Friday, May 27, 2011

Feel Mighty Real....

Join Bay Area contributors, Alan Miller, Stewart Shaw, Marvin White, & Jair as they share their work from the new anthology, "Mighty Real: An Anthology of African-American Same Gender Loving Writing edited by R. Bryant Smith and Darius Omar Williams.

You will hear also about their latest work and projects.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

BLK Publisher Alan Bell To Speak On, "Remembering Our History"

BLK Magazine was instrumental in the process it took to affirm myself as a Same Gender Loving man. If you are in Los Angeles check out this event. Alan Bell is a visionary in my opinion. I'm glad he has a chance to share History

Alan Bell, founder of two historic gay publications, will speak
on “Remembering Our History: Making Sure the Future Knows What Came Before.”

His talk will focus on the role the media has in preserving history as well as the importance of preserving the media outlets themselves. The talk will take place Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the William Grant Still Arts Center

Bell was founder, publisher and editor of BLK, the nation’s first national monthly newsmagazine focused specifically on the black lesbian and gay community. BLK and its sister publications, Blackfire, Black Lace and Kuumba, ran from 1988 to 1994. Previously Bell had founded Gaysweek, New York City’s first lesbian and gay weekly newspaper.

“Remembering Our History” is part of “Images: Iconic to Insurgent & Devine to Decadent,”
an exhibition of Los Angeles black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical artifacts from 1940 to the present accompanied by lectures, panel discussions, literary performances and film screenings. “Images,” a presentation of the Black LGBT Project founded by C. Jerome Woods, runs through July 9, 2011. Admission is free.

The William Grant Still Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Black LGBT Project is supported, in part, by the Mayme Clayton Library &
Museum and PASEO at the University of Southern California.

William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 W. Westview St
Los Angeles, CA 90016.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Black LGBT Project & Call For Visual Art Submission (Southern California)

The William Grant Still Arts Center


The Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Project


IMAGES: Iconic, Insurgent, Divine & Decadent:Glimpses into the lives of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and their significant others in Los Angeles 1940 to now

3:00PM 6:00PM

William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 West View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(two blocks east of LaBrea off Adams)


LOS ANGELES, CA. - The Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Project, founded and directed by C. Jerome Woods brings IMAGES: ... to William Grant Still Arts Center.This unique exhibit gives insight into the public and private lives of same gender loving people, a segment of our community that is often disregarded, made invisible, harassed, shunned and misunderstood. Moreover, it highlights the consciousness, contributions and acceptance of LGBT people and their significant others in community, culture and society.

The exhibition includes archival material from Woods' personal collection as well as contributions from the Stanley Bennett Clay Collection, Los Angeles Black Pride/ATB, Reverend Russell Thornhill, Mrs. Claudia Spears, Greg McNeal, Barry Stinson, Dale Guy Madison, Alan Bell, Jewel Thais-Williams, Archbishop Carl Bean, Alden Kimbrough and others.

IMAGES: runs thru July 9. It is a collection of photographs, personal stories, recorded interviews, rare magazines, books, correspondence and much more. It highlights visual art by BLGBT artists Duane Paul, Mira Gandy, Victory and Byrd Bettis. The exhibit programming includes the opening reception, panel discussions, open conversations, lecture demonstrations, spoken word, other literary and performance segments as well as cinema shorts/films screenings.

The Opening Reception kicks off with entertainment by vocalist Maiya Sykes and the Endangered band.

IMAGES: Iconic to Insurgent and Divine to Decadent is an exhibit event that should not be missed. It delves into the lives of the BLGBT community in real, personal, spiritual, authentic, healing and forgiving ways that everyone must embrace.


