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HC APPROVED! Fire Island Black Out 2013

By Melvin Browne

901940_154774011356900_679283141_oNeed a Weekend Getaway? The Month of August calls for some of the summers sexiest parties and events. One you will definitely not want to miss is the 11th Annual FIBO – Fire Island Black Out at Cherry Grove! FIBO is THE premier multicultural beach event for the LGBT community and hits Cheery Grove  August 9th – 11th. FIBO is DEFINITELY a HomoCouture summer destination; we pack up every summer and ferry right over to get the closest thing to sun, fun, drinks and great music in the NYC area! Below are some ADTV Media promo videos, brief details on events, travel, and lodging. For additional details head over to the FIBO Official site, follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates. See You There!

Event Info: Click Here for Additional Event Information

Fire Island Black Out 2013
August 9th – 11th @ Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY
For Complete Rules and Regulations, Visit the FIBO Official Site Here.

Main Event is Saturday, August 10th
the Day Includes: The New FIBO Plaza, Beach Games, FIBO Confessions, Beach Ten Contest, Happy Hours, The VIP Pool Party and Swimwear Show, and the Bump& Dip Dance Pool Party!

***FIBO Event Admission Bracelet is Required to Enter, Click here for FIBO Bracelet Details and Packages.

Travel Info:

Cheery Grove is accessible from Sayville, NY, where a ferry service carrier FIBO Attendees to and from the Island. Sayville, NY is accessible from anywhere in New York through Amtrak, LIRR, or by Driving. For Ferry Schedules, Driving Directions, and Train Schedules Click Here!

Lodging Info:

As of Right Now, VIP ROOMS HAVE SOLD OUT, HOWEVER….

FIBO has a limited number of rooms available in the Host Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn – Ronkonkoma) for $189/night (includes taxes) based on double occupancy.  Single and triple room rates available upon request.  Two (2) nights minimum.

**Event Admission Packages will be available separately in the hotel lobby while supplies last.

Call Gai Spann at (718) 789-1242 or Tinnette Spann at (347) 789-8641 to reserve your room by Monday, July 22, 2013.  You must use Promo Code: LMP13 to take advantage of this special offer.

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Aspen Urban Ski Week 2013

By Melvin Browne

A few days ago CEO of Sizzle Miami and Platinum Planning Group Inc. Dwight Powell released details about his New National Gay & Lesbian Getaway. I believe it’s time to pack away your sunscreen and shorts because this new event is tucked away in the mountain range of Aspen, Colorado. The acclaimed Premier Urban Aspen Gay & Lesbian Winter Getaway will take place during the Urban Ski Week of February 1st – 4th, 2013!

After the much success of Sizzle Miami during Memorial Day weekend, Powell and Platinum Planning Group have advanced to providing a more, “Elite”, “Upscale” and “Premium” Experience off the beach and into the Majestic Mountains of Aspen.  This new event is For America’s elite; hardworking gay & lesbian professionals that desire and demand the finer experiences that life and money have to offer!

Aspen Urban Ski Week 2013 promises a vacation experience of a lifetime. From taking on world-class slopes, partying in your pajamas, to soaking up the fun at their highly anticipated midnight splash heated pool event, outdoor adventure, divine dining, stirring nightlife, and exceptional shopping. Aspen Urban Ski Week will definitely be a weekend to remember. According to reps “If you’re looking for a non-stop, high energy, crowded party-life atmosphere, then this event probably isn’t for you. On the other hand, if you’re yearning a less-intense, laid-back, soothing, quaint, but still fun vacation getaway, then Urban Ski Week 2013 in Aspen, Colorado is just what you’ve been looking for”.

This is definitely a MUST attend event to experience with friends and significant others. Those who have already experienced the hotness of Sizzle Miami already know what to expect from Dwight Powell. For everyone else this upcoming Sizzle Miami “Apocalypse” may be your last opportunity to experience what everyone calls the “Ultimate Gay Vacation”. So book your trip ASAP!

For additional details on the Accommodations, Schedule of Events, and All-Inclusive Packages for Aspen Urban Ski Week 2013 Visit the Official Website UrbanSkiWeek.Com and Follow @UrbanSkiWeek on Twitter.

HomoCouture Announces Promotional Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY (HCINC) December 21st, 2011 – HomoCouture is set to be an official 2012 promotional partner with Sizzle Miami. Sizzle Miami is one of the nation’s most exciting and celebrated annual gay events during the Memorial Day Weekend.

HomoCouture & Sizzle share a common bond, which is to support, empower and influence the gay community. Sizzle brings our community together every year, for a weekend celebrating life, pride and liberty. Like HomoCouture, Sizzle supports and donates portions of their event receipts to local HIV/AIDS organizations. This year’s recipients are Empower U Inc., a local non-profit agency steadily at work in the fight against HIV/AIDS for families and communities.

This Year’s 2012 Sizzle Miami Event titled “Apocalypse” is definitely an event you do not want to miss. HomoCouture and Sizzle Invites you to be a part of the largest gay event to hit the Southeast coast. Attendees experience the pulsating nightlife and beaches of Miami from dusk till dawn. Miami is a fragrant spicy bouillabaisse to discover and savor. To paddle, sail visit museums, shop in style, rent convertibles, slip on sunglasses and be a celebrity and live life Miami-style.

To experience what the fuss is all about visit the Sizzle Miami Official Website. The website includes Hotel rates, Event packages, and transportation details. Additional Sizzle Information is also available on the HomoCouture Website under the Events Section.

SOURCE: Sizzle Miami Kit

For Information

Melvin Browne
HomoCouture New York
President|Editorial Director

Phone: 404.449.1164 Email:
Info@HomoCouture.org
Website: www.HomoCouture.com
Corporate: www.HomoCouture.org

Dwight Powell
Sizzle Miami

Phone: 305.938.9612
Email: Mail@SizzleMiami.com
Website: www.SizzleMiami.com

HomoCouture Supports #SpiritDay

HomoCouture supports Spirit Day! Millions of Americans wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually on October 20, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 20 as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more & Go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday

Roger O’s Baby Turns 2! — “Finding Me: Truth” EXCLUSIVE

By Stephfon Guidry

“I love telling an original unique story. It’s not about the money it’s really the journey of creating something,” words of wisdom from director/writer, Roger S. Omeus Jr. I laughed, I cried, and then I laughed until I cried while attending Finding Me: Truth New York Premiere.  Hearing comments like, “Your first movie inspired me to move to America from Belgium,” reveals an audience member sharing out during the Q&A after watching the Finding Me: Truth. The movie brings a sense of progression in character building and growth in the human condition as the homo- hetero- and bi- sexual love, intimacy, and relationships converge in a three-part friendship that is anything but dull. Director/writer, Roger S. Omeus Jr., spoke candidly about the film in an interview saying, “It’s no longer my baby it’s your baby and it’s unique to you.”

Before the movie began, the tribute to Maurice Murrell was so heartfelt and truthful his performance in the movie brought more joy and life to his legacy. Following the love, sex and relationships of Faybian, Greg, and Amera was more than entertaining it was classic.  Roger revealed that his favorite line from the movie came from Amera, “I hope ya dick falls off and goes to rehab!”  NO SPOILERS but the movie brings the lives of the three characters to points of change and transition, each character must “Find their truth”.  Roger Omeus Jr. says, “I had to be true to these characters.”

Casting in the movie was superb, the director/writer, Roger S. Omeus Jr. gave each member of this cast direction that provided a vibrant array of talents and picture perfect artistry. Up-n-coming rapper, Bry’Nt, cast as Omar, a street smart tough hustler with an attitude and sex appeal, had this to say about his experience with the cast, “They embraced me and I fit right in” The audience felt right at home, the theater was so packed it was standing room only in the back. With so many supporters in one room the reactions were bigger the laughs kept coming and some tearful moments worked the crowd over.

Finding Me Truth is sure to be sold out in stores, as it is now available on DVD — for more info check out http://findingmetruthblog.com/ Faybian must find the truth within him to truly be himself, Greg must find the truth in-between lust and love, while Amera must realize that sometimes the truth is not something you search for but in fact something you have to patiently accept as what’s right in front of you. When asked what advice would he give to future artisans Roger detailed, “You have to be passionate about it”. It’s not easy and once you figure out your passion nurture it. Remember you need tenacity and perseverance.”

Chef LoveJones joins HomoCouture this Fall!

By Melvin Browne

HomoCouture has a new addition to the Editorial Team; His name is Chef LoveJones! He will be heading our Food and Dessert Section with tasty articles published EVERY Wednesday.  So get your kitchen clean and prepare for an exceptional adventure of fun and sensational foods.

Chef LoveJones is noted for his creative spin on vintage recipes. He has captured the attention of many notable clients with his creations of such palate pleasures as Amaretto Pound Cake, Sweet Potato Cheese Cake, Haute ‘Chok-Lit’ quad Layer Cake and a Pecan Tart that has not left any dessert connoisseur disappointed. His impressive list of Clients include notables like President Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tyra Banks, J Manuel, DJ ENVY, HOT 97, Essence Magazine, SONY Music, Victoria’s Secret and Black Enterprise. He definitely has too MANY Clients to List!

Inspired by his beloved grandfather William Samuel Jones, LoveJones mixes his own dessert repertoire with boundless personal style. Chef LoveJones is an alumnus of the Institute of Culinary Education and studied Hotel & Restaurant Management at New York University. His creations have been featured and detailed in numerous publications, Macy’s 2005  Cellar Kitchen Presentation, the December 2006 Issue of Essence, the Spring 2007 Issue of FREE, and the F/W Issue of World Bride Magazine, and that’s Just to a few.

I hope our readers are just as excited as we are about Chef LoveJones joining the HomoCouture Team. And we are excited and look forward to his tasty features starting October 4th 2011!

“Tyler and Me: A Day I Will Never Forget” – By Nelson Morales Jr.

Nelson Morales Jr., Rutger’s University Student and 2011 Summer intern youth blogger for the GET DOWN PSA and Campaign, shares a personal reflection on the Tyler Clementi tragedy one year later in his article entitled “Tyler and Me: A Day I Will Never Forget”. On September 22, 2010, Nelson was gearing up to celebrate life on his birthday, while a fellow Rutger’s student Tyler chose to end his. Nelson and Tyler will forever share September 22, a day that Nelson will always remember.

GET DOWN is the edgy HIV/AIDS public service announcement campaign that frankly portrays sexually active teens/youth of various sexual identities, who are experimenting with multiple sexual partners, and the consequences they deal with as a result. The GET DOWN PSA BLOG is where people of all ages and backgrounds can share stories, opinions, facts and “newsy bits” about HIV/AIDS related topics in an effort to encourage healthy, productive and positive dialogue and maintain heightened awareness. The GET DOWN PSA BLOG cover not just HIV/AIDS and safe sex, but sexual behavior, identity and the issues here and abroad that affect these areas. Our supporters include Dawn Richard (Dirty Money) and DeMarco Majors (LOGO’s Shirts and Skins) who both starred in the PSA’s.

Here is an Excerpt from Nelson Morales Jr’s Blog Article. For the full Article please Visit the GET DOWN PSA BLOG.

On September 22nd, 2010, I celebrated my 20th birthday while a student at Rutgers University. I sat in my dorm room sorting through the birthday comments I had received on Facebook and doing my Spanish homework. However, what I didn’t realize was that on that same day, first-year Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi, would take his own life by jumping off of the George Washington Bridge.

During the following week, I saw several Facebook posts from other Rutgers students that there were news reports about a sex tape that was recorded in a Rutgers dorm. I didn’t think much of it; “probably some dumb freshman” was my thought. But in the next couple of days the local and national media started to converge into Rutgers creating a media frenzy and the story started to come to light. The name Tyler Clementi started to appear in the papers and newscasts along with Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei.

The reported story was that Ravi set up a video camera in his room (Tyler Clementi and Dharun Ravi were roommates) and captured Tyler having sex with another guy. The video was apparently streamed online via Molly Wei’s room and promoted on Ravi’s twitter account. It was reported that Tyler felt that he was being bullied because of his sexuality and spoke about the situation with his resident assistant, through the university (Rutgers Housing and possibly through RUPD), and online via a message board from the website Just Us Boys.

My guess is that Tyler was seeking help on his situation but decided to take his own life for the fear that everyone would know he’s gay. One week after my birthday, on September 29th, the police found Tyler’s body north of the George Washington Bridge where he apparently jumped to his death. His death shook the campus and received worldwide attention. I myself was interviewed on WCBS 880 AM, PIX 11, and Telemundo about his death.

What made this case hit so close to home was the fact that the dorm that Ravi and Molly videotaped Tyler in was right across from where I was living. When I was in my afternoon class, I stumbled upon an article from MyCentralJersey.com that stated that the filming incident was recorded in Davidson Hall. I lived in Winkler hall my junior year, which is right across from Davidson residential hall. My friends and I just couldn’t believe it the incident happened on our campus, right next to us. I was surprised that a story that received worldwide attention developed across the street from where I lived……. Click Here for Full Article

Morales, Jr. N. (2011, September 20). “Tyler and Me: A Day I Will Never Forget”. Retrieved from GET DOWN PSA BLOG.

Remembering 9/11 – 10th Anniversary…

By Melvin Browne

Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the Twin Tower attacks on the World Trade Center. America has not been the same since. Take time our of your day, to remember and reflect. Thousands of people have been killed in those attacks and in the war on terror. God Bless. Tonight on Cable USA a Twin Tower Special will be on at 9/8C

#FNO Fashion’s Night Out 2011

By Ibrahim Malik

(FNO) Fashion’s Night Out is fashion’s biggest global party,celebrated by all. Whether you’re a Designer, stylist, celebrity, fashion editor or just a everyday shopper, everyone comes together to celebrate FASHION in all its essence. Essentially FNO is the ULTIMATE shopping experience. American Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour detailed that in 2009 FNO was created to “celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy during the recession”.

My FNO journey began in the Heart of Couture AKA 5th Avenue in NYC. My 1st stop was to see what Karl Lagerfeld was up to over at Fendi and with no disappointments, I enjoyed myself immensely. Like most of the Designers and Retailers that I visited, champagne, cocktails and wine flowed freely, accompanied with Live DJ’s playing the hottest music. The mass crowds took in the Fall 2011 Collections while schmoozing with the many Fashionista’s and Fashion Victims alike.

Fifth Avenue boasted fashions from Fendi, Gant, Ermenegildo Zegna, Diesel, Zara, Elizabeth Arden and Escada. During my tour of 5th Avenue I caught up with upcoming Designer Edixon Valdez and he is launching his S/S 12 Collections on September 14th. So check him out at edixonvaldez.com

Soon after me and a fellow HC contributor Stephfon Guidry headed downtown to the infamous SoHo. The essence of FNO extended past store doors. The city subways were flooded with Fashionista’s, during our ride downtown we met several aspiring designers and stylists and students from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons. SoHo was a colossal block party. It was literally a street Fashion Show where everyone exposed their personal style and fashions without remorse. I visited Designers and Retailers such as Paul Smith London, Ralph Lauren, Mont Blanc, Jill Stuart, Bloomingdale’s, H&M, Guess by Marciano, & Ben Sherman. It was an amazing night of fashion, cocktails and celebration, and I wish everyone a Happy Fashion Week!

 

For information on Fashion’s Night Out or New York Fashion Week, click the links to their Official Websites.

2011 FlavaMen Blatino Award Winners Announced!

By Melvin Browne

Today FlavaMen Magazine released the list of Winners of the 2011 FlavaMen Blatino Awards. They reported that “This year the Blatino Awards had nearly doubled the amount of votes cast by the general public than last year”. HC regrets not being in attendance, but here are the List of This years Winners by Category:

Best Black Gay Club – East
Secret Lounge New York

Best Black Gay Club – Midwest
Urbano Chicago

Best Black Gay Club – South
Traxx Atlanta

Best Black Gay Club – West
Club Magnum/Seduction Los Angeles

Best Latin Club
Escuelita New York

Best Club DJ
DJ Blaze Miami

Best Club M.C.
Kidd Dupree

Best Club Promoter
Wassup N’Atl Atlanta

Best Exotic Dancer
Redickulous

Best Black Porn Site
Breed It Raw

Best Latin Porn Site
PapiCock.Com

Best New Website
Deep Inside Boys

Best Non-Porn Blog
The HK Access

Best Porn Blog
TrapBoyy

Best YouTube Channel
The Skorpion Show

Best Gay Artist
Bry’Nt

Congratulations to All the Nominees and Winners! For Complete list of Nominees and Winners of the 2011 FlavaMen Blatino Awards Visit http://www.BlatinoAwards.com

HomoCouture Set to Return S/S 2012!!

Hello All HomoCouture Readers &  Supporters. We will be returning S/S 2012 with an AMAZING Launch! More Details to Come Soon…

For Now Visit Our New Corporate Website
http://www.homocouture.org/

Also Follow us on Twitter @HomoCouture & Find us on Facebook!
See You All Soon and Stay Tuned!!

Prop 8 Ruled Unconstitutional in San Francisco

By Katrina Robinson

Thank goodness there’s a place in California that finally realizes that the homosexual marriage ban in unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, August 4, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned proposition 8. This ruling could lead to further investigation in the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether or not the proposition is constitutional.

Judge Walker wrote in his 136-page opinion, “Proposition 8 singles out gays and lesbians and legitimates their unequal treatment. Proposition 8 perpetuates the stereotype that gays and lesbians are incapable of forming long-term loving relationships and that gays and lesbians are not good parents.”

But don’t get too excited. The judge wants to decide whether his ruling should be suspended while those who want to can pursue an appeal. Both sides of the argument are to submit written statements by Friday.

Since the ruling has been announced, celebrations have erupted throughout the country. I, for one, heard about the good news through Facebook—looks like social networking actually does come in handy once in a while!

Join HomoCouture for the 2010 AIDS Walk NYC!

This Sunday May 16th, 2010, HomoCouture will be Volunteering for the 2010 AIDS Walk. We will be located at Checkpoint 4 supplying all event participants with refreshments!

Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $105 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world.

In 2009 alone, 45,000 participants, many of whom were members of 2,880 corporate and community teams, raised a record sum of over $5.6 million for Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and 50 other local AIDS service organizations.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are estimated to be living with HIV. This is a first since the height of the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s. Proceeds from AIDS Walk New York help us move closer to ending the suffering caused by HIV and AIDS.

Please Do What You Can Contribute:

 

To Register as a Individual Walker

To Join a Team

To Make a General Donation

 

 

Schedule of Events
Route Map

8:30 a.m.
Sign-In Opens
9:00 a.m.
Aerobic Warmup
9:15 a.m.
Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
AIDS Walk New York 

 

See You All This Sunday May 16th!!