This Memorial Weekend, DC Black Pride celebrates 20 years of Black Gay Pride. Today DC Black Pride made the announcement that DC’s own Wale will be the headliner of their annual expo at the DC Convention center. The higlight of DC Black Pride weekend, the Legacy Festival and Wellness Expo is an event open to all where over 60 vendors come to showcase their products and services to the community, community and health organizations provide testing and education on HIV, blood pressure, sugar diabetes, and other diseases that plague the black community, and local and national artist perform.
Wale is a DC native and rapper who’s music is influenced by the DC go-go sound. He released his debut album “Attention Deficit” via Interscope Record last year. On his first single “Chillen”, Wale worked with Lady Gaga, a person Wale believed that embodied the party-record feel of the song. Probably his most popular single to date has been his 3rd single “Pretty Girls”.
Working with some of the best promoters in the LGBT community, I’ve seen the struggles that the community has had in getting a black male Hip Hop or R&B artist to perform at such an event so we congratulate DC Black Pride and give much props to Wale for not being a homophobic and not being scared to perform at a gay pride event! Hopefully other artist will begin to see, acknowledge, and respect the support that comes form our community for their music. MUCH RESPECT!
DC Black Pride is May 27-May 31. The Legacy Festival & Wellness expo is on Sunday, May 30th at the Washington Convention Center from 1pm-7pm. For more information log on to www.dcblackpride.org.