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HBCU Outreach: Is a project that incorporates LGBT centered college groups on Historically Black Colleges & Universities in Nashville. Through their community and college based organizations, these groups help to build healthy, respectable relationships between all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender or race.
Current Local Groups: Tennessee State University Gay Straight Alliance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fisk University S.P.E.E.D: email@example.com
Each group is supported by Brothers United Network, Sisters United, the BU & YBU Programs at Nashville CARES, and the Human Rights Campaign HBCU Program www.hrc.org\HBCU .
HBCU Campus Outreach for LGBT Students: This on-going effort incorporates Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) centered college groups on Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) in Nashville. Through their college based organizations, these groups help to build healthy, respectable relationships between all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender or race.
Currently there are two LGBT organizations on local HBCU campuses in Nashville: The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Tennessee State University and The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Fisk University. Over the past two years both organizations have struggled to stay active. Many of the students that helped to start the groups have graduated and moved out of the area. If you are a student at either university, please contact Dwayne Jenkins, the HBCU Community Advisor at 615 259-4866 x 269, or e-mail: OurVoicesCD@aol.com . We feel it is important to stay connected to the colleges and want to continue to foster positive relationships with the university, their faculty and the students. Each campus group is supported by Brothers United Network, Sisters United, the BU & YBU HIV Programs at Nashville CARES, and the Human Rights Campaign HBCU based Program/Conference entitled "CLAIM YOUR TRUTH".
Dwayne Jenkins from Brothers United is the Community Advisor for both TSU & Fisk.
Black & BLU: Is a Club based outreach project targeted to the patrons of Blu Bar & Nightclub in Nashville. In an effort to expand local outreach and education to the African-American LGBT community, BU has begun a project called "Black & Blu" that will meet the population where they are. This project will provide free and confidential on-site HIV testing, targeted brochure, magazine and literature distribution, a club-based community resource board, and complimentary safer sex kits that include condoms, lube, dental dams and other educational materials. Because of the involvement with Nashville CARES' BU & YBU programs, safer sex and HIV testing are a primary concern for the outreach, but not the only goal. The BU Network seeks to educate African-Americans about political concerns, cultural access, and community resources that slip by or under the community radar sometimes.
"OUR VOICES" A Black LGBT CD Compilation Series, Musicity: Nashville, TN
The purpose behind these underground CD's is to inspire Black Same Gender Loving (SGL) listeners to support the musical and spoken word talents of artist within the African American & People of Color Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) communities. These disc are not simply a bootleg, but an honest attempt to share our lives and stories in a way that empowers & entertains. By providing each artists contact information, it is our hope that people become familiar with each work and recognize "our" material universally. We encourage you to purchase what you like, and show your support for the artist financially.
Our CD contains adult lyrics, depictions of violence, same sex relations and substance use content that is not intended for listeners under 18. The CD includes Spoken Word, R& B, House, Hip Hop, Rap, Gospel and Comical themed songs which have been compiled to appeal to a diverse audience of SGL/LGBT People of Color. All material is protected by copyright law and by international treaties. These Compilation CDs are for promotional use only! There intent is to help each artist get their work out and spark interest & sales from listeners. You may not otherwise sell, publicly perform, publicly display, or create derivative works of this material, unless authorized by the appropriate copyright owner(s). Note: Many artists provide free MP3s and samples of their work via the internet. Please look them up and help spread the news. We are currently updating the list of artists contact e-mails and websites. Please check back or try to GOOGLE their name to find them on the internet.
Dwayne's Rainbow Rhythm Rotations
Disclaimer: I am not a DJ, and don't consider this list of my personal favorites as the "be all"
ranking source of Black LGBT Music. Of course, I'm not sure if another one even exists, but that's neither here or there. I've always appreciated a wide variety of music styles. Growing up in the Bronx I was exposed to everything! I woke up to Latin music on the weekend, my Mom loved jazz, my Father listens to just about everything, and I was a Disco/dance R & B/Pop lover. I like my music as diverse as I like my friends, and don't apologize for jumping around from classical to house, to spoken word, to rock and so forth. Yeah, some of the material included on these CD's may be more raw, use the "N" word, and other slangs that I don't necessarily use on a everyday basis, but that is what makes our music interesting. I simply wanted to share some of the Same Gender Loving material that I jam to at home, in the car, and at work with people who have similar tastes and for those that didn't know that there was such a diverse market of SGL music/spoken word. As I continue to purchase material, old & new, I hope that you follow along and get inspired to check these artists out and support their efforts. They are singing and speaking our truth in OUR VOICES.
Featured Artists on previously OUR VOICES Compilations include:
1. TAB featuring Smoke
2. Anthony Antoine
3. Tori Fixx
4. Patrik-Ian Polk featuring Heather B & Maia Campbell
5. Ty Villain from The CLOSET
7. Basil Hennely
8. Michael Mishaw
9. Adodi Muse A Gay Negro Ensemble
10. Baron featuring Doughboy
11. Amniotic Flow
13. Marvin K. White
14. Tim'm T. West
15. John Edmonds
16. Men of Rainbow
19. Billy Porter
20. Sharon Bridgforth
22. Mz Jonz
25. Carl Bean
26. Punk of Da South
30. William Scott
32. Jesse Afrivie
33. Kevin Aviance
34. Ira Levi
39. Emanuel Xavier
40. Alana Ramierez
If you're an artist, and would like one of your tracks or full CD reviewed, please forward me your web site, or other contact information a long with the price of your material so I can make my purchase, and let's do the damn thang!
Interested in receiving a free compilation featuring Black LGBT artists? Send inquiries to OurVoicesCD@aol.com
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