Baltimore Black Pride Week runs October 3rd through 9th. There are however, events planned all month long in October to celebrate Black Pride.
October 3th – Club Bunns will host an A-List Party from 10 pm to 2 am at 606-608 W. Lexington St. in Baltimore.
October 4th – The Center for Black Equity Baltimore will partner with Sogaa / Black International Film Festival for a reception at Nancy by SNAC (131 West North Avenue, Baltimore), from 5 to 7 pm.
The 4th annual Baltimore International Black Film Festival opens at the Charles Theatre and will hold screenings at the Reginal F. Lewis Museum and the Murphy Fine Arts Center, bringing the best independent films to Baltimore for and by African-Americans, the African diaspora, and the same-gender loving, bisexual, and transgender community! #ReelUnity
Buying a festival pass gets you into any screening or panel throughout the event, the opening night film and reception, plus the closing night film and awards ceremony and reception. For more info visit BIBIFF.com.
The opening night feature film, Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall, directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright, will begin at 7 pm at the Charles Theatre (1711 North Charles Street). The film is an intimate portrayal of Todrick Hall: a talented singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation. The event features the Maryland premiere of the film, and will be followed by a discussion with Director Katherine Fairfax Wright and a special guest.
Tickets $35 for the reception and screening, $25 for the reception only, and $15 for the film screening only, and are available at Myevolutiontix.com/event/BIBFFOPENING.
October 5th – The Kick Off at Baltimore Eagle event will be from 10 pm to 2 am at 2022 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.
October 6th – The Center for Black Equity Baltimore will host a community reception at Club Bunns (606-608 West Lexington Street, Baltimore), from 5 to 9 pm, with dance music by DJ Tommy Davis.
October 7th – The highlight of Baltimore Black Pride, the 15th annual Cultural Affair and Icon Award presentation runs from 7 pm to midnight at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute (847 North Howard Street, Baltimore). For more info, see the article this issue.
15th Annual Baltimore Black Pride Cultural Affair
Dust off your tux for the 15th annual Baltimore Black Pride Cultural Affair and Icon Award Presentation, set for Saturday, October 7th from 7 pm to midnight. The Center for Black Equity Baltimore invites one and all to the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center (847 North Howard Street, Baltimore), for the “crown jewel of Baltimore Black Pride.”
Awardees include Troy Burton, director of the Eubie Blake Jazz Institute, and “Downtown” Kevin Brown, owner of Station North Arts Cafe (SNAC). Special guest DJ Tommy Davis will spin the night, and EZ Jackson will serve as MC.
In addition to the awards, the center will announce the selection of its new director, Dr. Durryle Brooks, a Baltimore native, and founder and head of Love and Justice Consulting, a focuses on diversity training. Tickets are around $68 for a single person and $247 for a table of four, and are available at Bit.ly/2htZ49J. Donations can be made there too.
For more information, visit their Facebook event page.
October 8 – The 15th annual Baltimore Black Pride Fall Festival will take place from 4 to 11 pm outside of Club Bunns (606-608 West Lexington Street, Baltimore). The event is free to the public, and includes a youth village, a ball, and prizes. Enjoy some of the community’s hottest DJ’s and some of DC’s, Maryland’s, and Virginia’s best performers. For more info, visit Facebook.com/events/128586334461211.
At 2 pm, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival will host the Baltimore premiere screening of the feature Making SkyBreak, directed by Donnie Seals, Jr., at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum (830 East Pratt Street, Baltimore). The film is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the soul album Zo in Detroit. A discussion with the director follows Tickets are $10.50, and are available at Myevolutiontix.com/event/REGLEWIS.
At 7:30 pm, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival will host its closing night feature film, Quest, directed by Jonathan Olshefski, in their feature directorial debut, at the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University (2201 Argonne Drive, in Baltimore). Variety describes the film as a living, breathing, stunning documentary study of an African-American family in North Philadelphia weathering a tumultuous decade. Tickets are $15 at Myevolutiontix.com/event/bibff2017closing.
October 11th – Marking National Coming Out Day and the 15th birthday of Baltimore Black Pride, the Center for Black Equity Baltimore and the GLCCB invite you to celebrate from 6 to 8 pm at the GLCCB (2530 North Charles Street, third floor, in Baltimore). For more info it’s Facebook.com/events/1670136136330498.
October 12th – From 2 to 4:30 pm, the Center for Black Equity Baltimore will host a workshop “Wisdom and Words and Traditions of Elders of Color” at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). What should our younger generations know? What are the lessons and messages that need to survive to promote and build on our continued strengths and messages? LGBT and same-gender-loving elders of color are invited to come be a part of the conversation. Voter registration will be ongoing in the lobby of Chase Brexton on this day. For more info, it’s Bit.ly/2wh818M.
Late October – On October 1 – 8th it’s a seminar on “Relationships and Dating 101,” and on the 19th it’s “Reconciling the Relationship of Being Queer and a Person of Faith.” Trans week is planned for the last week of the month, and will include seminars on “Trans Dating Do’s and Dont’s,” and “Negotiating Sex and Safer Sex” on October 26th and 28th respectively. More info will follow in the October 13th issue of Baltimore OUTloud.
For more info about all the official Baltimore Black Pride events, visit Bit.ly/2hvu9pL. For more info about the Center for Black Equity Baltimore, visit Facebook.com/centerforblackequitybaltimore.