Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Looking for a few good Men

Are you interested in getting involved?

Fellas, as we move forward with building Atlantas first Center for Black Gay Men,
we are looking for a few good men to be involved in the planning and execution of the Center. Here is how you can help:

Community Advisory Board

The purpose of the CAB is to provide a forum where members of the community can provide feedback on what they want to see at the Center. If you have a suggestion, or comment, then you should come to the CAB to let it out. Are you interested in a particular subject and would like that discussed in a group? Do you have a particular expertise that you want to share with the community? Are you looking to take a community mobilization project and need support from other brothas? Here is a chance to network on a positive tip!!


We're in need of volunteers who can help to maintain process at the space. The job will be quite easy, only a couple of hours per week, volunteers will help to greet persons coming into the space, perhaps help with faxes, and copying.

Please contact Adolph St.Arromand (404)870-7722

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Gay so Not Guilty

Some of you might be familiar with the Michal Sandy case in New York City. For those of us who have little knowledge, here is a quick lesson in what happened. Michael Sandy meets some dude online who invite him to meet somewhere to hook-up. He gets to the place and is encountered by 3 white individuals who begin to taunt, harass, and threaten him physically. Michael realizes that this was all a set-up, that these men were out to get him not in the way it was mentioned online, as a result he ran for his life. The three others chases him right into a moving car that kills Michael.

The perpetrators where caught and are now on trial charged with a hate crime in New York State. But, guess what? The perpetrators are saying that they are not guilty of a hate crime because all of a sudden, they are gay! Yes that's, right their attorney is pleading with the court saying that the defendants are actually gay, but have not come out to their families or friends yet. And since they are gay, they can not be charge with a hate crime against other gays.

Check us out at the Evolution Project when we discuss homophobia and this case!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Advocay and Black Voices

Speak up or shut the F@@K UP!

One of those things that are near and dear to us is the impact that HIV is having on the African American Community. Specifically, speaking what it (HIV) is doing the African American Men in Metro Atlanta. Having said that we urge you to familiarize yourself with some of the facts: By now I am sure that you all aware of statistics, but I wonder has anyone ever explained to you what the implications are?

Considering the proportion of us who are HIV positive, why is it that we do not become more active in prevention, treatment and care issues? If we are going to Evolve as a community, would it not make sense that we begin to take responsibility for the world around us? Unfortunately HIV has become part of the world around us, is it not our responsibility to do everything we can to advocate on the behalf of our needs? If we don't do it for us, then who will?

It is estimated that as many as 38,000 people in Georgia are living with HIV or AIDS with and estimated 26,400 right here in Metro Atlanta alone. Of those 71% are Black!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As result of this statistic, The Evolution Project will do its part to support the brothers who are living with HIV. We are pleased to announce the newest component to our services called Speaking in Black Voices or BV for short. Black Voices is a contemporary meeting that builds support for those Brothas who are newly diagnosed with HIV. The meetings are weekly and extremely confidential. The purpose of the meetings will be to talk about what living with HIV is like, how to access services in Metro Atlanta, and just to get support from others who are in the same situation. Check our website for dates and times.

No longer do brothas have to feel ashamed and alone in dealing with HIV and all the baggage that comes with it. If you are interested in knowing more contact us.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

We are getting a Home

There is no place like home!

Over the past year, the Evolution Project has been operating out our our cubiles at AID Atlanta. We have also shared office spaces with community partners such as Youthpride. The program has operated nominally, but has had some success in reaching our community. For example, over the past year, we have reached our brothas who are in the "ballroom" scene providing intense interventions that help to build self-esteeme and mobilize that community. We also partnered (twice) with the folks from PHYRE to but on two amazing events. The first was in Feburary during Black History Month where we declared February Black Gay and Lesbian History Month. We showcased the power of our Blackness in such a way that the community rewarded us with acolades on blogs and in newspapers. Later during Black Gay Pride, The Evolution Project mobilized again to produce an fascinating evening celbreating the arts and contributions of Black Gay and Lesbian persons with a special emphasis on the education on HIV/AIDS. Having said that we managed to get all these things done without a permanent, consistent space. Fortunately for us, AID Atlanta has concluded that in order for us to be what we intend to be, the project needs to physically grow. It is for this reason that we are moving. (Clap Clap Clap).

That's rite, somewhere around October 15, 2007 we will have a permenant space dedicated to the needs of African American Men (us) in Metro Atlanta. Our space The Evolution Project, will be located in downtown Atlanta conveineitly accessible to Marta. The space will be used as a tool to mobilize us around the matters that are near and dear to us. It will be a safe space open to you to come hang out, meet, and grow. The space will offer workshops and fun activities for all to be involved. NOTE: It can only be successfull if you make it. If you have a skill or a passion that you want to showcase and add to our space please feel free to contact me while there are still slots available. In the coming weeks, I will post the address and some more information on our Grand Opening! Thank you AID Atlanta! See you at the grand opening!

Monday, September 10, 2007

In The Beggining

The Revolution begins with Evolution

The Evolution Project is a program out of AID Atlanta that seeks to mobilize African American Men in Metro Atlanta to take charge of themselves for themselves. We don't claim to know it all and have the answer to all our societal woes. Our goals are simply: to provide an outlet where young and old men in Metro Atlanta can network, mobilize, and combat the oppressions we encounter daily. We submit that our similarities are more than our differences, oppression is the common denominator that unfortunately bonds us, with revolution being the common denominator that will free us.

The Evolution Project aims to combat oppression, homophobia, racism, sexism, HIV, and substance abuse that prevail in our communities. We invite you to join us as we move ahead from living in the shadows of how society wants to living as free as our creator wanted us to be. We are great powerful people if we believe that we are, let us take this life of ours to the next level; let us Evolve. For more information contact: