Saturday, July 26, 2008

Taking it on the Road

Saturday Special
This is a special Saturday Edition of our post as we cover the 28th National Association of Black and White Men Together convention in St. Louis, MO. Boys and Girls, it's been a jammed pack week thus far including workshops on HIV/ AIDS, Relationship Challenges and variety of guest speakers such as Dr. Preston Shumaker presenting on The Two Faces of Being on the DL, Bruce Menapace, PHD offering insights on interracial Relationships and Sheppard B. Kominars' Journaling for Health & Happiness, each of these powerful sessions offered tools as well as common sense approaches to creating a better quality of life. One of the interesting aspects of attending a BWMT conference is the fact that even though the week's schedule has many entertaining opportunites there are a host of teachable moments that are designed to assist one in a daily living scheme. I enjoy the brain trust and synergy of the conventioneers whom nuture plus demand that you keep it real about your self. I've enjoyed the hospitality displayed by the host hotel Holiday Inn Select Convention Center staff, other local GLBT groups and certainly the entertainment venues around town. Especially, Just John's Bar which hosted the Midland Reception last evening and later Magnolia's, a serious throw down urban bar that wanted to keep the party grooving til the wee hours of the morn. It's been awhile since I've pulled an all nighter but I did survive, O.K. Just for the record STL has a vibrant GLBTQ community with plenty of party stops to meet any of your pleasures, not to mention the bounty of tourist pursuits ranging from the famed Gateway Arch to area Casino's. I may need another visit when I not busy with a convention. It's all here baby and all you need are the Benjamin's to take part.
It's almost over and I plan to have a picture retrospective of it all next week.! Y'all stay tune, you hear...

In Memorandum: Brian Cooks LTC, James surrender his life on July 25, 2008 due to complications from a recent accident. Brian will shortly be announcing ceremonies as well as details concerning a "home going" celebration for James at his Oak Street home. Our most sincere condolences to Brian and James' extended family during this time of mourning. There will be a fundraising effort to help assist Brian, to be held in August at the DSRA. As usual, I will join the cast in helping raise money for this worth cause. Please look for future post, podcast and E-blast info.

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