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The GPS Experience, an Upscale Mixed-Use Development Facility with you in mind!
LGBT Event Venue in Atlanta, GA
Grand Prize Singles Experience, LLC is a mixed-use facility and event venue for filmmakers and the LGBT community-based in Atlanta, GA. Known as the GPS Experience, movie directors, producers and actors alike can have a single experience in filming different scenes for their project. The facility also serves as a safe space for members of the LGBT community to meet, date, dine and wed! Read further and find what we offer!
One of the most iconic songs in the mid-80’s was Tina Turner’s “What’s love got to do with it”
The chorus goes….
What's love got to do, got to do with it? What's love but a second-hand emotion? What's love got to do, got to do with it? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?
It may be a generalization, but oh well, the majority of the men and women in the SGL/LGBT community have gotten their hearts broken.
Case n’ Point: If you have any exes in your life, your heart has been broken.
Supposedly, love is or should be the foundation of any relationship when you choose someone to love.
Of course, there are times when the person you love disappoints you or you will disappoint them, and yet, you stay with him for love.
Unfortunately, some men and women stay in an abusive relationship they might have been able to get a head of if it weren’t for love, and it becomes the norm.
On the other hand, in hindsight, in getting out of an unhealthy relationship, he/she might question why they stayed in the relationship as long as they had when it was over months later or even after it just began.
Post relationship, you start to wonder how you ended up with this man/women and attempt to rational the love you had for him/her and he/she had for you.
Al Green lamented in his song, “Love and Happiness”, love will, “Make you do right, love'll make you do wrong, make you come home early, make you stay out all night long, the power of love”
Even though love didn’t work out the last time, many men and women still want to try love again, but in trying love, it tries you again.
Is love a try, or is love just is? Is there a certain expectation when it comes to love, and if not, is it infatuation, or so we tell ourselves? Or, is it truly love, maybe that’s only gone wrong?
If we are truly honest with ourselves can we say lust is love or maybe believe, love is lust, that it doesn’t have to be one or the other, as many people say.
Most people might believe, from their personal experience, love is strange and if so, why would we want love?
Do you need love to be in a relationship? Most relationships start out without love, and then at some point, they fall in love.
Still, some men and women do not enter into a relationship without love, love is somehow, a commitment, a key to knowing he’s/she's the one, to some, that person's "ride & die", so love has to be there.
“My Funny Valentine” is a beautiful love ballad about love. Then again, love is funny.
While in a relationship, you can tell him/her, “I love you, but I’m not in love with you”, which is sometimes confusing for men to understand, thinking it’s one in the same.
Do you really need love on Valentine’s day when it’s so confusing?
Valentine’s Day is a commercialized marketing tool to make you think about love, I guess that’s why I’m talking about it.
Now, even though you may not have a man/woman to love in your life, there’s one very good thing about love on Valentine’s Day.
If you love chocolate candy or even if you don’t but love fruit better, get you a box of chocolate covered cherries the day after, it will be on sale!
And, you know we love a good sale!
Doom Patrol is now casting extras to play lab techs and Agents Atlanta, Georgia.
Doom Patrol Casting Call
D.C. COMICS SERIES GEORGIA LOCALS ONLY!
(CORE AGENTS and CORE INTERNS)
These positions will film in CONYERS, Atlanta, Covington.
FITTINGS TIMES and DATES
Fitting required: $25.00 rate Wednesday 2/13 Or Thursday 2/14
Times between: 9:00am- 11:30AM Times Between: 1:00pm-5:30PM 30 min. Increments. List your time and day. Fittings are in CONYERS, GA
D.C. COMICS SERIES (AGENTS and Interns) These positions will film in CONYERS, Atlanta, Covington.
If you cannot drive to all areas DO NOT SUBMIT! Rate: $85/8
Slender Males and Females. Ht up to 5’11 Sizes for males Waist up to 32-38 (no belly’s) Jacket size: up to (44)
Female sizes: Up to a size (8) Bra/Bust: up to 36C
HERE ARE CATEGORIES AND WORK DATES SUBMIT ONCE PLEASE
ALL MEN MUST BE CLEAN SHAVEN.
