Newarkers, on Sunday night I attended what I hope will be an annual LGBT community awards reception. She She & Verve, 2 dynamic teams of lesbian identified nightlife promoters succeeded in bringing influencers from various sectors of Newark’s vast LGBT community together under one roof, for one cause. Love. Love of community and love of the contributions each has made. The Black & White affair was held at the Key Club in downtown Newark.
She She is committed to providing the finest quality of event’s. Both She She & Verve often collaborate with other nightlife promoters to bring awesome events and parties to the community. When they are not hosting there own events they can be spotted supporting others! The event was help in the spirit of collaboration and community. MCd by She She’s Chrystal Atmosphere, the night included hot hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ and honoree Melodious, and awards presentations.
Among the honorees were Reverends Kevin Taylor & Janyce Jackson of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. In November of 2012, Jackson & Taylor will combine their respective churches, Jacskson’s which is based in Newark and Taylor’s in New Brunswick, into one power church located in Newark.
Also honored were Theresa Randolph, Angie Clemons, and Chris Siegal who together and independently have creative some of the most widely attended lesbian and gay parties in major cities throughout the country! Theresa, affectionately known as Ms. Theresa was honored for her 25 years in the nightlife business, Angie for her 20 years and Chris for his consistent support and collaboration with both women. Awards included a symbolic microphone for Theresa and a “key” to all She She & Verve events for Angie & Chris granting them free entry for life.
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June Dowell, founder of Newark-Essex Pride Coalition was honored for her contribution. During her acceptance speech she confirmed her retirement. Karen Thompson, honored for her support of Newark Pride and her annual Pride Cookout, confirm that she and Perris Straughter of the Newark LGBT Commission will be continuing on the June’s work.
While nightlife promoters received the lion’s share of the night’s awards, Kimberlee Williams, CEO of FEMWORKS LLC accepted an award in recognition of her photography & communications agency which she co-owns with Tamara Fleming. Williams spoke about how being an out lesbian business owner in Newark comes with its own set of unique challenges.
I was humbled to be among the honorees. I was recognized for my nightlife contributions as well as for my HIV prevention work with gay men of color! The night was a tender moment in what can sometimes be a thankless job!