“Noah’s Arc” creator announces partnership with DFW Pride Movement to screen new film

Derrick Spillman announced today that his organization DFW Pride Movement will team up with Patrik-Ian Polk for a screening of his new film The Skinny. The director and creator of Punks and the TV series Noah’s Arc will be in attendance when the film screens in Dallas on April 20 at the Magnolia Theatre. Polk’s appearance will also include panel sessions to “discuss the HIV awareness story-lines in the movie and other sexual health issues of importance to the LGBT population.”

“I’ve been involved with the Black AIDS Institute since the early days of my Noah’s Arc television series, and I’ve been addressing issues of HIV and AIDS in my work since my first film Punks,Polk explains.So it makes perfect sense to partner with other African American LGBT organizations across the country to promote their great cause and highlight the HIV awareness issues raised in my new film The Skinny,” Polk says in the release.

The film has already opened in limited release in other cities but makes its debut here later this month. You can watch the trailer and read the entire release after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Dallas Black Pride announces guests

Rock Rockafella, left, and Uriah Bell will participate in Dallas Black Pride 2011 this fall.

Although Dallas Black Pride 2011 is still some four months away, organizers have already announced two of the special guests who will be participating in this year’s event: author  Uriah Bell and adult film star and CEO Rock Rockafella.

Dallas/Fort Worth Pride Movement, a newly created nonprofit, will present the 2011 Dallas Black Pride event — HisStory and HerStory, Sept. 1-Oct. 2, with the Marriott City Center in downtown Dallas as the host hotel. Those who want to book their rooms early can call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the Dallas Black Pride special rate of only $99 per room per night.

The DFW Pride Movement is a member of the International Federation of Black Prides. According to its website, The DFW Movement’s mission “is to promote social awareness, unity, self-empowerment, mentorship and positive visibility throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth LGBT and affirming community of color through education, health promotion, advocacy and coalition building.” This year’s Pride event will include a schedule of parties and educational panels.

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