All men must have short length hair. No long hair. Ladies, you will be required to pull hair in a bun.
Slender Males and Females. Sizes for males Waist up to 32-38(no belly’s) Jacket size: up to (44)
Female sizes: Up to a size (8) Bra/Bust: up to 36C
Must have black slacks/ white button downs or black or charcoal SUIT….
Portray LAB TECHS Age: 45-55 Caucasian Men and CAUCASIAN FEMALES Ht up to 5’11
#1 CAUCASIAN MALES and CAUCASIAN FEMALES LAB TECHS: (7DAYS) or (3) DAYS Age: 45-55 LAB TECHS: (7DAYS) Age: 45-55
See DATES before submitting Work dates: Friday 2/15, Thurs 2/21, Friday 2/22 Work dates: Monday 2/25, Tues 2/26, Wed 2/27 and Thursday 28th… •SUBJECT: Lab tech 7days or
Dates: Friday 2/15, Thurs 2/21 and Friday 2/22 •SUBJECT: Lab tech (3) days
PORTRAY ARMED AGENTS ARMED AGENTS (dressed like swat team) Ht up to 5’11 Age: 30-45
Nyle DiMarco strips down to discuss police abuse of people with disabilities
Did you know half of all people killed by police have disabilities?
Nyle DiMarco recently appeared on the political comedy series Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to discuss that it’s not just people of color who face abuse and discrimination at the hands of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. He took part in a segment called "Stop Doing That", which Bee describes as a "video series to retrain police officers like you". Bee begins the video, explaining: "The last 37 parts focused on how not to shoot unarmed people of color. But today we’re talking about another group of people mistreated by police, the Deaf and hard of hearing."
DiMarco then joins Bee to discuss things law enforcement agents shouldn’t do when interacting with Deaf people. These lessons include not interpreting sign language as threatening hand gestures, not telling Deaf people to read lips, and providing a certified interpreter.
Then DiMarco suddenly interrupts the video for a new segment called "Nyle Takes His Shirt Off so You’ll Pay Attention to Deaf Rights".
Horror interpreted through comedy As a comedy show, there are several laugh-out-loud moments, including DiMarco taking his shirt off. However, the video also highlights several horrifying accounts of Deaf people’s interactions with law enforcement. In one story shown, police pull over a driver on the highway. They quickly act when the driver does not put his hands out, not knowing he’s deaf and cannot hear them.
A photo of the Deaf driver in the hospital shows him with his eyes swollen shut. Video footage shows the officers realizing he resisted because he was getting his ‘driver is Deaf’ card to show them. Then they laugh about ‘messing up’ the man’s face. All of the officers were cleared of any wrongdoing. Amber Farrelly, a defense attorney for Deaf clients, reveals in the video that half of all people killed by police in the US have disabilities.
DiMarco tweeted out the video and wrote that he wants the video to "bring awareness" and help people "peacefully interact" with Deaf individuals.
(Source: GSN/Anya Crittenton)
National Center for Civil and Human Rights/ 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30313
Free Admission To National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Now thru Feb. 29th
ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Foundation made a $1 million donation to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to allow free admission for the tens of thousands of people coming to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII over the next few weeks. The grant allows free admission for anyone visiting the civil rights landmark starting Monday, Jan. 28 through the end of February.
"There is no better way to celebrate this exciting moment in Atlanta's history than to give back to our hometown," said Helen Smith Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation. "We are proud of our city's remarkable civil and human rights history and are pleased to offer residents and visitors alike the opportunity to learn more about how diversity, inclusion and unity are central to the story of modern Atlanta."
New Netflix show is a comedy about a gay man with cerebral palsy
The show is based off the critically acclaimed book I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves. Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Special, a show whose main character is a gay man with cerebral palsy. The comedy series is based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, reports Deadline.
The show will follow O’Connell’s life growing up and living as a gay man living with cerebral palsy. In it, he pretends to be the victim of an accident in order to grab what he believes is the life he wants. O’Connell will star as the show’s protagonist. Other details of the show are thin on the ground at the moment, but Jessica Hect, Punam Patel, Marla Mindelle, Augustus Prew and Patrick Fabian will also star.
