Monday, June 30, 2008
Let's face it folks, it's been a long week and I know that most of you need a breather, right? Well, of course you do, but as for this forum we forge ahead and stay in the saddle without retreat. As you can see I've been busy behind the curtain, re-tooling and polishing up the place with new graphics, sassy color palate and unveiling our new moniker, "COP: 24/7 ." What's the reason behind this update you ask? Well, people were having a difficult time with our name, because it is a mouth full. Not to mention awkward to remember. Therefore, I've been determined to brand this forum in such a manner that the name would be smart, with an easy recall and overall more marketable. Yesiree..., it's none stop around here and I want to thank all of you who have stayed with me over the course of this year as well as subsequent years. Your encouragement and intrigue into this forum's daily production has kept us "sitting in the big chair," all the while keeping it hot, live and otherwise. However, the bar continues to rise and we need your voices, content contributions, discussion, product and viral support to spread the word that COP:24/7 is truly Arkansas' On Line destination for everything both over and under the rainbow! I appreciate your support and Thank you very much!
Podcast Anyone?: It's coming...our new podcast will arrive in time for Independence day, July 4th. For the record, writing this forum is one thing, but doing a pod is different. Producing this little ditty is a bit more involved and I'm always wanting to get it right the first time out. In other words, there's no rehearsal, it's right out the the box into the digital player from our fabled downtown Mablevale Studios. Even as this post appears, the pod is in the works and you won't want to miss it!
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And the Winner Is?: I didn't get to hear none of that last year as this fourm put our toe in the Black Weblog Awards. The competition is about as tough as you can get among the people of color bloggers. I hope to venture back into the fray again this year, even though last year I discovered that some bloggers were stuffing the ballot box in their favor. The organizers did disqualify that candidate, yet it seems that there's a groundswell of costal networking among past participants and their loyal fan bases. The awards have several sections in which to compete and I'm determined that our niche can be most favorable in Long Term blog or News/Feature format. As soon as the categories are released, I'll highlight just where we best fit. Until then, I'm starting the campaign to get all of you... Yes, that's you, informed about this contest and our intentions to make a better showing this year. So, get ready to support us come this August 1. When it's time for the balloting to begin, I will need all of Arkansas to come forth and let the coast folks know that we got "blog" game, too!
Pride Montage: Similar to last year's, I'm putting together a video montage of images and pictures from this week's Pride events. If you have pictures you would like to offer, suggest or contribute let's have em. The mash up is tenatively schedule to appear Tuesday, July 1. What can I say, COP: 24/7... a creative force on the move in 2008!
LRBP Update: The info on Southern Comfort- Black Pride 08 came through loud and clear last evening, as organizers outlined an ambitious double weekend plan Starting July 11-13 and 18-20. The pre weekend event will feature the 1st Annual Taste the Rainbow pageant in which the house royalty will be selected. Meanwhile the bookend weekend will offer an all-star national show cast, Pool party at the La Quinta Hotel in downtown Little Rock, Awareness luncheon, and a Saturday picnic in Reservoir Park. The Executve Board also announced that they have inked a 3 year sponsorship deal with ID Lubricants, donor dollars from the International Federation of Black Pride organization and will be electing officers this quarter. On an odd note, I fact checked the IFBP website and noticed that even though the local event is listed, the group has denoted that LRBP is not an official member of it's organization. If you need more info, want to sponsor, be a vendor or compete, reach out an touch them at 501.398.0307. Tell em you heard about it here first.