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  Thursday, May 26
6–9 p.m.   DC Black Pride Hospitality Suite Open
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Franklin Park Room, Lobby Level
7–9 p.m.   DC Black Pride Town Hall Meeting
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
Admission: Free

’Til Death Do Us Part: A Discussion of Domestic Violence in the Black LGBT Community

Moderator: June Crewshaw, Rainbow Response Coalition

Panelist: Tonya J. Turner, Senior Staff Attorney, Break the Cycle; Hassan Naveed,Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) and Metropolitan Police Department representative.
  Friday, May 27
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.   DC Black Pride Hospitality Suite Open
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Franklin Park Room, Lobby Level
7–10 p.m.   Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamilton Ballroom
Admission: Free

2011 Welmore Cook Community Service Awardees:
Ronald R. Collins, Director, District of Columbia Office of Boards and Commissions »read bio«

Khadijah Tribble, Director of Operations, UMC Center for Excellence »read bio«

Hors D'oeuvres and cash bar
  Saturday, May 28
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.   DC Black Pride Hospitality Suite Open
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Franklin Park, Lobby Level
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   Workshops
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamilton Ballroom
Admission: Free

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Noon – 2 p.m.   fire & inkWriter's Forum co-sponsored with Fire & Ink
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamilton Ballroom
Admission: Free

“Why Do You Write/Read and How Do You Succeed?"

Join a panel of poetry, theater, 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 question 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. Hosted by Fire & Ink!

Moderator: Lisa C. Moore »read bio«

Panelists: Yolo Akili, Aaron Anson, Jade Foster, Bettina Judd, Michelle Sewell and Alan Sharpe »read bios«
1–4:30 p.m.   Maurice JamalFilm Festival co-produced by GLO TV
The Sphinx Club Grand Ballroom
Admission: $20

Movie Line Up

"The Body of a Barbe"
Written and Directed by Lena Waithe Comedy/Romance, 15 min., 2010

DJ "Shangela" Pierce (RuPaul's Drag Race) makes his screen debut in a touching and funny film that follows a lonely drag performer, unlucky in love, who has a one-night stand that doesn't exactly go as planned.

"Finding Judy"
Lindon Warren: Cast, Gary Riotto:  Director and Producer, Alicia Gargaro-Magna:  Producer
Eduardo Magana:  Editor.
7:35, .

What happens when an African American teen from Chicago looks inside himself and discovers he can sing and act just like the legendary Judy Garland? A sweet, engaging look at how one young man's quirky talent helped him disarm high school bullies, flummox telemarketers and propel himself from YouTube obscurity all the way to tinsel town.

"The Slap"
Written and directed by H.M. Cokely
Comedy, 15 min., 2010

A hard-working single Black mother comes home after her romantic evening only to find her son having a "special evening" of his own. What is a mother to do, when faced with something she never thought she'd have to see? Starring Elise Neal (The Hughleys, All Of Us, Hustle and Flow)

"My Mama Said Yo Mama's A Dyke"
By Couquie Hughes
Comedy/Mockumentary, 84 min., 2010

Chicago filmmaker Couquie Hughes is back again with another outrageous, in your face film. This time she presents a mockumentary about a group of tens who are fed up with their lesbian moms and decide to enlist them in a special camp that specializes in "de-lesbianism".

"Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight For Fairness"
Documentary, 15 min.

This documentary connects the Black Civil Rights Movement with the Lesbian and Gay Marriage Equality movement. MARRIAGE EQUALITY, a project of award-winning filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, was commissioned by Tribeca Film Institute’s ‘All Access’ Program in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The film premiered as part of an international celebration of Nelson Mandela in the autumn of 2010. It interweaves archival footage and photos with contemporary interviews to illuminate events surrounding the pivotal Massachusetts state constitutional convention on Same Sex Marriage which gave new momentum to the national same Gay Marriage movement as a Civil Rights issue. At the center of our story is Massachusetts Representative Byron Rushing, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement who took the campaign for Same Sex Marriage into African American communities, directly challenging many religious leaders, and defining the right to Same Sex Marriage as a Civil Rights issue on par with the liberation movements of the 1950s and 1960s. An unlikely Gay Rights hero in some respects, Rushing, a heterosexual man of strong faith, has spent a lifetime championing the causes of the underserved, overlooked and oppressed.

5:30–8 p.m.   ButtaFlySoulPoetry Slam hosted by ButtaFlySoul
The Sphinx Club Grand Ballroom
Admission: $15

First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

Those interested in participating MUST sign up in advance. Sign-ups can be done in the DC Black Pride Hospitality Suite by 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

Please note: All participates will be required to purchase a ticket to the event.
10 p.m. – 1 a.m.   Retro Dance Night co-sponsored with The Best of Washington featuring DJ Mandrill
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
Admission: $15
  Sunday, May 29
10 a.m. – Noon   Church Service
Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel
Admission: Free
  Monday, May 30
Noon – 6 p.m.   DC Black Pride & Us Helping Us, Inc. Health and Wellness Festival
Fort Dupont Park
Admission: Free

2011 DCBP Sponsors
Metro Weekly US Helping Us DC Office of Human Rights Washington Blade Whitman-Walker Health The Rubber Revolution AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Glo Tv The DC Center National gay and Lesbian Task Force