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Evidence of being : the black gay cultural renaissance and the politics of violence

Author: Darius Bost
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evidence of Being opens on a grim scene: Washington DC's gay black community in the 1980s, ravaged by AIDS, the crack epidemic, and a series of unsolved murders, seemingly abandoned by the government and mainstream culture. Yet in this darkest of moments, a new vision of community and hope managed to emerge. Darius Bost's account of the media, poetry, and performance of this time and place reveals a stunning  Read more...
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Named Person: Essex Hemphill; Melvin Dixon; Essex Hemphill
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darius Bost
ISBN: 9780226589794 022658979X 9780226589824 022658982X
OCLC Number: 1028903800
Description: 181 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: On black gay being --
The contradictions of grief: violence and value in Blacklight magazine --
Loneliness: black gay longing in the work of Essex Hemphill --
Postmortem politics: the other countries collective and black gay mourning --
The future is very uncertain black gay self-making in Melvin Dixon's diaries --
Epilogue: Afterimage.
Other Titles: Black gay cultural renaissance and the politics of violence
Responsibility: Darius Bost.

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An history of the mostly ignored African American gay community in DC in the 1980s and its art and activism.  Read more...

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"Recommended. . . Bost analyzes a renaissance of writing that sparked in these years [1978-1995] a second Harlem Renaissance, although one whose contributors were more openly gay. . . . They wrote to Read more...

 
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