And the category is U-N-I-T-Y!

Thousands gathered this past Sunday afternoon in Atlanta’s historic Piedmont Park for the 8th Annual Pure Heat Community Festival during Black Pride Weekend.

The free cultural event also known as a “day of unity” is designed to bring together the spirit of the community, pride and vision. This year’s highlights included an appearance by triple threat performer, entrepreneur and transgender advocate Angelica Ross. She received the “Trailblazing Award” and was recognized for her role as Candy on the uberly popular FX series Pose. Songbird Tweet was also honored with the “Legacy Award” for her outstanding contributions to music and pop culture.

Stacy Abrams made her festival debut with empowering words for the LGBTQI++ community as part of her “Fair Fight 2020” campaign. 

Other notables included Crystal Fox from Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, Jack Mizrahi from Pose, reality star and noted hair stylist Derek J and dance choreographer Sean Bankhead.

“The Pure Heat Community Festival is honored that the city of Atlanta welcomed us back for an 8th year. It is our goal to create a safe, fun, family environment for all. We take pride in honoring trailblazers like Angelica Ross and Tweet.” says The Vision Community Foundation deputy director, Avian Watson.

Previous festival honorees include entertainers K. Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Brandy, Kelly Price, Ray J, Monica, Tiny and more. The annual hair battle, j-sette competition, gospel choir, house-music DJ and fashion show are set to return all live from the main-stage.

PHOTO CREDITS: Pure Heat Community Festival