Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Dream Dinner Party by Joseph Benjamin Reaves

My Dream Dinner Party By Joseph Benjamin Reaves

I would love to have all these people over to eat, talk, and communicate across our differences and similarities. These are people that inspire me, lift me up, love me, make me smile, give me something to aspire to, make me want to be like them etc. etc. etc. For those that have been tagged you're in this note and on this list because I think you're an amazing and dope individual and this is my thank you. Where you are on the list is not a signifier of how important you are to me. So comment on the note and let me know what you think would happen at this dinner with all these diverse folk and what would you do as a guest, who would you talk to and what would you ask?

1. Jesus Christ - Son of GOD2. Patricia and Maxie Reaves - Mommy and Daddy3. Mabel C. Washington - Maternal Grandmother4. Marvin Gaye - Prolific and Prophetic Singer and Poet5. Dr. Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale - Founders of The Black Panther Party for Self- Defense Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale - Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, Georgia6. Rev. Richard Allen - Preacher, Founder of the AME Church7. Bishop G.E. Patterson - Former Presiding Bishop of the Church of God In Christ, called "The Black Pope"8. Rev. Charles Angel - Black Gay Reverend, and AIDS Activist, Founder of Gay Men of African Descent9. Marcus Garvey - Pan-Africanist, Revolutionary10. Jared Schuler - Black Gay Blogger

11. Bishop Charles H. Mason - Preacher, Founder of the Church of God In Christ12. Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor - Pastor Emeritus, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York. "The Dean of Black Preaching", Distinguished Gentleman of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated13. Jarena Lee - One of the first African American Female Preachers in the AME Church14. Rev. William J. Seymour - Preacher. On April 14, 1906 held the historic Azusa Street revival which gave birth to the modern day Pentecostal movement15. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie - First Female Bishop in the AME Church16. Kirk Franklin - Gospel Artist17. Toyce Francis - Black Gay Blogger, Founder/CEO, Prodigal Sun Design, Distinguished Gentleman of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated18. Andre Antar Wright - Black Gay Blogger, Founder/CEO, Wrap Masters, Distinguished Gentleman of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated19. Derrick L. Briggs - Black Gay Blogger20. Adam Benjamin Irby - Black Gay Blogger

21. Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. - Preacher, Theologian, Civic Leader. Noble Lord of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated22. Shelton Jackson Lee - Filmmaker. Extra Cookie Points if you know his stage name23. Barbara Smith - Black Lesbian Feminist24. W.E.B. DuBois - Intellectual, Philosopher, and Author. Noble Lord of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated25. Tupac Amaru Shakur - Hip Hop Artist, Poet, and Actor26. Archbishop Desmond Tutu - South African Priest and Humanitarian27. Robert Nesta Marley - Prophetic Reggae Artist28. Zora Neale Hurston - Writer, Soror of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated29. Talib Kweli - MC30. Harriet Tubman - Abolitionist

31. Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery - Preacher, President Emeritus, Southern Christian Leadership Conference.32. Sean Bell - 25-year old African American Man killed by New York Police Department. Shot at fifty Times33. Simon Nkoli - Openly Gay South African HIV/AIDS Activist, Anti-Apartheid Activist, and Freedom Fighter34. Essex Hemphill - Black Gay Poet and HIV/AIDS Activist35. Rev. Stacey Latimer- Black Openly Gay Minister, Unity Fellowship Christ Church, Brooklyn, New York. HIV/AIDS Activist, Founder/CEO, Love Alive Ministries.36. Steveland Morris - Singer, Songwriter. Cookie Points if you know his stage name37. Sylvester - Black Gay Disco Diva38. Thomas Glave - Jamaican-American Gay Activist, Professor, and Writer 39. Rev. Rowland Jide Macaulay - Gay Nigerian Minister. Founded the first church for LGBT Africans in Nigeria. 40. Pat Parker - Black Lesbian Feminist Poet and Activist

41. Paul Robeson - Renaissance Man. Noble Lord of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated42. President Barack Hussein Obama Jr. - First African American President of USA43. Rashawn Brazell - 20 year old Black Gay Man murdered in Brooklyn, New York in 200544. Saneesha Stewart - Black Transgendered Woman murdered in her apartment45. Richard Bruce Nugent - Black Gay Writer of the Harlem Renaissance46. K. Monet Rice - Minister, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York. My Big Sister In Christ.47. David and Candace Simpson - Brother/Sister Duo secretly scheming to take over the world. My little brother and sister in Christ48. Pastor Roger E. Hayes - Openly Gay Pentecostal Preacher. Pastor, Church of the Holy Spirit Fellowship, Winston-Salem, North Carolina49. Rev. Samuel Phillips - Big Brother In Christ. Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ. Brookyln, New York. Brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.50. Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross - Big Brother In Christ. Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York.

