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‘Pause’ to check out this steamy trailer from AID Atlanta’s Evolution Project

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Talk about sexy. In less than 20 seconds the folks at AID Atlanta's Evolution Project and Eight Peace Productions have spliced together several steamy scenes between two men that will definitely leave you wanting to know more.

The trailer is for a short film titled "Pause" to premiere on YouTube on March 13 at 6 p.m. It "tells four intertwining tales of connection, sex and decisions."

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Atlanta Black Gay Pride leadership names new president

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In the Life Atlanta, the non-profit organizer of the annual Black Gay Pride celebration, announced today a new president is stepping in to take over the reins of leading the organization.

Raymond Duke, who became president of ITLA in 2008, is stepping down from his post. The new president is Rickie Smith.

Rickie Smith

"While I will miss so many things about the role and responsibility of organizational leadership, I have built life changing relationships that I will cherish forever," Duke said in a prepared statement.

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State of Black Gay America Summit seeks to inspire change through ‘collective power’

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The sixth annual State of Black Gay America Summit over Labor Day weekend covered a broad range of topics over the course of the day on Sept. 1 — from HIV prevention medicines and the need for volunteers in vaccine research to the specifics of the Affordable Care Act to how much money does it cost to run an effective campaign in Atlanta and Georgia.

Keynote speaker Je-Shawna Wholley, a recent Spelman graduate who now lives in Washington, D.C., and is a senior fellow at the National Black Justice Coalition, tackled the subject of this year's theme at the summit at the Melia Hotel. "Embracing Our Collective Power to Influence Change" must be made by building coalitions and being sincere in the work people do, Wholley said.

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Werk! Evolution Project’s Youth Ballroom Awards brings out best in competition, education

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Can you walk the walk and talk the talk?

That's what the second annual Evolution Project's Youth Ballroom Awards is intending to find out with some 100 participants expected to compete in dozens of categories from School Boy, Pretty Boy, thug realness, Face, Transman Realness and even the hottest in sneaker fashion.

The ball is Sunday, Aug. 12, from 6-11 p.m. at XS Ultra Lounge, 708 Spring St., Atlanta, GA 30308.

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Atlanta’s State of Black Gay America Summit, Emory researcher to receive Esteem Awards

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The State of Black Gay America Summit, held each year during Atlanta's Black Gay Pride, will receive an Esteem Award in "recognition of [its] service to the African American and LGBT communities."

The State of Black Gay America, founded by community activist Darlene Hudson and Gregory Allen, the president and CEO of Xtreme Entertainment, is receiving a "Special Recognition" honor.

Patrick Kelly, an activist and clinical research interviewer at Emory Univeristy's Hope Vaccine Center, is also honored with the "Outstanding Service, Male" award.

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CDC campaign ‘Testing Makes Us Stronger’ targets black gay, bisexual men

HIV posterWith new numbers from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control & Prevention showing a 48 percent increase in new HIV infections for young black gay and bisexual men between 2006-2009, activists and CDC officials are trying to find ways to halt the pandemic particularly within this community.

Today it was announced at the 2011 HIV Prevention Conference that the CDC is set to launch a "Testing Makes Us Stronger" campaign with black MSMs (men who have sex with men).

Featured in posters and in social media campaigns including Facebook and Twitter, the project will urge black gay and bisexual men to get tested and know their status. The campaign will also be advertised in black gay publications as well as mainstream black publications.

The conference is being held in Atlanta through Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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New HIV infections up 48 percent in black gay, bi young men

Young, black gay and bisexual men experienced a 48 percent increase in new HIV infections from 2006 through 2009, according to new data released today by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

The Atlanta-based CDC determined figures that show that in 2006, there were 4,400 HIV infections among black gay and bisexual men ages 13-29. The numbers jumped to 6,500 infections in 2009 within the same age group. This subpopulation represents the only subpopulation in the U.S. to experience a statistically significant increase during these three years.

“We are deeply concerned by the alarming rise in new HIV infections in young, black gay and bisexual men and the continued impact of HIV among young gay and bisexual men of all races,” said Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, in a statement.