20  JAN K.A. Simpson 

On the dawn of July 2020, as the threat of the novel coronavirus became increasingly plain in the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky region, the staff of BlackOut Cincinnati went home and never returned to our office. The final editing, fact-checking, and other work slowed down and we were not able to provide the amount of content that needed to be ushered in to our immediate society. 

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Needless to say, the later part of 2020 saw an abundant amount of news and though, as of this writing, our editorial staff has put out a limited amount of content, we would like to thank all of our loyal readers who have been in constant support of our efforts throughout 2020 and hope to continue earning your loyalty now and beyond. 


January 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of our inaugural post, "Time to See Clearly Now...It's 2020" and we here proud to continue bringing you stories about our community; Cincinnati, Black, gay and everything in-between. 

And its important because, not too long ago, it was unheard of to have Cincinnati's Black queer voice listened to unless we were touting the many injustices inflicted on our community. 


But that's where change comes in. 


We've elected a Black President….change.


We've sworn in our nation's 1st Black vice president, who is a woman….change.


And you are sitting here reading an online publication spearheaded by a gay, Black man...change.


Though I talk of change, I would be remiss if I did not point out that there is alot of change that still needs to happen. 


The number of or men and boys murdered by the hands of police officers….this needs to be changed.


The need to take to the streets to chant loud and hard that Black Lives Matter….this needs to be changed.


And did you see the number of our fellow Americans who voted for Trump to be our president in 2016 AND AGAIN 2020 knowing what kind of a mess he was AND THEN tried to overthrow the government when things didn't turn out their way...this needs to be changed. 


By reading this piece today, you have chosen to be a part of that change because of your mutual passion for the advancement of those who have traditionally been marginalized in our society. Your passion and dedication helps to unite and the energy that you create is what allows our community to thrive.


My great-grandmother passed away in the early 80's and my grandmother passed away in 2010, but if they could see that their great grandson, their grandson was able to openly publish BlackOut Cincinnati, they would say, now that's change!


Learn the real story of a Northern Kentucky runaway slave that served as a premise for a novel, a motion picture, and a national opera. Presented by Kareem Simpson and the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library in 2018. For more information, visit

 03  MAR Staff Report 

 16  AUG Staff Report 

The 34th Annual Old Timers community celebration returned this year, after being cancelled because of the state-wide COVID-19 shut down in 2020. Yet again, current residents, family and friends, and former Eastside residents from as far as Ohio, California, Texas, Florida, and New York converged at Randolph Park in Covington, Kentucky. 

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The park where the annual event was held is named after Dr. James Randolph, an African American physician and community leader. He was the first African American physician to be on the staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington and the first to be a member of the Campbell-Kenton Medical Society. A large percentage of African American children born in Covington between 1922 and 1958 were delivered by Dr. Randolph. 

An active member of St. James A.M.E. Church in Covington, he also served as President of the Kentucky A.M.E. Organization of Lay Members. In 1997, he was posthumously inducted into the Northern Kentucky Leadership Hall of Fame.


Originally, Old Timers Weekend began as a way for graduates of Covington's historically African American high school, Lincoln Grant Highschool, the event this year welcomed close to 2,000 people over the three-day event jam-packed with sports tournaments, information booths, community engagement and a live DJ.