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Freedom in This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
What many folks fail to recognize is the lack of 'African-American' men and women in the GLBT community. Well, that has finally been done with now that this fine compilation has been released. Composed of the finest black gay mens writing from the past 25 years, 'Freedom in This Village' includes some of the best short stories, essays and poems ranging from the sinewy sweet to the angry to the uplifting and the downtrodden. A wonderful collection of writing and a wonderful monument to gay black men everywhere who are marginalized and pushed aside.
Just started reading it (smile) but felt compelled to write the following...If you are a lover of Black Gay Male Literature then this is the book to purchase. Freedom In This Village: Twenty-Five Years of Black Gay Men's Writing edited and and with an introudction by E. Lynn Harris. I happened (smile) to be coming from The Abbey during my time home in Los Angeles last week when I passed A Different Light Bookstore. I went in and displayed prominently was this book and of course, I had to have it, and so I bought it, and anticipated reading it once I completed 'The Last Dream Before Dawn.' I started reading this book last night on the 2 train (New York City) and while I was reading 'About The Contributors' a combination of anger and sadness came over me and one that at this time I cannot capture but it was more to the fact that we need books that celebrate us...Black Gay Men I was saddened by the number of men who died of AIDS related illnesses and was like what are we doing, what am I doing, to honor these men who made it possible for me to be one that to some degree has a bit more 'freedom in the village' than they did. As I was looking through the 'Table of Contents' I saw some familiar names and new names that I look forward to reading. We need or rather I feel we need books like this on the regular as there are so many voices as one is not merely enough and also cannot tell all our stories. I implore you, each of you, to rise and have your voices heard and if you are a lover of Black Gay Male Literature then by all means purchase this book if not for you then for someone else. With that said, I have some reading to do (smile)...