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July 6, 2011

THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT Featuring Jazz/R&B/Soul Singer and Live Band RAJDULARI


Contact: Toni Smith

Tel: 646.389.9790

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Creatively helping New York’s longest standing Black LGBT film festival provide a platform for gay and straight filmmaker of African descent to showcase images about the Black LGBT experience.

New York, NY – Queer Black Cinema Institute (QBCI) will hold a Garden Party Benefit on Saturday, July 16, 2011, to raise funds for its fourth Annual QBC Film Festival in Brooklyn.  The Garden party is Co-hosted by Reginald L. Barnes, former winner of NBC’s, “Weakest Link” and host of viral comedy/news show, “Pop Media” along with Davone “Bosslady” Madison, TLC’s, “Say Yes To The Dress” first African-American out lesbian on the show. She is also CEO of Dollhouse Enterprise. Musical performances for the evening include Apollo winner, Moses Harper, Michael Jackson Male Illusionist; Abby Dobson, R&B sensation; Blanco, the silent celebrity R&B/Hip-Hop singer and Buttaflysoul, Def-Jam Spoken Word Artist, playwright and singer. Special Guest feature, phenomenal Jazz/R&B Soul singer and band RAJDULARI. Upcoming independent movie trailers will also be screened throughout the evening. A pre-reception for supporters of the event will take place at 6 PM. Tickets are on sale now at for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing

The Garden Party Benefit is the first of QBCI founder, Angel L. Brown outreach to the community for financial assistance. She aims to raise funds for the festival and continue the mission of supporting independent filmmakers of color. “ I was saddened when I received the phone call, earlier this year that I will not a recipient for one of my major grants to maintain QBCI. However, I was hopeful, the five year old organization would not end due to the lack of funds.”  As the call ended, Angel recalls a burst of energy coming over her, focusing on how she was going to seek funding. She was also thankful the foundation funded QBCI for the past three years. “They were one of the first funders to believe in my organization back in 2006/2007 and awarded QBCI with its first grant. I will never forget their generosity. As I move to the next phase of QBCI, I am confident the Annual Film festival will continue. I am hopeful I can bring some of year-round programming as well. I hope the community will see the importance of the festival by attending the benefit or donating.”

Featured Jazz/R&B vocalist, Rajdulari Barnes of RAJDULARI states, “Queer Black Cinema provide a necessary view into our community. We are thrilled to be lending our music and support to such a worthy organization. For me, growing up, there were no femme lesbians in mainstream media, this is why, I personally do all I can to support Queer Black Cinema. It represents me.” Davone “Bosslady” Madison, CEO/Founder of Dollhouse Enterprises Inc. states, “this benefit is especially important to me because it is a “need” in our community to showcase the work of black, queer filmmakers. Without this festival, some of us will not see “our” faces on the big screen.” Dollhouse Enterprise is a unique and exclusive group designed for professional and like-minded women with alternative lifestyles hosting distinguish safe space events throughout the city.

Industry Media Professional is expected to be in attendance including festival curators local politicians and community leaders. Long-time supporters, straight allies of QBC/advisors, Moikgantsi Kgama and Gregory Gates, Executives of Imagenation will be donating equipment.  They will also be in attendance.

The Benefit will take place at the historical beautiful mansion, the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture – 53 Prospect Park West 2nd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Guest will enjoy a delicious assortment of complimentary tasty, sweet treats and specially blended cocktails.


Donated items will be auctioned off, and a sneak peak of the upcoming “QBC Celebrates 5 Years” – Multi-media/Photo Exhibition will be displayed.  QBCI Founder/Artistic Director will announce the latest news of the state of QBCI.

The night ends with music by legendary DJ MK, spinning classic house, old school R&B blended with new school R&B and hip-hop.  Tickets are on sale now at for $40 advance and $50 at the door. Group discount tickets are also available by emailing tickets[at]

This event media sponsor includes Dollhouse Media Group and, the only 24/7 Urban LGBT Radio Station online.


If you’d like more information about QBC / THE GARDEN PARTY BENEFIT, or to schedule an interview, please call 646.389.9790 or e-mail info[at]

CALL FOR FILMS to this year QBC film fest is currently open to both gay and straight filmmaker to submit. The deadline for submissions is July 3o, 2011. Go to to download the form.

