In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology

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Cultural Writing. Fiction. Poetry. Essays. African American Studies. Gay & Lesbian Studies. In IN THE LIFE, 29 black authors explore what it means to be doubly different--both black and gay--in modern America. These stories, verses, works of art and theater pieces voice the concerns and aspirations of an often silent minority. They can be poignant, erotic, resolute, or angry, but always reflect the affirming power of coming together to build a strong black gay community. In the introduction to the original ...
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Cultural Writing. Fiction. Poetry. Essays. African American Studies. Gay & Lesbian Studies. In IN THE LIFE, 29 black authors explore what it means to be doubly different--both black and gay--in modern America. These stories, verses, works of art and theater pieces voice the concerns and aspirations of an often silent minority. They can be poignant, erotic, resolute, or angry, but always reflect the affirming power of coming together to build a strong black gay community. In the introduction to the original 1986 edition, editor Joseph Beam wrote, "The bottom line is this: We are Black men who are proudly gay. What we offer is our lives, our love, our visions...We are coming home with our heads held up high." This twentieth anniversary edition includes a new introduction by James Earl Hardy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978625122
  • Publisher: RedBone Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Edition description: RED BONE PRESS
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 585
  • Sales rank: 1,045,621
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

And We Continue to Go the Way Our Blood Beats ... James Earl Hardy Hardy, James Earl

Coming of Age Brad Johnson Johnson, Brad

Stepping Out

The Boy with Beer Melvin Dixon Dixon, Melvin 2

With My Head Held Up High Gilberto Gerald Gerald, Gilberto 14

Cut Off from Among Their People

On Not Being White Reginald Shepherd Shepherd, Reginald 24

Beautiful Blackman Blackberri 35

Don't Turn Your Back on Me Stephan Lee Dais Dais, Stephan Lee 37

Cut Off from Among Their People Craig G. Harris Harris, Craig G. 40

Creating Community

Why a Black Gay Church? James S. Tinney Tinney, James S. 46

A Light That Failed James Charles Roberts Roberts, James Charles 62

Sister Lesbos Donald W. Woods Woods, Donald W. 68

Brother/father/lover/son

Isn't It Funny Essex Hemphill Hemphill, Essex 70

Better Days Essex Hemphill Hemphill, Essex 72

Cordon Negro Essex Hemphill Hemphill, Essex 74

Discharge USN '63 Oye Apeji Ajanaku Ajanaku, Oye Apeji 76

Protest Poem Brad Johnson Johnson, Brad 78

The Buddy System Brad Johnson Johnson, Brad 79

Getting Your Rocks Off Melvin Dixon Dixon, Melvin 81

Serious Moonlight Essex Hemphill Hemphill, Essex 82

Subway Trilogy Donald W. Woods Woods, Donald W. 84

19 a poem about Kenny / portrait of a hard rock Jerry Thompson Thompson, Jerry 87

I Want to Love You Craig A. Reynolds Reynolds, Craig A. 89

The Hitter Brad Johnson Johnson, Brad 91

Weekend Plans Craig G. Harris Harris, Craig G. 92

Etymology: A Father's Gift Melvin Dixon Dixon, Melvin 100

A Father's Need; A Parent's Desire A. Billy S. Jones Jones, A. Billy S. 101

When I Stopped Kissing My Father Philip Robinson Robinson, Philip 109

Color Him Father: An Interview JosephBeam Beam, Joseph 110

A Poem for Eric Donald W. Woods Woods, Donald W. 114

Speaking for Ourselves

Emmett's Story: Russell County, Alabama Joseph Beam Beam, Joseph 116

Blackberri: Singing for Our Lives Bernard Branner Branner, Bernard 125

Samuel R. Delany: The Possibility of Possibilities Samuel R. Delany and Joseph Beam 139

Bruce Nugent: Bohemian of the Harlem Renaissance Charles Michael Smith Smith, Charles Michael 162

Stepping into Tomorrow ...

For My Own Protection Essex Hemphill Hemphill, Essex 174

By the Year 2000 Max C. Smith Smith, Max C. 175

Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart Joseph Beam Beam, Joseph 180

Risin' to the Love We Need Assotto Saint Saint, Assotto 192

Contributors' Biographies 199

Resource Listing 205

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