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Marvin Bowser releases TV special on DC Black Pride

The documentary traces the roots of the movement

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Marvin Bowser interviewing Michael Van Zant, a pastor at Faith Temple Church, in ‘Answering the Call’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Marvin Bowser has teamed up with the producers at the District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment to release the TV special “DC Black Pride: Answering the Call.”

The documentary traces the roots of D.C. Black Pride and includes interviews with prominent members of the local black and LGBT community including D.C. Black Pride co-founder Ernest Hopkins, Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Sheila Alexander-Reid, LGBTQ activist Courtney Williams, Executive Director of the Wanda Alston Foundation June Crenshaw, among others.

Bower says he was inspired to embark on the project while researching for his story “Do we still need D.C. Black Pride?” for the Washington Blade.

“Answering the Call” will air periodically on DCN (ch.16 for D.C. cable providers). The documentary is available to watch anytime on YouTube.

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PHOTOS: Loudoun Pride

LGBTQ community celebration held at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va.

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Loudoun County, Va. elected officials gather on the main stage at Loudoun Pride on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The first Loudoun Pride was held at Claude Moore Park in Sterling, Va. on Saturday, June 26.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Frederick Pride

Annual celebration held at Carroll Creek Linear Park on Saturday

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Chasity Vain is among the performers at the main stage of Frederick Pride 2022. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 10th annual Frederick Pride was held at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. on Saturday, June 25.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase

Mayor’s Office celebrates resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with night of entertainment

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Rayceen Pendarvis hosts District of Pride Showcase on June 30. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “The District of Pride Showcase” on Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Theatre.

This event is to celebrate the resilience of D.C.’s LGBTQ community with a night of entertainment and performances that will feature the diverse queer talent.

This event will be hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, with announcer Krylios, featuring DJ Honey. There will also be a performance by “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Candiace. 

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

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