It’s exactly a week out from the start of Los Angeles Black Pride which is scheduled to take place July 1-5. I for one am looking forward to this year’s celebration, as I will be attending as a guest for the first time in five years. That’s right, no work and all play for Jasmyne on the beach this year.

Believe it or not, 2008 marks the 20th year for ‘At the Beach.’ That’s 20 years of celebrating being Black and gay in L.A. 20 years of parties, connections, fun in the sun, memories, hanging with old friends, and making new friends.

While Black Pride usually comes and goes without the fanfare that West Hollywood’s pride receives, for Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, it’s one of the most highly attended events of the year and is the one time of year that you are guaranteed to run into all of your exes on the same day. Well that and being reminded of just how beautiful Black people are as every shade of Black passes by you glistening in the sun.

For me it’s a time to hang with friends and just chill. That’s right c-h-i-l-l, and this year, I am trying to do all the chilling I can. It will be nice to actually remember what attending the beach party is like.

Like I said, I am looking forward to laying my voluptuous Black ass out on the beach, drink in hand, soaking up the sun. I may even bring my bones and cards. Who knows.

For the latest info on the events planned for this year, check out www.atbla.com or www.myspace.com/atthebeachlablackpride

Come out, come out wherever you are.

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

Dusk to Dawn
Oasis” the ATB Beach Party”
Host: At the Beach
Point Dume
7103 Westward Road
Malibu, CA
Parking $1 – Mention You’re W/ATB for Special Rate
$15 for Adults, $10 Youth 12-17
Free for children under 12 w/paid adult/guardian
A Co-ed Event
www.atbla.com
www.myspace.com/atthebeachlablackpride

Official Beach Party 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