk about it.

2 to 3 p.m.
Franklin Square Room
Moderated: Katrina Kirchoff, Microsoft
You have unique experiences, skills and passions — and we believe you can bring them all to Microsoft for a rich, rewarding career and lifestyle that will surprise you with its breadth and potential. Just imagine the excitement and satisfaction of what you can do, where you can go, and the difference you can make with the resources of Microsoft behind you. Come explore what life is like at Microsoft, and the potential opportunities in Washington, D.C. and beyond.

DC Black Pride Writer’s Forum
Hosted by Fire & Ink
Noon to 2 p.m.
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel

Why Do You Write? Why Do You Read? How Do You Succeed?”
Moderater: Reginald Harris (10 Tongues)
Panel: Michael-Christopher (Unspeakable)
Wyatt O’Brian Evans (Nothing Can Tear Us Apart)
Tuan N’Gai (Little Brown Boy’s Blues)
Sonya Renee (A Little Truth on Your Shirt)
Tawanna P. Sullivan (Purple Panties)

Join this panel of fiction and nonfiction writers as they discuss what motivates them to produce work, and how the books they read and the lives they live inform their writing in terms of subject matter, style, form, target audience and other literary choices. These authors will also tackle the complex questions of what “success” means to them as individuals, artists and educators in today’s literary and media marketplace and how they are striving to achieve that success.

DC Black Pride Film Festival
Hamilton Ballroom
2 to 6 p.m.
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel

Happy Birthday – Abigail wants a dildo. Hannah wants a baby. Jack and Madeleine are happy with things just the way they are. Written and directed by Roberta Munroe.

Finding Juliet – Heartbroken and struggling to forget the image of her girlfriend cheating on her with an ex, Meeko Brown attempts to put the past behind her by setting out to find her one true love, her ”Juliet. Written and directed by Kanithea Powell.

Spoiled – Tuffy Alexander is successful, smart, and has a demanding relationship from hell. How far will she allow herself to be stretched to keep it. Written and directed by Michelle Sewell.

Dani and Alice – After an evening out Dani and Alice must come to terms with the end of their violent relationship. Written and directed by Roberta Munroe.

Flipping the Script – Excerpts of sit down interviews of forthcoming documentary feature. Written and directed by Demetrius Bady. Produced by Maurice Jamal.

Friends and Lovers is a spin off from the smash hit “The Ski Trip.” The story follows Corey and Omar as they relocated to Los Angeles and contemplate getting married. Once there their lives become intertwined with a diverse and eclectic group of Angelinos. Written and directed by Maurice Jamal. Special appearances by Directors Michelle Sewell and Maurice Jamal. Sponsored by GLO-TV.

DC Black Pride Poetry Slam
Hamilton Ballroom
6 to 9 p.m.
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
Hosted ButterFlySoul

Leslie ”BUTTAFLYSOUL” Taylor, is a versatile entertainer, a native of Chicago. He currently makes his home in New York City. ”ButtaFlySouL” has been featured on 98.7 Kiss FM, Boston Comedy Club, Blue Stockings, Club Decades, and the BET/Pantene Totally You Tour with Nikki Giovanni. He has also been featured at a host of poetry venues, churches, and universities. His spoken word artistry has also won him the Nuyorican Glam Slam Championship as well as the opportunity to open for Motown recording artist Donnie and many others. He is currently one of the contributing writers for the Signifying Harlem Literary Journal and featured poet for the Nubian Heritage on line magazine. He prides himself on having the distinction of being one of the esteemed members of the Peabody Award winning Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam family.

Fashion & Entertainment Extravaganza
The Sphinx, 1315 K St., NW
9:30 p.m. to midnight.

Host: Rayceen Pendarvis
Coordinator: Sir Xavier, Xfaktor Productionz
Designers: Maurice Thompson, Renee Hill, Teronce’ Styyles, Will Caldwell and Deramine Johnson.

Sunday, May 30

Church Service
10 a.m. to noon
Hamilton Ballroom
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
Featuring Rev. Eric Lee.

Lee is President/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Los Angeles, author of his new book, Marriage Equality: Proposition 8, The California Divide, and an International Federation of Black Prides Board member. Participating churches include Bethel Christian Church, City of Refuge, Covenant Baptist Church, Faith Temple, Freedom Fellowship Christian Church, Inner Light Ministries, Metropolitan Community Church, Unity Fellowship Church of Washington, DC, Unity of Washington Church.

Health and Wellness Expo Entertainment
1 to 7 p.m.
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
$15 – ages 13 years and up
$5 – ages 4 to 12
Free for children under 3

Schedule is subject to change.
Times are approximate.

Performance Segment 1
2 to 3 p.m.

Host: Rayceen Pendarvis
Running Water
Sabrina Blue
Monet Dupree
Tina Tuna Adams
Telle Thomas
Eric Rainbow
Beat Ya Feet Kings

Performance Segment 2
4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Host: Shi-Queeta Lee
Epiphany Bloomingdale
Tyria Iman
Raquel Savage
Lacountress Farrington
Brandi Courvisler

Headliner Performance
6:15 to 7 p.m.
Host: ButtaFlySoul
DJ Flexx
J. Holiday

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