Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative invites you to mark your calendar for several of their upcoming events. They will be having a special Valentine’s Day Party on February 14, 2011 as well as a Mr. and Mrs. Black Gay Pride Pageant and SLJ Dance Competition on April 24, 2011. Smoke, Lilies and Jade will also be participating in the annual A.W.A.R.D. (Artists With Audiences Responding to Dance) Show in Philadelphia on May 19-21, 2011. The mission of Smoke, Lilies and Jade is to tell the stories of the HIV+ African-Americans, many of whom are gay, lesbian, and bisexual. By bringing these lives out into the open on stage in all their complexity, they promote understanding, unity, and an increased sense of pride while exposing African-Americans and the larger community to the brothers and sisters they have kept hidden.