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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!

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Georgia Regarded As Top Filming Location in the World

By Project Casting

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Georgia’s film industry leaders met on Tuesday for the annual Film Day at the capital.  At the significant event were several critical political leaders including Governor Brian Kemp, Speaker Ralston and the Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson.
“We are the number one filming location of the world,” Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office said.

Thomas added, “The main focus of Film Day is to thank the legislators and the governor for supporting this industry and the impact that it has not only in Atlanta but in rural areas and small businesses.”

Shaunya Chavis-Rucker with Fulton County Films echoed the sentiment by saying, “Hollywood loves Fulton County and our affordable rates. Georgia – the state is leading the way with those tax credits. But we are right there with them about being able to film on our property for a very affordable fee,” Rucker said.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with Fulton County Productions to share an animated short film explaining the explosive growth of Georgia’s film industry. The animated short features Amber Nash who is an American actress and Georgia native who got her start in a local acting school in Atlanta. Nash explains how Georgia is built for the film industry with workforce development, studio development, and growing tourism industry.

Georgia is the home of several major motion pictures including Marvel’s “Black Panther,” several “Avengers” movies, and multiple hit TV series.


LGBTQ entrepreneur scores upset win in Atlanta City Council race

Antonio Brown
(Bisexual entrepreneur Antonio Brown pulled off a surprise victory in the District 3 Atlanta City Council race, becoming the first-ever black openly LGBTQ member of the council.)


Brown, 34, beat former Atlanta Public Schools board member Byron Amos with 53 percent of the vote in an election decided by just 82 votes. He received 669 votes to 587 for Amos. The runoff on Tuesday was to fill the vacant seat of Ivory Lee Young Jr., who died in November.

“My campaign was really driven by the people, and I believe the people were tired, and they wanted their voices to be heard,” Brown told 11Alive. “And that is the reflection of the outcome today.”

Brown (photo), who created the luxury menswear label LVL XIII, will return LGBTQ representation to the Atlanta City Council. There had been none since Alex Wan gave up his District 6 post to run for council president in 2017. Wan lost in a runoff.

Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, celebrated Brown’s win.

“His victory is important not just for Atlanta but for all of Georgia — a state where discrimination against LGBTQ people remains legal and anti-equality legislators continue to push policies that harm our community,” she said in a press release. “The Atlanta City Council has a proud history of LGBTQ council members, but for more than a year we have had no LGBTQ voice on the council. Thanks to Antonio, we are back.”



DC casts trans and deaf actor of color as their newest superhero

Representation and diversity to the rescue

Trans Actor

Chella Man and Jericho | Photo: Instagram/DC Wiki 

DC Entertainment is earning praise for their latest casting announcement. Chella Man revealed on Tuesday (19 March) on Twitter he’ll be playing the hero Jerico in DC’s streaming series Titans.

Man, 19, is a deaf and Jewish actor of color. He is also genderqueer and currently transitioning on testosterone.

Jericho will be Man’s acting debut. He expressed his excitement for the project and his role in his tweet.

‘As a trans, Deaf, Jewish POC, I have always reminded myself of the power in my differences,’ he wrote. ‘It’s a dream come true as I will now be able to showcase this power on the Titans.

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So, who are the Titans and Jericho?
Titans is a new series from DC Entertainment, which aired its first season last fall.

It follows the group of young superheroes known as the Teen Titans. The cast features the likes of Dick Grayson aka Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy.

Man’s character Jericho is the son of villain Deathstroke aka Slade Wilson. DC recently cast Esai Morales as Deathstroke, who will be appearing in season two alongside his son.

Jericho is mute after assassins cut his vocal chords. He possesses the ability to control anyone simply by making eye contact. To communicate, the comics often depict him using sign language.

Doom Patrol, an upcoming spinoff series of Titans, features Matt Bomer as a gay superhero.

Filming for the second season of Titans is set to begin next month.

Source: GSN/Anya Crittenton


Gentlemen’s Ball founders opening restaurant in College Park

Gentlemen's Ball
(A gay-owned restaurant that celebrates the Gullah-Geechee culture is coming to downtown College Park in late spring.) 

 

Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar is the brainchild of Juan and Gee Smalls, co-founders of The Gentlemen’s Foundation. The non-profit is best known for The Gentlemen’s Ball, an annual fundraiser that celebrates black LGBTQ people in Atlanta. 

The couple, who are first-time restaurant owners, scouted locations for 18 months before finding the right spot in College Park. They are keeping the exact address under wraps for now.

“We’re just really excited to bring this to the community,” Gee Smalls (photo, right) told Project Q Atlanta. “Everything has been falling into place, so it hasn’t been a stressful process once we got the location settled on.”

Renovations on the 2,000-square-foot space started in March.

“We had to do a complete build out," Smalls said. "We had to build the kitchen and everything. It used to be a speakeasy, like an underground place where you had drinks, but no food or anything like that.”

There will be exposed brick and columns throughout the restaurant, Smalls said.

“We’ll be able to seat about 80-90 people, but we also have a standing room area where people can have drinks and socialize so they don’t just have to come to eat," he said. "The front part of the building in front of the bar will be a communal area where there will be tables for people to commune and hang out.”

The restaurant is named after Gee Smalls’ father, who died shortly before Juan and Gee met.

“I’m a very spiritual person and he’s been really guiding me and my steps since his passing, even bringing me and Juan together 11 years ago," Smalls said. "He has guided our community work and business ventures."

The couple will model the restaurant on Virgil Smalls’ Gullah-Geechee culture, which is most common among African Americans who live in the Lowcountry region of Georgia and South Carolina.

“It just made sense to put all [Virgil’s] favorite recipes in there and celebrate him and all he’s done for our lives,” Smalls said.

That culture will be reflected in the food and décor, Smalls said. The menu will be heavy on seafood and rice dishes, plus there will be a full bar and signature cocktail menu.

“One thing about Gullah-Geechee culture is we are really loving and accepting people,” Smalls said. “That’s the one thing that’s going to lead the restaurant is just acceptance and love for everybody.”

Source:  Patrick Saunders


Marvel’s first gay superhero may be The Eternals’ Hercules

Marvel is reportedly planning to make Greek demi-god Hercules its first gay superhero on film in upcoming blockbuster The Eternals.

The groundbreaking move, reported by news site MCU Cosmic, follows the news last month that Marvel was searching for a gay male actor to play the film’s lead.

The studio was looking to cast a man between the ages of 30 and 49 who is preferably open about their sexuality and able to “physically look like a superhero,” according to popular culture site That Hashtag Show.

Hercules
Hercules and Wolverine have got romantically involved in Marvel comics. (Marvel)


If Hercules does end up being queer in The Eternals, it would be backed up by Marvel’s comics. In 2013, Marvel strip “X-Treme X-Men” featured Hercules and Wolverine declaring their love for each other and kissing.

Fans are excited by the prospect of a gay superhero in Marvel’s The Eternalss

The idea of Marvel finally featuring an openly queer superhero has excited many fans of the cinematic universe.

One tweeted: “I just read a rumour that the lead for the new Eternals MCU series is Hercules and he’s going to be openly gay. Please be true.”

“I will be ecstatic (and frankly turned on) if they really make Hercules’ gay ass the leader of the Eternals, in the MCU.”
— @FleetwoodSnac

Another was extremely honest about their feelings, writing: “I will be ecstatic (and frankly turned on) if they really make Hercules’ gay ass the leader of the Eternals, in the MCU.”d sit in front section seats.

One person wrote: “I need an openly gay Hercules in my life tho.”

And another fan simply commented: “That would be AMAZING!!!”

Who are the Eternals?

Created by legendary Marvel writer Jack Kirby, the Eternals are enhanced genetic offshoots of early humanity.

Source: PinkNews.





Paris is Burning returns to movie theaters this summer
The cult documentary documented the New York City ballroom scene of the late 1980s and later inspired TV’s Pose.

Paris is Burning


Following a number of Latinx and African American participants, Paris is Burning documents the queer ballroom scene in New York in the late 1980s.

The movie is widely credited with bringing the ballroom scene and vogueing to worldwide attention. In recent years, the period has enjoyed a renewed interest following the success of the Ryan Murphy-produced show, Pose.




Turner Studios is now hiring in Atlanta, Georgia
 
Are you looking for a job? Turner Studios is now hiring freelance talent in Atlanta, Georgia. Turner Studios is now hiring talent for production and post-production.

Turner Studios is looking for talented filmmakers. to help create content for Turner Studios, which includes brands such as BS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Super Deluxe, CNN, HLN, Great Big Story, Turner Classic Movies, FilmStruck, truTV, Turner Sports, Bleacher Report, and more.

Job Opportunities

  • PRODUCTION

o    Camera Operator
o    Lighting Assistant
o    Technical Director
o    EVS Operator
o    Audio Engineer (A1 & A2)
o    Graphics Operator
o    Scenic Production (Carpenter, Scenic Painter, Stagehand)
o    Front of House Audio
o    Production Assistant (PA)
o    Production Manager

  • POST-PRODUCTION

o    Editor
o    Sound Designer
o    Graphic Designer (print, web, motion, live environment, & more)
o    Art Director
o    Compositor
o    3D / CG Artist (Maya, Max, Houdini, Cinema 4D, ORAD, Ross)
o    Animator / Illustrator

According to the job posting, qualified talent has the following qualities, “Team spirit and a willingness to go above and beyond for our partners. A fanatical drive for whatever you do to be excellent. A passion for learning, growing and elevating your craft constantly. An itch to do things differently, because the same isn’t good enough. A track record of success (and a portfolio, reel, or CV to support it)”

TO APPLY CLICK HERE.

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NBC is Now Looking for Aspiring TV Hosts 

By Project Casting

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NBC Hosting Workshop is now accepting submissions.
Presented by NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group in partnership with the American Black Film Festival will produce the 5th Annual Hosting Workshop. The Annual Hosting Workshop 2019 will take place at ABFF in Miami, Florida.

This workshop is designed to cultivate & discover exceptional host talent. Taught by premier host instructor, Barbara Abel, this workshop is targeted for intermediate and advanced level hosts who want to sharpen their hosting skills and techniques!

The workshop will focus on helping aspiring talents enhance their on-camera performance, strengthen their co-hosting, audition and teleprompter skills and gain tips on their career.

Top select participants will have the opportunity to conduct media and/or celebrity interviews, meet with NBCUniversal Talent executives and more.

To apply talents must send a videotape audition, fill out a workshop application and submit a reel of their previous work.

For more information and how to apply click here.


Jordan Peele

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.

To Apply Click Here

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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!

Red Carpet

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.

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Grand Prize Singles Experience “Circle of Life”!

Grand Prize Singles Experience

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!