51. Shahara C. Jackson - Big Sister In Christ. Baddest Schoolteacher in Brooklyn. Soror of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated52. Wanda Leftwich Branch - Auntie In Christ.53. Rev. Otis Moss III - Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ54. Pancho Duncansen - 20 year old Black Gay Man stabbed to death in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn55. Elaine Brown - High ranking female within the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense56. Rev. Irene Monroe - African American Lesbian Minister and Theologian57. Dr. Mattie Moss-Clark - Gospel Legend and Choir Director. President of the International Music Department of the Church of God In Christ for 25 years. Mother of The Clark Sisters58. Melvin Miller - African American Gay Minister and Theologian59. The Clark Sisters - Greatest Gospel Group of All Time60. Colleen Thompson - My Queer Big Sister

61. Susanna M. Hernandez - My Queer Big Sister62. Mo Beasley - Poet, Educator, Dope Brother63. Steven G. Fullwood- Curator, Black Gay and Lesbian Archives @ Schomburg. Black Queer Blogger, Writer.64. Kenyon Farrow - Black Queer Blogger, Writer, Activist65. Frank Leon Roberts - Black Queer Blogger, Intellectual, and Dr-To-Be.66. Alain Locke - Black Gay Philosopher. First Black Gay Rhodes scholar. Phi Beta Sigma67. Maurice Jamal - Black Gay Filmaker, Screenwriter, and Actor68. Tommie Smith and John Carlos - Brothers that threw up the black power fist during the star spangled banner at the 1968 olympics69. Larry Levan - Black Gay DJ, Paradise Garage70. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. - Rapper. Cookie Points if you know his stage name

71. Lisa C. Moore - Black Lesbian Writer and Publisher, Redbone Press72. Pharrell Williams - Artist, Producer, Fashion Icon73. Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays - Preacher, Theologian, Former President of Morehouse College, Alpha Phi Alpha74. Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - Preacher, Public Intellectual, Cultural critic, Author75. Langston Hughes - Black Gay Writer of the Harlem Renaissance. Bruh of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.76. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Alpha Phi Alpha77. Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene - My Nigerian Queer Dyke Big Sister78. L. Monique Wallace and Toi King - My Gay Mothers79. Rev Dr. Gary V. Simpson and Rev. Emma Jordan Simpson - Husband/Wife Team at the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York

80. Monte J. Wolfe and Tim'm T West - Black Gay Performance Artists, Founders of Brave Soul Collective82. Pastor O.C. Allen III and First Gentleman Rashawn Burgess - Openly Gay Christian Couple at the head of The Vision Church of Atlanta, Georgia83. Howard Thurman - Mystic, Preacher, Theologian. First Dean of Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University84. DJ Grandmaster Flash - Founding Father of Hip-Hop Culture85. Horace l. Griffin - Black Gay Minister Theologian86. Joseph Beam - Black Gay Writer87. James Baldwin - Black Gay Writer88. James H. Cone - Theologian. Father of Black Liberation Theology89. Shawn Corey Carter - MC, Businessman, Has a Doctorate in Swag. Cookie Points if you know his stage name90. Kevin Powell - Hip Hop Intellectual, Alpha Phi Alpha

91. E. Lynn Harris - Black Gay Author. Noble Lord of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated92. Ejeris Dixon - Queer Big Sister. Coordinator, SOS Collective93. Ella Baker - Civil Rights activist94. Fannie Lou Hamer - Civil Rights Activist95. Fred Hampton - Freedom Fighter96. Frederick Douglass - abolitionist97. Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III - Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, Alpha Phi Alpha98. Bry'nt - Openly Gay MC99. Lonnie Rashid Lynn - MC, Actor, Author. Cookie Points if you know his stage name100. Amadou Diallo - African Immigrant murdered by NYPD back in 1999

101. Bishop Yvette Flunder - African American Lesbian Minister102. Byron Hurt - Filmaker, Educator. Bruh of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity103. Shirley Chisolm - First Black Women to run for president104. Dr. Cornel West - Professor Intellectual, Alpha Phi Alpha105. DJ Kool Herc- Founding Father of Hip Hop106. Angela Davis - Freedom Fighter107. Kendal Brown - African American Gay Minister108. DJ Afrika Baambaataa - Founding Father of Hip Hop. Founder, Zulu Nation109. Muhammad Ali110. Ali Forney - Homeless LGBT Youth murdered in NYC111. Dr. Alvin Williams and Nigel Simon - Black Gay Christian Parents112. Assotto Saint - Black Gay Writer113. Bayard Rustin - Black Gay Civil Rights Activist114. Sonia Sanchez - Poet115. Mary Mcleod Bethune - Educator116. Carter G. Woodson -Father of African American Studies. Bruh of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated117. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.- Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois. Bruh of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.118. Sakia Gunn - Black Lesbian Teen Stabbed To Death 119. Audre Lorde - Black Lesbian Feminist120. Dr. David Malebranche - Black Gay Doctor

121. Shorty Roc - Black Gay MC122. Assata Shakur - Freedom Fighter123. Ida B. Wells - Anti Lynhcing Activist124. James Earl Hardy - Black Gay Author125. Sojourner Truth - Abolitionist and Preacher126. Rashid Darden - Black Gay author. Noble Lord of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated


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