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ATL gay promoters and activists honor legacy of MLK

Atlanta HIV / AIDS activst Craig Washington

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. noted that the gulf between different groups of people was widened not only by outright racism, but also by the unspoken acceptance of the status quo. Although the white and black gay populations in King’s hometown have gained tremendous vibrancy and clout since his era, modern Atlanta’s gay social scene can sometimes feel as segregated as 1950s lunch counters and water fountains.

“We’re creatures of habit, and we tend to stick to things and people that we are accustomed to,” says Gregory Allen, CEO of Xtreme Entertainment, which hosts “The Lion’s Den” parties. “We tend to stay in our own neighborhoods, we tend to party in our own circles.

“There are so many subsets of the LGBT community, and without actually taking the initiative or making the effort to really bring the cultures together, everyone just goes to their own corner — African-Americans partying in their own circle, Caucasians partying in their own circle, Hispanics partying in their own circle,” he adds.

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Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride an overall success with parties, community events

Black Gay Pride Sunday in the Park

Thousands of people flocked to the clubs, events, Piedmont Park and parties over Labor Day weekend to celebrate Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride, considered the largest in the nation.

The weekend started with a candlelight vigil sponsored by In the Life Atlanta, the sponsor of Black Gay Pride for the past 14 years. See a photo album of that event here.

There were community events such as the State of Black Gay America summit, sponsored by Xtreme Entertainment with keynote speaker Sharon Lettman, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, a national group focused on African-Americans and LGBT issues. A photo album from this event can be seen here.

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Tony Award winner Melba Moore loves her gay fans

Broadway star and Tony winner Melba Moore

She’s performed with some of the best musical artists in the business, recording hit songs and earning numerous Grammy nominations. She’s made history on Broadway.

And she’s fallen on serious hard times but still keeps doing what she loves the most — singing and performing.

Melba Moore brings her spirit to Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride, performing live on Sunday, Sept. 5, at Django’s as part of Wassup N ATL’s lineup of artists.

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‘Queen Bee’ Lil’ Kim says she is not playing Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride in interview

Lil' Kim says she won't perform at Atlanta's Black Gay Pride

An interview with Lil Kim on Kontrol Magazine’s website says the Queen Bee won’t be playing Atlant’s Black Gay Pride this weekend, but the promoter of the event believes the singer is trying to get more money for her appearance or possibly doesn't want to be the "opening act" for red-hot Nicki Minaj.

A podcast of the interview posted today quotes Lil Kim as saying that the promoters of the event were duped by a booking agent. She is part of Wassup N ATL’s lineup of entertainers for the weekend and is slated to play at midnight on Saturday at Vita in Buckhead.

In the interview, Lil Kim says a “psycho lunatic” has been representing himself as her booking agent and conned the promoters out of $15,000. She also said there was no way she could show up to perform now.

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Stars set to shine for Black Gay Pride nightlife

Black Gay Pride weekend always draws star power to Atlanta, and this year is no exception.

Atlanta is packed with black LGBT party promoters who put on popular events throughout the year, but go all out for Labor Day Weekend when tens of thousands pack the city for the world’s largest African-American LGBT celebration.

This year, you can celebrate “Pure Heat” with Traxx and Traxx Girls, “Peach Fever” with Xplosion Entertainment, “Manual Labor” with Wassup N Atl, “Femme-Nomen-Non” with Girls in the Night, and “Southern Xplosion” with The Lion’s Den.

Celebrities are definitely in the mix: Wassup N Atl features a live performance by legendary singer and actress Melba Moore among its offerings, while Traxx also offers plenty of star wattage.