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Black Gay Pride: Stars shine over Labor Day weekend

Musical artist Brandy will perform at Atlanta's Black Gay Pride weekend

Each year, party promoters for Black Gay Pride are able to bring top celebrities to Atlanta over Labor Day weekend to the appreciation of tens of thousands of people who flock to the city from around the country to participate in the largest event of its kind.

Last year, Nicki Minaj, Fantasia, Lil Kim, Kelly Rowland and Amber Rose were just a few of the divas to perform or simply make an appearance and say hi to thousands of adoring fans.

This year is no different with stars hosting events, performing and doing walk-throughs at dozens of locations during Labor Day weekend. So, who’s going to be in Atlanta this weekend helping to make memories for Black Gay Pride attendees? Here’s a sampling of some of the top-notch entertainment slated:

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Black Gay Pride: In the Life Atlanta offers full slate of empowering events

In the Life Atlanta president Raymond Duke

In the Life Atlanta celebrates its crystal anniversary this year, marking 15 years of building community empowerment through Black Gay Pride weekend.

“The overarching theme for our anniversary this year is ‘In the present, learning from the past to shape the future.’ We chose the crystal ball because it’s been 15 years; 15 is the crystal year,” explained ITLA President Raymond Duke at a press conference late last month.

The non-profit organization formed in 1996 to bring a cultural component to Black Gay Pride, which began as an informal network of house parties, nightlife and other gatherings.

Now, organizers want to celebrate the past while also looking to the future.

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Black Gay Pride: State of Black Gay America Summit seeks to ‘revitalize’ community

State of Black Gay America conference

Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride is believed to be the largest such celebration in the country. It is fitting, then, that the weekend is host to the annual State of Black Gay America Summit — an ambitious event that aims to both take stock and inspire change.

“Atlanta sets the tone for the rest of the black gay world. This is the black gay mecca. When Atlanta does something, people watch. We set trends,” said Gregory Allen, the president and CEO of Xtreme Entertainment, Inc., which founded the summit with community advocate Darlene Hudson.

“People have to show up and show out; the only way to move ahead is to move together,” Allen said at a recent Black Gay Pride press conference hoted by Meak Productions. “Black Gay Pride is everyone’s, so it’s our responsibility to see it through.”

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Pride Day headed to Six Flags over Georgia

Six Flags Over Georgia will be a lot gayer than it normally is next weekend with an unofficial event held to draw local and regional LGBT visitors.

Pride Day at Six Flags is scheduled for Aug. 13 at the Atlanta theme park, according to Angel Garron, CFO of Unity Entertainment and organizer of the event. This isn’t an exclusive day at Six Flags, meaning that the park will be open to everyone on that particular date, but Garron hopes for several thousand LGBT patrons to come out in support.

This is the second annual Pride at Six Flags day. Last year’s event was staged over Labor Day Weekend and the attendance was low, due to the holiday weekend and conflict with Black Gay Pride. Organizers also only had about three months to do the planning, but for the 2011 model they’ve had a full year. Hence, the date has been changed and Garron has been pleased with the reaction to this year’s gathering, as well as online visitors to the site and tickets already sold.

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Big Peach tennis

The Atlanta Team Tennis Association hosts tournament over Labor Day weekend