Atlanta: The 10th Annual Pure Heat Community Festival Brings Politics, Pride And Passion (Photographs)

Atlanta Black Pride Weekend, the country’s leading Black LGBTQ+ annual pride celebration held for its 10th annual Pure Heat Community Festival.

The event included special honorees: Kandi Burruss, Jussie Smollett, Joseline Hernandez, Natalie Nunn and Stasha Sanchez.

The festival included performances by Dyllon Burnside, Blueface and Chrisean Rock, Jhonni Blaze, Damez, Juiicy 2X, Aaron Thomas Gary Lavard, Neyzus, and more.

Hosted by, Bishop O.C. Allen, Rashad Burgess, Melissa Scott, Julius James, Cadillac, Big Daddy, Hypeman Bizzy and Victor Jackson; Notable VIP’s and influencers included: Zeus Network CEO, Lemuel Plummer, Bobby Lytes, Ballistic Beats, Miss Lawrence, Thomas Mackey, Stacey Abrams and more.

The 10th annual Pure Heat Community Festival, known as a free “day of unity,” is a cultural event that includes 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.

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2022 honorees included Joseline Hernandez (“Joseline’s Cabaret”), Kandi Burruss (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”) and Jussie Smollett (“B-Boy Blues”).

Burruss received the annual Humanitarian award; Natalie Nunn (“BADDIES SOUTH”) received the all-new Pioneer award; Stasha Sanchez (“Legendary”) received the annual ICON award. Hernandez received a Trailblazer award; Smollett received the first-ever Alvin Ailey Trailblazer Award.

Visit to keep up with future events and happenings. A portion of proceeds from the weekend’s festivities will benefit homeless LGBTQ+ youth and those infected/affected with HIV/AIDS via The Vision Community Foundation.

Photo Credit: 1) Adams. 2) Jussie Smollett. 3) . ATLPics/Prince Williams and Freddy O. 3) Melissa Scott and Natalie Nunn. 4) Joseline Hernandez. 5) Rashad Burgess and OC Allen 6) Dyllon Burnside. 7) PAW. 8) Khandie Burruss. 9) Bobby Lytes Cadillac Bizzy and Natalie Nunn.

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