LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Philly Fashion Week
Co-Founder Kevin Parker

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Today: Kevin Parker, the stylish co-founder of Philadelphia Fashion Week, which, coincidentally, kicks off this month. In addition to that project, Kevin Parker’s new venture for 2014 is Renee Philadelphia International, a full-service creative/modeling agency in Center City.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Comedic Storyteller
R Eric Thomas

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Today: Philly playwright, comedic storyteller and all-around hilarious person R. Eric Thomas. Since moving to Philly from Baltimore to chase down Patti Labelle (an adventure he describes in the video above), Thomas has racked up all kinds of accolades and achievements. He’s won two First Person Arts StorySlam competitions, he was invited to give a TedX talk, and he’s written and performed some of his most popular work, including Will You Accept This Friend Request, to sold-out crowds. He is currently working as an admin at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and continues to perform his unique style of “stand-up dramedy” around the city. You can catch him this week, in fact, when he hosts First Person Arts‘ annual Valentine’s Day story slam, “The Ex Files.” More info here.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With HIV Activist
Antonio Boone

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

antonio boone

Today: Antonio Boone, a diehard HIV/AIDS activist who has worked to shine a national spotlight on young people living with HIV. He works with the Sexuality With Education and Truth Project (SWEAT), which helps bring support to HIV-positive gay and bisexual men between the ages of 18 and 30.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With “The Black Yogi,”
Hadji Jones.

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.Hadji Jones

Today, the self-proclaimed “Black Yogi,” Hadji Jones. Hadji is a favorite instructor on the local yoga scene, who teaches classes every week at Sweat Fitness with the principle that “ethnicity, size, age, or social stature has no bearing on whom will benefit from the healing principles of the practice.” He was recently chosen by Lululemon as a “community ambassador,” making him one of the few black faces to appear in the retail store’s ads. We chose him, because his work is breaking barriers between the yoga and African-American communities. 

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Actor/Singer/Top Model/Femme Bot Cory Wade Hindorff

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Today, the multi-talented Cory Wade Hindorff. Last summer the 23-year-old actor/singer/model/drag queen gave Philadelphia a whole new reason to tune back in to America’s Next Top Model, appearing on Cycle 20 as the reality show’s first openly gay male finalist. He made a commendable third-place finish, and since then has used the opportunity to draw attention to his singing career. Last month, he released the gorgeous, neo-soul single “I’m Sorry.” Keep your eyes on this guy. You’ll be seeing/hearing more from him.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions with Journalist Sandy Smith

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

lgbt black history spotlight sandy smith

Today, intrepid Philly journalist — and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus songbird — Sandy Smith. Sandy’s made quite a mark on the local journalism scene, most notably, as he explains below, being one of the founding members of The Penn Current. He currently writes for a handful of Philly media outlets, including Philly Mag’s news and Property blogs, but you can usually find him blogging away on his main gig, the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog, where he reports on everything from new city construction to historic, hidden architectural gems.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Poet Shara Dae Howard

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Today, a true Jill-of-all-trades, poet/photographer/journalist Shara Dae Howard. Ms Howard came to my attention when I saw her moving coming out story on I’m From Driftwood. A Philly girl, Howard  found the courage to open up about her sexuality as a teen at the Attic Youth Center, an organization that she continues to be involved with today as a member of the board.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Gay-Romance Novelst Larry Benjamin

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight one of the most important black movers and shakers in the city.

Today, local author Larry Benjamin. Mr. Benjamin has published three gay-romance works: the 2013 Rainbow Award runner-up for Best Gay Contemporary General Fiction, Damaged Angels; the steamy, Philadelphia-inspired What Binds Us; and his most recent, coming-of-age novel Unbroken. He was also one of our most-fab LGBT Six Word Memoirists.

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LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Activist SharRon Cooks

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight one of the most important black movers and shakers in the city.

First up: SharRon Cooks. Ms. Cooks is an activist for the trans community. We chose her for the important volunteer work she does at the William Way Community Center. There she wears all kind of hats: peer counselor, trans support group facilitator, special events volunteer and even front-desk receptionist. That’s what you call dedication.

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