QBCI is fiscally sponsored by GMAD, a 501c-3 not-for-profit. Donations can be made out to GMAD with QBC in the memo section of the check. Please mail it to QBC Film Fest P.O Box 1251 LIC, NY 11101. Donations are also accepted on line at

QBC Film Fest, is an entity of QBCI created by Angel L. Brown-Ross in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing the work of both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent groundbreaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with a prestigious Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers. This year festival takes place October 14 -16, 2011 at the Helen Mills Theater.


September 19, 2009
Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2009

New York, NY, September 15th, 2009 – October is not only coming out month for gays and lesbians but also the 2nd Annual Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival presented by Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD). The festival will be held at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.) The four-day festival consist of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed by a Gala in honor of Stonewall Activist, Singer and Legendary Male Illusionist, Storme De Laverie. The Gala includes performance by Paris from the classic NYC Ballroom film, Storme De Laverie by Jennie Livingston, Freddy Wright, Melvin as Billie Holiday and introducing Stefon Royce as Storme in “The Jewel within the Box Revue: Harlem Style” directed by Angel L. Brown.  Storme De Laverie will be in attendance. Portions of Gala tickets sells will go towards an organization to be announced that serve women (both gay and straight) and their children victims of  domestic violence.

Since 2006, Queer Black Cinema gives establish and upcoming talent(s) both filmmaker and musicians a plateau to have their craft displayed to the public and this year is no different. Festival favorite R&B recording artist, Tyran Gem will be in attendance as well as Debra Wilson, Co-producer of award winning films: Mississippi Damned (Opening Film), classic film, “Jumping The Broom: A New Covenant” and “Butch Mystique”.  Out Music Executive Director and award winning singer, Deepa Soul will be in attendee as well.   You can currently see Deepa Soul music video in rotation on Logo online Pop Lab. Other guest includes Zulema Griffin (Project Runway Season 2) presenting her fashion to film line live action multimedia piece, “Revelations” and a sneak peek at new Documentary, “Ink Bleach” a film about Black designers followed by centerpiece film, “Family” by Faith Trimel.

This year’s festivities will be filled with some new additions including The Black LGBT Film and Book Market: NYC in conjunction with Our Stories Productions, The E. Lynn Harris Living The Dream Literary Award giving to an emerging published author, and Tribute/Remembrance to LGBT Youth of Color featuring community guest speakers. With special performances by The Lavender Light Gospel Choir, spoken word artist/playwright, Nykieria and a host of others.  The festival will be summed up with Brunch with Queer Black Writers Panel discussion with special invited guest, closing film followed by an Award Ceremony at Maysles Cinema.

Gay Men of African Descent organization will also be providing free and private HIV/AIDS testing Saturday, October 17 starting at 2 PM. All youth who get tested will receive free entrance to the special youth shorts screening happening at Maysles Cinema. GMAD HIV/AIDS Awareness Public Service Announcement Campaign will be screened before every screening. “There are over 300 seats per screening that will be filled between both theaters, I wanted to take this opportunity to enlighten people on HIV/AIDS and that the fight is far from being over particularly within the Black community. The movement continues…”, states Angel L. Brown, Festival producer/programmer. Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival began October 15 – 18, 2009 at The National Black Theatre 2031-33 National Black Theatre Way:: Fifth Avenue (Btwn 125th & 126th St) Harlem, NY 10035 and Maysles Cinema 343 Malcolm X Blvd. / Lenox Ave. (betwn 127th & 128th St.). For more information go to |


For more information or to schedule an interview/write up please contact QBC Press at the above address.


Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best Black LGBTQ theme films from around the world. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also panel discussions with industry professionals and community leaders followed including a Black LGBTQ Film & Book Market.

QBC Int’l Film Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema, New York’s first and only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema. Since the 2006 launch of the film series, the organization has expanded into several projects:  QBC College Film Tour, Just|BE Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness and Fades Of Black Women Film Showcase, honoring Black Lesbians Women. For more info on the project including volunteering, log on to: