Book Club for Black SGL Men

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Which non-fiction book would you want read for the month of March?

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  1. Torn (Justin Lee)

    2 vote(s)
    13.3%
  2. Sexuality and the Black Church (Kelly B. Douglas)

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  3. Words Never Spoken / One Thing for Certain, Two Things for Sure (Craig Stewart)

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    40.0%
  4. The Mis-Education Against Homosexuality in the Bible (Rev. Gregory R. Smith)

    10 vote(s)
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  5. Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (E. Patrick Johnson)

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  1. scooter

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    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!

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    This is a pretty cool topic. I have been meaning to get back into my reading. This was one of the books recommended on a list for me. I am not a big fiction fan. I mostly prefer auto/biographies. But I checked out the link. It seems pretty good. The price was cheap. Thanks for sharing.

    Side Note* Love the Obama gif. Every time you post a vid-I watch that for a few second before I move on. Lol.
     
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    Glad you found the book interesting feel free to post a book that you're reading or intend to read.
     
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    "The Mis-Education Against Homosexuality in the Bible". It's from the prospective of a black SGL pastor, Rev. Gregory R. Smith. He talks about the ignorance of the church and it's wrong interpretations of the scriptures. I only find this topic interesting because I grew up in the church. Particularly, PENTECOSTAL-tongue talking, foot stomping, doing back flips churches. The worst of the worst. So, any subject matter like this will always peak my interest. I no longer am apart of the church anymore. However, I still love reading about it.

    Question. Do you prefer ebooks or hardback covers. My sister is trying to get me into Kindle and all of that stuff. But, I want to hold the book in my hands, read pages and flip them over. Know what I mean? Lol.
     
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    It's hard for me to find good books on this topic, but I'm looking at reading these two:
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    Wanted to read to book before I watched the movie version..

    I also actually have this book about the gay vs Christian debate @grownman ...heard it was good, if I like it I'll let you know.
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    Based on what I know about you. I think E. Lynn Harris books would appeal to you. Matter of fact both of these would. I should have read Black bird before I watched the film. I usually do it that way.
     
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    Thanks I'll give them a try.
     
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    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.
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    Here's a great collection of work from one of the first black gay writers who said whatever the hell he wanted to say.
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    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.

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    So y'all wanna find/agree on a book and talk about it soon?!
     
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    I'm ok with that if everyone else is. Looking good in that vest & tie btw! ;)
     
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    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.

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    Dwayne Vernon is a great black gay erotic author I met him in person in B-more thru another black gay author we can keep that in the running.
     
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    I'm for it. Scooter what about you?
     
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    I think Torn seems like it would be a great read as well. We'll keep that in the top 3 as a choice.
     
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    @Jdudre might be interested too??
     
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    So, I am thinking that whatever we decide should be a comprise of all these elements.
    Erotic, spiritual, naiveté love, and sgl roots ?
     
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    Sounds like a plan. And thanks @cypher21 ! I try to switch it up sometimes lolol
     
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    U would call him an erotic author? He does have some nasty ass scenes but he seems to align and develop his characters more so through non-erotic narratives.
     
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    That's a tall order, erotic and spiritual lol any suggestions anyone?? I'm practically new to the genre.
     
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    Lol. It's just a thought man. Lol.
     
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    If you want to read something with all the above we can always look at Craig Stewart's work Words Never Spoken, One Thing for Certain Two Things for Sure it encompasses all that you've described from a biography standpoint.

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    As long as it aint E. Lynn Harris... He's lowkey overread... What about some James Baldwin?!?! I ain't read Giovanni's Room yet. That's like a sin if you a gay black dude in America
     
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    That sounds interesting!
    Yes! I have Giovanni's Room right now!! lol if that's an option. Maybe we could do one fiction and one nonfiction?
     
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    I'm all for Giovanni's Room I have a hard copy that I am ashamed to say I haven't read as a Black Queer Studies major :( so I believe we can all agree that we should at least pay homage to James Baldwin, and his activism for the black community as well as the SGL community. As for nonfiction I can put up a poll and we can follow up in 2 weeks to see how the poll went and make our determination for non-fiction. I'll put up at least 5 books and if you can get ppl to weight in on the poll.
     
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    Okay that's fine with me...kinda excited about this..never been in a book club before lol :nerd:
     
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    I loved Giovanni's Room. Huge Baldwin fan. I am always going to respect E. Lynn because
    "Invisible Life" helped me come to terms with my sexuality. So, I got mad respect for him.
     
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    Thanks for letting me know about this thread
     
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    Oh yes! I give it you, definitely gotta have respect for E (rest his soul). I just think that his legacy in popular black gay fiction casts a big shadow on some other writers, even those his work remains in conversation with which is another kind of oddity. He really did some great work.

    So we reading Giovanni's Room first then? Looking forward to the nonfiction readings, that sounds dope af! I've never had something like this before real talk. Class readings/discussions are so regimented, expedited, and over-tasked that there's no way to actually enter the text. I'm really looking forward to this fellas!

    So if we reading Baldwin, we gotta read Samuel Delany too right?! lbs
     
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    I'm not familiar with his work.
     
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    Chy says that he is not familiar with him.
     
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    I don't get me wrong I don't mind if we read him I'm just curious cause I've never heard of him..sorry...
     
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    I have a few questions
    How long do we have to read ?
    Does it have to revolve around black gay experience in someway ?
     
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    Hello, well for James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room We can discuss it on Tues., Feb. 20th, 2015 (tentative date) that way we can give people a chance to read most of the book. So if you can order it now or check it out at your local library.
     
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    I think this book is gonna open up many of our same gender loving men n women eyes about the church n other things I can not wait to read this
     
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    Yeah Gios Room for now, then a non fiction
     
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