Patrons Claim ICandy Nightclub’s Timberland Boots “Ban” Is Racially Motivated

Photograph by Ernest Owens

Photograph by Ernest Owens

A series of incidents at the door of popular Gayborhood nightclub ICandy in recent weeks has some black LGBT community members wondering whether the club’s apparent ban on patrons wearing Timberland boots — a brand long associated with black hip-hop fashion — is racially motivated.

The controversy began when Stro Kyle, a black queer-events promoter, posted a series of Facebook messages on the night of April 18th after a friend said he had been refused entrance: Read more »

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Philly Black Pride is from April 28-May 2.

Philly Black Pride runs April 28th through May 2nd.

FRIDAY EVENTS

The 17th Annual Philly Black Pride Celebration
April 28th through May 2nd

Philly Black Pride is finally here and bigger than ever with a lineup of parties, expos, and socials that encourage all walks of life to come out to empower the city’s black LGBTQ community. Tickets can be purchased online and include other special registration offers and details. Read more »

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FRIDAY EVENTS

COLOURS’ 25th Anniversary Opening Reception
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street; all ages.

To kick off its 25th anniversary, LGBTQ advocacy organization COLOURS is hosting a free reception at the William Way Center. Guests can visit a special exhibit spotlighting the stories, art, and culture behind the work the group has been doing in the community over the years. Read more »

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Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

Young Advocates of Philadelphia presents a night of swing dancing for a great cause.

FRIDAY EVENTS

The Eric Jaffe Show!
7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tavern on Camac, 243 South Camac Street; over 21.

World ukulele champion Eric Jaffe returns with his monthly cabaret. Enjoy a no-cover night of Philadelphia’s best singers and musicians, featuring Sapphira Cristal, Dan Callahan, and more. Read more »

LOCAL NEWS: Ben Waxman Wins Endorsement of Gayborhood’s 5th Ward

Ben Waxman, a former state Senate aide, received the endorsement of the 5th Ward.

Ben Waxman, a former state Senate aide, received the endorsement of the 5th Ward.

State House candidate Ben Waxman wins a big endorsement in incumbent Brian Sims’s home ward.

The race for the 182nd District took a surprising turn after the 5th Ward’s leadership unanimously endorsed former state Senate aide Ben Waxman for state representative. The 5th Ward contains the Gayborhood, and its previous strong support of incumbent Brian Sims (who lives in the ward) makes this an upset for the incumbent. “I’m proud to have support from every part of the district, including the 5th Ward,” Waxman said. “If I’m elected, I promise to fight hard as an ally to the LGBTQ community, including preserving the unique character of our historic Gayborhood.” In a recent story with Philly Mag, Sims’s political consultant Dan Siegel argued that the 5th Ward “perennially endorses challengers,” with Sims even being endorsed by it when challenging then-incumbent Babette Joseph in 2012. Currently, Waxman is endorsed by two of the three wards in the district (he also was recently endorsed by the 8th Ward) and waits to find out whether the 2nd Ward will announce an endorsement as well. Read more »

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FRIDAY EVENTS

3rd Annual Charity Flip Cup Tournament
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Field House, 1150 Filbert Street; over 21.

The Field House hosts the 3rd Annual Charity Flip Cup Tournament helping to support the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the MS Society and Mazeppa Productions. Tickets can be purchased online and include a complimentary game, beer, snacks and the chance to give back in a fun way. Read more »

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The Divas of Drag is this Saturday night at TLA.

The Divas of Drag is this Saturday night at TLA.

FRIDAY EVENTS

Life’s a Drag Benefit
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 South 12th Street; all ages.

This special charity drag show supports the work of Mazzoni Center. Cover is $5 for students and $10 for guests, and 50 percent of proceeds will benefit the organization. Performers include Pissi Myles, Tilly Screams, Lady Peacock, and many more. Read more »

Mimi Imfurst on Life After RuPaul’s Drag Race

Image provided by Mimi Imfurst. Photography by Jamin Ruhren.

Image provided by Mimi Imfurst. Photography by Jamin Ruhren.

It’s been a while. How’s life been, girl?
Busy busy busy! Between finishing up this album and producing the upcoming Divas of Drag Tour, mamma’s got a full plate! But I wouldn’t have it any other way — I love the work I do. I love creating both art and opportunities.

While maintaining a busy performance schedule, how were you able to juggle recording this album with true commitment?
I’ve been hard at work writing and recording The Fire over the last year. It was important to get the right songs and that each one was done right. I didn’t want an album with one or two singles and a bunch of filler. Every song has to be good. Patience has paid off, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s been a lot of long days and a very busy schedule — but I’ll sleep when I’m dead. Read more »

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