By- DeoVonte “Deo” Means
After the legendary Opening Ceremony Rooftop Party held on Thursday evening, United Black Pride had the momentum to do some amazing things on Sunday if they were strategic and thorough. As you can see by the pics below, the kids were ready and came out to support what we thought would be a new era of Chicago Black Pride. We assumed, FINALLY egos were set aside and competing entities were laying down the hatchet to unify and come together to produce a Black Pride celebration worthy of Chicago’s reputation. We gagged immediately. Instead of reading, I’m going to pose some questions that might be beneficial in your next organizational meeting for next year. 1st, If the host hotel is in the heart of the loop, why would you host your crowning event in the heart of the hood which forces your visitors to travel 12 miles, on public transportation, into territory that they don’t feel comfortable in? In a years’ time, you have the time and resources to gain a permit at some location much safer and closer than 79th and South Shore. No matter where we come from or may reside, it’s about time we evolve and escalate ourselves out of the hood. The game was never played to stay in the hood. I’m not sure if you’ve paid attention to the memo, but Chicago’s “hood” is not safe for ANYONE rather gay or straight. A nice 39th or 35th location would have been cute. 2nd, Chicago is the 3rd largest city in America and home of our current U.S. President. We have the pull to bring in real talent and entertainment. Whomever thought it was acceptable to book our evening with 47th street, missionary society, usher board, church basement tea talent should be fired IMMEDIATELY. This is our Pride and people are spending major money to come here and be entertained and this is what you give? 3rd, I’m not sure if you need to contract a few hawks or a couple of lions, but the way them damn Cranes (bird rats) attacked us, chased us out and shitted on us as they took over the ENTIRE field was deplorable! Them damn birds let us HAVE IT and chased our asses right on up out of there. 4th, considering the reputation of the Southside, you still had no security or police force…ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS!!!!! The safety of your patrons should always be PARAMOUNT and considering you didn’t even think enough of me to hire a security force to ensure my face wouldn’t be bashed in by savages is a bit offensive. 5th, integrity….You had vendors out there that was NOT prepared!!! Many of us, PAYING CUSTOMERS, stood in line to taste what we thought would be great catfish, and these folks literally told us that they had no more onsite and had to travel to some distant location to retrieve the supplies (fish) which never materialized and left many patrons frustrated. Perhaps you can contract with Harold or something, but every vendor to your event should be well supplied with materials to deliver.
In conclusion, I am not being fierce. I am in your corner, but imma need yall to pull it together. Feel free to contact me if you would like me to sit in a few meetings and give input, but this right here was a fool and I was utterly embarrassed. Black Pride is rumored to be a faux holiday that basically lines the pockets of black promoters. I can tell you one thing, if you don’t pull it together soon, you will be gagging and you should be embarrassed of yourselves regarding the quality of the event you hosted. If you not gonna do it right then don’t do it all!! And that’s no shade. Scroll below to see some of the pics from of the grown and sexy in attendance…Deo