2018 Pure Heat Community Festival
On Sunday, September 2nd, Atlanta’s Piedmont Park welcomed the 7th Pure Heat Community Festival; also known as a free “day of unity.” This year’s festival included special award presentations to singer/actor and entrepreneur Ray J Norwood (Humanitarian Award), V103 Atlanta host, Miss Sophia (Legacy Award), singer/actress Demetria McKinney (Humanitarian Award) and rapper/TV Personality, Milan Christopher(IMPACT Award). The free cultural event is equipped with market and food vendors, live celebrity and local performers, entertainment, educational forums, prizes & giveaways – all designed to bring together the spirit of community, pride, and vision. In partnership with The Vision Community Foundation, a portion of proceeds from the weekend’s festivities are used to benefit homeless LGBT youth and those infected/affected with HIV/AIDS.
Hosted by Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, Rashad Burgess and Melissa “DJ M” Scott, the Pure Heat Community Festival is a front seat into a spectacular gathering of minority LGBTQ people and their allies in the heart of Atlanta. The 2018 festival featured live performances by Bre-Z (“Empire”), Akbar V, D Woods and Shanell, Estelita, Trent Crews and more. 2017 festival honoree actress Amiyah Scott returned to encourage fans to tune-into “Star” season 3 on Fox. Additional notable VIP’s in attendance included Princess Love Norwood, Melody Love Norwood, Sonja Norwood, Dr. Heavenly, Shekinah Anderson, Kore Stacks, Trinity Kardashian-Bonet and more.