IGLHRC: Cary Alan Johnson is Honoree at POCC Awards Gala 8/3/06

In it’s effort to encourage participants to empower themselves by getting tested, Pride In The City (PITC), New York City’s official Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) community celebration hosted by People of Color in Crisis, Inc. (POCC), presents their annual weekend festival. Themed “Love, Power & Pride”, the four-day affair, which runs Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6, includes live performances from some of music industry’s top names, and various outdoor events and activities. In 2005 Pride In The City was recognized as New York City’s official Black Pride event by the International Federation of Black Pride (IFBP).

In addition to great daytime enjoyment, Pride in the City will also include a sizzling weekend of scorching fun with nightly parties at some of the city’s hottest nightclubs. Some venues will include testing stations where participants can be screened and tested discreetly and confidentially. “This annual affair is more then a party,” states Gary English, Executive Director of People of Color in Crisis, Inc. (POCC). “It’s a collaboration of community-based organizations coming together to share resources, in a collective effort to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.”

The four-day occasion gets on the way Thursday, August 3, with the Opening Night Award Gala, with special guest and star of MTV’s “Real world Philadelphia”, Karamo Brown and a special performance by R&B vocalist Chante Moore. This upscale fundraiser takes place at 7:00 PM at Pride in the City’s official hotel, the Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adam Street. Pride In The City 2006 award recipients are Stylist, Darryl L. Brown, receiver of the 2006 Art & Entertainment Award; New York City Council Chairwoman, Hon. Christine Quinn, will be awarded the Community Ally Award; Journalist, Jasmyn Cannick, will pick up the National Leadership Award; and activist Clarence Patton, will walk away with the Community Action Award. Other award recipients include promoter, James Sanders; gay activist, Cary Alan Johnson; POCC volunteer, Blondell Jackson; and comedian, Dorian “Hormonica Sunbeam” Bryant.

On Friday, August 4, Pride in the City presents the BlackOut Arts Series (BOAS). The free networking and educational event, which takes place at 6:00 PM at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), 199 Chamber Street, celebrates the outstanding artistic contributions Black LGBT community members are making, and continue to make, to the performing and creative arts world. This affair will include a reception, Question and Answer session and performances.

On Saturday, August 5, Pride in the City presents its Annual Family Day Picnic in the Park at Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Avenue at Navy Street, featuring a live performance by Ninaa Sky and other talent. The event will include a variety of multi-cultural vending and exhibits, free food, health screenings, testing booths along with a live DJ and plenty of room for dancing.

Pride in the City culminates Sunday, August 6, with a visit to the sand and shore for the Annual Beach Party at Riis Beach in Far Rockaway. The all day happening features live music, dancing, games, cultural vendors, and plenty of beautiful people. In addition to great outdoor fun, Pride in the City invites you to dance the day away as it presents a free concert featuring live performance from today’s hottest talent. The event, which includes a Hot Body Contest, starts at 12:00 Noon.

Pride in the City is New York City’s premiere event celebrating the Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The goal of the event is to present a festive affair that brings a unique testing service directly to the community, instead of requiring people to travel or visit a clinic or office. People of Color in Crisis, Inc., the hosting community-based organization, is hoping that the increased accessibility and ease of this initiative will help them reach their goal of testing 300 community members for HIV during this period. Testing will take place in the park, on the beach and at the Brooklyn Marriott.

People of Color in Crisis, Inc., (POCC), was founded in 1988 by a group of Black gay men to provide support to each other in the face of the AIDS crisis. Since that time, the agency has developed a range of HIV prevention and care services. Throughout its history, POCC has continually assessed the changing needs of the community and responded with culturally and linguistically competent services. By providing a range of opportunities to access information and support, POCC serves approximately 4,000 individuals each year through programs and outreach interventions in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx.