Bridging the chasm between being black and being gay comes "Blackout Weekend" from Black Gay Pride South Florida.
On Thursday, Friday and Sunday there will be a spate of events held at the Pride Center, 2040 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.
"It's for queer folk of African descent," explains Bishop S.F. Makalani-MaHee. "We can be same-sex loving and we can be black. We get to bring both sides to the table...withouth inadvertently having to make a choice between being one or the other. This makes our 14th year. We started way back in 1999."
While on hiatus as a minister, Makalani-MaHee is working at the Pride Center in the HIV Testing department as well as programming for transgender people and African-Americans. She is also preparing a faith outreach.
All of the events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 954-775-2310 or visit Facebook.com/BlackGayPrideSouthFlorida.
Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7 - 9 p.m.: Opening art reception of The World AIDS Museum's exhibit "Sankofa" and Chatman Lewis' "Family Values." Then, in conjunction with Lavender Speaks, there will be music from Makalani-Mahee and a reading/book signing of "Beyond Face" by author Rajee Narinsingh.
Friday, Feb. 22 from 7 - 9 p.m.: "A Night of Rhythm & Words" featuring storyteller Saalik Cuevas; author/performer Lorenza Robertson ("Me, Myself and I") as well as minister/performance artist Makalani-MaHee.
Sunday, Feb. 24 from 1 - 5 p.m.: "Old School Family Reunion Block Party" with old school music jams and card games.