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34th annual L.A. Black Pride Celebration Starts on June 29


By Magrira, Contributing Writer


The 34th annual L.A. Black Pride (LABP) returns to Los Angeles during the 4th of July weekend to celebrate all things Black and queer.  Several events are planned to precede the actual holiday.

On Thursday, July 29, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Greg Mathis, Jr. and Elliott Cooper from E!’s hit series, “Mathis Family Matters,” will host the CLSQ Kickoff Celebration at Chapel at the Abbey, 696 N. Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.

LABP announces rapper Doechii will headline CROWN ‘A Mini Concert Series,’ at The Vermont, 3150 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, on Friday, June 30, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. There will also be a special performance from Keon Brunson and Lolita Leopard.

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The One Mega Party takes place on Saturday, July 1, from 9 to 3 a.m., at Catch One, 4067 W. Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles.  Daytime Emmy Award-nominated actress, singer and songwriter Raven-Symoné will be the recipient of this year’s Jewel Thais-Williams Trailblazer Award for her undeniable contributions and impact on music, TV/film and culture.

The Jewel-Thais Williams Trailblazer Award is given to a queer or ally woman of color who is breaking barriers and creating visibility for queer and transgender individuals through arts, media and community building. Last year’s recipient was Daytime Award-winning actress Niecy Nash.

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In addition, actress LisaRaye McCoy will host Legacy “Player’s Club” Edition / Finale at Heart Weho, 8911 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, on Sunday, July 2. The event is from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Produced by BBE Group, LABP reflects on the year’s past and the people and pioneers that have paved the way. This year’s #MyBlackIsGold events and experiences will celebrate black queer and trans beauty, intelligence and achievements.

Tickets prices range from $20-$50.  Sponsors for this year’s LABP include Gilead, BBE Group, Jack’’d, Mistr, TruEvolution, Aids Healthcare Foundation and Native Son.

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