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Black Pride in the City: Yep, there's gonna be some Black Pride in the Central City come July 18- 20. Previously I mentioned that organizers were putting together their slate and this forum will be getting the inside skinny of who, what when, where and certainly the "why" in Black Pride. Reliable sources have alerted me that printed 'Flyers" were being circulated in nearbyy Memphis, inquiries are coming in from various points, including brother and sister's in the ATL as well as other mid south destinations. Meanwhile, organizer S. Rogers is excited about the possibilities and the outreach will extended to the entire GLBTQ community and it's allies. The host hotel secured is the La Quinta on Broadway, a Freaky Friday show, Picnic in the Park and that's just the beginning. They tell me that I will get the exclusive info this weekend not to mention I may get in on the act to boot! Stay locked in for all the details, you can't afford to miss out on this years slate.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
And Were Off: Pride Week 2008 has started it's strut to the theme, Live - Love- Be. All across the city, each venue will be offering various entertainment and social events for the local GLBTQ community and allies. In case you missed it, there is a schedule of events booklet that's available to keep yourself in the know about what's happening, when and where. I saw a nifty display at Sidetracks which also has there in-house Ontrack magazine. Of course, this forum has highlighted events and posted direct info on what will be shaping up throughout the week. We are in the pride mode by pulling out all the stops, with all our gadgets, videos, podcast and so much more. It's all about staying locked in with COP:24/7!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
LIVE: There's not a day that some sage advice from my parents crosses my mind. Usually my mother always had her "words" for the day, such as "you have only one life to live, because each day ain't no dress rehearsal." I'd look at her with wonderment thinking, "I'm not sure what you're talking about but someday I'll understand it." Trust me, I quickly learned that those words couldn't ring more truer these days. During this week of Pride, don't forget that June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. If you have not had a recent test, then your life could depend on it. Do it today by texting your area code to the KNOW IT campaign, to find out a testing center near you.( see the banner ad below) Locally you can contact the Arkansas AIDS Foundation (http://www.araidsfoundation.org/) or Arkansas Department of Health for more information.
The PRIDE Parade and Picnic will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2008.
If you would like to attend, some SDC members from Central Arkansas are interested in a car-pool. I've asked some of our eagle eye scouts to capture pictures and check in with us about the festivities. If you have items to share, let's hear from you TODAY!!
Monday, June 23, 2008
It's all about Pride this week as COP celebrates with our special brand and savvy mix of history, commentary, and "who knew facts" from GLBTQ culture and beyond. First up is a cute cartoon /live action mash up featuring songtress Varla Jean Merman giving you a fast paced look at the Stonewall riots. A major event that formed the foundation for today's Pride celebraitons across the USA. As the news evolves this week I will be posting all the updates, sightings and going's on from around the state. If you've got news, pictures, poetry, musings, editorals or other contributions, feel free to share them with this forum. We're ready when you are! Let's here from you TODAY!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
"For a community deprived of its history, GLBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and makes the civil rights statement of our valuable national and international contributions," said Lazin.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Houston's Oil Can Harry was rocked by Mr. Larry Edward's one of the foremost TINA impersonators, Las Vegas veteran and who is Little Rock bound for charity during GPW 08. I got a chance to catch Edwards talents as part of the La Cage production at the Riveria Casino in 2001, but over the years had previously seen the "Ultra Hot Chocolate," many times before in the Central Arkansas area. On June 25, his high energy antics will be "rolling on the river" as a part of a Cruising for a Cause 2008 fundraiser for HPWA,( Helping People With AIDS). Prior to a 8:30 p.m. boarding of the Arkansas Queen River Boat there will be a 7 p.m. cocktail reception at The Salty Parrot. Tickets( $40) are now on sale at local outlets. For more info contact: Dustin( 501.951.2326) or Annie (501.944.5385). Limited seating, so get those tickets TODAY!
