Who Are The Top Event/Party Promoters Around The Country For QPOC?

There are three things that many LGBT persons absolutely love: good cocktails, good food, and good parties.

Parties have been a way for LGBT persons to come together, especially for queer persons of color. Thanks in part to event/party promoters.

Party promoters are people who influence others to attend a party or an event. Their massive influence derives from both their online and physical presence; many promoters have an Instagram following in the thousands or have an excess amount of Snapchat followers. Even without a strong social media presence promoters can still influence the social circuit in their city.

Many people claim party promoting is not a real job or that it’s easy. From personal experience I understand the challenges of promoting an event or party. It’s much more than sending emails and mass text messages. You need a good marketing strategy, secured resources, and most importantly stamina. There’s been times when I barely had little to no sleep while planning an event.

Another misconception is that party promoters organize events solely for financial reasons. Most party promoters have the best intentions of bringing together in spaces where people can enjoy themselves.

Within LGBT communities of color party/event promoters play a major social role. Some of the most prominent ones are James Saunders, Darryl Wilson, and Laurence Pickney. They’ve influenced the black/latin gay social scene which is largely present in club venues and bars. Within these establishments LGBT persons of color can interact with one another and freely express themselves without feeling discriminated.

Back in the day LGBT parties for persons of color were commonly thrown in warehouses and other secluded spaces. At these parties persons would dance to house music in strobe lit rooms and face off in intense dance competitions.

As time passed and mainstream society became more tolerant of homosexuality party promoters and event organizers began to organize parties in more visible settings including bars and nightclubs. Places like Secrets(New York), Colors(Atlanta), Traxx(Washington DC), Soakies(Kansas City), Jewels Catch One(Los Angeles), Continental(Detroit), Jeffrey Pub(Chicago) were safe havens where black gays enjoyed themselves and danced their feet away. Sadly though, many of those black gay establishments have been shut down due to gentrification and related reasons.

Many LGBT persons would claim that the LGBT parties were most enjoyable during the 90s era. Even though homosexuality has become more acceptable within society there are still limited LGBT spaces especially within ethnic communities. However, the LGBT social scene still remains lively thanks largely in part to party/event promoters.

Here is a list of some of today’s most popular event promoters in the US.


Atlanta

Rockstars Production

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

Capricorn Takeover at Atlantis. Open to 2am RockStars Production

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Next Level Events

Warren Huntley

Alter Ego Entertainment

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

Winter Wonderland White Party Happy birthday to me and what a wonderful one it was. #2019

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Atlanta Black Pride

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

MIXX IS FUCKING LITTTTTT!!! 1492 PIEDMONT AVE NE, ATL!!! LETS GOOOOOOOO!!!

