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The essential guide to Atlanta Black Pride weekend 2017

In 1996, a group of Black LGBT Atlantans gathered for a picnic on Labor Day weekend to mix, mingle and find community.

Twenty-two years later, that small event has ballooned into Atlanta Black Pride Weekend (ABPW). Considered the largest celebration of its kind, thousands descend upon the city to attend parties, workshops and other events tailored towards this unique community. Atlanta will be abuzz with activity as the Black LGBT community takes over the city. 

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There are dozens of events planned, so trying to choose one can be overwhelming. We've narrowed it down for you.

Here are some of the best events you don't want to miss:

Pure Heat Community Festival

Noon-8 p.m., Sunday, September 3

Piedmont Park

This will probably be the largest gathering of the weekend. There is a slew musical artists and celebrity appearances scheduled including songstress Sevyn Streeter and reality star turned rapper Cardi B. The annual J-sette competition is a popular draw for crowds who are fans of the majorette influence dance style. Attendees will also have a chance to patronize local businesses at a vendors' market. The event is free and open to the general public. For more information, visit their website.

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The LEGENDARY Traxx Girls Big BANG Event

10p.m.-5 a.m., Saturday, September 2

The Georgia Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King Jr Drive SW, Atlanta

Women spaces can be hard to come by in the LGBT community but Atlanta has Traxx Girls to fill that void. The promotion group is the most well known of its kind in the city and according to the ABPW website, this party will be "biggest girl party in the country." The group also boasts that over 4,000 women will be attending and singer Keyshia Cole is slated to perform. You can purchase VIP sections for $500 and line-cutting combo passes that include this event, in addition to other parties, online at Atlanta Black Pride Weekend's website.

Ladies At Play

10 p.m.-2:30am, Sunday, September 3

Tongue and Groove, 565 Main St. NE, Atlanta

Ladies at Play has been a staple in Atlanta for 13 years and after this party, they will be retiring. The both floors of the venue will be in use. There will be 2 DJs, DJ Cowboy playing Northern hip-hop and DJ E playing Southern. While the title of the party says ladies, the whole community is welcome to partake. Passes can be found at Eventbrite. Partygoers will be able to buy $20 general passes online until Friday and $30 VIP passes until Saturday. 

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In The Life Atlanta Campus Events

First session at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 2

Georgia State University

In The Life Atlanta, the organization responsible for the gathering that started ABPW, will be hosting two seminars and a step show at GSU. The first seminar, titled Let's Talk About Sex, will be "an open and frank discussion with no-holds-barred on sexual wellness, PEP, PrEP and support programs in Atlanta," according to the event page and is scheduled to begin at 2pm. Campus Equality, the second workshop that starts at 3:30pm, will focus on creating safe college campuses for LGBT students. The step show starts at 4:30pm and will feature performances from LGBT members of greek organizations. 

All three events will be located in Dahlberg Hall on Courtland Street and are free. Guests can RSVP at the organization's website

Slay Pride Edition

9 p.m.- 3a.m.,  Sunday, September 3

The Music Room, 327 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta

This party is hosted by Candace Finley, blogger at Little Miss Lesbo. " What's lit AF about Slay Atlanta is the fact that people actually dance there and there's NO DRAMA," said Finley via email. "Slay is a safe fun (expletive) LGBTQ party for anyone 21+. If you're tired of your funds being taken for granted just to stand around and have weak drinks at other parties, IT’S TIME TO SLAY.”

The theme of the night is "the South has something to slay," a play on Andre 3000's famous declaration at the 1995 Source Awards. The venue is on the trendy Edgewood Avenue and the cover is $15 dollars at the door, a bargain compared to the more mainstream events.

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Rock Star Productions Labor Day Rock

Thursday, August 31- September 3

Various Times and locations

When the link to "male events" on ABPW's website is clicked, sitegoers are directed to Rock Star Productions. Although they have several nightlife events planned, they are also hosting other types of gatherings including a comedy show, day party, brunch mixer and a boat ride across Lake Lanier. Rock Star Productions offers a variety of party passes.

