Live film screening slated
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A screening of “Holler if You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church” will be held on March 4, 7:30 p.m., at Johnson C. Smith University, Science Center Auditorium, 100 Beatties Ford Rd.
The film, created by BET.com and presented by Clay Cane, will be streamed through Facebook Live or Periscope. It was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award. It addresses the oppression of African-American LGBT individuals in religious spaces.
Cane is a nationally-recognized filmmaker, television personality and award-winning journalist and has been featured on MTV, HLN, ABC, etc., as well as The Advocate among others. His work covers various topics including pop culture, sexuality, race, religion and social justice. He is based in New York, N.Y. He has also been nominated for a 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism.
The event is hosted by the Social Behavioral Science Department, Social Work Department and the Metropolitan College and is sponsored by A.S.P.I.R.E. (A Sacred Place Inviting Realistic Experiences).
A panel discussion follows the screening. Participants include: Monica Raye Simpson, executive director Sistersong, Atlanta, Ga.; Lawana Mayfield, Charlotte City Council member; Pastor Floretta Watkins, Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C.; Dr. Peter Wherry, Mayfield Memorial Baptist, Charlotte, N.C.; Pastor Anthony Sullivan, United Church of Christ HIV/AIDS Network, Cleveland, Ohio; Rev. Frederick Robinson, Charlotte, N.C.; and Minister Melissa McQueen, Many Voices, Washington, D.C.
Participants will be able to examine same-gender love in the black church looking at issues of oppression, salvation, spirituality, exploitation, hurt and anger.
The program is open to the public. A pre-screening reception will take place from 6-7:15 p.m.
Email Emma Foster, MSW, LCSWA, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-267-6544 to learn more.
ASO gets set to ‘feud’
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “We Are Family Feud” will be held on April 9, 7 p.m., at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd.
Emcees for the evening are Lana Cane and Mink Shoals who will bring their campy drag style to the stage with hilarious hosting and musical numbers. Format for “Family Feud” consists of two traditional and two fast money rounds, all with a little twist from the original game show that the event is modeled after. Families will be drafted from participants in the audience.
Organizers are seeking sponsors. Levels that are currently available are: Ticket ($500), Game ($1,000) and Fast Money ($750). More information on each is available online.
The event is presented by Rosedale Infectious Diseases and benefits Different Roads Home and Carolinas Care Partnership.
Tickets are $25/regular and $100/VIP and are available online. VIP ticket holders receive two seats with reserved seating in the first two rows, parking pass for VIP parking, $25 restaurant gift certificate or a gift card for dinner for a couple and two free drink ticket coupons good for any beverage at the theatre. Note: there are only 15 VIP tickets for sale, so order quickly.
Council suits up
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The National Diversity Council Carolinas will host their veteran hiring annual “From Boots to Suits” event on April 29 at DeVry University, 2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd. #109.
The veterans summit will include information on how to develop and launch a veterans program within an organization, become a leader in the veteran recruiting community, as well as capitalize on veterans’ leadership skills in the workplace. This experience can be helpful for veterans who are re-entering the job market in learning how to pitch themselves to prospective employers.
Speakers scheduled are: Andrew Barnes, enterprise talent acquisition project manager at Wells Fargo; and David A. Smith, enterprise military talent acquisition manager at Bank of America. Others may also include: Col. Richard Cantwell, president of Odell International; Noel Humphreys, executive director of Patriots Path; and Col. Dominic Caraccilo, COO of PBI Security, Inc.
Registration for veterans is free and all others are at $35, both of which are available online.
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