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Money sucks, but Black Pride doesn’t have to. Lez run down the events, shall we?

I am whole heartedly committed to looking as good as I feel. Judging from the trends on my favorite femme-centric tumblrs pages, I am not alone in this commitment. But honestly, between cleverly placed rhinestone adornments and essential coco butter waxes, it can get pricey proving black indeed never cracks.

So this Pride, I’ve once again taken to my networks to see who is serving social realness for the kids for $10 or less. See below for my thrifty grrl guide to Black Pride 2015.

Tuesday, May 19

Cover: Free (And happy Hour Drinks until 7 p.m.)
Location: Beacon Bar and Grill
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Details: You’re favorite queer women’s happy hour has returned just in time to kick-off the pride season in D.C.
What to wear: Work clothes and/or yuppy drag because #TGIT.

Wednesday, May 20

Popcorn and Queers Film Screening: A Litany for Survival- The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Cover: $10
Location: GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010
Time: 7 p.m.
Details: Join Makers Lab & Fatback Films for a screening of A Litany For Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde. The film will be followed by a moderated Q&A with the film’s co-director Michelle Parkerson.
What to wear: “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” tee and a mini something.

Thursday, May 21

“Unleashed” Happy Hour
Cover: Free before 8 p.m., $5 after
Location: Midtown  1219 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Time: 7 p.m. – midnight
Details: Black Pride Kick-Off Party with music by DJ MIM
What to wear: Day to nightwear and a purse that can hold a pair of emergency flats.

Friday, May 22

The Holisti Happy Hour
Cover: None ($5 suggested donation)
Location: Impact Hub 419 7th St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20004
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Details: Raw Food, kombucha, fresh juices, organic wine discounted mini Intuitive, tarot, and astrological readings, reiki sessions, and an amazing Holisti-Ratchet dance party!
What to wear: Time to break out the Mother Africa earrings.

“Pride Code”
Cover: $10 advance

Location: Vita Lounge 1318 9th st. NW
Time: 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Details: Music by DJ Jazzy Joyce and DJ Daisy Dukes
What to wear: Anything that won’t hinder singing or twerking along to every Fetty Wap song.

Saturday, May 23

Cover: Free
Location: Flava Lounge DC, 618 T St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Time: 10 p.m.
Details: A party in celebration of DC Black Pride:: May the turn up commence with DJs kryptk and kristen monae
What to wear: Conservative – meaning a short and backless mini dress.

Dancehall Pride
Cover: $5
Location: Phase 1, 525 8th St SE, Washington, D.C.
Time: 9 p.m.
Details: Dancehall comes to Phase One in celebration of Black Pride Weekend! DJ EGO spinning Dancehall, Soca and Reggae tunes all night.
What to wear: Pasties. Okay fine…another short and backless mini dress.

Sunday, May 24

DC Pride Closeout
Cover: $10
Location: Capitale 1301 K St. NW Washington D.C.
Time: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Details: “The Finale” Day Party Music by DJ Kidd Swag
What to wear: Cleavage or bleavage…your choice.

Rock Steady: Maker’s Lab Celebrates Black Pride
Cover: Cover: $10
Location: Tropicalia, 2001 14th St, NW, Lower Level
Time: 4 – 8 p.m.
Details: A dance journey through sound. DJ Lady Ryan will be on the 1s and 2s, live drumming by Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee and of course THERE WILL BE BUTTONS!!!
What to wear: Dress to break the dancefloor.