IMAGES: Iconic to Insurgent and Divine to Decadent

Opening reception: Saturday, May 21, 2011 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dates: May 21 - July 9, 2011

Times: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Events: May 28, 2011

A Talk With Alan Bell
2:00-4:00 PM
Editor and Publisher of BLK and Gaysweek Magazine

June 18, 2011
Film Screening
2-5 PM
Cinema Shorts
Showing of Film Shorts by Black LGBT filmmakers

June 25, 2011
Spoken Word & Poetry Slam/Jam
2:00-4:00 PM
Literary and Performance artists expound

Men, Makeup & Metamorphosis
4-5 PM
Transgender women share what it takes to be them;head to toe & more

Young, Gifted & Gay/Hit the Runway
5:30 7:30 PM
Panel of youth and/or young adults
A look at the L. A. House & Ball Scene discussion and demonstration

Saturday, July 9, 2011 3:00 6:00 PM

"Artists Ascending"
Discussion and viewing facilitated by Duane Paul with artists: Mira Gandy, Victory and Byrd Bettis

Beyonce Sculpture by Nijel Binns


together with


23rd Annual Event encourages your Participation

bring your Paintings, Drawings & Sketches, Sculptures, Ceramics, Photographs, Graphics or any other Visual Art Works.

Dear Artist,

Spectacular: The Art Exhibition is an invitation to emerging and established Black LGBT artists and their supporters to present world class works of art. Our vision is to "fire the human imagination with works of art that inspires, uplifts, and celebrates the LGBT experience". Our mission will be to "provide a platform for trend-setting artists from the LGBT community and their associates whose paintings, sculpture, graphic, and literary arts display a level of excellence that were hallmarks of the Harlem Renaissance era , but relevant to our time".

Over a four day period, in a nine thousand square foot space, ten selected artists will be invited to exhibit powerful concepts in painting, sculpture, graphic arts, and photography.

The event is the At the Beach (ATB) Los Angeles Black Pride 2011. This annual festival draws thousands of LGBT people from across the country, and across the seas. The venue for the exhibition is the Catalina Room at the beautiful Los Angeles Air Port Radisson Hotel.We can be assured that most people who will attend this year's ATB event will come to experience the magic of the longest running Black Pride event in the country. This celebration means only one thing...come ready to party! This year's theme is "So Caliente!", and it promises to be hot.

To encourage public participation, organizers of Spectacular: The Art Exhibit will continue with a steady campaign of outreach which includes emails, flyers, postcards and banners that will lead up to the event.

To encourage artist participation, we recommend that those selected should extend invitations to their patrons, fans, followers, and to anyone who may have the potential and interest to purchase their art. If sales are not made directly from an artists' higher priced collection, our retail outlet at the exhibition, will provide the artists' affordable art for visitors who came to view the exhibit and also feel moved to purchase what they can afford.

Spectacular: The Art Exhibition will stage an opening reception for our featured artists. To that end, all applicants are required to submit a nominal $25 administrative fee to cover expenses. please visit us on to apply to be one of the featured artists

For artists, patrons and lovers of art, Spectacular: The Art Exhibition will present a special, free lecture presentation and discussion on the topic of art as an investment. Titled "Art as Cultural Currency: The Money in Art" this lecture will
Spectacular the Art Exhibition

examine powerful civilizations and the role that art plays in establishing and maintaining wealth. Speakers, dates, and times will be announced.

Hope to see you there!
Nijel Binns
Artistic Director
Spectacular: The Art Exhibition

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Road To Freedom Staged Reading & SPIT Urban Open Mic...

Staged Reading of, "The Road To Freedom"
Sunday, May 15 · 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Camino Theatre LACC Theatre Academy
855 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Directed by: Tico Wells
Written by: John Meeks and Guy Shulman
Musical Director: Ringo

This is a wonderful piece and an opportunity to see it in it's initial stages!!


Urban ‘Open MIC’ night

There's Power in the Spoken Word

SPIT… Wisdom, Truth, Love, Peace, Power, Joy……

Special featured guest:

Dorothy Randall Gray, noted author, lecturer and profound spoken word artist

She will have her latest work available for sale, “Soul Between The Lines"
Check her out at

Jair, “The Literary Masturbator” is a poet, spoken word artist, Minister of Musings, Director of Dialogue, activist and resident of Oakland, Ca.