Going to the Chapel: You'd have to have your head burried in the sand, not to have heard the noise from the alleged stampede to the Golden State by couples who are in search of a mariage doucument. Locally Channel 4( KARK) wanted to find a up-close angle while actually finding a real live couple who went on camera to tell of their impending "nuptial vacation." As I've watched to news coverage, it seems that there are a lot of lavender folks out there that wanted to get some "hitch papers." While I was living there a while back, I couldn't even find a decent date, let alone some one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Boy, times they must have changed. Meanwhile, the forces that believe that this "just not right" are gathering signatures and a cash booty said to be as high as 10 Million smackrooes to get this marrying thing stopped. So far at least two courts have held up the Supreme Courts decision and the I pronounce you "spouses for life," verbage will continue until some court some where say's not so fast.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Who's Asking: Remember the much ballyhooed Clinton policy of "Don't Ask - Don't Tell? What about those high five moments of Nancy Pelosi who announced that there would be serious legislative changes in the first 100 days of the Dems taking back congressional control in 2007? Well, folks didn't much happen in the first 100 days or 1000 days for that matter,especially in the area of the armed forces policy toward gays in the military. All across the board from Democratic presumptive nominee, B. Obama who feels that he can "reasonably see" a repeal if he's elected President. Other Hill bystanders are all in favor of repealing the measure but, feel that the electorate( that means you, me and everyone else) are interested in more pressing matters such as gas prices, inflation and foreclosures. Sound like the Congress is doing what they do best, averting anything that may cause them to step out of their comfort zones and actually stand for something.
There's Marriage in dem Hills: I know by now you've heard. Yes, the yellow brick road leads to the altar in California. After the recent state Supreme Court paved the way for that states GLBTQ community to get marriage certificates, it seems that it's all anyone can talk about. It's on the cover of the current Advocate which gives one the low down and possible shut down of getting hitched in tinsleland come this November via referendum. Even though we've been quite proud of the Eureka registry, the noise made in the Golden state has been deafing not to mention the money that's been spent by both proponents and opposition. The totals are staggering with the Protect Marriage organization dolling out at least 1.8 million on a signature campaign with sights on amassing around 10 Million to stop them gay folks from marital bliss. Yet not to be out done, Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and a coalition member, Equality for All intends to match the opposition “dollar for dollar.” To pull that off, it’ll need to raise between $10 million and $20 million -- more than has ever been raised to fight a gay ballot initiative. (As we went to press, the Human Rights Campaign announced it would donate $500,000 to this enormous effort.) Whew, that's a lot of "I Do" dollars.
HIV Talk -Talk Tour: Last week, June 5, the first of several scheduled HIV/AIDS Task force forum was held at Philander Smith College. According to news sources only 45 people attended which included the 19 person board and the remaining were service providers. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend due to this meeting being scheduled at 5:30 p.m. which precludes some working stiffs from attending. After further scanning my sources, I discovered that many possible stakeholders or other interested parties were of the opinion, "so what do they want to talk about?" I re-read the material circulated by the task force and came to conclusion that the purpose of the this forum did not quite ring loud and clear. After this assessment, I went on to redetermine exactly what these forums were designed to do, subsequently catching the article in the Arkansas Gazette( 6.12.08) in which Dr. Katherine Stewart said, "that the public forums can be time when we can hear about their concerns..." Continuing with, "hearing directly from those suffering from the disease is crucial to the task force's mission..." Say What? Excuse me but, I've heard bucket loads of "concerns" from the HIV/ AIDS community without leaving my desktop and sometimes without even asking. So, where have these folks been for the last two decades. Are they not on the The Notes e-blast list? Did they miss that ADH HIV pow- wow that was held a few weeks ago? What about that highly promoted talkfest that was held at the Art Scene? Why hell they all could just bookmark this site! What more testimony is really needed? Sorry, I digressed. The next forums are scheduled for Fayetteville, July 17, August 21 in Pine Bluff and Sept. 22 in West Memphis. I can't wait to see who shows up for those meet and greets. Stay tuned I'll keep you posted....
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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Sunday, June 08, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Pride in the City: Even though last year's ballyhooed Pride blowout won't be repeated, there are other Pride events popping up all over the place. The Center for Artistic Revolution, DYSC( Diverse Youth for Social Change) group has announced it own version of pride June 14, Reservoir Park, 2-8 p.m. The afternoon will feature music, food and what they are billing as the "1st Annual Queer Olympics." According to promo material the event is geared to the 14 t0 23 set, but their "allies," ( I guest that's code for "old heads") are welcomed. Need more info? Then tell them you read it here first, then hit em up at 501.244.9690
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Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Northshore Hook-up: In the past I've complained, not whined, about not always getting the hook-up with other entities in this city both Terra fir ma and digital. However, I wanted to thank the management of Sidetracks for giving me a "bear hug" in there OnTrack publication as well as continued readership. The mini-ad is on the Pink Triangle/Symbol page at the bottom along with out tag line, " Arkansas' Online destination..." I appreciate it very much! Sometimes I'm perplexed about my penetration in this community, but occasionally get reminded that there is a core group staying onpoint with me. With this in mind, I realize that I may need to step up my public profile and do some cross promotions or mash-up. So, if you saw our mini ad, then send me an e-mail to get a invitation to our special event. You never know what I may pull out my bag of tricks! If you've got ideas, reach out and touch me any time....
DSRA Re-Saddled: During my bar crawl last weekend, I spent some time with some of my most favorite folks at DSRA (Diamond State Rodeo Association) as they continue to fund raise for Rodeo in the Rock 2009. The evening was filled with DSRA Royalty and volunteers who donate their creativity to helping the DSRA full fill their goal to continue the now, bi-yearly event. Despite all the fun and frolic, I was somewhat broadsided by a unceremoniously announcement that Mr. Dan Scott, 1st alternate would assume the Mr. DSRA title from Rick Loftus this year's winner. You can't say that I'm not on the nerve of breaking news in this community. After the initial curiosity, I gave Scott a hearty congrats and asked him what his plans were for the remaining of the year. However, it seems that Dan was pretty overwhelmed himself and told me that "he really didn't know." Yet, he did confirm that he will still be hosting the monthly karaoke parties and doing his best to represent the organization. After all, it's apparent that what goes around comes around again, since he previously served as Mr. DSRA in 2005. I would be reticent if I didn't denote that this is another year that the Mr. DSRA titleholder position has been problematic and mired in controversy. Last year's titleholder, John, didn't bother completing his reign by showing up for this years competition and passing the title. He cited to me prior to the competition, that "he had developed a philosophy conflict with the organization and felt that he could no longer participate." In my brief conversations with Loftis, I discerned that he was proud to represent the title and had a positive working association. However, I was aware that he had been plagued with "incidents" that were not favorable, and his actions were surmised as allegedly violating royalty codes of conduct. According to sources, it seems that his untimely resignation was the topic of a "full throated" internal board discussion and decision. I've gotten mixed signals from the membership, but basically most have approached the issue as one they would like to get behind them. In full disclosure I've known Loftus, a number of years and I want to personally wish him well on his future endeavors. Also, as the old adage goes,there's always two sides to the story. So, here's my shout out to Mr. L. If you want to have your say, clear the air or share, then this forum is willing, and ready to give you ample room. I'm ready whenever you are!!
PRIDE in the City: Ah yes, it's time to unfurl those Rainbow flags for Pride 2008, June 22-29 as promoted by the area entertainment venues and outlets. This year's international theme: "Live-Love- BE, " will be highlighted by a week of diverse offerings ranging from Cookouts, Pajama Party with pillow fight, rolling on the River Cruise featuring former MGAA and Vegas veteran, Mr. Larry "Hot Chocolate" Edwards, A Game Show Night at Easy Street, a Out in the Woods camping event and the long running Turn-a bout show at the Backstreet Complex. I will be covering some events during that week along with our own brand of Pride 08 activities. If you need info or reminders there's a Pride 08 booklet that I'm assuming is available at all participating nightspots.
HIV & U: A meeting will be sponsored by the Arkansas HIV Minority Task Force, Thursday, June 5, 2008...Time: 530 p.m. It's apart of the Have Ya* Heard, Public Forum. It's open to the entire community and Refreshments will be offered. It will be held in the Joycelyn Elders Lecture Hall, of the Harry R. Kendall Science & Health Mission Center on the Philander Smith College campus in Little Rock, AR The E-blast heralded: We Need YOU !!! Come share your thoughts about reaching those in your community about HIV prevention, treatment and other available services.