The Mission of United Black Pride (UBP) is to develop, implement and sponsor programs, activities, and special events to promote unity, cultivate pride and help improve
the quality of life of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons and Same Gender
loving Men and Women of African descent. (UBP) is committed to building awareness and
pride in the diversity of the LGBT-SGL community. United Black Pride organization will be
a central resource to bring together the LGBT-SGL people of African descent in the city of Chicago and throughout the Midwest. This will be accomplished through our promotional efforts,
support, education, and by celebrating pride in the Black LGBT-SGL community’s rich culture,
diversity, contributions and achievements. UBP will accomplish this not only during the Pride
weekend but throughout the year.
UBP Vision is to build a strong community through communication, positive visibility, and
educational opportunities while facilitating and fostering relationships within the Same-Gender-Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community of African descent and as well as
the African-American community in whole. To serve as a conduit of resources that fosters a
UBP is proud to announce the Annual African-American Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) weeklong Celebration and Networking Social. This year’s African-American Pride Celebration and all its activities are scheduled during the first week of July, allowing visitors the opportunity to participate in planned events, Taste of Chicago, and other summer festivals throughout Chicago.
UBP is a non-profit organization, founded in 1999, which has become one of the Nation’s Premier African-American Pride Groups, and the central resource to bring together the African American Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender community. UBP’s mission is to develop, implement and sponsor programs, activities, and special events to promote unity, cultivate pride and help improve the quality of life for ALL members of the LGBT community. UBP produces the Annual Black Pride Celebration to build awareness and pride in our diverse community. Every year we welcome visitors from all across the country and internationally to descend upon Chicago to participate in a series of weeklong, day and evening activities.
We are delighted to announce this year’s theme, “The ARTIST SERIES”, which will highlight and embrace the artistic talents and culture that echos throughout the men and women which make up our remarkable community. The ARTIST SERIES will include all areas of the arts: photography, dance, dramatic performance, poetry, music, and song, as well as freestyle painting and body art.
Yours in UNITY,
Born in Cincinnati, OH and raised primarily in rural Arkansas. He owns the title of Renaissance man; being a featured voice in many documentaries about Hip-Hop and masculinity because of his ground-breaking work as a gay-identified Hip-Hop artist, AIDS activist, Youth advocate, among other affiliations. A teacher and cultural producer at a number of secondary and post-secondary institutions, as well as a former varsity sports coach,Tim’m has degrees from Duke University, The New School for Social Research, and Stanford University. He is author of several books, is heavily anthologized, and has also produced and released nearly 10 Hip-Hop albums– the first 5 with iconic queer rap group D/DC. In Spring 2013 he will release his 5th solo project “snapshots”; and later this year his 4th poetic memoir “pre-dispositions”. The proud father of Shannon Matesky, a celebrated 2010 DePaul University graduate of the Acting program, Tim’m travels and lectures widely, and has called Chicago home since Spring 2011. Professionally, he serves as Associate Director of Youth Programs at Center On Halsted.
Brenikki Floyd, Co-chair of Culture and Sports Division
Brenikki Floyd, is an activist, educator, and social scientist. In 2011, she relocated to Chicago to pursue a career in public health disparities research. Brenikki has nearly 10 years of experience conducting HIV prevention research with a focus on underrepresented populations. The other side of her professional life consists of serving her community in various capacities. Brenikki is the co-chair of the Cultural and Sports Division of United Black Pride, a member of the Board of Directors for both PrimeCare Community Health, Inc. and Global Girls, Inc., and a member of the African American Leadership Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women. She holds a Ph.D in Communication, an MPH in Health Behavior, and a BA in English.