Only official DC Black Pride events are listed on this page. If an event is not listed, it is not an officially sanctioned DCBP event. All events being held in the host hotel and the Cultural Arts/Health and Wellness Festival are free. The majority of the events will occur in the host hotel, the Grand Hyatt Washington on the Independence level.

Social events and parties are a very important part of DCBP. DCBP has partnered with several organizations to provide various social events and parties. Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions are the offical party promoters for male parties. Unleashed DC (A 2 Zee Events, Madd Max Media, MIMSOL Entertainment, Onyx Entertainment and TMS Entertainment) is the official party promoter for female parties. Click images to view full flyers for parties.

If an event or party is listed on this page, it is NOT an official DC Black Pride event.

7 p.m. - midnight   Welcome to DC Unleashed Happy Hour
Midtown, 1219 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC 20036

Presented by Unleashed DC

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Free before 9 p.m., $12 after Hookah available. Music by DJ MIM
10 p.m.   The Genesis Chapter V
Cafe Asia, 1720 I St NW, WDC 20006

Presented by Omega Entertainment & Daryl Wilson Promotions

Click to view The Genesis Chapter V flyer
Noon - 9 p.m.   Hospitality Suite Open
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level
Noon -
1 a.m.
  Game Room Open
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, McPherson Square
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.   Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Ballroom

Featuring the presentation of the 2014 DC Black Awards, Rose Breyae performing live, heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

Award Recipients (click name to read bio)

Welmore Cook Award: Patricia R. Corbett
Welmore Cook Award: Abdur-Rahim Briggs
Charlotte Smallwood Award: C. Hawkins
DC Black Pride Leadership Award: AJ King
Ruth Ellis Award: DC Metropolitan Police Gay & Lesbian Liasion Unit (GLLU)

Rose Breyae

Rose BreyaeDMV recording artist Rose Breyae is a talented vocalist and songwriter by way of Owings Mills located in Baltimore, Md. Rose discovered her passion for singing and started writing music at the age of six. She says that no matter how far apart she and music grew, it always found its way back to her like one's true love. Her indie underground single 'Be More' garnered 100,000 plus views on YouTube within 10 weeks with no major promotion or publicity. Rose performed at DC Black Pride 2013 and at the DMV's annual African American Cultural Festival also known as AFRAM on the main stage. Fantasia, K.Michelle and the legendary Patti Labelle were the headliners. She also participated in The National Boys and Girls club 2013 anti-bullying major city tour as an effort to raise awareness. Rose is also a supporter of Saving Our Daughters based of Atlanta. Saving Our Daughters provides guidance and support to young girls, teens and young adult women. She credits Brandy, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, the late Selena and Rihanna as a few of of her inspirations and influences. Rose possesses the soul of an R&B songstress, edginess of a rocker, passion of a country artist and mass appeal of a pop star. She best describes her sound as "Hip-Pop Rock Soul." Her next project 'Homemade Lemonade' an EP scheduled for release July 2014. Rose says Homemade Lemonade or (H2L for short) will be a cool glass of the beverage of the same name on a hot summer day. She says H2L will have a little something for everyone and promises to be a diversified blend of ear candy for all who listen.
8:30 - 10:30 p.m.   LGBTQ Speed Dating/Networking presented by RainbowConnects
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence B & C

Check in begins at 7:30 p.m.

Speed Dating

9:30 p.m. -
3:30 a.m.
  The Annual 5000 Men Pride Mega Party
Ibiza Nightclub DC, 1222 First St NE, WDC 20002

Presented by Omega Entertainment & Daryl Wilson Promotions

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10 p.m. - 3 a.m.   Gurl’s Play
Vita Lounge, 1318 9th St. NW, WDC 20001

Presented by Unleashed DC

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$10 in advance. $15 at the door. Hosted by DNyce DJ Jai Syncere and DJ Lady Mysterious on the 1s and 2s. Advanced Tickets and Tables can be purchased at
Saturday, May 24
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.   Hospitality Suite Open
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level
10:30 -
11:30 a.m.
  Coach G's PowerCORE Workshop
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Farragut Square

Coach G's PowerCORE is a unique, high energy class focused on defining your core – the muscles you rely on for daily activities as well as sports and recreational activities. Based on research by Harvard Medical School and his many years of experience as a fitness trainer, Coach G will lead participants through a series of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, balance and mobility. Participants will come for a work­out and leave with a smile.

Coach G

Coach G’s has more than 10 years experience in the exercise sports science field includ­ing a degree in athletic training and sports medicine from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a MS in Exer­cise and Health Pro­mo­tion from Cal U. He also holds various high level certifications such as certified athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist, NASM Performance enhance­ment specialist, certified specialist in speed and explosion, and an advanced exercise nutrition certificate from Human Kinetics.

Coach G has been featured on CNN, Fox News, ABC news and WTOP as a fitness and health expert. He works with various levels of clients from professional NBA, NFL, MLS athletes to 65 year old women. On his off time he competes for Washington DC's gay basketball team, flag football team, and practices yoga.

