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 [...]

16 04, 2016

Essex Hemphill:  The Force Remains With Us

By |2016-04-16T09:00:43-04:00April 16th, 2016|Categories: blog|Tags: |0 Comments

     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.     Visit:  death-claims-a-phenom-way-too-soon-a-tribute-to-essex-hemphill

28 04, 2015

Death Claims A Phenom Way Too Soon: A Tribute To Essex Hemphill

By |2015-04-28T17:31:25-04:00April 28th, 2015|Categories: blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

     This month, Essex Hemphill—the openly gay, African-American poet and author—would’ve turned 58.  Truly groundbreaking, Mr. Hemphill blazed the way for talents including James Earl Hardy, E. Lynn Harris…and myself.       I cannot allow the month of April to fade away before I pay homage to this gifted artist—who certainly was before his time.  Therefore, I’m reprinting my Huffington Post tribute, [...]

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