Wednesday, September 30, 2009

B/GLAM: A Family Reunion Read

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

B/GLAM: A Family Reunion Read

Antoine Crowder
Derek Lassiter
Stewart Shaw
Jair Trice
Dazie' Grego
Juba Kalamka
Thandiwe Thomas De Shazor
Byron Mason
Cedric Brown
Louie Butler
Robert Quintana Hopkins
James Knox
Ramekon O'Arwisters
Alan Miller
Anthony J. Williams
Michael Ross

6:00pm - 7:45pm

Main Library, Lower Level

100 Larkin Street

San Francisco, CA

(415) 557-4400

Celebrate the coming-back-together of the Bay Area’s best black gay literary voices. This "Family" reunion reading is an opportunity for this collective of community based writers to report back in on their comings and goings, their ups and downs and their short falls and ultimately their triumphs. This reading brings to the table and ultimately to the mic all of the stories that these writers have gone out and gathered. Join founders Cedric Brown and Marvin K. White as they read with Ramekon O'Arwisters, Byron Mason, Antoine Crowder, Louie Butler, Dazie Grego, Stewart Shaw, Derek Lassiter, Jair Trice, Juba Kalamka, Thandiwe Thomas De Shazor, Robert Quintana Hopkins, James Knox, Anthony J. Williams, Michael Ross, and Alan Miller. Historical and hysterical are the main ingredients for this reading! Co-Sponsored by the Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center and the African-American Center.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gay Man Missing: Search on for Keving Britt Jr of Hyattsville, Md.

Gay Man Missing
Search on for Kevin Britt Jr. of Hyattsville
by Will O'Bryan
Published on September 22, 2009

The Prince George's County Police Department is looking for Kevin Britt Jr., a 23-year-old resident of Hyattsville, Md., reported missing by his partner, Elias Fishburne.

Fishburne says he last saw Britt Sunday morning at approximately 11 a.m., as Britt left their home to attend to some paperwork at his place of work. Britt, originally from Talbot County, Md., on the Eastern Shore, works as a coordinating supervisor at Psychotherapeutic Services Inc. in Landover, Md., a provider of mental-health services for Prince George's County residents.

Anyone with any information about Britt's whereabouts is asked to call Officer E. Lindeman of the P.G. County Police at 301-772-4900.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Bench & Bar Oakland, Ca


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September 18, 2009
CONTACT: William Sullivan

Oakland CA - When event promoter Joe Hawkins first approached bar manager Keith Hobbs over fifteen years ago about starting a new Saturday night weekly party for the gay community that would include a hip hop, r&b, top 40 and house music format, Keith was all ears. “From the first night it was a hit!“ Keith said “I knew that there was a market back then and there is a bigger market today” said Hobbs.

But after a successful eight year run, clubrimshot left the bench-and-bar after the club became a victim of local redevelopment efforts and was forced to move from its original location to 2111 Franklin. “Many people thought that I had a beef with the owners of the bench-and-bar, but that was never the case. We all remained friends and my decision was strictly a business decision. During that time, the bench and bar was restricted to an abbreviated operating schedule by the city, as a result, I was unable to make money, so I left.” Hawkins said.

Although the details of the new partnership have not been disclosed, the owner Charles Bisbee, expressed satisfaction with the new arrangement. “Joe is family to us” said Bisbee. “I have been waiting for an opportunity to partner in a more meaningful way with clubrimshot in Oakland again, so we approached Joe about coming on board as a partner to help with our expansion and we are very excited to have him back under the Bench & Bar umbrella.” he said.

The timing for the opening of a new gay club in Oakland could not have been better, particularly after the recent closure of the VIBE lounge, which opened in June of 2008 but suddenly closed its doors in August of this year. “The Vibe’s closure was unfortunate” Hawkins said “Clubrimshot hosted the VIBE’s final party and it was one of the largest parties held there. I hope that the LGBTQ community in the East Bay will recognize that we can’t just support Grand Openings and Grand Closings. Gay clubs in Oakland need regular community support if they are to survive.” Hawkins said.

According the bench and bar owner, the former Bench and Bar located at 2111 Franklin Street is being renamed Club 21. The new sign at the new Bench & Bar, located at 510 17th Street is already in place waiting to greet party goers from all ove the Bay Area. The Club 21 sign will also be going up soon.

“The initial plan was for clubrimshot to move to club 21, but we all agreed that the 17th street address just fits clubrimshot better." Joe said. "We finally have two amazing LGBTQ club options in the new Uptown District and a home for clubrimshot every Saturday at an urban and upscale venue that rivals or exceeds any of the clubs (gay or straight) in San Francisco or in Northern California for that matter. The new Bench and Bar and Club 21 are social options that the gay community and our friends throughout the Bay Area can appreciate.“ Hawkins said.

According to owner Charles Bisbee, the new Bench and Bar is expected open any day now and will have a soft opening with a Grand Opening planned for a later date.

Hawkins went on to state, “Life is funny, I remember when the venue that the bench and bar is moving to on 17th street first opened. I was invited by the previous owner to come check out the club. I decided to invite the owner of the bench and bar over to see the space but when he arrived, security would not let him in because he and his team were not 'dressed properly,' they were wearing jeans and shirts without collars. I had to go to the door to vouch for them so that they could get in. Now look who owns the club...and it is gay...WOW!”

Programming for the new Bench & Bar will include happy hour from 4pm-9pm daily. The Thursday night promotion "Babylon" will feature house music and will be free all night. Fridays will be dedicated to the wildly successful longtime favorite "Latin Explosion", Saturdays will be Club Rimshot and Sundays will include a mashup of party promotions.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Maintaining A Blog...

A few years ago I totally streamlined my on-line presence. I stopped using Yahoo 360,, msn, and a few other spaces.

I was so involved with these spaces I was neglecting real time interactions. I spent so much time on line whether maintaining those spaces or writing for other websites I got wore out. It's for this reason I haven't singed up for facebook although numerous friends in real time and on-line have asked me to do so. This and MySpace are the only places I have been maintaining since that time, and I don't post here like I used to in other spaces.

It got to the point where I thought it was my duty to do those things but I realized a blog is really only someone's opinion. It's a great way to spread information and the some of the best maintained blogs are great for communication but at the end of the day it's really someone's opinion, take, outlook, or perspective on something. That's not necessarily a bad thing but in the long run my choices and decisions will be informed by the information I make on my own. Others can enhance but it's not the ultimate decider.

Anyway, I am just sharing some thoughts and also wanted to share this picture because it's my new favorite image. I wish I knew who the photographer was...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hey L.A...Have You Missed Having Your Vocabulary Manipulated??

Come check me out this Sunday Sept 6 @Indigo Lounge for their ALL FEATURE show.

I've never performed here before, but some of my poetry brothas and sistas have, I am looking forward to it.

Haven't been home for a couple of months so come out and let me see ya!!

No Cover Charge (2 drink minimum)
The flier has the date as August 30, but this show is for Sunday Sept 6. The time and place are correct!!

Indigo Lounge
366 E 2nd Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90012
9:00 PM

Hope to see you there...