12 02, 2020

Black Gay History IS American History.

By |2020-02-12T11:00:38-05:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

     It’s an indisputable and immutable fact:  Black Gay History IS American History.       February is designated as Black History Month.  In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”        Black History Month reminds us all that each and every American must shine a bright [...]

15 02, 2019

In Celebration of Black History Month

By |2019-02-15T09:55:56-05:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

     Essex Hemphill—the openly gay, African-American poet and author—truly was a force of nature.  Groundbreaking, Mr. Hemphill blazed the way for talents including James Earl Hardy, E. Lynn Harris…and myself.       So, in celebration of Black History Month, I pay homage to this gifted artist—who certainly was before his time.       And left us way too soon.         Despite a relatively short literary career, Hemphill is [...]

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