Atlanta Black Pride Weekend returns this Labor Day Weekend, with a lineup of special guests and new events.
The five-day celebration will include special appearances by Kandi Burruss, Jussie Smollett, Joseline Hernandez, Natalie Nunn, Stasha Sanchez, Saucy Santana, Latto, Jhonni Blaze, Erica Banks, Jerrie Johnson, Melissa “DJ M” Scott, and more.
Events are set to kick off Thursday, September 1, with an opening reception presented by the City of Atlanta and Mayor Andre Dickens. In conjunction with events throughout the weekend, various healthcare providers are set to distribute information on vaccination locations for monkeypox, COVID-19, and HIV testing.
The Pure Heat Community Festival is expected to return for its 10th annual celebration. Headliners for the event include Kandi Burruss (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”) and Jussie Smollett (“Empire”) Joseline Hernandez (“Joseline’s Cabaret”).
In addition to headlining Burruss is expected to receive the annual Humanitarian award, with Hernandez in line to receive the Trailblazer award, Stasha Sanchez (“Legendary”) will receive the annual ICON award.
Inaugural award recipients include Natalie Nunn (“BADDIES SOUTH”) who will receive the Pioneer award, and Smollett will receive the first-ever Alvin Ailey Trailblazer Award.
Smollett is also set to appear at the inaugural Atlanta Black Pride Weekend Film Festival Saturday, September 3. The free, all-day festival is set to take place at PIC Theaters in Midtown and will feature independent LGBTQIA+ films submitted by users on the iElevate+ TV app.
During the festival, Jerrie Johnson, star of Amazon Prime’s Harlem is set to lead a talk on diversity and representation in Hollywood. Films set to be screened include Mixed Girl and Black and Porn; with Smollet’s directorial debut “B-Boy Blues” to play as the finale.
On Friday, September 2 RockStars Production and Traxx Girls are set to host the first-ever Black Excellence Influencer's Dinner at the Starling Hotel. In addition to serving as a fundraiser for Atlanta Black Pride Weekend, the event will honor accomplished influencers and organizations who have advocated on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.
Bishop O.C. Allen, III of Cathedral of Atlanta will host a special Sunday morning worship service Sunday, September 3, 11 AM, in Piedmont Park.
Sponsors for Atlanta Black Pride Weekend will be presented by sponsor Gilead Sciences. Other event sponsors include The Zeus Network, VIIV, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Positive Impact, Georgia Equality, AID Atlanta, Impulse, LostNFound, Talero Tequilas, Gocha Breakfast Bar, Atlanta Hawks, Southside Medical, Pepsi, Regions Banks, The GA Voice, Gaye Magazine, Compassion & Choices, Emory Rise, The Center for Black Health & Equity, Cirque Blue Seafood House, Elevate Services, Inc, The MRKT, CR8 Agency, V103 Atlanta and Freddy O.