View Coach G Fox Morning News segment

You can connect with Coach G on Twitter @coachgfit, YouTube CoachGFitness or
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   TOWN HALL MEETING | Understanding the Power of the Black LGBT Vote in 2014 and Beyond
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence F

Over the past few years, Black LGBT candidates have been elected in North Carolina, Michigan, California, Georgia and across the United States. Last year, the Democratic National Committee LGBT Caucus elected its first Black Gay Man as Chair. Many elected official and politicians regularly attend Black Gay Prides to acknowledge the Black LGBT community and seek our votes. Does this mean the Black LGBT Community has arrived politically? Can Black LGBT voters make a difference in the 2014 election? Black LGBT politicos will explore these questions and others from the audience in what should be a riveting discussion.

Moderator: Richard A. Fowler
Panelist: Jeffrey Richardson, Courtney Snowden, Khadijah Tribble and Lawrence Webb.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   TOWN HALL MEETING | The Impact of Homophobia in Africa
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence B

In Africa, 38 out of 53 countries, or 3/4ths of the continent, currently have anti-gay laws on the books, including two countries where same-sex activity is punishable by death. Recently, Uganda, Nigeria, and others have actually strengthened laws prohibiting same-sex relationships. Join Center Global, an initiative of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, and Black Pride for a panel discussion around the impact of homophobia in Africa and how it is affecting individuals coming to Washington, DC seeking asylum in the United States.
Noon -
1 a.m
  Game Room Open
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, McPherson Square Room
12: 30 -
1:45 p.m.
  Writer's Forum
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Lafayette Park

The Writers

Wyatt O’Brian Evans, Moderator - Wyatt O’Brian Evans is a journalist, author, radio talk show host, public/motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. As a journalist, Wyatt’s work has been featured in print and on line media outlets including the Huffington Post; Washington Post; Bilerico; BaltimoreOUTloud; the Washington Blade. Wyatt has researched and written extensively on LGBTQ intimate partner violence/abuse (IPV/A) and conducts seminars and workshops on IPV/A.

Wyatt is the host of the brand new internet radio program, “The WOE Show,” which debuts on PapiChuloRADIO, on Sunday, June 1, 9 p.m. EST. And, Wyatt is the author of the popular series of novels, Nothing Can Tear Us Apart (gay/ethnic), released by Nair’Bo Universal—the publishing and production house he’s created. RAGE!, is the latest installment in the Nothing Can Tear Us Apart series.

Buddah DesmondBuddah Desmond - Buddah Desmond is a poet whose writing showcases the gritty side of life, and imparts messages of hope, optimism, and resilience. His writing has appeared in The Shades of Autumn, The Reporter, Pictures & Frames Magazine, Gracies Dinnertime Theatre, MOOV Magazine and MUSED Magazine Online. He’s a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland University College. An aspiring renaissance man, he is also a singer, artist, cook, voice actor and user experience (UX) professional. Prevail: Poems on Life, Love, and Politics is his first volume of poetry. He currently resides in Alexandria, Va with his partner.

La Toya HankinsLa Toya Hankins - La Toya Hankins is a native of North Carolina and currently resides in Raleigh, N.C. A graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a minor in political science. During her college career, she became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and later served as second vice president for one of the largest graduate chapters in North Carolina.

After working as a regional reporter and features editor in the Charlotte metro area for seven years, La Toya entered the world of banking, where she worked for the fifth largest bank in the country. Presently employed with the State of North Carolina, she divides her time between being a proud pet parent of a terrier named Neo and volunteering in the community.

Currently serving as the chair of Shades of Pride, organizer of the annual Triangle Black Pride, La Toya is an active supporter of LGBT issues and health disparities that affect her community. Her literary influences and loves include Zora Neale Hurston, Walter Mosley, Anne Rice, and Pearl Cleage. Her motto, borrowed from Hurston, is “I do not weep at the world, I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

J. OmarrJ. Omarr
- Born in Newark, NJ in January of 1976, J. Omarr began writing at the encouragement of his 4th grade teacher. She made it a friendly competition between him and his cousin. Later the love of words was cultivated in at Malcolm X Shabazz high school in Newark and lastly at Kean University where he majored in english literature.

After the success of his first book MASAI, the 36 year old writer took some time off from writing for two reasons. Although the feedback from the book was very good he wasn’t really prepared for the impact it would have on so many people’s lives or the comparison’s that were to follow. J. Omarr had been compared to the late great E. Lynn Harris for his ability to unravel a story and to Omar Tyree for the grit he bought to his stories. It had been said that MASAI was like reading Bboy Blues, Invisible life and What They Want, all at once with then add the sensuality of The Sex Chronicles.

As much as J. Omarr admires the comparisons to the great writers he’s hoping to carve out his own niche` in the market of writing by adding a different voice to the world of erotica. With his second book JUSTUS J. Omarr is ready to take the world by storm by introducing the world to another type of bad boy.

Tiana Meek - Tiana Meek, aka the writer T'Ego, was a young princess when she began her writing career. She spent endless summer days typing out dramatic epics resembling the adulthood she was bound to pursue. Tiana's first works have been included in anthologies and journals in both the United States and France. Over the years she has explored the Mid-Atlantic States, the South and Western coast, as well as the continent of Asia seeking new inspirations and life experiences. Currently, the writer resides in the DC Metro area where she enjoys shouting at people on karaoke stages around town and chasing her pitbull, Ava, through fields of dandelions. Tiana is currently working with 3 other black female writers on a book of Love Stories due out in early 2015 and her essay, "Jesus Loves Me but the Church Hates Me" is up for publication late summer 2014.

