Yes, it’s true, the At the Beach Los Angeles Black Pride annual beach party scheduled for this Saturday in Malibu is officially canceled. I could hardly believe it myself when I got the news.

This week marks the 20th anniversary for Los Angeles’ Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride best known as At the Beach Los Angeles Black Pride. While you may not ever read about in the Los Angeles Times or see it on the evening news, the Los Angeles Black Pride annual beach party celebration at Point Dume in Malibu is one of the most anticipated events of the years for Los Angeles’ Black gay community that rarely sees itself reflected in the June pride celebration in West Hollywood.

However, with that said, it is still a Black event taking place in a predominantly white part of town. A town that for the past several years hasn’t been too keen on thousands of Black bodies ascending upon it’s beaches on a holiday weekend and finally found a way in an effort to move the celebration from Malibu this year.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, in cahoots with the City of Malibu, has at the last minute issued a new “special condition,” a 200% increase in fees to the tune of $18,000 and a reduction in the hours and operation of Pride, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this year. They are claiming this is needed because of an incident that occurred last year, an incident in which the Sheriff’s are claiming a gun was brandished and a near riot erupted.

However, I was there last year and I don’t recall all of that going down.

I’m not surprised though. It’s no secret that over the years, Black Pride participants have consistently and quietly dealt with the harassment and the racism from the Sheriff’s office including having their cars were towed, getting ticketed, and unwarranted searches.

I have very mixed feelings about the whole situation, but I’m clear that if this were a different gay pride celebration, that this would not be happening. But it’s not, it’s Black gay pride.

I am still going to the beach on Saturday, camcorder in hand, and I wish a deputy would tell me to get off of a free beach.

As for the other Pride events scheduled, including the after party, they are all still going down, so no worries there. See schedule below.  But the staple event, the event that many of us were looking forward to attending won’t be and it’s because of that I am pissed the fill-in-the-blank off.

First there’s the great restroom scandal at the Beverly Hills Hotel where a Black lesbian would forced out of the women’s restroom after being mistaken for a man, then weeks of television news reports featuring lily white couples getting married, followed by the over sensationalized and sad tragic story involving two lesbians accused of abusing and torturing a 5-year-old boy, and now no Black pride beach party.

Black prides started in the 80s in large part because a lot of the gay pride events were overwhelmingly white and for the most part they still are. As Black lesbians and gays we deserve the right to celebrate not only our sexual orientation and identity but our race and cultural heritage as well, and that ain’t happening in West Hollywood.

Where to Voice Your Concern:

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Captain Thomas G. Martin
27050 Agoura Road
Agoura, CA 91301-5336
818-878-5501
TGMartin@LASD.org

Malibu Liason
Lieutenant Debra Glafkides
27050 Agoura Road
Agoura, CA 91301-5336
818-878-5515 ext. 2025
DJGlafki@LASD.org

Captain Carl H. Deeley
Commander and Chief
Region I
501 West Lancaster Blvd.
(323) 526-5135
(323) 526-5130
CHDeeley@LASD.org

CITY OF MALIBU

Jim Thorsen
City Manager
(310) 456-2489 ext. 226
jthorsen@ci.malibu.ca.us

Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich
310-456-2489
310-435-7679
pcu@ci.malibu.ca.us

Mayor Pro Tem Andy Stern
310-456-2489
310-457-1723
astern@ci.malibu.ca.us

Councilmember Sharon Barovsky
310-456-2489
310-456-6077
sbarovsky@ci.malibu.ca.us

Councilmember John Sibert
310-456-2489
jsibert@ci.malibu.ca.us

Councilmember Jefferson Wagner
310-456-2489
jwagner@ci.malibu.ca.us

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERVISOR YVONNE B. BURKE

CHUCK BOOKHAMMER
Assistant Chief of Staff
(213) 974-2222
cbookhammer@lacbos.org

CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS

2344 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2201
Fax: (202) 225-7854

10124 South Broadway
Suite 1
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Phone: (323) 757-8900
Fax: (323) 757-9506

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2008 Host Hotel

Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside
6161 W. Centinela Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230-6306
Reservation Code: ATB2008
Reservations: (888) 201-1718

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

7:30 p.m.
Annual Pride Celebration: The Flavor of LA
Meet LA’s Movers and Shakers
Host: In the Meantime Men’s Group
4067 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90019
A Co-ed Event
www.inthemeantimemen.org

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Shine in White
The White Party
Host: Ivan Daniel Productions and Club Metro
The Factory
652 La Peer Drive
West Hollywood, CA
$10 before 11 p.m., $20 after
A Men’s Event
www.ivandanielproductions.com

Thursday, July 3, 2008

7 p.m.
Soulful Salon Comedy Night
Featuring Andy McKnight
Host: At the Beach (ATB)
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside
6161 W. Centinela Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230-6306
A Co-Ed Event
www.atbla.com

Friday, July 4, 2008

Noon – 6 p.m.
Official ATB Reception/TeaDance
Host: At the Beach (ATB)
Vintage Hollywood
4000 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
A Co-ed Event
www.atbla.com
www.myspace.com/atthebeachlablackpride

7 p.m.
Soulful Salon Spokenword
Host: At the Beach (ATB)
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside
6161 W. Centinela Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230-6306
A Co-Ed Event
www.atbla.com

11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Entourage
Host: Ivan Daniel Productions and First Fridayz L.A.
$25
A Men’s Event
www.ivandanielproductions.com

10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Pre-Pride Kick Off
Host: Soulful Touch Entertainment, Michelle’s XXX, and Tomboiswagg Productions
The Palmer Room
3387 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
$10 before Midnight, $15 after
A Women’s Event
www.michellesxxx.com
www.myspace.com/michellesxxx

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Point Dume
7103 Westward Road
Malibu, CA

Official Beach Rules
ATB’s Beach Party Unity Celebration is a City of Malibu approved event that is guided by local rules and regulations. Fines may given for violation of beach rules.

  • No alcohol on the beach
  • No pets on the beach
  • No fires
  • No smoking on the beach
  • No four sided tents. All tents must be see through
  • Coolers may be subject to inspection upon entering the beach area
  • No glass containers
  • No littering
  • No illegal parking

Driving Directions
Take the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) West to Pacific Coast Highway (1). Head North on Pacific Coast Highway approximately 18 miles to Westward Beach Road in the City of Malibu. Turn left into the beach parking lot. If the lot is full you will be redirected to the overflow parking lot by continuing on Pacific Coast Highway to the first left after Westward Beach Road. There is a free shuttle from the parking area to the beach.

It is approximately 32 miles in total from the LAX area to the beach and an estimated 1 hour drive.

Oasis After Party
Host: At the Beach
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside
6161 W. Centinela Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230-6306
A Co-Ed Event
www.atbla.com

www.myspace.com/atthebeachlablackpride

10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Women’s Celebration
Host: Soulful Touch Entertainment, Michelle’s XXX
Featuring R&B singer Monifah
And Celebrating DJ Spark’s Birthday
Club 7969 / Peanuts
7969 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
$10 before Midnight, $15 after
A Women’s Event
www.michellesxxx.com
www.myspace.com/michellesxxx

10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Club 4067
Host: Jewel’s Catch One
Jewel’s Catch One
4067 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
$7 before 11 p.m., $10 after
A Co-Ed Event
www.jewelscatchone.com
www.myspace.com/jewelscatchone