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DJ Kelly Kel is a DJ, Philanthropist, Veteran, Founder of Helping Vets Today and ‘South Carolina’s Signature, Award Winning Soulful House Music Movement’, and The Columbia House Music Project. This South Carolina native tenaciously embraced her military experience and soulful house music to formulate a statewide Veteran Based Music ‘Movement’ that provides ‘therapeutic’ music and […]

Over the past several years, DDm has been crowned an all-time favorite in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. Rising from the battle-rap circuit to a star solo performer in his own right, his 2019 solo debut ‘Beautiful Gowns’ serves as an introduction to the rest of the world, bottling the east coast rapper’s bravado, wit, […]

Abdu Ali is an American avant-garde electronic musician, writer, cultural worker, and multidisciplinary artist who primarily works in sound, dialogue, text performance, & social practice. Their work is a yielding poetic up rise that often interrogates ideas of identity as well as narrate and promote liberation from oppressive ideologies and systems. Their music is an […]

The Task Force’s next Executive Director, Kierra Johnson, joined the Task Force in 2018 as Deputy Executive Director but was already engaged with the organization, previously serving on the National LGBTQ Task Force’s board of directors and its National Action Council. Johnson came to the Task Force after serving as URGE’s Executive Director with a […]

Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III, is a religious trailblazer, author, human rights advocate, an international and community leader and entrepreneur. In 2015, Bishop Allen was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). In 2016, he was appointed the Southeastern Chair of the DNC-LGBT Advisory Board and a co-chair of the DNC LGBTQ Policy Group. He has served as […]

Lonnie Wayne Walker is a native of Brooklyn, New York where he grew up in Red Hook community. He attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina where he majored in Social Work. Mr. Walker would later attend the College of New Rochelle in New York City to continue his studies in Social Work. Mr. Walker […]

Keron R. Sadler, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religion/Theology from the American Baptist Theological College, while simultaneously pursuing studies in the MBA program at Tennessee State University. She is a graduate of Hood Theological Seminary (Salisbury, NC) with a Masters in Divinity.  For three years, she matriculated at Pfeiffer University […]

Jamie Grace Alexander is a Black trans/queer activist/artist. Her project, The Baltimore Queer Paper, pulls from archival sources in order to tell stories from Baltimore’s gay past. Covering myriad subjects from 1930s drag balls to asking where is the city’s Gayborhood she hopes to bring historical context to her young LGBT peers who might not […]

Earl Fowlkes serves as the President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity, Inc. (formerly the International Federation of Black Pride -IFBP). He founded the IFBP in 1999 ago as a coalition of organizers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and South Africa formed to promote a multinational network of Black LGBTQ Pride and community-based […]

Durryle Brooks, Ph.D, M.A is interdisciplinary research scholar-practitioner and a social justice educator from Baltimore, MD. He is the Founder and CEO of Love and Justice Consulting LLC, an organization that provides leaders with diversity and social justice learning opportunities to increase their capacity to effectively and authentically engage difference. He is currently is a […]

Akil Patterson is the founder and President of Community Advocacy Consultants. Recently Akil was voted in as the First ever Vice Chairman of the LGBTQ Commission in Baltimore City and served on a host of committees such as the DNC LGBTQ Advisory Board. As a Lobbyist, Akil is credited for passing the nation’s most extensive […]

R. Eric Thomas is a national bestselling author, playwright, and Senior Staff writer for ELLE.com where he has written “Eric Reads the News” a daily humor column covering pop culture and politics since 2016. His debut memoir, Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America, which Lin-Manuel Miranda hailed as “pop culture-obsessed, […]