Rashid DardenRashid Darden - Rashid Darden is a novelist. He was born in the late 1970s in Washington, DC, where he has spent his entire life, save for brief stints in Moscow, Russia and Leicester, United Kingdom. Rashid’s first three novels are a trilogy consisting of Lazarus (2005), Covenant (2011), and Epiphany (2012). Each novel was published by Old Gold Soul Press to critical acclaim. The novels told the collected stories of Adrian Collins, a gay college sophomore who pledges a predominately black fraternity; how he deals with the cycle of hazing; and how he navigates both family and romantic relationships. The books resonated deeply with many in the African American, LGBT and fraternal communities, earning Rashid fans that span the generations. A companion volume of poetry entitled The Life and Death of Savion Cortez was released in 2011.

In 2006, Rashid was one of just two awardees in Literature at the Clik Magazine Honors. (The other awardee was E. Lynn Harris.) In 2007, an interview with Rashid was published in Carry the Word: A Bibliography of Black LGBT Q Books. Rashid’s next novel is Birth of a Dark Nation (2013), the first in the Dark Nation series, the stories of African vampires brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade.
1 -
2 p.m.
  WORKSHOP | Ballroom Community 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Ballroom Community
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Franklin Square

Many people were exposed to the Ballroom Community through the film, “Paris Is Burning.” Unfortunately, most members of the LGBT community and even fewer in the overall community truly understand the structure, leadership and contributions that the Ballroom Community has made to LGBT culture. This workshop will provide you with an intimate insight into the Ballroom Community by those who provide leadership and support to its members. Bring your questions and an open mind!

Moderator: Harold Balenciaga
Panelists: Rayceen Pendarvis, Shannon Garcon and Charles Khan
1 - 2 p.m.   WORKSHOP | Men’s Discussion Group: Coming Out...Again
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence F

Project Healthy Living is proud to bring back to DC Black Pride our signature program. This year’s topic centers on the challenges our community continues to face in the advent of a modern age where to be SGL or LGBT is both in vogue and increasingly more acceptable. With marriages, families, and various civic and social institutions (including churches and religious institutions) espousing greater inclusion and acceptance why do we as Black men still find it hard to live fully authentic lives. Why are we having some of the same challenges and problems faced by generations of men before us? How can we change our lives and our experiences free of guilt, shame, stigma and SHADE? This interactive discussion is designed to explore critical issues within the Black SGL/GB community and to share collective wisdom to encourage our brothers to live healthy and empowered lives.

Facilitators: Darryl! LC Moch & Kenneth J. Pettigrew
1 - 2 p.m.   WORKSHOP | Protected and Served?: Addressing Systemic Neglect and Misconduct by the Criminal Justice System
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Farragut Square

Do you trust the government? Whether profiled by police, “outed” in court, abused by homophobic police or school security, denied medical care in prison, or numerous other injustices, our community faces serious discrimination and abuses of power from the government institutions that are supposed to protect us. In this workshop, we will examine the data and policy recommendations from Lambda Legal’s Protected and Served? Survey of LGBT/HIV Contact with Police, Courts, and Prisons and share and discuss strategies to address the discrimination, violence and misconduct and make these institutions more culturally competent and accountable to LGBT community members.

Facilitator: Aron Cobbs, Lambda Legal
2 - 3 p.m.   WORKSHOP | Are you Afraid of Aging: An Intergenerational Discussion
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence B, C, D

This community discussion is intended to be an open and honest discussion between folks about how each generation looks at the aging process. We all live in a youth oriented society yet each one of us is growing older with each passing day. What does aging look for those of us who are part of the younger generation? What does aging look like to those of us over 40? Come and share your thoughts and experiences.

Facilitator: Earl Fowlkes
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.   WORKSHOP | PrEP in the City
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Franklin Square

Can PrEP save the lives of Black gay and bisexual men? Can a prevention lubricant help reduce HIV risk among transgender women? Come find out! This workshop will feature a presentation on the key messages on PrEP, tackling the myths and misconceptions about this biomedical prevention modality. In addition, there will be an overview on the development of a lubricant that can prevent HIV. These are exciting tools in the HIV prevention toolkit, come learn more about them.

Presenters: Venton Jones, PxROAR fellow, AVAC; Devin Barrington Ward, RxROAR fellow, Independence Level and Steven Martinez, program assistant, AVAC
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.   WORKSHOP: Women’s Discussion Group: Separatism Within the Black Lesbian Community
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Level, Farragut Square

This interactive discussion will examine a growing phenomenon of separatism within the Black Lesbian community. While the separatism issue isn’t new for Lesbians or women, it seems that more Lesbians become more separatists as they age. If this is true, what is the impact that separatism has on the relationship between Gay men and Lesbian women? Does separatism increase the generation gap within the Black Lesbian community? These and other related issues with be discussed during this session.

Sponsored by INSIDE OUT "Life from the LGBTQ Perspective" which airs on 89.3 FM WPFW every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. EST.”

Moderator: Sheila Alexander-Reid
3 - 7 p.m.   DC Black Pride Film Festival
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence Ballroom

Featured films. Click film name to view description.

The Aggressives (2011, 75 minutes, Documentary)
Call Me Kuchu (2012, 87 minutes, Documentary)
Blackbird (2014, Drama)
3 - 9 p.m.   The Chill Out Ultimate Day Party
The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St NW, WDC 20005

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions

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3 - 9:30 p.m.   Sexiest Day Party in DC Candyland
Stadium Club DC, 2127 Queens Chapel Rd NE, WDC 20018

Presented by Unleashed DC

Click to view Sexiest Day Party in DC Candyland flyer
$12 in advance, $15 at the door. Music by DJ Lady Mysterious, DJ Face and DJ MIM. Advanced tickets and tables can be purchased at
7 - 9 p.m.  

DC Black Pride Poetry Slam hosted by Tim'm West
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence B, C, D

This year we look forward to brothas and sistahs bringing their best poetry and spoken word to the mic. 15 poets, 2 rounds, 3 cash prizes. Slam is made for the people: the audience relates to their stories, responds to their experiences, and is moved by the movement of words, voices, and their embodiment on stage. Hosted by the legendary emcee, author, poet, and Deep Dickollective co-founder Tim'm West, come celebrate Black Pride through the words that become flesh, that celebrate our past, present, and future, and that highlight the fierce creativity and talent of the Black LGBTQ community worldwide.

How it will work: Sign-ups for the Slam will begin promptly at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt. In the interest of time, there will be only 15 spots available for the 1st round of poetry. After the host opens the mic, a professional sacrificial poet sets the tone for Slam judging and the Slam will begin. Performances should be no longer than 4 minutes (a minute longer than the three minutes given as standard). Going over time will result in one point being taken from the total. A diverse set of five audience members will be chosen to judge, which will also be guided by audience reaction. After the first round, the five poets with the highest scores will move on to a second round. The top three scores will receive 1st ($250), 2nd ($100) and 3rd prizes ($50).

Tim'm T

Tim'm T. West is a poet, scholar, rapper, and youth activist who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised primarily in Arkansas. A contemporary Renaissance man, he is a featured voice in many documentaries about hip hop and masculinity because of his ground-breaking work as a queer-identified hip hop artist, AIDS activist, and youth advocate, among other affiliations. A teacher and cultural producer at a number of secondary and post-secondary institutions, West received a B.A. from Duke University and graduate degrees from The New School for Social Research and Stanford University. He is author of several books, is widely anthologized, and also has produced and released nine hip hop albums, the first several with iconic queer rap group D/DC. In 2013 he released his fifth solo project "snapshots". Tim'm West travels and lectures widely and, professionally recently ended his role as Director of Youth Programs at Center On Halsted in Chicago for a return to Washington, DC.
9:30 p.m. -
4 a.m.
  The Wet Dream Mega Party
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE, WDC 20018

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions

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11 pm. - 3 a.m.   Mega Women's Event Pride Xplosion
The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW, WDC 20001

Presented by Unleashed DC

Click to view Mega Women's Event 
Pride Xplosion flyer
Advanced Tickets: General Admission $15, VIP $30 -
At Door: General Admission $20, VIP $40
Music by DJ MIM and DJ Adore
3 - 7 a.m.  

Insomniac Mega Pride After-Party
Upscale Ballroom, 3900 Bexley Pl, Suitland, Md 20746

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions

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Sunday, May 25
9 -
11 a.m.
  Interfaith Service
Grand Hyatt Washington - Independence B, C, D

Joinlocal affirming churches as we praise, pray, sing and give a message of celebrating our Black Pride through our faiths. Special guests include African Heritage Dancers, Unity Fellowship DC Praise Team, New Hope Baptist UCC, Inner Light Ministries, Bethel Christian Church and Bishop Allyson Abrams of the Empowerment Liberation Cathedral.
noon - 6 p.m.  

Cultural Arts/Health and Wellness Festival
Francis-Stevens Educational Campus, 2425 N St NW (near DuPont Circle), WDC 20037 (outside)

Hosted by the incomparable Rayceen Pendarvis featuring entertainment, vendors and health screenings. The 2014 DCBP Poetry Slam winner will be featured. Sign up to be a vendor >

The Entertainers

Rayceen PendarvisRayceen Pendarvis - Rayceen Pendarvis is a longtime progressive activist who works on issues related to LGBT Liberation. Currently Rayceen is a columnist for SWERV Magazine and the host of "The Ask Rayceen" Show, a monthly live LGBT talk show in Washington, DC.

Rayceen has appeared in several print, television and theater productions and also hosted Capitol Pride, Black Pride, Winter Meltdown and Song Master annual LGBT Cruise. During this amazing journey doors have opened to work with Grammy Award winners such as Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Holiday. Being a former elected ANC Commissioner and a Ballroom Legend are some of Rayceen’s many accomplishments but most of all, Rayceen known to all as "Earth Mother to the Gays” — all hail the Queen, Rayceen!