The show will be written, and executive produced by O’Connell with Jim Parson’s" That’s Wonderful Productions" (Big Bang Theory) and Warner Bros’ Digital Networks’ Stage 13 producing. His book, published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster, won critical acclaim thanks to its razor-sharp wit. It takes down modern society and millennial culture, touching on everything from unpaid internships to unemployment, to popping pills.
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy is the name given to a group of lifelong conditions affecting movement and co-ordination. It’s often due to a problem with the brain, occurring before, during or after birth. The severity of symptoms varies on case-to-case. While some are severely impaired, others manifest in minor ways.
It will appear on Netflix on 12 April.
(Source: GSN/Tom Capon)
The cast of Special | Photo: Ryan O'Connell, Instagram
‘If it wasn’t for gay men, there would be no Hip Hop"
EXCLUSIVE: Music Bear Tony Banks on homophobia in hip hop, singing about sex, and trying to break into the mainstream
New York City’s Music Bear Tony Banks has just dropped his latest track. The percussive-driven hip hop groove Cloud 9 is a taster of his upcoming, sophomore album: Yes Homo.
Banks was raised in Queen, New York City. He spent a few years living in Boston, MA, but is now firmly ensconced back in the Big Apple. He first began recording his own music in his mid-teens. With little more than a drum machine, he had dreams of becoming an R&B star.
However, he says work and life got in the way and those dreams were put on the back burner.
Then, seven years ago, after playing around with Garageband on his Mac, he put out a Christmas-themed rap record for the bear community. To his surprise, it gained interest. Music Bear Tony Banks was born.
He first performed live five years ago. He put out his debut album, Chocolate Cake, in 2015. The explicit collection of tracks holds nothing back in their depiction of same-sex love: from lustful hook-ups to more soulful, romantic encounters. It’s an accomplished set that was criminally overlooked.
Yes, Homo finds him shifting his sounds again – diversifying even further, from the political edge of Run! to the loved-up bliss of Cloud 9. The latter is about giving in to love, despite past traumas, mixed feelings and insecurities.
Banks says the song was written a couple of years ago to accompany an abandoned screenplay he wrote.
‘[The screenplay was] about part of my past, where I was dating a man and fell in love with another man. This was a song that I had penned for the soundtrack. I wrote the screenplay and I still have it somewhere. I took that song and just turned it into an actual track.
‘The words are meaningful to me. It’s a very much part of me and my identity. When I write, I write from experience. I don’t write about being in a club all night and partying, because that’s not my life. I like being an honest person in my music.
Chocolate Cake was very explicit in some of its lyrics. Did he ever worry it might alienate him from some audiences? Did he ever wonder, “Should I be saying this stuff?’
‘Never never never. Cos it’s all true. Nothing in that was fabricated. I’ve had a past. Being a gay male in America gives you certain liberties when it comes to sex that these straight rappers wish they really had.
‘But gay men, we have lots of sex, so I’m just writing about my experiences as a sexual being, in New York City especially. I’m not trying to pretend that part of my life doesn’t exist. But I also wrote about the love stories on Chocolate Cake. I write about being in love and having relationships with people, on top of just being a freak.’
He says Yes Homo will be different to Chocolate Cake. For now, he’s been there and done that with the porno rapping.
‘Doing the explicit hip hop stuff was fun, but I’ve done it. I don’t like repeating myself too much. I like to explore sounds and music. So on this one you’re getting some more political stuff, some more party stuff. It’s me exploring music in certain ways, talking about LGBT issues on this album.
‘That’s why it’s called Yes Homo. The title track is about living life as a hip hop artist in a world where being a gay rapper is taboo. Although, if it wasn’t for gay men from the 60s and 70s, there would be no hip hop. Because all of the techniques, sounds and systems that created hip hop were created before that, mainly for the gay crowds.
‘The sound systems, the turntables, the 12” records, the way that records were mixed. It was all the way records were made for gay clubs in the 70s and 60s, before hip hop was even thought of.
‘But still, gay hip hop artists remain undercover. Behind the scenes, gay people are everywhere in the industry, and yet ‘no homo’ is a thing.
‘So I’m saying ‘Yes homo’: appreciate the homosexuals who gave you this technology to create your genre of hip hop. I’m celebrating it rather than diminishing it.
Hip Hop history and gay erasure
He talks enthusiastically about the TV show The Get Down. ‘It explains how the DJs were the ones who controlled the music that people listened to … and the DJs were all gay.
‘If they didn’t play the records, the music never got heard. So, gays are so much in the creation of hip hop, without gays you wouldn’t have the hop, hop genre as you know it today.
Despite the popularity of rap and hip hop globally, there are no mainstream gay hip hop artists.
‘There is a wall when it comes to gay hip hop in America,’ says Banks. ‘We want to be taken seriously, but no-one takes us seriously, which is a shame.
‘It’s so hard in many ways. The gay community as a whole is very much into what’s white when it comes to music and gays. So, they’ll support many white artists: Troye [Sivan], Adam [Lambert]… any number who are hitting the charts right now as a white artist. You won’t find many black counterparts hitting the charts. That’s the first problem.
‘And then the black community have their own issues. They want to see you fail more than they want to see you win, so they also don’t want to support something that’s different, new, unique, great even. So, that’s another problem.
‘And then the industry doesn’t see the support from the gay community. Therefore, they don’t see a need to be supportive either. So that’s why it’s so hard to be a gay, black artist in America.’
Finding his audience
Banks is considering looking further afield to break through.
‘Artists such as Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Zebra Katz, and others, they’re always on tour in Europe. Every time I look up certain people’s websites, they’re heading overseas. That’s where a lot of the art we create is being accepted. Because they’re not so stigmatized to believe that gay rap shouldn’t exist. Or gay, black artists shouldn’t exist.’
For now, Banks in concentrating on the release of Yes Homo, and performing to as many audiences as possible – both inside and outside the US. The work has been a labor of love, quite literally.
‘I put my partner on Cloud 9. He’s on the very end with an “I’ll always be there” voice. That’s him. I sat him down. Told him “say these words.” And now he is on that track with me, it makes it even more special. He is the reason I’m so happy. He is my Cloud 9.
Have a movie or TV show idea? Jordan Peele‘s Monkeypaw Productions is now accepting scripts.
Here is your chance to show off your screenplay and script to an Academy Award-winning writer and box-office-record-smashing director. Jordan Peele and Monkeypaw Productions are currently looking for talent. If you are a writer, you may want to take advantage of this huge opportunity.
Monkeypaw Productions is the studio created by Jordan Peele who had a part in creating Key & Peele, Get Out, BlackKklansman, and upcoming productions such as Us and The Twilight Zone. The studio has now set up an online form for open screenplay submissions, meaning anyone, even someone without an agent can submit their script for consideration.
A deal this big typically comes with fine print, and this case the fine print is important and appears next to the form. The fine print points out that you are submitting your work does not establish any kind of confidential relationship between you and the studio, which as AVClub points out, “people at the studio can talk about your screenplay with whoever they want.”
That said, not every day does an award-winning production company openly ask for scripts.
Angola becomes first country to decriminalize gay sex in 2019 The African country’s parliament replaced the colonial-era penal code
Angola on Wednesday (23 January) became the first country this year to decriminalize gay sex.
Lawmakers finally implemented a bill to overhaul to the southwestern African country’s 1886 penal code. They dropped a ‘vices against nature’ provision which was historically used to prosecute against gay sex.
The new code also bans discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment. It passed with 155 votes in favor, one against, and seven abstentions. The country’s ruling party said the new code was ‘genuinely Angolan’. Angola’s previous penal code was written the Portuguese when they ruled the country in 1886. Discrimination and stigma is a problem in the country. There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples.
In 2018, LGBTI Angolans celebrated a major win when the government legally recognized an LGBTI rights group, Iris Angola. Around 70 countries worldwide still criminalize gay sex. Last year saw landmark decriminalization in India and Trinidad and Tobago. India’s Supreme Court ruled the anti-gay British-era penal code, similar to Angola’s, was unconstitutional. Millions of LGBTI Indians celebrated.
Lawmakers in Lebanon and Tunisia are currently considering ending anti-gay laws. Meanwhile, court challenges in Singapore, Jamaica, and Kenya could lead to decriminalization in those countries this year.
(Source:: GSN/ Rik Glauert)
Members of LGBTI group Iris Angola (Photo: Facebook)
Samuel L. Jackson Reprises his Role as Shaft
Shot in Atlanta Dec. 2017 - 2018, SHAFT stars Samuel L. Jackson as Shaft, the original Shaft, Richard Roundtree, and Isaac Hayes III, (son of Isaac Hayes who wrote the legendary theme song, Shaft).
The movie also stars Jessie T. Usher. You might have seen this now 26-year-old actor over the years through guest-starring roles in numerous television shows including Without a Trace, Numbers, the Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Lincoln Heights, Hannah Montana and Summer Camp.
Jessie has just landed perhaps the most coveted role in Hollywood; the lead role in 20th Century Fox's long-awaited sequel to Independence Day.
Producer, Actor, writer, director, and former member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man stars in Shaft.
The movie also stars character actress, Regina Hall and Jennifer "Ms Fer" Russell actress & Hip-Hop artist best known for her work in The Resident (2018), Saints & Sinners (2018), Black Lightning (2018), and Dynasty (2018).
(Left to Right) T. Usher, Isaac Hayes III, Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson
Here’s the storyline and plot summary:
John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his father's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide.
Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly.
While JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.
Georgia and Atlanta continue to be the Hollywood of the South with major films being made throughout the state!
Jennifer "Ms Fer" Russell actress, and Hip-Hop artist best known for her work in The Resident (2018), Saints & Sinners (2018), Black Lightning (2018), and Dynasty (2018).
Shaft is set to be released in theaters nationwide June 14, 2019.
On the Red Carpet
Have you ever wanted to walk “The Red Carpet”? The GPS Experience will make it happen for you! From the entrance to the elevator lobby to our spectacular outdoor/indoor atrium, ‘The Red Carpet” has been rolled out, announcing your arrival!
Our guests who are attending “Couples Dinner & Show” and those who come to check us out are welcome to trendy shops. We invite you to partake of our Grand Prize Bakery, Florist, Wedding Planning Boutique, and Gift Shop!
Once our shops are up and running smoothly, we have plans to open a men & women spas. Also, there are plans to have a nail shop for women and a Barber and nail shop exclusively for men.
So, what’s the meaning of Circle of life and how does it relate to Grand Prize Singles Experience? The circle of life is a symbolic representation of birth, survival, and death. Grand Prize Singles Experience may begin a birth of relationships, a place to celebrate along the way and feel resolute!
Every human being starts in the world alone and for most or many have support along the way. Whether it’s family, friends or both, many LGBT seek unconditional love in a relationship. First, you have to meet a person, find the things you have in common and the differences. If what you have in common outweighs what you don’t, you start the process of dating.
Grand Prize Singles Experience is a wonderful safe space to meet people in the LGBT community. Meet & Greets are held seven days a week with hosts to stimulate the crowds to interact with each other no matter if you’re a little bit shy or boldly likes to go where no man or woman wants to go! All you have to do is show up and we will show out by making sure you have a good and healthy experience.
Once you have chosen someone to get to know better then you are on your way to getting to know him or her better on your own time. At some point, you may want to take them on a special date, that’s where Couples, Dinner & show at Grand Prize Singles Experience comes into your plans. You may decide to publicly announce to the world, you’re an item (exclusive), just let us know and we will arrange something special for you. On the other hand, you might have already declared you being exclusive and just want to celebrate it!
After being in a relationship where you feel comfortable enough to take it to the next level, you may want to plan a wedding. Wedding Bells Blues at Grand Prize Singles Experience can assist you in planning your wedding nuptials. We have an onsite wedding boutique, wedding chapel and ballroom to accommodate your marital bliss!
Over the years, you may choose at Grand Prize Singles Experience as a place make a wedding proposal to celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, adoptions or whatever event. And, you can just come in to enjoy an intimate dinner & show at Couples!