Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Saturday, August 02, 2008

    I rarely respond to my comments. People have a right to say what they want and after three years of my blog I have learned to not take things personal. But, this comment yesterday from a member of the Board of Directors at the deeply dysfunctional P.O.C.C. wore my spirit:

    "THIS IS NOT TRUE - ONLY THE BLACK OUT ARTS FESTIVAL WAS CANCELLED ALL OF THE OTHER EVENTS ARE STILL HAPPENING- THIS IS THE PROBLEM IN THE BLACK GAY COMMUNITY TOO MUCH GOSSIP AND RIDICULOUS BEHAIVOR WITHOUT ANY FACT CHECKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS ACTUALLY TRUE--DID IT EVEN OCCUR TO ANY WHO WROTE THIS TO ACTUALLY CHECK AND MAKE SURE THAT ANY OF THIS WAS ACTUALLY THE CASE??? PRIDE IN THE CITY IS HAPPENING- JUST NOT ONE SECTION OF IT. IF YOU ARE GOING TO SPREAD THIS KIND OF STUFF PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS CORRECT.

    DAVID WATKINS
    CHAIRMAN
    BOARD OF DIRECTORS, POCC"

    First, I'm not sure if Mr. Watkins read my post yesterday, but since he wants to rant on facts, what I said was "allegedly" and most importantly, "From what I've heard 'most' of the other events will also be canceled." I didn't say all, I said most. When someone writes allegedly -- never mind, since this is from a board member I will assume he can digest a self-explanatory comment.

    Furthermore, it's troubling P.O.C.C. would come to my site, identify me as "ridiculous behavior" and chalk it up to the "problem in the black gay community". Especially, when I was one of the people participating in their canceled event.

    P.O.C.C. approached me to be part of a round table discussion and I said yes. They cancel it, I mention it on my site
    (using words like "allegedly" and "most" -- barely touching on their current circumstances, unlike other web sites) with bigger commentary on "Is Black Pride Still Relevant?". Now, someone from the board wants to "correct" me as if I am one of their employees?

    When I was told "most" events were canceled it was by someone at P.O.C.C. The same person who asked me to participate in the Blackout Arts Festival. It wasn't "gossip" -- obviously, they contacted me because my name and picture was on the email flier. So, what fact-checking should I do at P.O.C.C.? Considering all the allegations, potential charges, and what some are claiming to be downright criminal activity -- I don't think P.O.C.C. is the greatest place to double-check "facts".

    Lastly, let's be clear... the only Pride in the City event that wasn't canceled was t
    he Family Day Picnic in Commodore Barry Park. EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST CLUBS... is that your example of Pride in the City not being canceled? The same clubs that are open every weekend or a few times a month and charge people an extra $20.00?

    David Watkins should worry more about the tragic goings at P.O.C.C. then commenting on web sites. It would've been respectful to send an email directly to me if he had questions about what I wrote, but this makes sense -- P.O.C.C. can't even properly terminate someone without it being a big hoopla.

    Let's hope that P.O.C.C. doesn't forget the message. According to the Washington Post, HIV/AIDS: "Steepest Rise Is in Black Males Ages 13 to 24".

    I have done nothing but support P.O.C.C. If this is the way a board member behaves on a web site, I can only imagine how they act in their own organization.

    You must check out Rod 2.0's coverage of the P.O.C.C. saga. His headline reads, "Dismissal, Lawsuit and Investigations Prompt Cancellation of NYC Black Pride."

    UPDATE: The Family Day Picnic in Commodore Barry Park is canceled. Like Milli Vanilli, "Blame It On The Rain". The legendary Fred Pierce said in a recent email blast, "Hey! Let’s blame it on the rain. Yeah, that’s it. Let Mother Nature take the blame for their inefficiencies. But alas, the rain has subsided, the sun is shining and now would be the time that folks would be heading out to Commodore Barry Park anyway. We all know if we organized an event correctly, rain or shine, we would be there. So a rain-out excuse is not going to stick here."

    There have been endless pride events that have endured the rain. If that was the barometer for pride events there would never be pride events.

    After hearing about this cancellation it makes the comment from David Watkins seem even more absurd and offensive.

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