The bronze pass ($45), guests gain VIP entry to party of their choice excluding the boat trip. The other passes give priority entry to multiple events. The gold pass ($134) is for the weekend events, the silver ($99) provides priority access to all nightlife events and platinum pass ($165) is for all of them. The comedy show, boat ride and brunch are not included and must be purchased separately. All event tickets, along with VIP sections, are available for purchase online. Passes must be picked up at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Trust us, we heard you. And we want to help, too.  

So we're collecting bottled water, filling up a truck and taking it to Houston!  

This version of "Convoy of Care" will be hosted by Cox Media Group - specifically, News 95-5 and AM 750, KISS 104.1, B98.5, 97.1 The River, WSB-TV, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  

If you're interested in donating, bring your bottled water to our studios (1601 W Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309) between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  

So help us spread the word using #AtlantaCares and we'll see you at the truck!  

Thanks to Atlanta Peach Movers for providing the truck and movers to help load it!

Wade Ford Summer Concert Series

All weekend long, Kiss 104.1 has your tickets to Wade Ford Summer Concert Series Featuring Loose Ends, Kindred & the Family Soul and Mike Phillips at Mable House Barnes Amphitheater on Saturday August 26th. Call Now for your chance to win your way in with us. Kiss 104.1.  

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What you missed at the food truck park finale of Black Restaurant Week

The inaugural Atlanta Black Restaurant Week ended with a bang at the first black-owned Atlanta Food Truck Park on Sunday.

More than 1,000 attendees rolled through SoundBites: Atlanta Food Truck Park to eat up soulful and tasty fare served up by black chefs, restaurants and food trucks. The multi-cultural foods at the festival ranged from pop culture dishes like the Olivia Pope catfish baskets from Atlanta Seafood Company  to coffee-infused frozen treats from Mocha Pops.

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Warren Luckett, founder of Black Restaurant Week, said he decided to expand the week from Houston to Atlanta, because he feels like the city's demographics are a perfect fit.

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"When we found out that the Atlanta Food Truck Park was black-owned, we realized that it was a match made in heaven," Luckett said. "We were trying to highlight the culinary scene in Atlanta as much as possible."

The full-scale event was fun for the whole family with the offerings like bounce houses for kids,15 vendors from those with delectable cuisines to merchandise for the summer. 

Live music was in the backdrop for the foodies in attendance, courtesy of Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter Bryan- Michael Cox, Decoteau, Abe Hyde, Dibiase, Mike Nasty, Mix Master David and Ohso.

"It's just a celebration of our culture. We were looking to highlight the African diaspora. So, anyone from Africa to the Caribbean to all of black America," Luckett said. "And while we want to showcase them and highlight them, this event is really for everyone. It's an opportunity to open up our culture."

When Ashley Hanna-Holloway received an email about the event, she knew she had to stop by to taste some fried shrimp and ice cream. As a part of Black Restaurant Week, she previously tried curry goat at Mangos and Caribbean food at Spice House.

"I was actually looking for black-owned food trucks in general. So, I get to get a one stop shop," Hanna-Holloway said.

Tan Bowers, owner of the first black-owned Atlanta Food Truck Park, said she hopes for festival goers to feel the park's positive energy and creativity.

"I think it's great to be able to support cultural events. To have the first Atlanta Black Restaurant Week, and it's been an epic week of events. I think it is great for the city," Bowers said. "I hope that when people come they will be able to appreciate that this is Atlanta's one and only food truck park. It just so happens to be African-American-owned."

Since Lauren Williams' mom was in town, she decided to get out and enjoy the warm weather at the food truck park. Once Williams arrived, she grabbed food from Jerk Brothers and the Olivia Pope at Atlanta Seafood Company. To top off her day, she cooled off with 2 Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets' cookies & creme cheesecake ice cream.

"I think we are tapping out after this. This is the third thing to finish us off," Williams said.

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Bower's food truck park business partner Dexter Temple is looking forward to next year's event and expects for it to be "bigger and better."

"I hope that the festival continues to grow, to add on, continue to build relationships. When you are doing any type of festival, you are not just there to enjoy yourself. You are there to educate," Temple said.

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