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Elite Social Club

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

Sunday we going UP ! #lastdayforpresale

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New York City

James Saunders Productions

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

Birthday party for james saunders

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Eventbrice

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

Tough You Hear that Scratching @djmksworldknight @iamdjgq

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Frank Watson Events

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

MLK Weekend NYC Sunday January 20th

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Sean and John Events

Hassan & Mike Events

Joe Morris Events


Washington D.C

Darryl Wilson Productions LLC

Reggie Rich Events

Day in the District Events

Incrowd Events

Omega Entertainment

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

TONIGHT! TONIGHT! TONIGHT! IT’S AN EXORCISM BATTLE OF INCHES AT KARMA. YEAH THAT’S RIGHT, WE’RE GONNA EXORCISE THE FREAK OUT OF YOU TONIGHT. SO, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND SAVE $10 OFF THE DOOR COVER, CAUSE YOU ALREADY KNOW, WITH ALL THE FREAKS OUT THERE, THAT JOINT IS GONNA BE PACKED WALL TO WALL… http://bit.ly/2E5DAJA (LINK IN BIO) Text DMVLIVE to 545454 to join our text list. THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET IN SAINT NICK’S GOOD GRACES, CAUSE YOU’VE BEEN A FREAK ALL YEAR!? DON’T WORRY! WE’RE GONNA EXORCISE YOU! SO, COME GET IT ALL OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM TONIGHT AT KARMA. WE HAVE 10 OF THE BADEST DANCERS READY TO PULL THE FREAK DEMON RIGHT OUT OF YOU. ALSO FEATURING THE $300 HOT AMATEUR DIG BICK CONTEST! PLUS WE’LL HAVE THE HOLY WATER AKA LONG ISLAND ICED TEAS FLOWING IN ABUNDANCE FOR JUST $12 ALL NIGHT! BY THE TIME THE SUN COMES UP TOMORROW, YOU SHALL BE PURIFIED, YOUR HALO SHALL RETURN AND YOU SHALL BE OFF SANTA’S NAUGHTY LIST… THE EXORCISM BATTLE OF INCHES TONIGHT AT KARMA, 2221 ADAMS PL NE, 11PM – 3AM. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND SAVE $10 OFF THE COVER AT THE DOOR. http://bit.ly/2E5DAJA (LINK IN BIO)

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Philadelphia

Social Life Entertainment

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

ATTENTION: 40% OFF SELECTED PASSES!!! ACT FAST!! April 26th – April 28th is #Pleasure2019 during Philly Black Pride! Expect: VIP-Treatment (Open Bar) At All Events (Optional), New VENUES, NEW HOST HOTEL, New PARTIES and Lets Not Forget The Most Sexy Men & Women From Around The Country! AND THAT'S JUST FOR STARTERS! . FOR ALL INFORMATION/EARLY BIRD PASSES GO TO OUR WEBPAGE www.Pleasure2019.com . Book Your Hotel Room .. visit our webpage (www.Pleasure2019.com) . Pleasure UNLEASHED 2019 will be the best year YET… We Guarantee It! Welcome To The New Philadelphia! . #PhillyPleasureWeekend #PhillyBlackPride #Philly #Philadelphia #PennRelayWeekend #PennRelays #SocialLifeEntertainment #SocialLifeEnt #PleasureUNLEASHED2019 #Pleasure2019

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The Phirm

Jaylatay Entertainment

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

JayLaTay Entertainment, LLC presents… • • • “Let Freedom Ring” MLK edition Wear: SOMETHING REPRESENTING BLACK CULTURE NO WORK MONDAY NO WORK MONDAY (If you know or see a federal worker thank them) The hottest day party in PHILLY!!! BISUNDAYS, every 1st n 3rd Sunday @ The Barbary 951 Frankford Ave(in the fishtown section of PHILLY) Bring Cash —————ATM AVAILABLE—————— We hope to see you this Sunday at the Barbary Time: 6p-10p drink specials/ no work Monday Spinning Dj ShowTymeLive and Dj Pressure work: JayLaTay Cover: $5 n good vibes #bisundays #dayparty #poc #alllanes #allpeople #wethepeople #philly #philadelphia #newjersey #southjersey #blackness #mlk #mlkweekend #snow #dontknow #periodt #rnb #house #trap #twerk #hiphop #soca #dancehall #bounce @the_barbary @djshowtymelive @djpressure1000_maat @jaylatay

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Miami

Miami Beach Bruthaz


Fort Lauderdale

Events by Wes

 

Rails Marketing Group (also Chicago)

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles

Bash LA Events


Charlotte

Destini Productions


Chicago

High Society Entertainment Group

 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 

Last Nights Movie

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Partyboy Entertainment Group

Maxx Lucas

 

 

Rails Marketing Group

 

 


Dallas

The Distinguished Gentlemen of KKMS

Velvet Rope Productions


Memphis

Guaranteed Entertainment


Las Vegas

 



About the Author: A native of Brooklyn, New York, Prince Martinez is the founder of Men Who Brunch (MWB), a lifestyle website and event blog. The concept of MWB primarily started from his own internal struggles as a gay man. Having hid in the closet for many years he finally decided to live in his own truth. His desire to bring LGBT persons together and love of brunch motivated him to start Men Who Brunch. His vision for MWB is to build an international community for LGBTQ persons who enjoy brunch and other social activities.  

Prince enjoys happy hours, martial arts, and of course brunch!  He also likes giving backing to the community and dreams to build a new community center back in his old neighborhood. 

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