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"Blackout Weekend" for gays of African descent

Staff Writer

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

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.




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