Ebony Pyramid Entertainment
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Ebony Pyramid Entertainment was founded in 1999 in Washington, DC by a veteran entertainer and businessman, DaJuan Patrick Xavier. Ebony Pyramid Entertainment (EPE) was established as a subsidiary of NEMO, Inc., a 35-year-old incorporated entertainment production company. EPE was formed to primarily serve the African-American and minority Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community’s entertainment needs on a more mature and sophisticated level. In addition to providing quality service, EPE has dedicated and generated charitable funds for HIV/AIDS organizations, female health and welfare concerns, Gay and Lesbian outreach programs, and overall African-American wellness.
In its first year, EPE launched its event, “The Black Gay and Lesbian Pride: Caribbean Cruisin’ – Bahamas.” The vision of the event was to create a social and networking venue, similar to the Prides held in major cities, but in a cruise format. Although the description of the event stated “Black” and “LGBT” it did not mean that it was exclusively for those groups, but that everyone was invited to join and celebrate the Pride. This was proven true, as many guests brought their family members, friends, and children to the cruise event. By the fourth year of the cruise event, EPE hosted just over 500 guests. As the pioneer of the Black LGBT cruise group, EPE takes pride knowing it began a phenomenon that has launched others.
In 2012, EPE reorganized and the Caribbean Cruisin event was replaced by Project Destination Pride (PDP) to expand travel and destination possibilities, other than cruise. PDP includes land-based events in foreign countries, non-contiguous USA, and the always popular cruise. Combining the past Caribbean Cruisin’ years along with PDP, it is referenced as the “EPE Travel Series” with events such as Pride Cruisin’, Pride Ski, and the Pride Elite Travel Club.
In 2016, EPE assumed the production of the legendary February ski trip in New York. Dubbed as “Pride Ski” EPE hosted its first Pride Ski production in February 2018. In 2017, “Kiburi Strong” was created to focus on health and wellness prevention and education. The word Kiburi is Swahili for Pride. Kiburi Strong programs and campaigns will be featured during all EPE events hosted in its headquarter region of Metropolitan Washington, District of Columbia, throughout the United States, and abroad.
In addition to a world-class staff, another strength of the EPE events is its quality productions and first-class entertainers. EPE has had the privilege to have some of the top African-American LGBT performers, from across the country, as well as celebrity appearances.
Throughout the years, EPE has produced and sponsored other events such as pageants, talent showcases, traveling Pride receptions, and Bayou Fest 2005 – New Orleans, Louisiana. EPE had the honor to host Bayou Fest, months prior to the tragic and unforgettable levee breaks. EPE has also supported and sponsored various Black Pride events in DC, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, and Chicago.
EPE charitable activities are managed through its independent division, the Just As I Am Foundation. This Foundation receives funds generated by EPE and provides philanthropic efforts to deserving LGBTQ youth programs, HIV/AIDS programs, and other minority health and wellness outreach programs.
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