Today, April 16, is the birthday of Mr. Essex Hemphill–the groundbreaking and iconic openly gay African-American author, poet and performance artist.  He would’ve been 59.

     I was fortunate to call Essex a dear friend.  So, in celebration of his  extraordinary life and awesome talent, I’m re-running one of my tributes to him.

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