New York City Registers Hundreds of Small Business Owners for the 'Many Faces, One Dream' LGBT Economic Empowerment Conference during National Entrepreneurship Month
New York City registrations have spiked over the past few weeks after the announcement date of the third stop of the 13-city Many Faces, One Dream (MFOD) Economic Empowerment Tour for LGBT Communities of Color, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Black Justice Coalition. New Yorkers along with other regional participants have signed up for the two day conference specifically designed for LGBT entrepreneurs and small business owners being held on November 20 - 21, 2013 at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. President Barack Obama designated November as National Entrepreneurship Month in 2012, proclaiming; “As long as America's daring entrepreneurs are taking risks and putting themselves behind new ideas and innovations, the Federal Government will serve as a partner to support their endeavors and catalyze their success.” Considered one of the business capitals of the world, New York City is the most appropriate destination for MFOD in the month of November.
View highlights of the tour featuring the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Black Justice Coalition: Many Faces One Dream Video.
The undeniable fact that rebuilding the American economy has always been directly associated with the construct and support of small businesses. The MFOD-NYC aims to endow individuals and existing business owners with the tools to claim economic power and success. The NYC convening community partners, chosen by the National Black Justice Coalition, include Harlem Pride, LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent and Global Network of Black Pride. These organizations are overjoyed with the opportunity to provide one-stop business enhancement shopping for participating attendees.
“It’s wonderful to see assembled so many national and local groups to focus on potential entrepreneurs. One thing is very clear, our young people are involved in entrepreneurial efforts in areas such as entertainment and social media, and even some of the social services are spinning off into small business. It provides employment and income opportunities. This program is unique in that it gives young people an opportunity to realize their dreams.” says Dr. Wilhelmina Perry of LGBT Faith Leaders of African American Descent.
The SBA and SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping grow the small business market will provide one-on-one counseling for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Participants will select one of two tracks: “Starting Your Business” and “Taking Your Business to the Next Level.” In the first track, training will be provided on the key elements of a business plan, loans, marketing, and SBA’s program and services. The second track will be geared toward New York City’s LGBT entrepreneurs that would like to expand and grow their business.
"This is an exciting time in our community to stand up and make a financial shift," says Richard E. Pelzer II, President of Global Network of Black Pride. "Ownership and harnessing all the creative talent to develop NEW entrepreneurs is what this conference is all about."
Key components of the MFOD-NYC conference is the opportunity for LGBT people of color to exchange business-to-business products and services information. Participants will also learn about the various certifications available and how to do business with the local, state and federal government. MFOD-NYC will feature financial services and certification agents to support small business development. There will be a Small Business Marketplace where LGBT-owned businesses will have access to the resources and tools needed to grow and sustain their enterprise.
"Economic empowerment is essential to the longevity and well-being of LGBT communities of color, partnering with the US Small Business Administration, National Black Justice Coalition, Black Enterprise Magazine, National Gay & Lesbian Chambers of Commerce, Global Network of Black Pride, and LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent to bring the Many Faces, One Dream. Economic Empowerment Tour to New York City is another step toward solidifying our community's foundation and promoting self-sufficiency,” says Carmen Neely, president of Harlem Pride, Inc.
NYC Community Outreach Partners such as: National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of New York (NGLCCNY), James Saunders Events, The Center, GLBT Travel Expo, Destination Tomorrow, MVC Production, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, GMAD Youth Advisory Board (GYAB) BluntedMuse Production and Strategic Transgender Alliance for Radical Reform (STAAR) have assisted and supported the Many Faces, One Dream efforts to spread the news and information of the conference.
For more information, visit www.manyfacesonedream.com. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for MFOD, please contact Richard E. Pelzer II, President of Global Network of Black Pride at email@example.com or 212-537-4069, or Carmen Neely, President of Harlem Pride, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-846-0362.
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Artist: COBI MOULES
Exhibition: "Bois Just Wanna Have Fun"
October 10 - November 9th, 2013
Opening Reception: Thurs, Oct 10th (6-8pm)
Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011 email@example.com
Lyons Wier Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition for Cobi Moules, "Bois Just Wanna Have Fun." Driven by the desire for adventure and discovery, Cobi Moules set out across America not only to explore the country's natural beauty and diversity, but also to reflect upon his position within it. Moules' study of the grand American landscape quickly conjures up images and iconography from a plethora of historical landscape paintings, most notably mid-19th century American landscape paintings.
Loosely utilizing the Hudson River School as a visual point of departure, Moules metaphorically utilizes the landscape as a stand-in for his own Christian upbringing. "Bois Just Wanna Have Fun" is a synthesis of wanderlust and raison d'etre, where he creates a fantasy world in which only he exists. His compositions contain a multitude of self-portraits and narratives, each coexisting to create a parallel and/or alternate plane that invokes a sense of excitement, self-worth and play. Through the multiplication and overwhelming presence of his 'self' within the paintings, Moules takes precedence over the landscape, fully integrating himself into an art historical lexicon that typically exemplifies the insignificance of the individual and the manifestation of God.
Moules states, "I see a number of ideological links between their [Hudson River School] works and a specific current American Christian culture that was an integral part of my formative years; particularly in regards to ideas of purity and the honor of sacrificing one's selfhood for the glory of God. As a queer and transgender person, I seek to renegotiate my relationship with this upbringing and the act of being told I am 'unnatural' through such a pointed Christian lens."
Moules deftly manipulates the visual trope of traditional landscape painting as a way of seeking inclusion, creating a utopian space for his personal significance and queer identity. He embraces the beauty of nature while shifting its weight through the exaltation of his own existence within it. The importance becomes the experiences of his multiples and their overall existence in the landscape - each engaging in different activities, exploring their [his] presence within nature, and ultimately becoming whole.
Cobi Moules received an MFA in 2010 from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Recent awards include the SMFA Traveling Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, Blanche E. Colman Award, Joan Mitchell MFA Grant and SFAI Artist in Residence, Art Santa Fe, NM. His work has been exhibited nationally including the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME, Wesleyan College, WV, Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA, CUE New York, NY, Foster Gallery, Dedham, MA, and Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA. He lives and works in Boston, MA
Singer/Songwriter Justin Utley will make a special apprearance at the GLBT Expo!
Get a signed copy of Justin's cover feature in Connextions Magazine, along with a photo of you and Justin!
When: March 9, 2013
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: GLBT Expo, NYC
Connextions Magazine Booth, #317
As an 'OUT' ex-mormon, and survivor of ex-gay therapy, Justin speaks candidly about his life and experiences through his inspiring storytelling and powerful, entertaining music.
- Headliner and featured performer at Pride Festivals worldwide, including Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
- Featured on CNN’s "Faces Of Faith" news segment and cover story of CNN’s LGBT Weekly Magazine.
- New album "Nothing This Real" released at a sold-out media showcase in New York City, with an online broadcast of over 12,000 viewers.
- Nominated by the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts for four OUTMusic Awards, including song and artist of the year.
- Winner "Best Folk/Country Song of the Year".
- Recipient of the Inspirational Award by the FBI’s LGBT Division.
- Registered as an official speaker of Campus Pride.
- Composed theme song for the Emmy Award winning movie "Shadow of Light".
- Featured performer at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The 20th Original GLBT Expo
Saturday March 9, 2013 & Sunday March 10, 2013
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
38th & 11th Aves, New York City, NY. 10014
#1 in Attendance #1 in Exhibitors
#1 Advertising & Promotion
2013 is the 20th anniversary and a huge milestone for the GLBT Community. For the past 20 years, the EXPO has helped to present the finest products & services available to the GLBT consumer. Starting in 1993, the EXPO has generated over $80,000,000 of dollars spent within the Greater Tri-State area. This includes the GLBT friendly companies from every industry, both large and small, Fortune 1000 and Gay-owned companies. They have all discovered the GLBT Community is affluent, brand-loyal, well educated and business minded. It is the truest of definition of "THE PERFECT NICHE MARKET".
Connextions Magazine will be there for the 3rd year in a row. We hope you stop by and connect with us!
For more information about the Expo, click to: http://www.originalglbtexpo.com/ or call 800-243-9774
To see photos from our past experiences at the Expo, click here.
National comic, I’Wante, the Diamond of Comedy proudly announces the release of his new musical comedy album Fifty Shades of Gay on December 11, 2012.
Known for delivering a unique style of comedy through songs which mock the urban lifestyle and popular culture, I’Wante launched Fifty Shades of Gay to unite all communities through laughter. The album addresses several political and social issues, as well as relationships with a humorous spin. I’Wante will host a Release Party on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 for Fifty Shades of Gay. Desire Bar & Grill, 45 West 8th Street, NY, NY, 10011. All are invited and this is a free event. For more information please visit:
“I am having fun making people laugh, while creating a distinctive path in comedy to entertain, influence, inspire, and educate future leaders,” said I’Wante, the Diamond of Comedy.
Born in Thomasville, North Carolina and raised in Brooklyn, I’Wante has been performing stand up for six years in the U.S. and several other countries. He is the host and creator of The IWante Show(TheIwanteShow.com), an internet variety talk show.
Fifty Shades of Gay will be available for purchase on December 11, 2012 via: http://diamondofcomedy.com/. Two singles from the album may also be purchased via: http://iwante.bandcamp.com/track/obama-can-you-help-me
To have I’Wante perform at your venue or for more information, please contact Color of Love Production, LLC, Tel:347-423-1722 or email Colorofloveproduction@gmail.com.
XL Nightclub, NYC
Saturday, December 8, 2012
7:00 - 10:00 pm
dot429 and StartOut invite you to celebrate the season with an evening of cocktails and conversation.
Enjoy a silent auction, two-for-one cocktail specials and complimentary access to XL Nightclub all night long.
Tickets available at: http://bit.ly/Xvh96a
Suggested $10 donation benefiting StartOut
Hosted by: Elliot Tomaeno, Jennifer Brown, Jason Dorn, Juan Ortiz, Kelvin Chen, Merryn Johns, Montgomery Frazier, Nithan Narendra, Patrick Grosso, Sasha Seven, Shelly Straub, Steph Watts
StartOut is an organization which strives to educate, to inspire and to support entrepreneurs. They also work to foster LGBT leadership in the business community.
512 W. 42nd St., New York, New York 10036
BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE'S SECOND ANNUAL GAY PRIDE CONCERT Available on the Web for Free!
Broadway Sings for Pride’s Second Annual Gay Pride Concert can be seen free of charge on Facebook and YouTube. Co-produced by Neal B of www.NealB.tv, Jim Lahti, in association with Artists Proof Productions, the concert event featured over thirty performers including celebrities, activists and Broadway’s best talent. Broadway Sings wants to share these amazing performances and spread the word of equality!
Musical numbers showcased Broadway and pop songs, and special guests shared stories of LGBT pride. Among some of the talent: Chaz Bono (Dancing with the Stars), Carla Hall (The Chew, Top Chef), Anthony Fedorov (American Idol Finalist & Rent at New World Stages), ), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q), and Eric Millegan (Bones).
The concert benefitted the Hetrick-Martin Institute, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City and Broadway Sings for Pride.
The full concert can be viewed below or visit:
• Broadway Sings for Pride on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/broadway.pride) or search: Broadway SingsFor Pride
• YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/nealbtv)
Broadway Sings For Pride is a non-for-profit organization, which brings together Broadway talent & celebrities to promote LGBT equality through song. Please also visit our website at: www.BwayPride.org.
Filmed on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Mainstage Theater in New York City.
Jim Lahti - musical director/arranger, pianist
John Benthal - acoustic and electric guitar
David Silliman - percussion
Ritt Henn - bass guitar
1. Introduction by Thomas Krever, Hetrick-Martin Institute Executive Director
2. Opening Medley - Matt Leisy (Off Broadway’s The Fantasticks) & The Company
3. It Gets Better - The Company (including the TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble)
4. Big Wings- Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q)
5. A Special Message from Mike Ruiz (Celebrity Photographer and A-List New York) & Laverne Cox (VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy)
6. Are You There?- Anthony Lee Medina (Spring Awakening National Tour, The Capeman at The Public) & Angelo Rios (Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour)
7. It's Our Time- Athena Reich (Recording Artist) & Garry Novikoff (A Normal Life)
8. A Special Message from Mr. Gay World USA Tennessee Vincent Leggett & Miss New York 2011 Kaitlin Monte
9. Beautiful- Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour) featuring Mary Lahti & Rebecca Larkin
10. Never Over- Anthony Fedorov (American Idol & Rent at New World Stages)
11. The Prayer - Marisha Wallace (The Book of Mormon National Tour, Sistas The Musical) & Angelo Rios (Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour)
