Co-Gender Rap Resumes in October
The KH board wishes to thank everyone who was able to make it one or more of the monthly discussions at the ACLU office over the past few months. The topics, fellowship, laughs, and hearty conversation helped us to get to know each other better, which helps to build community. The word “community” has the word “unity” in it, something we’d all like to see more of among LGBT’s of color and LGBT’s in general. We’ll see you in October!
Karibu House at Hotter Than July
This is a great week for Detroit. It’s the 17th annual Detroit Black Gay Pride celebration Hotter Than July, a grand tradition that brings us all together to recognize the contributions of African American LGBT’s to this society and show appreciation for each other and the work we do to keep our community vibrant. It’s a time for leaders of our LGBT of color organizations to shine and to recognize all the achievements accomplished throughout the year that move us closer to full equality. Please come by the Karibu House table on Saturday, July 28th at Palmer Park and find out how a community center in the city of Detroit will impact the sense of solidarity of LGBT’s of color and LGBT’s in metro Detroit.
The Hotter Than July Outdoor festival is at Palmer Park on Saturday, July 28th. If you’d like to give us 30-60 minutes of your time, please call our helpline and sign up. We’d love to have you sit at our table for a bit. It’s a great way to learn more about Karibu House and to meet loads of positive people at the HTJ festival. Hours are between 1pm and 6pm. Please give us a call at 313-865-2170 or respond to this email. Thank you.
If you enjoy the creativity of young children, then sign up to volunteer for Karibu House’s annual Kid’s Fair. It is the childrens’ space at the Hotter Than July outdoor festival on Saturday and runs from 1pm to 5pm. Please give us a call at 313-865-2170 or respond to this email. Pleas see the attached press release about the Kid’s Fair.
Hotter Than July 2012: “Stand Up and Be Counted”
What time is it? Hotter than July! If you haven’t already, check out the schedule of events which begins this Tuesday with the Candlelight Vigil. Go to http://www.hotterthanjuly.com/ It is also on Facebook. See you at some of the events.
The annual gathering (formerly the Summit) will feature a panel on the state of the Black LGBT and LGBT communities at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday, July 27th. The panel will feature Sharon Lettman-Hicks from the National Black Justice Coalition and transgender activist Carmarion D. Anderson. The gathering is free and includes lunch and several workshops. Attached is a flyer about the Healthy Relationships workshop co-facilitated by Leseliey Welch and Karibu House board chair Kofi Adoma at 3pm. The HTJ website will have more information. Thank you Cornelius Wilson for all the hard work you’ve put into this gathering and for attending the Co-Gender Rap Sessions this past season!
Ruth Ellis Center Annual Fundraiser
This year’s benefit for the Ruth Ellis Center will feature supporter and renown comedienne Wanda Sykes. You won’t want to miss it! Better get your tickets while they last. The event will showcase the talents of REC youth who took a photography seminar, an exhibit that is currently active at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The save-the-date info is attached to this email, or visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org
Good Ol’ Backyard Barbeque August 26th
Karibu House board chair Kofi Adoma is hosting a backyard barbeque on Sunday, August 26th at her home in Detroit. It is a fundraiser for the Ruth Ellis Center and admission is $25 or more. It is catered by Tango Juicey of New Jersey and will feature spoken word by Kalimah Johnson and homemade ice cream! Stay and mingle or stop by and carry-out. You may call the Karibu House helpline for more details or the Ruth Ellis Center at 313-252-1950. You can simply bring cash or a check made out to “Ruth Ellis Center.”
Sasha Center Bike Outing-Congrats
A shout-out to the Sasha Center and a congratulations on their first annual bike tour. The center provides comprehensive services for those who are survivors of sexual assault and need support. For more information email [email protected]
Send in Your Announcements
Karibu House realizes that there is much more going on in our community than what is listed here. Be included in the next e-newsletter by submitting your information to [email protected] by the last Friday of the month. The e-newsletter is bi-monthly. The next deadline is March 30th. Also, we wish to update our “A Resource List” directory of LGBT of color and other organizations in metro Detroit, so please respond to this email with the latest on your organizations’ information to be shared with the public. Attached is the latest one.
The announcements above are a combination of information already acquired or created by Karibu House, requests to distribute information, as well as information gathered from other sources such as Facebook. Feel free to distribute. Apologies for any errors or inaccuracies made in this newsletter.
Karibu House Board of Directors:
Dr. Kofi Adoma, Chair
Aminika (Keisha) Watkins