He will have his latest book, "Touch...Poems and other writing of Love, Erotica & Sensuality"

The Kickback Lounge

4067 W. Pico Blvd. LA CA 90019,

(Parking at the Catch One)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

7:00p.m. Networking

8:00p.m.-10:00p.m. Showtime

(Participants must be signed up by 7:30p.m.)

Free/ Donation at the door

Sponsored by In The Meantime

Monday, May 9, 2011

Have You Felt The, "Touch...?"

Here's your chance to get my book, "Touch...Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica, & Sensuality" with a 15% discount until the end of May. Use the coupon code:

Enter coupon code MAYSAVE305 at checkout and receive 15% off your order. The maximum savings for this coupon is $50. Offer good towards print costs only - shipping and tax amounts are excluded. You can only use the code once per account, and you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer ends on May 31, 2011 at 11:59

Order the book on line at
To view the online version of coupon use

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Staged Reading of The Road To Freedom...

If you are in the Los Angeles area on May 15, 2011 please consider attending a staged reading of my friend's project, "The Road To Freedom"

John Meeks is a wonderful actor, singer, writer but most of all he is my brother and friend. He is a graduate of the famed School of Performing Arts in NY. The school that inspired the movie and television show, "FAME". I have seen him play a drag queen/fairy godmother and he's also played Harvey Milk.

This Staged Reading is being directed by Tico Wells of, "Five Heartbeats" fame and promises to be enthralling and exciting.

I hope you will join them for a wonderful Sunday afternoon of theater....

The Road To Freedom

* Host:
John Meeks
* Phone:

* When:
Sunday, May 15 from 03:00 PM to 6:00 PM
* Where:
LACC Camino Theater855 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029

Doors open at 2:30

Parking on Heliotrope between Santa Monica Blvd & Melrose Ave. Enter parking structure at "Faculty Parking" gate. The volunteers will guide you to the theater from there.

The reading will start promptly at 3:00pm

Thursday, May 5, 2011

‘SPIT’ Urban ‘Open MIC’ Night With Featured Guests: Dorothy Randall Gray & Jair, The Literary Masturbator


Urban ‘Open MIC’ night
There's Power in the Spoken Word
SPIT… Wisdom, Truth, Love, Peace, Power, Joy……

Special Featured Guests:

Dorothy Randall Gray, noted author, lecturer and profound spoken word artist

She will have her latest work available for sale, “Soul Between The Lines", Check her out at

Jair, The Literary Masturbator is a poet, spoken word artist, Minister of Musings, Director of Dialogue, activist & resident of Oakland, Ca.

He will have his latest book, "Touch...Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica & Sensuality" available for sale

The Kickback Lounge
4067 W. Pico Blvd. LA CA 90019,
(Parking at the Catch One)
Thursday, May 19, 2011
7:00p.m. Networking
8:00p.m.-10:00p.m. Showtime
(Participants must be signed up by 7:30p.m.)

Free/ Donation at the door
Sponsored by In The Meantime
Check us out on face book: Jeffrey king and look for our logo (the sun and pyramid)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Good Gumbo After Dark: The Truth About The Down Low....

Good Gumbo' Radio covers an eclectic blend of relevant topics. Hosted by author/poet lily (like the flower), 'Good Gumbo' Radio combines straightforward talk and witty flavor to create hearty conversation!

Join me tonight with my girl lily(liketheflower) as we discuss topics effecting the Same Gender Loving Community. This is her first episode of Good Gumbo After Dark.

The last time I appeared on her show Lily and I had a great time talking about my book,
Touch...Poems & Other Writings of Love, Erotica, & Sensuality among other topics. Our conversations are always engaging and lively I have no reason to think this won't be the same.

Be a part of the conversation live and/or online:

To Chat Dial: 724-444-7444 Code: 80315#; Default Pin 1#
Online: or

Disclaimer: The views expressed by live and online guests of 'Good Gumbo' Radio are not endorsed by lily (like the flower). Blocking chat and online conversation of guests is at the hosts discretion. Good Gumbo radio is a live internet radio show. As such, parental guidance is suggested.