Black Pride approaches

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Black Pride, Live Out Proud, will be held from Aug. 18-21 and is commemorating its 11th annual celebration.

During the four-day event, participants can enjoy a welcome reception on Aug. 18, 8 p.m., Ms. Scottos, 8712 Two Notch Rd.; Teach for America experience on Aug. 19; an all-men’s evening, “Candy Land: ‘Tell Me What’s Ur Flava’” featuring Atlanta’s Hot Boyz — Mustang, Captain Marvel and Superman, at Marion Hall, 1621 Marion St., on Aug. 19; a community expo from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Rd.; and Praise in the Park and Community Picnic at 1 p.m. at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Rd. on Aug. 21. With the exception of the all-men’s evening, all events are family-friendly.

The expo will feature vendors, entertainment, HIV/AIDS testing, films, food and other family fun.

More information is available online and through the group’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

The organization focuses on enriching the mind and bringing awareness to the LGBT community of color and those of common interest. It offers quarterly education sessions, roundtable discussions, social research assistance and a State of the SC Black LGBT Town Hall.

Other work South Carolina Black Pride does is it offers mentorship, college preparation, youth and young adult empowerment sessions, leadership development sessions and Gay Straight Alliance development.

South Carolina Black Pride’s celebration event is still accepting vendor applications, and depending upon the time of submittal, advertising space in the Pride Guide. See the online forms to be included and explore the cost details for each option. Email Interim President Darius Jones at or call 803-729-1436 for more up-to-date information or queries regarding vendor space and advertising options.


Coastal events near

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) and the Jewish Community Center have announced that their Rock the Rainbow concert will be held on Aug. 6, 8 p.m., at the Tin Roof, 1117 Magnolia Rd.

The musical evening is a fundraiser for the LGBT community, including the victims of the Orlando shooting. For those who wish to perform, email the AFFA office at

On Aug. 10, 5:45 p.m., AFFA will hold a meeting at the Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Presentation will take place at 6:15 p.m. following a reception.


Pride seeks sponsors, vendors

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Upstate Pride SC March and Festival, slated for Sept. 10 at Barnet Park, 248 E. St. John St., is approaching its deadline for purchasing advertising in its Pride guide on Aug. 10.

Those who wish to advertise, either without a standard and/or T-shirt sponsorship are asked to visit the organization’s website vendor registration page and select the appropriate items for the level of participation desired.

Ad dimensions and requirements are detailed, so advertisers will be able to see the specifications necessary to complete acceptable documents.

Talent entries are also be accepted. Sign-up is available online.

The festival and march features a full day of family-friendly activities to increase visibility, network with others, educate the public and entertain those who attend. A children’s area is also present to support parents during the event. The march takes place through the downtown district.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.