Anthony WayneAnthony Wayne from "Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical" - Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical® is a new musical written by Anthony Wayne and Directed by Wayne and Kendrell Bowman. It tells the life story of Sylvester through his music and his point of view. Beyond all the trials, tribulations, glitz and glamour of his lifestyle, he was a symbol for being FABULOUS, but, also, a symbol for unapologetically being who he was. The words and music of this show will enter your ear, soar through your heart and inspire your soul. It’s GUARANTEED to have EVERYONE dancing in the aisles. Broadway Star Anthony Wayne (Broadway’s “PIPPIN”, “PRISCILLA”, “Anything Goes” [2011]) sings, lives and breathes life as the 1970’s Disco Singer SYLVESTER. The show, also, features Broadway’s Anastacia McCleskey (“PRISCILLA”; “HAIR”, “Book Of Mormon”) and Jacqueline B. Arnold (“We Will Rock You”, “PRISCILLA”) as The Two Tons of Fun/Weather Girls. More information:

JerelJerel - Songwriter, singer, dancer and model Jerel is more than a threat when delivering real music. Hailing from the Washington DC Metro Area by way of Jersey City, NJ. Jerel loves take great pride in what he does. Jerel loves to sing anything from Pop to R&B to Country With his distinct runs and haunting vocals . Jerel has preformed at numereous concerts, churches along with opening up for RUN DMC. One of Jerel's songs is also on display At Princeton University Art Hall Exhibit. Some of his great musical influences are Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, The Clark Sisters, Destiny's Child, Ciara, T-pain, and Justin Timberlake among many others. Jerel is always readily prepared to shut down any stage. His new mixtape "The Light" can be viewed at

Jae "The Lyoness"Jae "The Lyoness" - Jae "The Lyoness" is a female Inspirational Hip Hop artist. She was born in 1990 in Washington DC and now lives in Baltimore, where she is making a name for herself. She recently performed at the famous Apollo Theater accomplishing one of her biggest childhood dreams. She brings back the true essence of hip hop with a positive message in every song. The phenomenal feline started a movement called "StruggleMewzik" last year in March. StruggleMewzik was created to bring people together by the healing and power of music. Showing everyone that no matter who you are, we all are one. We all struggle at some point in life. Jae released an empowering and inspirational mix tape this past January titled "God Save Me" about her own personal struggles in life as well as her peers. She has received great feedback from fans all over. Jae has impacted so many lives. Letting people know it's okay to follow your dreams no matter how the world may label you. Jae is not shy by giving all glory to God. Without him, she says nothing she does is ever possible. New opportunities have presented themselves for the young feline. She says she is taking it one day at a time. She just knows having God, her future is promising.

B. DivineB. Divine - Brandon Graham, known as B. Divine, is multi-talented R&B/Pop singer, songwriter and producer based out of the Atlanta area. The seamless and original sounds of this R&B/Pop sensation are forever present in his first project, "Podium: No Questions." This well-rounded talent has worked with ASCAP Atlanta and UMGP Nashville and UP TV, while performing on many small and large stages. His most recent token was the "Check It Out Series" with ASCAP Atlanta. His most recent video entitled "Hoping for a Miracle" is available on youtube:

BoomscatBoomscat - The Peace & Body Roll Duo BOOMscat, Washington, DC based, consists of keyboardist/drummer/producer, Asha Santee (BOOM), and vocalist/songwriter Jennifer Patience Rowe (scat). Together, they create a sound that ignites vulnerability, elevation and self-reflection. Since their conception in the fall of 2012, BOOMscat has released their first mixtape, "The Trilogy", performed at several venues in Chicago on their "Peace & Body Roll Tour" including the University of Chicago, and have gained support from gospel music legend, Richard Smallwood, international performing artist Ayanna Gregory, The Gateway Arts District, Kimpton Hotels, several event promoters throughout the Metropolitan Area and many more avid music lovers. The mind requires emotional meditation. BOOMscat is the method. Official website:

Dana NearingDana Nearing - Although he now calls Washington, DC, his home, Dana Nearing grew up on the Northwest side of Detroit, MI. He developed his ear for music at an early age and was greatly influenced by the rich sounds of Motown and R&B, musical genres with deep roots in the Motor City.

Dana credits his high school chorus teacher with bringing him out of his shell and onto the stage. Once a counter-tenor, he now sings comfortably in the Bass to 2nd Tenor range. That range, coupled with his years of experience and boundless enthusiasm, has afforded him various opportunities to sing before Washington, DC, audiences as a soloist and member of one of Washington’s oldest and most established choruses, The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC.

As one of four children, Dana’s parents taught him a lesson that he continues to hold close in his adult life: you can’t always have everything you want, but be thankful for having everything you need. Singing has been a passion of his for quite some time now and he is grateful for being granted the gift of song. Music brings him happiness, and the rush of performing keeps him motivated to grow personally and professionally while striving to stay humble and appreciative of every opportunity he receives.

The OASIS Dance Company - The OASIS Dance Company combines all forms of dance to create an eclectic performance that captivates and rouses the senses of the audience. Founded in 2003, The OASIS Dance Company is a community dance group based in the National Capitol Region of Greater Washington, DC. that is committed to making dance a meaningful experience for all. OASIS combines all forms of dance to create an eclectic performance that captivates and rouses the senses of the audience. The company participates in diverse performances, including local and national parades, talent competitions, TV appearances, music videos, tours, and pep rallies. The dance company’s success reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of its members, and we use dance to build self-confidence and strength by encouraging open expression of emotions and allowing for collaboration with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. In doing so, our company encourages the hard work and dedication that make outstanding dance performances possible.

Johnniemae - Raw skills and clever wordplay describe the lyrical talents of rapper Johnniemae. Born, Jamie rai williams this ohio native eventually adopted the stage name "Johnniemae" after rapping and performing for a whole year without a stage name. Shortly thereafter coined ohio's newest lyrical phenom. Johnniemae on YouTube:

Miesa - Miesa stems from a musical family born and raised in South Jersey. Miesa and her siblings were trained in music at an early age while learning to play the clarinet, guitar and the piano, and began recording in the studio as early as age seven. During her adolescence Miesa also participated in pageants and magazine shoots. With a love for performing, Miesa is ready to take her place in the spotlight. R&B infused pop, Miesa’s style draws on her vocal training from church and her father. In the past, Miesa has worked with Kaleena of Dirty Money, Cassidy, Young Joc and Joe Thomas. Describing herself as musically dynamic, Miesa’s music is her form of confession. Her upcoming debut album is being crafted by producers the Chemistri and songwriters JacksonCroft MIESA is signed to Siri Music/eOne/Sony is currently working on her debut album with  JacksonCroft (Tamia, Pia Toscano, Jessica Simpson, Keri Hilson), The Chemistri (Wynter  Gordon, Kristinia Debarge) and Happy Perez (Miguel). Official website:

Mr. BouvierMr. Bouvier - Mr. Bouvier is a Washington, D.C. based independent artist that is leading the way to producing a fresh persona that soulfully blends his style in R&B/urban pop music. A Richmond, Va native, Bouvier is no newcomer to the music industry. Getting his start singing as a child performing with the South Richmond Boys’ Choir he then later attending a performing arts high school, he furthered his gifts through singing gospel music. Bouvier has had the opportunity to share the stage with notable gospel artist like Ernest Pugh, Yolanda Adams and Richard Smallwood. His sound is influenced by such musical greats as John Legend, Will Downing, John Stoddart and the late Luther Vandross. 

His self-written debut single “Love War” featuring Richie Skye was released in 2013; with a remix (“So In Love”) produced by Fatha Julz in 2014. This upbeat, pop anthem encourages people to fight for the love they want with lyrics like “Let’s go to war everybody its time that we fight for love. Let’s go to war start a riot we ain’t giving up. Let’s go to war”. He is currently working on the release of debut album Introducing Mr. Bouvier that will include local and national performances.

Mr. Bouvier is notably known as the “Legendary” former co-host of the YouTube sensation ‘The Morning Wood Show,” a weekly “hot topics” show where he candidly shares his fiery personality regarding some of the hottest topics in news and entertainment. He has had the pleasure of interviewing entertainment personalities as singers Luke James and Lil Mo, choreographer Frank Gatson (Beyoncé’s choreographer) and hairstylist Johnny Wright (First Lady Michelle Obama’s hairstylist). Mr. Bouvier was recently selected on the “Who’s Who” list by the G List Society of "Black Gays Who Rock" which profiles LGBT artist. More information:

KIN4LIFEKIN4LIFE - A new day is upon us, and hip hop’s answer to the question “what happened to the female rap game” is here. Blessed with the lyrical prowess to compete with the hottest emcees in the business, and being touted as the female version of The Neptunes, the female duo KIN4LIFE is a force. Together as a group for ten years and friends for over fifteen, Nor and IQ have solidified their family ties and KIN4LIFE has never had a truer meaning.

Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY, a town known for its contribution to hip hop in the late 80s and early 90s, KIN4LIFE is determined to bring hip hop glory back to their hometown and respect back to their genre. As young entrepreneurs, they founded their label, Noriq Records in 2002. Under this imprint, they have released the album KIN4LIFE Volume I” and the EPs “Rock Star” and “I Love KIN4LIFE”. The video for the hit single “Make Up Girl” held a spot on the Click List Countdown on MTV’s Logo for 11 consecutive weeks, and was nominated for The Click List's Top 10 Videos of 2009. In 2012, KIN4LIFE released “It’s Over Now”, the first single and video from their new album “Money Brings Trouble” released in summer 2013. KIN4LIFE has headlined the GO Magazine New York Nightlife Awards show; Pride celebrations in New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto, Palm Springs, Columbia, S.C.; and Inferno Dominican Republic, where they performed for the second consecutive year in 2011, along with Grammy nominee Marsha Ambrosius. KIN4LIFE was chosen as Group of the Year by the 2010 Readers Poll. Notable collaborations include tracks with producer DJ Jazzy Jeff and artists STS, Lil Flip, Black Ice and Clarita De Quiroz.

KIN4LIFE admits that their first love is emceeing, but their production and songwriting skills makes them a hot commodity behind the scenes. Working with the hottest up and coming hip hop and R&B acts, KIN4LIFE garnered comparison to Missy Elliot, prompting them to form Noriq Records’ subsidiaries, Red Eye Productions and The KIN Factory (writing and production). They showcased their talent as producers in the fall of 2009, winning the “King of the ATL” battle at the industry proving ground Producer’s Swap Meet in Atlanta. They have worked with a range of artists including Black Ice, Babs Bunny, Monifah, Lady Twist and Ty Ward. Their single “Money Brings Trouble” was chosen for placement in the feature film “Changing The Game” which premiered at the 2011 Hollywood Black Film Festival and opened in AMC Theaters in May 2012. KIN4LIFE’s music has also been featured in the films: Black Womyn Conversations, M.I., The Family, and the Lovers and Friends series. KIN4LIFE made their acting debut as cast members in an Atlanta production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” in 2012.

In 2010, KIN4LIFE wrote and produced the single “Lone Ranger” in support of LGBTQ youth, and in response to the recent wave of bullying and attacks that have made national headlines. The track was released as a free download on Christmas Day and had 2000 downloads in the first 48 hours. KIN4LIFE has also been featured on the PBS Emmy winning series "In The Life: Defying Stereotypes" which they now screen at universities across the country as part of a diversity program for students and faculty.

The CooLotsThe Coolots - The CooLots are the original all female Rock and Soul band hailing from the Washington, DC area. A melting pot of different styles and talents, The CooLots come together to create feelings never experienced before. These creations embody sincerity, musicality, rock, funk, and soul, with influences including: N.E.R.D, Me'Shell N'Degeocello, Sade, Staind, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and System of A Down. You can hear all these influences on The CooLots EP - their debut effort, released January 7, 2014. More information:

Capri BloomingdaleCapri Bloomingdale - view Capri as Whitney Houston at Shi-Queeta-Lee's "A Drag Salute To The Divas" show.


Capri BloomingdaleLaCountress Farrington - view LaCountess as Donna Summer at Shi-Queeta-Lee's "A Drag Salute To The Divas" show.

Mary BowmanMary Bowman - If there was going to be a successor to Maya Angelou, many have said that it would most definitely be Mary Bowman. Performing for over 5 years, Mary has graced stages all over the East Coast, and in 2012 she had the honor of performing at International Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC. Becoming a Nationally known poet has not wavered Mary's ability to offer herself raw and unadulterated, as a young woman living with HIV. Mary is the author of “LOTUS” a collection of poetry that was awarded 2011 book of the year by the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry awards. "Be The Change You Wish To See In The World" is manifested in Mary's everyday life as she plans to take her story across seas becoming an Internationally known poet & Advocate for HIV/AIDS. Mary is currently building her own organization, Purpose Over Entertainment (P.O.E.T.) P.O.E.T. is dedicated to reducing stigma and ignorance by using visual and performing arts to bring awareness and education to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Their purpose is to bring healing, hope, and inspiration to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS all over the world.

Mary has been featured in several blogs and newspapers including Street Sense (DC), The NY Times, and TheBody.Com. Several local and internet radio stations including, WPFW's Inside Out with Sheila Alexander- Reid, PozIAm Radio with Robert Breining, and The Exchange with Aaron Myers on blog talk radio. Mary has facilitated support groups for youth living with HIV, and has participated in several panel discussions/ rap sessions with youth wanting to learn about HIV. Mary is a poet, advocate, author, singer, however at the end of the day Mary is just Mary; A 25 year old woman, born with HIV. She smiles, she cries, she laughs, and she frowns just like anyone else.

Blair Dottin HaleyBlair Dottin Haley
Blair’s talent has always shone through his bright smile and charmingly effervescent personality. A child of the bayou; born and raised in New Orleans and always singing its praises. Blair’s soulful sound has always easily drawn a crowd, large and small. At the tender age of 8, he began showing his talents at Peter Claver, subsequently turning his whole family Catholic (according to Leah Chase). Once he became a Purple Knight he found his way onto the stage at the St. Augustine Talent Shows, from there it was non-stop performing on the football field during half-time and numerous spring band concerts. At 18, Blair was given the opportunity to grace the legendary Apollo stage where he displayed his magnificent presence. During his tenure at the Xavier University, Blair used his gift of song and speech to win the title of Mr. Xavier. This elevated his performance exposure and over the years Blair has used his voice to uplift at-risk youth, the LGBT community, civic gatherings, corporate and private company events. His voice has captured the tender moments of several brides walking down the aisle. Blair is of the firm belief that music is love and he can at best share it through his range and melody. Till the day he dies he will declare his love to his one and only which he expressed on the altar in a mesmerizing performance of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You”.

Blair is a dedicated husband, friend, mentor, activist, brother and son. He uses his mind and voice to help young, college-bound students develop the skills necessary for a successful academic career as College Summit’s Manager of Regional Operations. His life is a stage where his constantly sings the praises of God, friends, family, and community. In addition to helping to make the world a better place, Blair also lends his talents to the Washington DC area show band, “Marquise”. This opportunity has allowed him to bless many newlyweds’ first dance, father’s dancing with their daughters, and even shimmy up next to Chelsea Clinton. To say that Blair is an inspiration, an all-around awesome individual is an understatement. Put simply, Blair Dottin-Haley is a true expression of God’s love through his voice and presence. More information:

Kore StacksKore Stacks - Kore Stacks is a DC Hood Rapper. View the documentary on him coming out.

EarthTone (Da RaProducer)EarthTone (The RAProducer) - EarthTone (born Naquan Williams) is a seasoned combo artist hailing from East Orange, NJ. From the age of six he fell in love with the genreand was groomed in what most consider the "Golden Era". Though heavily impacted by the hip hop culture, his influences range from The Eagles to Erykah Badu.

