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Thursday, July 31, 2008

IT'S TIME TO GET THINGS TOGETHER

Since 2002, I had always looked foward to attend Pride In The City, a/k/a Black Brooklyn Pride, and always enjoyed the events and festivties (excpet it being moved from Fort Greene Park). Workshops, discussion groups, and performances by many legedary artists. Thing for many Black/SGL men to do for a couple of days.
That won't happened this year. For the past couple of weeks, I've heard many rumors about many of the events being canceled, including the beach party, which was the closing theme of the celebration. Once I heard that was true, I was shocked. I began to go to the beach since 2005, and had fun despite having to attend with my cane, but I also became enraged, when I learned that the Arts Festivile was canceled. Me and a friend had intended to go and catch the premiere of the moving "Finding Me" as well as conduct an interview with the cast, but sadly, I have to wait until another date. It seemed that there were many issues with the staff of POCC, who had sponsored the events for the past couple of years, and it left many to wonder what the hell was going on? I've heard that many staff members had quit do to not getting paid for a number of weeks (of course people are going leave when they don't get their money. Especially if they're busting their asses working for it), and POCC on the urge of getting a new director (The agency's director Michael Roberson had either step down on his own, or was forced to due to his lack of business savy and professionalism). Whatever the reason was, the Black Gay Community are the ones who are suffering because of the organization's unprofessionalism.
HOLD UP! DON'T EVEN ATTEMPT TO READ ME!!!! I'M ONLY EXPRESSING WHAT I FEEL AND IF U DON'T LIKE IT, READ ANOTHER ARTICLE ON THIS BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry I just had a Rick James/Millie Jackson moment. Naw fuck it!! I have to express my feelings.
The cancelation of the events has me pissed off, because those events were something that I and many other Black Gays looked foward to every year. For me personally, it had helped me on a journey to become comfortable with my sexuality, as well as connect with many Gay Authors, recording artists, (who needs to be booked to perform at these events), and a time for me to enjoy myself around many other Black Gay/SGL men.
Whenever organizations and organizers don't handle their business properly, we the one's who suffer big time. How do we suffer? There are no events to attend, which leaves many to wonder what the hell I'm supposed to do?
What about those who take time off their jobs to attend these events? Living in New York City ain't Peaches-N-Cream. Especially with the rise of gas, groceries and utilites, due to this fucking War we're fighting, and many people are trying to work as much as their can to have money to survive. (Don't be suprised when a lot of people flock to the South, Midwest, West Coast, Canada and the U.K.).
What about those who come out of town? Many people usually fly and drive to New York for these events, and trying to book and find a hotel for a reasonable price can be a bitch, so what they're supposed to do? Walk around the city in a daze?
Partying looks like the only option. Don't get me wrong, I love to go out, get my dance on and look at exotic dancers (which Gay person doesn't), but there are mamy who don't party, and chose to attend discussions and forums instead. Looks like lots of clubs will be making money this weekend.
I hope that the organizers will work harder to prevent this from happening again, and hopefully, it will be a wake-up call for people in the community to not take events like these for granted.

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