Friday, June 14, 2024

Special screenings of Beyoncé’s Renaissance for World AIDS Day and beyond!

GLAAD’s Communities of Colors Department is bringing special screenings of Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, to a number of local communities nationwide tied to World AIDS Day.

The special screenings will take place in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee. Screening attendees will include local creatives including MashUP! Nashville, Nashville Black Pride, Nashville CARES/My House, Nashville Pride, and HBCU’s Tennessee State University’s Safe Zone, as well as alumni from GLAAD’s inaugural Black Queer Creative Summit.

GLAAD’s Vice President of Communications & Talent, Anthony Allen Ramos says: “Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé further exemplifies Beyoncé’s commitment to use her global platform to spotlight, uplift and pay tribute to the Black LGBTQ community.  The Renaissance tour was deeply inspired by the LGBTQ community in ballroom culture and disco music. In the film Beyoncé memorializes these people who were often victims of violence and lost to AIDS by spotlighting the many LGBTQ creatives of today who have influenced her, yet have previously not received the praise and recognition that they deserve. Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé continues the heartfelt tribute to the singer’s Uncle Johnny whom she so beautifully reflected upon during her honor at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards.”

Beyoncé stated in her acceptance speech: “I want to dedicate this award to my uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man I have ever known, who helped raise me and my sister,” she shared. “He lived his truth and he was brave and unapologetic at a time when this country wasn’t as accepting.”

And: “Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived.  I’m hopeful that his struggle served to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights.”

Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s GLAAD Media Awards honor in 2019 here:

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé Community Screenings 

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, premieres in theaters nationwide on World AIDS Day in honor of Uncle Johnny, Beyonce’s Black queer uncle who was living with HIV. 

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé is a captivating documentary that offers an intimate look into the life and artistry of the iconic Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, taking us on a journey through her incredible career and creative process.

Arts, Culture and Black Wellness! in Atlanta

GLAAD is working in partnership with Emory COMPASS Center, in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc.; the City of Atlanta Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Division of HIV Prevention, CDC; THRIVE SS; LOTUS; and the Black Women’s Health Imperative, to present: Arts, Culture and Black Wellness!

Embark on a journey of resilience and hope over two inspiring days, December 1 & 3, 2023, at the beautiful Buckhead Art & Company Art Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Immerse yourself in the unveiling of the extraordinary “Stories of Triumph” art exhibit featuring Partners of the Gilead COMPASS Initiative®, partake in the richness of cultural experiences, and delve into the realm of wellness.

Join this celebration of Black wellness. Arts, Culture and Black Wellness promises to be an artistic and unforgettable experience. Event registration remains open to the public HERE.

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