EarthTone grew up writing and performing his music after his older brothers discovered his innovative talents. A multi-faceted individual, he would go on to excel in academics and athletics, garnering an opportunity to play NCAA Division 3 basketball for an acclaimed liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. Four years and a bachelor’s degree later, and he would go on to attend the Institute of Audio Research in New York City where he learned the basics of audio engineering and music production. From there he would blend those new skills along with his given talents to become the captivating artist he is today.

EarthTone specializes in hip hop production, song writing, and MC’ing. His sound is best described as "High-Grade Hip Hop", combing abrasive lyrics filled with 3rd listen undertones and beats that mirror early Kanye and J Dilla. A few of his favorite MC’s include: Black Thought, Homeboy Sandman, Curren$y, Busta Rhymes, and Styles P. What separates EarthTone’s muziq is its openly gay yet subtle content in an ironic landscape; The Hip Hop Arena. He has a way of bringing you close to the thoughts of a “gay hip hop head”, without making you feel uncomfortable.  Have a listen and you're sure to be entertained and refreshingly informed.

Bry'NtBry'Nt - Bry’Nt began his solo career with the release of his controversial mixtapes “Porn Star” (2008) and “Porn Star II: The Director’s Cut” (2009). He has also had the privilege to perform nationally and internationally opening for artists such as DJ Class, Fantasia, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Teairra Mari, Tweet and RuPaul. Although Bry'Nt has also been hard at work in fashion and film as a model and actor, it is his efforts in music that have put the OUTMusic Award nominee at the forefront of an underground movement known as “Out Hip-Hop” consisting of open LGBTQ artists. Bry’Nt grew an early interest in music growing up in Hartford, CT, and from this interest grew a passion. He and a couple of friends started a rap group called 3rd Degree. Although he was extremely expressive with his music, Bry’Nt was not comfortable with his sexuality at this point in his life. His sexuality remained a secret from his family, his friends, his group, and most importantly, his mother. It was age at 15 that Bry’Nt came to accept his sexuality, and this is where his music took a turn. Feeling that the images of the homosexual lifestyle in Hip-Hop music were poor, he wanted to portray a realistic one. With that he felt he needed to make music that was more “rainbow-friendly,” (a pun he developed to describe his style of music). Bry’Nt feels that a rapper’s sexuality shouldn’t define them, or put them in a separate category musically. More information:

Enkore Dance CompanyEnKore Dance - EnKore is one of the the leading urban Dance companies in the DMV. Established in 2010 EnKore swept the East Cost and south with their energetic entertsinung style of dance. Credits include BET's Black Girls rock, 106 & Park , Bronner Bros ATL Hair show, music videos, etc. Enkore is guranteed to always leave their audience wanting

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3 - 9 p.m.   The Rock The Block Party
Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St SE, WDC 20003

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions

Rock the Block
4 - 9 p.m.   Last Temptation Rooftop Party
Twelve Restaurant & Lounge, 1123 H St NE, WDC 20002

Presented by Unleashed DC

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$10 entry - Music by DJ KIDD SWAG

6 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

  Alan SharpAfrican-American Collective Theater (ACT) presents "Missing Pieces"
Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl SE, WDC 20020

African-American Collective Theater (ACT) returns, with "Missing Pieces," its 16th consecutive program showcasing African-American LGBTQ-themed theater in observance of DC Black Pride.

"Missing Pieces," written and directed by ACT founding artistic director Alan Sharpe, explores mysterious crime in DC's Gay Community. in the play, a veteran detective and his rookie partner scramble to unravel the mystery and motives behind the brutal murder of a popular gay activist – a crime triggering shockwaves throughout DC’s Black, LGBTQ community.  Before long, they discover that the various stories aren’t adding up…as the constantly shifting pieces of the puzzle grow to include the activist’s  roommate, ex-lover, mentor, protégée, friends, co-workers, online hook-ups, strippers, hustlers, dealers and random street trade.

A limited number of $10 early-bird and advance tickets are available for purchase online at Any remaining tickets for both shows will be released for sale ($15) at the theater box office beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the performances. 
9 p.m. -
4 a.m.
  6th Annual House Rocker Female Dancer of the Year Competition
Aqua Restaurant & Bar 1818 New York Ave NE, WDC 20002

Presented by Onyx Entertainment and Secret Weapon Ent.

Click to view the 6th Annual House Rocker Female Dancer of the Year Competition flyer
$1000 Cash Prize
9 p.m. -
4 a.m.
  Patty Boom Boom and Bacardi Mango Fusion Rum present Batti Party 1 Year Anniversary
Patty Boom Boom, 1359 U St NW, WDC 20009

10 p.m. - 3 a.m.   The Men N Demand Pride Mega Party
Arena Stage, 1101 6th St SW, WDC 20024

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions

The Men N Demand Pride Mega Party
Monday, May 26
noon -
7 p.m.
  The Annual Picnic At Fort Dupont Park (For All)
3600 F and Minnesota St SE, WDC 20019

Please enter at Minnesota Ave SE & F Street SE entrance only.
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.   The Apocalypse Chapter V: The Close Out Party
Kabin Lounge, 1337 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC 20036

Presented by Omega Entertainment and Daryl Wilson Promotions

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