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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!
Rustin Lorde Breakfast, an annual event during the National King Holiday will be held on Monday, January 21st in Atlanta.
The LGBTQ, friends, and allies event take place, 10 AM at the Loudermilk Conference Center 40 Courtland St NE
This year’s theme is “What Now: Where Will You Be?” It is a direct reference to the classic Pat Parker poem “Where Will You Be?” as a call-to-action for those working for social change.
The event asks for donations at the door, however, no one will be turned away
Following the Breakfast, participants have an opportunity to join the National Martin Luther King Jr March at the intersection of Peachtree St and Ellis St.
Audre Lorde is a Black American writer, feminist, lesbian, poet, mother, warrior, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. Lorde's poetry was published very regularly during the 1960s — in Langston Hughes' 1962 New Negro Poets, USA; in several foreign anthologies; and in black literary magazines.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a native New Yorker and daughter of immigrants. Both her activism and her published work speak to the importance of struggle for liberation among oppressed peoples and of organizing in coalition across differences of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, age and ability.
An internationally recognized activist and artist, Audre Lorde was the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Walt Whitman Citation of Merit, which conferred the mantle of New York State poet for 1991-93.
Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights. In his personal philosophy, Rustin combined the pacifism of the Quaker religion, the non-violent resistance taught by Mahatma Gandhi, and the socialism espoused by African-American labor leader A. Philip Randolph.
In 1953 he was arrested on a morals charge for publicly engaging in homosexual activity and was sent to jail for 60 days; however, he continued to live as an openly gay man. “My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me”. - Bayard Rustin
Rustin met the young civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s and began working with King as an organizer and strategist in 1955. He taught King about Gandhi's philosophy of non-violent resistance and advised him on the tactics of civil disobedience. Rustin assisted King with the boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama in 1956. Most famously, Rustin was a key figure in the organization of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which King delivered his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963.
Lee Mokobe talks about her life in a powerful poem about what it feels like to be Transgender
Lee Mokobe is a 20-year-old South African slam poet and co-founder of Vocal Revolutionaries. The volunteer-run organization empowers youth in South Africa to find their voice through poetry and art, offering free workshops, motivational talks, seasonal slams, national/local performances and mentoring. In his own poetry, Mokobe tackles tough social justice and LGBTQ issues. He has performed across three continents and was the youngest and first African coach at the Brave New Voices Festival, which he won in 2015.
Georgia is quickly taking over the TV and film industry. Here are the 20 movies and TV shows filming in Georgia this January.
Georgia’s film industry is on fire. Here’s what’s filming and what’s going on in and around Atlanta.
Producers are still hiring and casting directors are continuously looking for the right talent to work on TV shows and movies filming across the state.
Stranger Things is one of the biggest TV shows still filming in Atlanta, Georgia. Meanwhile, Georgia’s film industry is facing a boycott following the election of Brian Kemp as governor. Kemp, who served as the Secretary of State and oversaw the election, has been accused of voter suppression leading up to the election. Some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers, actors, models, and talent are calling for a boycott of Georgia’s booming film industry. For example, Frank Rich, the executive producer of HBO’s VEEP, said, “If Kemp wins in Georgia, Hollywood should put its money where its mouth is and pull all production out of the state,” Rich tweeted.
Here is the full list of TV Shows filming in Georgia. Movies and TV shows filming in Georgia
According to reports, Apple is now filming in Atlanta, Georgia under the code-name “Puget Sound” for the upcoming Steven Spielberg reboot. Variety reports the new series is a reboot of Amazing Stories. “Apple is set to reboot the cult classic sci-fi series “Amazing Stories” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, Variety has confirmed.” A reboot of the anthology series was originally scheduled for NBC. Bryan Fuller will serve as an executive producer on the Apple version with Amblin’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also executive producing. The 10-episode order for the series is part of a new content deal between Amblin, Apple, and Universal TV.
Tiffany Haddish will star in the upcoming Paramount Pictures feature film. The upcoming major motion pictures had several studios fighting for her to appear in the latest production and Paramount reportedly “won the day”. Haddish, who became a Hollywood superstar following Girls Trip, will star in a comedy directed by Miguel Arteta and based on a script written by Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly.
The movie is described as a “friendship comedy about two hard-charging best girlfriends who build a juggernaut company, and find their relationships tested when they are made a big buyout offer. Suddenly all the differences that made them perfect odd couple partners put them at war, threatening their business and personal relationships.”Deadline describes the movie as a mixture between Superbad and Bridesmaids.
Back to the Goode Life
Independent feature film
Sequel to the 1992 Eddie Murphy feature film. Boomerang is an upcoming American comedy television series that is set to premiere on BET. The show is executive produced by Halle Berry.
According to Deadline, “Ambitions (working title) is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city. Ambitions will begin production later this year and will debut on OWN in 2019.” The series will be produced for OWN by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate/Debmar-Mercury.
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.
Justin Baldoni says, “I’m done trying to be man enough”!
An outspoken feminist, Justin Baldoni has been doubling down on his efforts to start a dialogue with men to redefine masculinity.
Justin Baldoni is an actor, director and entrepreneur whose efforts are focused on creating impactful media. He can be seen playing Rafael on CW’s award-winning phenomenon Jane the Virgin. In 2012, Baldoni created the most watched digital documentary series in history, My Last Days, a show about living told by the dying. On the heels of that success, Baldoni founded Wayfarer Entertainment, a digital media studio focused on disruptive inspiration.
In 2014 Baldoni started the annual Carnival of Love with a mission to improve the way the Los Angeles community views and interacts those experiencing homelessness. To support his work on Skid Row, he started the Wayfarer Foundation, which supports his work breaking the cycle of homelessness and supporting individuals facing terminal illness.
Prumsodun Ok heals, empowers and advocates using the ancient art of Khmer classical dance.
For more than 1,000 years, Khmer dancers in Cambodia have been seen as living bridges between heaven and earth. In this graceful dance-talk hybrid, artist Prumsodun Ok -- founder of Cambodia's first all-male and gay-identified dance company -- details the rich history of Khmer classical dance and its current revival, playing the ancient and ageless role of artist as messenger.
Prumsodun Ok groundbreaking performances have been described as "radical beauty" by the Bangkok Post and have been staged throughout Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, Greece and the United States. Ok's 2013 book Moni Mekhala and Ream Eyso was reviewed in the Asian Theatre Journal as “a sampeah kru ritual of a sort: an offering to teachers living and deceased and to Moni Mekhala [the Goddess of the Ocean] herself.”
Ok has brought a diverse group of artists, activists and scholars together for Children of Refugees, a program of talks and performances raising awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis. Among many honors, Ok is a TED Senior Fellow and was named by Tea Uglow, creative director of Google Creative Lab in Sydney, an LGBT+ Creative Leader of Tomorrow for The Dots's and WeTransfer's Championing Diversity Initiative. Ok is based in Phnom Penh where he founded Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, Cambodia’s first gay dance company.
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!