12. A Special Message from Neal Bennington, Founder & Co-Producer
13. Hold Me In Your Arms- Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys)
14. A Special Message from Phillip P. Keene (The Closer) & Christina Bennett Lind (All My Children)
15. Luke & Nate- What’s The Benefit inc.
16. Jump! Shout! Boogie!- Eric Millegan (Bones) featuring Rebecca Larkin, Mary Lahti & Theresa Fowler
17. A Special Message from The Imperial Court of New York & AJ Mattioli
18. The Wizard and I- Elissa Goldstein (An Affirmative Act)
19. I Am Changing- Marisha Wallace (The Book of Mormon National Tour, Sistas The Musical)
20. A Special Message from Carla Hall (The Chew, Top Chef)
21. Special Rights- Mary Lahti (Three Sisters), Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour), Aaron J. Libby (APAC's The Human Comedy), & Adam Shapiro (Zorro The Musical International Tour)
22. A Special Message from James Neiley (OUT 100 honoree & Activist)
23. Special Medley- Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera)
24. A Special Message from Chaz Bono (Dancing with the Stars)
25. Sing - The Company (including the Tada! Resident Youth Ensemble)
26. Finale: Make Our Garden Grow- The Company
Broadway Sings for Pride Company includes:
Dani Atkinson (America's Got Talent), Guto Bittencourt (Original Brazilian cast of Les Miserables), Chris Brick (Seussical National Tour), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Theresa Fowler (Oliver! 1st National Tour), Elissa Goldstein (An Affirmative Act), Andre'
Jordan (Shrek The Musical), Kyle Kleiboeker (Hairspray National Tour), Mary Lahti (Three Sisters), Rebecca Larkin (South Pacific, Avenue Q), Matt Leisy (Off Broadway’s The Fantasticks), Aaron J. Libby (APAC's The Human Comedy), Rebecca McBee (Junie B. Jones National Tour), Anthony Lee Medina (Spring Awakening National Tour, The Capeman at The Public), Eric Millegan (Bones), Michael Munoz (Naked Boys Singing), James Neiley (OUT 100 honoree & Activist), Christine Nolan (Hair), Garry Novikoff (A Normal Life) , Athena Reich (Recording Artist), Matthew Riordan (Signature Theatre’s Trouble), Angelo Rios (Jesus Christ
Superstar National Tour), Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera), Adam Shapiro (Zorro The Musical International Tour), Marisha Wallace (The Book of Mormon National Tour, Sistas The Musical), What's The Benefit? inc. and TADA!'s Resident Youth Ensemble
See a clip of the concert:
Join dot429 & Wells Fargo for a Women's Focused Networking Event
Where: SOHO Grand Hotel, NYC
When: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 6pm
Amelia Abdullahsani, Sarah Bernett, Lori Cheek, Winka Dubbledam, Merryn Johns, Kimberly Light, Lori Michaels, Susan Miller, Lana Rosenzweig, Amy Starr, Shelly Straub, and Sam Taylor.
Click here for tickets & information:
On June 22 and 23, legendary filmmaker John Waters will present his comedy show at City Winery in NYC
Legendary filmmaker John Waters (“Pink Flamingos” "Hairspray” "Serial Mom”) performs a very developed one-man show at festivals, universities, and clubs across the world and has since the 1970’s. In it, he details his groundbreaking career in a rapid-fire stand-up comedy format (akin to high-brow comics and monologists such as Spalding Gray, Janeane Garofalo, and Margaret Cho) plus conducts a Q & A afterwards.
The show has played to sold-out audiences in New York, Copenhagen, London, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Tucson, Washington (DC), Sydney (Australia), Indianapolis, and beyond.
Bar Stools, Reserved Tables & VIP Seating $45.00 - $60.00
What is City Winery?
Community, creativity and culture... A vibrant, interactive space in New York where folks can not only make wine, but also meet friends new and old while indulging their passion for quality food, music, art and life. To all who enter, L'Chaim.
For more info about the show or City Winery, click here.
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