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“At 28 years old, seven years out of college, I was so convinced that my voice outed me as a fag that I had stopped speaking to people I didn’t know. The silence left a mark, threw my whole body into a slouch, with a concave chest, as if trying to absorb impact. I’d spent seven years in an all-boys school: 2,000 adolescents in the same khaki uniforms striking hunting poses, stalking lunchrooms, classrooms, changing rooms, looking for boys who didn’t fit in. I bought myself protection by cursing, locking my lisp behind gritted teeth, folding away my limp wrist and drawing 36-double-D girls for art class. I took a copy of Penthouse to school to score cool points, but the other boys called me ‘batty boy’ anyway — every day, five days a week. To save my older, cooler brother, I pretended we weren’t related.”
Gay Jamaican Novelist Marlon James Wins the 2015 Man Book Prize
Every time I read about experiences like those of Marlon James it reminds me that as unpleasant as my experiences was growing up as a black gay man in the USA. We have it far worse in majority black countries like in the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. It also makes me think of how many smart and talented people these societies waste and the lost human potential because of their superstitions and backwards prejudices.
Marlon James’ New Fantasy Trilogy Is Inspired By ‘LOTR’ And African Epics
Fantasy and sci-fi stories take place in faraway lands or alternate universes, but they still suffer from the same failures of representation as many 21st-century Hollywood films. Whether the setting is Middle Earth or Winterfell, almost everyone is white.
An upcoming trilogy by author Marlon James will bring some much-needed diversity to the fantasy genre.
The Dark Star Trilogy by James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, is billed as the “African ‘Game of Thrones.’” The bookswill follow three characters ― the Tracker, the Moon Witch and the Boy ― as they decipher what went wrong in a search for a missing child.
The main characters are three of eight mercenaries who were hired by a slave trader to track down a kidnapped kid. The book takes place nine years after that fact, when five of the mercenaries as well as the missing child are dead ― and seeks to put together the missing pieces using not-quite-reliable witness testimony. Expect mer-creatures, underworld darkness, magical techniques, a mysterious dwarf race and far more unadulterated geekery.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, James explained how his frustration with the lack of characters of color in existing fantasy books led him to create his own.
“Originally it came from a fight that I had with somebody. I think it was when they announced the casting for ‘The Hobbit,’” James recalled. “I remember saying, ‘You know, if an Asian or a black hobbit came out of the Shire, nobody would have cared. We would have just moved on.’ And my friend said, ‘Well, Lord of the Rings is all this British and Celtic mythology.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know ... Lord of the Rings isn’t real.’ It just turned into one of these arguments we have about diversity and inclusion.”
The writer summed up his stance in Man of the World magazine: “I realized how sick and tired I was of arguing about whether there should be a black hobbit in Lord of the Rings.”
The works that helped shaped James’ trilogy are a multifarious spread, ranging from Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber to Marvel’s “Luke Cage,” Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea to the paintings of Salvador Dalí. Yet James was particularly influenced by African epics like The Epic of Son-Jara and The Epic of Askia Mohammed, created around the same time as Beowulf.
“It made me start to think about the fantastic African epic traditions — some of the stories I grew up with, like ‘Anansi the Spider,’” James told EW.
“I just realized that there’s this huge pool of fantastic stories to draw from. It’s sort of like my being a scholar of African history and mythology, and my being a total sci-fi/fantasy geek who rereads things like The Mists of Avalon, they just sort of came together.”
James is aiming to finish the books by the end of 2017, in time for a Fall 2018 release. At that point, 12-year-old sci-fi-heads and avid literature fans can finally join together and “geek the fuck out.”
Marlon James' New Fantasy Trilogy Is Inspired By 'LOTR' And African Epics | The Huffington Post
- Thread: Book Club for Black SGL Men
Building on what you just stated I think Kelly B. Douglas Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective is also a great book that speaks to the mis-interpretation of biblical scriptures when it comes to sexuality in the church. Btw I do both e-book and hard copy, but I lean more towards e-books.
"I'm young and pretty and I represent the youth in America and speak to them in a way no one can at this time. I AM the American Idol, bytch and I like to Cliiiimb and FLY through the sky, bytch. And I would look OVAH in the Spider-Man outfit, HUNTY!"
I'm sorry, but soon as I read his statement, I heard the "Gay Voice" smh. LOL!
I would be a waterbender! It's my favorite bending style from the series simply due to its versatility and OPness!
You can freeze people and objects:
Heal the Sick:
Annndddd...Need I even mention Bloodbending?
Id choose invisible time travel. Im obsessed w how ppl lived decades and centuries ago. Id love to see it, but I choose the invisibility cus I aint trying to be put to work in 1820 Alabama.
- Thread: Book Club for Black SGL Men
"Invisible Life" helped me come to terms with my sexuality. So, I got mad respect for him.
- Thread: Book Club for Black SGL Men
Love this thread! Good shit @scooter !!
This book used to be one of my favorite popular fiction novels. It's sequel "Deception, Lies, & the Truth" wasn't all that great, but it does keep the narrative going and wraps up some of the plot lines.
Here's a great collection of work from one of the first black gay writers who said whatever the hell he wanted to say.
I enjoy novels, but to be honest I feel that some of the most daring work in African American and American literature comes from black gay poets. Yet, poets don't get the same kind of engagement and readership as novelists, for a whole host of reasons... So here's a full length collection ([Insert] Boy) and chapbook (Black Movie) of contemporary poetry written by my boy Danez.
So y'all wanna find/agree on a book and talk about it soon?!
Well, the only non-heteronormative black gay fiction that I've read all fell under the erotic fiction category. They were usually about a gay guy who was supposedly straight until he started noticing guys for the first time. So I guess from the "Top Whore" perspective.
There was also a mystery/thriller novel that I reviewed for the site years ago called The Messiah.
CYPHER AVENUE ESSENTIALS: The Messiah – A Novel by Lee Hayes
Synopsis: Struggling to revive his stalling career, investigative reporter Dante Graves works to break the case of the Messiah serial killer, teaming up with the murderer’s only known survivor, and discovers clues leading to his own lover, a respected doctor.
Black Mask Studios had a successful campaign raising over $95k earlier this year to help create their new comic Black. From their website Black is described as X-Men meets The Wire. They do on further to state:
“In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers? After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.”
Reviews so far have been positive:
“A young black person gets shot by police. This time, he gets up, discovering that he’s more powerful than he ever could have imagined. In a time when the African-American community’s fraught relationship with the police is making headlines across the world, BLACK is shaping up to be a superhero comic ripped right out of some of modern America’s biggest social issues.”
“BLACK follows Kareem Jenkins, a young black teenager who gets racially profiled and gunned down by police only to discover that he is one of many black people with superpowers.”
“A story like BLACK is still important, and necessary… It may attract one demographic more than others, but it parallels current events – so it is a universal story.”
The Washington Post
“There is, unfortunately, no better time for a comic book like BLACK to be announced and created than right now, because the visual of the young Black man wearing a hoodie and being confronted by the gun(s) of police officers is burned into our collective conscience. It is the image of one of the most prevalent and gross generalizations of our times.”
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- Thread: Preview: Aliens: Defiance #1
Battling demons from her past while fighting for her life, Colonial Marine Private First Class Zula Hendricks, in the company of Weyland-Yutani synthetics, is forced to question her strength and loyalty when the discovery of an insidious alien species on a derelict hauler sends her on a dangerous journey across the stars.
- Thread: Book Club for Black SGL Men
Post a book that is on your reading list this winter or summer. I will start with the one I am reading its titled, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South: An Oral History by E. Patrick Johnson. Its been on my reading list for quite sometime since grad school ended for me. I have picked it up and put it down over the past few months due to prior engagements. However, now that things have calmed down in life just a bit, I am going commit to reading it and its entirety. I am sure it will carry me well into the summer months, but you can read an excerpt of the book by clicking on the hyperlink above if you are trying to decide if want read the book. Peace and respect my brothers!
- Thread: READ COMICS FOR FREE!
I got good news and bad news. I have so many comics I want to catch up on but don’t have the money to pay for them sh!ts. Than the Lordt guided my browser and I found HelloComic.com were you can read comics for FREE. That’s the good news.
The bad news is you gotta deal with some annoying redirecting ads, BUT I think I found a slight trick to avoid most of them. When you click on the page of the comic you want to read, the website will attempt to redirect you to one of their sponsors. It will do this for every 2-3 pages of the comic you're reading, again this will get very annoying (be warned). However as soon as you are finished reading one page and click the arrow to go to the next page, the second that next page looks like it is about to finish loading, click the “X” button on your web browser bar to stop the page from fully loading.This will also stop the site from redirecting you to the ad. It doesn't work all the time but does work most of the time (for me).
Man I been reading comics all night AND I got to keep my money in my pocket. They have a HUGH selection of comics from all the publishing companies.
So comic readers, if you just want the story and don't care about having the actual comic in your hands, this might work for you.