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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Its that time again!!! Blatino Oasis is back!!!

Last year PinkMafiaRadio was proud to bring you coverage of the first annual Blatino Oasis in Palm Springs, CA. This years event looks like it will be bigger and better!

The fact that Palm Springs is a gay vacation hot spot is no secret to many people in California . However, upon closer observation, when you think about the big gay events produced in Palm Springs such as the Spring Break White Party or the Dinah Shore women’s weekend, particularly if you are a person of color, you quickly notice that these events are attended mostly by the white gay community.

Since 2007, event promoter Joe Hawkins has been working to change the perception that Palm Springs is just a getaway for white people. Joe is the producer of Blatino Oasis, a weekend event “targeting men of African and Latin descent and their friends.” Mr. Hawkins says that he wants to bring Black & Latino gay men to the desert to help diversify the kinds of people who choose Palm Springs as a vacation destination.

“Until our first event last year, most gay men of color never really thought of Palm Springs as a getaway destination, especially not men of African descent. Most African American LGBT people tend to go to travel destinations where there are large populations of black LGBT people such as Atlanta , New York , Miami , or Washington D.C. They now know that Palm Springs is a beautiful, extremely gay friendly vacation destination, just a few hours from Los Angeles. Last year we awarded porn star and GAYVN hall of famer Tiger Tyson and men attended from all over the nation and they loved it!” Hawkins said.

Set to take place May 9-12, Blatino Oasis, Palm Springs , has already become one of “The Place To Be” destinations for men of color. “I am really excited about this year because last year, we only had four months to get the attention of the hundreds of men who attended Blatino Oasis. We expect the number of attendees to triple since we have had almost a year to promote the event this time.” Joe said.

Erotica is the central theme of the event and features the Blatino Erotica Awards Ceremony held at the Helios Resort. Last year’s host of the 1st Annual Blatino Erotica Awards was MTV Real World Reality star Karamo. This year, out gay former professional basketball player, Out 100 honoree, and star of the new upcoming MTV Logo reality series “Rockdogs,” Demarco Majors will host the awards ceremony at Blatino Oasis Palm Springs for 2008.

Author James Earl Hardy (Bboy Blues) will present his new collection of gay erotic stories. Larry Cross will present his new coffee table book of nudes “Vibrant Energy: Black Men Revealed” and will be joined by London based photographer Ajamu X, who is also featured in the book. Also, 2007 Blatino Erotica Honoree "Belasco" will be showcasing his latest erotic artwork at the Desert Moon on Saturday at 2pm.

The event also has an impressive lineup of the hottest west coast dj’s to include San Francisco ’s David Harness (End Up), L.A. ’s Chris Johnson (Catch One Disco), and Hollywood ’s Angel C (Circus Disco). “I am so excited about having this lineup of dj talent. Our party’s will happen at the Helios & Canyon Club and there will also be a free party at Hunter’s Nightclub on Arenas from 9pm -2am on Saturday, May 10.” Hawkins said.

In addition to encouraging men of color to step out of their travel comfort zones, Hawkins said that Blatino Oasis is also an attempt to de-stigmatize homosexuality and bisexuality in the gay men of color community and to provide them with an opportunity to release, relax, and rejuvenate. The event even has a director of relaxation services.

“I don’t believe that we honor sex as the gift that it is in our lives. We have been taught that homosexuality is wrong and this directly affects our mental and biological health. Blatino Oasis is a sexy event that empowers our community to celebrate sex and our sexuality in a way that promotes self and group acceptance, yet doesn’t compromise individual or group health.” Hawkins said.

The Blatino Erotica Awards ceremony will be held at the Helios Resort. The Saturday Helios event will also feature a swimwear and underwear poolside fashion show sponsored by RUFSKIN Denim and hosted by model Royce and actor Kairon John (Noah's Arc & CSI Miami) and star of the upcoming Maurice Jamal TV series Ski-Trip: Friends & Lovers. There will also be parties at the Canyon Club Hotel sponsored by

Blatino Erotica Award Winners for 2008 include: NYC based porn director Enrique Cruz, Porn stars Marc Williams, Sebastion Rio, Mario Cruz and Castro a.k.a Supreme, NYC sex party organizer Lidell Jackson, adult websites &, FlavaMen Magazine, and International Erotic Stripper "Redickulous,” and "Best New Cummer” Sean John a.k.a "The Juicy Gigolo." will also be giving away Tiger Tyson dildo replicas as a part of their Tiger Tyson, dildo-a-day weekend give-away promotion at Blatino Oasis.

All men are welcome and Interested individuals can find event info on the organizer’s website at Weekend and day passes can also be purchased online as well.


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