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This year will be like no other for Atlanta Black Pride weekend, now in its 21st year. The events will take place on Thursday, Aug. 31, through Tuesday, Sept. 5, and will be one for the history books. In the past during ABP, there would typically be parties, some seminars, and the Piedmont Park picnic. What makes this year different? We asked Kia Comedy, promoter and producer of the Andro fashion show, “This is year is different because of the variety and diversity of events.”

Well, we’ve done some digging and what makes this year so much “more” can be boiled down to five things:

More promoters.  A weekend that has been dominated by a select few is now bursting at the seams with local and out of town promoters, including GLAM and Twee.

More variety. Of course, there are always day parties and strip club events, but catch New York Girls’ TV movie premiere at the Loft in Castleberry Hill or The Love Cult Bonfire downtown.

More diversity of participation. Organizations such as Georgia Equality and Human Rights Campaign will be present and participate in ways they haven’t previously participated in the past.

More bars. Soul Bar and Hookah Hideaway, although not new, have been around for a few years and are becoming a consistent destination for locals, and now for visitors.

More celebrity events. Melissa Scott, aka DJ M, the latest addition to the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” cast, has been attracting notable stars to several scheduled events.

Bottom line, if you are a local or a visitor, there are no shortages of activities to whet your appetite this weekend. Here are a few more events to check out:

  • Town Hall Real Equality = Comprehensive Civil Rights at the Rush Center
  • Naked Hustle at Magic City
  • Atlanta WETher block party, Celebrity block party with Keke Palmer
  • Pride Lituation and after-party at the Legendary Marquette Lounge
  • NYC.DC.Miami day party at Prickly Pear
  • Ladies’ at Play “End of an Era Bash”
  • Andro fashion show
  • Queendom’s Girls, Girls, Girls, party at Alibi
  • Atlanta Pure Heat Festival at Piedmont Park

And many, many, many, more.

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Kia Comedy, comedienne and promoter (Photo credit: KiaComedy)

Melissa Scott, cast member on "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" season 6 (Source: VH1)

Grant is a quick witted, creative critical thinker who enjoys laughing and checking our vegetarian restaurants in various cities. Originally from NYC, she currently resides in Atlanta where she spends time consulting businesses on strategic initiatives and writing random musings. She is passionate about tasty food, personal prosperity, emotional health and happiness. She holds a BA in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University, and an MBA from Cornell.