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28 Jun 2014

Black, Queer & Proud: Blockorama turns 16!

To celebrate the Black Queer experience the only place to be this weekend is Blockorama tomorrow in Toronto.

We'll have a full review of the amazing event attended by thousands of people from all over later this week. But don't wait for that, get out there and show your Pride!! Here's all the info you need. 

In 1998, Blackness Yes! was formed by a group of friends who collectively saw the need for a community-led space for Black and Caribbean diasporic LGBTTI2QQ people and their loved ones at Pride. Together they created Blockorama, designed to affirm, celebrate and ensure visible Black and Caribbean LGBTTI2QQ communities within Pride; and to create a vehicle for HIV/AIDS information dissemination. Since 1998, Blackness Yes! continues to celebrate Black LGBTTI2QQ history,
creativity and resistance.

We are thrilled to present STILL WE RISE: Blockorama 16, a day-long soul-inspiring celebration and sassy creative expressions commemorating World Pride 2014!

We invite you to engage in several art activities and interactive performances throughout the day, including Activist Love Letters, facilitated by artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware.

Performers throughout the day include: vocalists: Ashley Bea, Troy Jackson. Be sure to check out Theesatisfaction (Seattle) and LAL (Toronto), these bands will not only stir your heart and but move your feet. Joining us once again will be the fierce Diana King. If dance is your thing, then the performances by local dance icons Ill Nana, Urbanesque and the House of Monroe are not to be missed! To help us ring in our sweet 16 in style we have the one and only dance music icon: Crystal Waters.

Drag divas Michelle Ross, Vitality Black, Devine Darlin and drag king Wesley Dykes Darling join our amazing roster of DJs including: Tameka, Roxanne, Pleasure, Nik Red, Carma, Craig Dominic, Blackcat and internationally acclaimed superstar jojoflores.

Our hosts, Akhaji Zakiya and Twysted Myake Mughler will keep you entertained throughout the day!

The TD Canada Trust Wellesley Stage is directly across from Wellesley subway station and is licensed and fully wheelchair accessible. Please note that we are an all ages and family friendly space and that presenting ID is not required (but ID is required to purchase alcohol). 

Blackness Yes! is a community-based committee that works year-round to celebrate Black and African Diasporic queer and Trans history, creativity and resistance. We create spaces of resistance and celebration at Toronto’s Pride festival and at other community-based events year round in Toronto.

Blackness YES! presents:
STILL WE RISE: BLOCKORAMA 16
TD WELLESLEY STAGE
SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014
12:00PM – 11:00PM

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