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Oakland Black Pride to hold celebration

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Oakland Black Pride is preparing in-person and virtual events for its inaugural Inside/OUT! Black Pride Celebration June 24-27.

Executive Director Olaywa K. Austin, who is queer, spoke with the Bay Area Reporter to tout the major festivities — including the Queer Expo, Skate for Pride Party, and a grand finale Slayer's Ball at the waterfront Bridge Yard event venue between the MacArthur Maze and the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza.

Austin likened the ball, scheduled for 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, June 27, to those portrayed in the FX series "Pose," which ended its run earlier this month. "We are going to have a ball, both literally and figuratively," Austin said. "We have music, kick-ass DJs, all from the queer community.

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