Thursday, March 5, 2009

Living Legends A Hit!!

Youth Pride Center honors living legends
by Yasmin Nair

Several renowned African Americans got their due as Youth Pride Center ( YPC ) —an organization geared towards helping LGBTQ Black youth—held its 2009 Living Legends Black History Gala Feb. 26 at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood.

This year, the group's six honorees included DJ Frankie Knuckles and Affinity Community Services.

This year, founder Frank Walker was unable to attend because of recent heart surgery. Walker is on the mend, but his illness meant that youth members of the organization had to put the program together on their own. Interspersed with dedications to honorees were performances by several youth and a soul-food dinner. Tony Taylor read poetry; Randall Walker and Dejon Smith entertained with a Billie Holliday medley; and Anshae Lorenzen performed a dance number.

Knuckles, an internationally known and openly gay DJ, was clearly impressed with YPC. He said that the youth reminded him of what it was like to grow up in New York, in the arts: “I don't think I turned out badly,” he said with a smile, “But I wonder what it would have been like to have something like this when I was their age.” He commented on “how focused and how clear-minded they are about what they have and what they try to do. In this day and age, when there's so much ugliness, it's a small oasis but it's a great one.”

Kelly Saulsberry, a board member of Affinity, was also there to receive the award, along with fellow board member Linda Doss. She said that besides being “honored to be honored,” she was also impressed by the “incredible talent they exhibited, as well as their passion. The fact that they pulled off the event by themselves speaks to their leadership skills and how they take ownership of the organization.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


come join Ypc in a nice romantic candle light dinner- mood music and soulfood will set the tone for you and your valentine- couples tickets $5.00 singles $7.00

Saturday, February 14, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
5480 S. Kenwood
Chicago, IL

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

YPC Idol

YPC began another exciting season of "Idol" as contestants and YPC members met at pie hole on this very cold night. Our contestants were Lauren, Tony and Brandon. Lauren started things off with her rendition of "Should Have Known", followed by Brandon with a great performance of "Ordinary People" and Tony finished up round one with a song he wrote himself.
Round 2 followed, and our exuberant host, Steven, gave the crowd some lighthearted humor. In round 2, we were treated by another round of great performances. Lauren sung some song written by some girl, Brandon song a crowd favorite (the name escapes me), and Tony song a catchy tune he wrote himself. Who will make it closer to the grand prize?! Find out SOON!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Teen Test Day

YPC gathered in the huge hall of the South Shore Cultural Center for the annual teen test day presented by walgreens. Teen test day is basically a huge convention type thing were various social groups set up tables with a plethora of valid information such as how to prevent STD'S, the proper way to use a condom, and information about LGBTQ outreach programs. YPC had the only table that was indeed LGBGT related. There was alot of fun things to do such as enter raffles, play games, sing, and get wonderful Mary Kay facials. There were also oppurtunities for people to get tested, and getting tested was the only way to get alot of people got tested. "Think Fast" was a trivia type game and of course, YPC won. How suprising, since YPC tends to come out on top.

Also, Lauren entered a raffle and won a ipod mini, so YPC rained supreme throughout the whole day. The concert was great, with performances by Ben 1 and The Pope. Being the artsy individuals which we are, we had to give the crowd a sample of our great talent. Dance troup "Geek Squad" and "3D" gave wonderful show-stopping performances, and made it known that YPC was indeed in the building.
So all in all, it was a great day. Not just for YPC, but for everyone who came out to support such a positive event.