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The ConfessionThe Confession ~ James McGreevey (Author) (Hardcover - September 1, 2006) Other Editions: Audio CD, LARGE PRINT: Paperback ~ After resigning in a gay sex scandal, former Gov. James McGreevey writes a tell-all memoir about his meteoric rise and spectacular fall in politics.
Naming Our Destiny: New and Selected Poems ~ June Jordan (Paperback - Oct 1989) This collection is the definitive anthology of work by Jordan, compiling poetry from nearly 20 years - including over 50 poems published in the U.S. for the first time. Empathetic to all it encounters, her poetry is a deeply personal music sounded in response to universal concerns. She addresses racism, oppression, and dispossession with a call for justice and for sensitivity to our world.
Narratives: Poems in the Tradition of Black Women ~ Cheryl Clarke (Paperback - Jun 1983) A gallery of incisive, specific portraits of black women, whose lives, as June Jordan states, are honestly perceived with a clearly hard-working respect and without affectation. Clarke considers her black, lesbian, and feminist identities to be the filter of her imagination.
Need: A Chorale for Black Women Voices : Pin (Freedom Organizing Series, #6) ~ Audre Lorde (Paperback - April 1991) Poetic response to the murder of 12 black women in Boston that was met with racism, sexism and indifference. The poem challenges both men and women to confront on going realities of violence against women of color. More from the Freedom Organizing Series
No Language Is NeutralNo Language Is Neutral ~ Dionne Brand (Paperback - Oct 24, 1998) Elegiac in tone, these poems by the author of Sans Souci: And Other Stories give full vent to her feelings as a Black Lesbian in a world dominated by white, heterosexual males.
No Name in the StreetNo Name in the Street ~ James Baldwin (Mass Market Paperback - Jan 1, 1986) Other Edition(s): Unknown Binding ~ Vivid personal document of the turbulent sixties and early seventies during which time Baldwin saw the murder of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, went to Europe and Hollywood and returned to the American South to confront a violent America face to face.
Nobody Knows My NameNobody Knows My Name ~ James Baldwin (Paperback - Aug 29, 1991) Other Edition(s): Paperback, Mass Market Paperback ~ Sparkling prose and intelligence illuminate the American consciousness. Literary and social history with immeasurable significance for our society and our hearts. Describes Baldwin's Harlem childhood, makes a startling assessment of Norman Mailer, and looks back with pain at his alienation of Richard Wright.
Notes of a Native Son ~ James Baldwin
Notes of a Native Son ~ James Baldwin (Unknown Binding - 1955) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Paperback, Unknown Binding
Notes of a Native Son ~ James Baldwin (Mass Market Paperback - 1968)
Now Sheba Sings the Song ~ Maya Angelou and Tom Feelings (Hardcover - Aug 10, 1987) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Paperback ~ A new edition of the seamless collaboration between renowned poet Angelou and award-winning illustrator Tom Feelings, combines verse and sepia-toned illustrations in a beautiful paean to Black women. With a deep admiration, it celebrates the extraordinary ordinary women, their beauty, their presence, and their inner strength.
On Call ~ June Jordan (Paperback - Oct 1985) Other Edition(s): Hardcover
On the Pulse of MorningOn the Pulse of Morning ~ Maya Angelou (Paperback - Feb 23, 1993) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Audio Cassette. The inaugural poem the author wrote and read.
Our Dead Behind Us: PoemsOur Dead Behind Us: Poems ~ Audre Lorde (Paperback - Aug 1994) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Paperback ~ A reprint of the classic collection of poetry. In this collection Audre gave us poems that explored differences as creative tensions, and the melding past strength, pain with future hope, fear; the present being the vital catalyst, the motivating force.
Out! to Lead ~ Gideon Ferebee (Paperback - Jul 1994) Ferebee does more than explain and define the historical and current paranoia of our homophobic society as created and perpetuated by the dominant white male infrastructure. Initially, one senses his deep anger and frustration, as an African American homosexual, at a system which essentially aims to eliminate his kind. However, as his ideas unfold, he precisely and logically exposes the blatant and subtle hypocrisies inherent in every stratum of American society.
The Panther & the Lash (Vintage Classics)The Panther & the Lash (Vintage Classics) ~ Langston Hughes (Paperback - Feb 4, 1992)Other Edition(s): Unknown Binding ~ Hughes' last collection of poems explicitly addresses the racial politics of the 1960's. They are a lasting testament of a Great American writer who grappled fearlessly and artfully with most compelling issues of his time.
PERVERSIONS ~ Roy Gonsalves
Piece of My Heart: A Lesbian of Colour Anthology ~ Makeda Silvera (Paperback - Dec 1991) Stories, poetry, essays, interviews and photographs are combined in this anthology of lesbians of color. It is uncompromising in it's honest. At times humorous, angry, confrontational, erotic and celebratory in it's style, the lives of women out an coming out are revealed.
Poems ~ Maya Angelou (Paperback - Sep 1996) Other Edition(s): Paperback ~  The wisdom, rue and humor of her storytelling are borne on a lilting rhythm completely her own, the product of a born writer's senses nourished on black church singing and preaching, soft mother talk, and salty street talk, and on literature. - The New York Times Book Review
Possessing the Secret of Joy ~ Alice Walker (Paperback - Jan 1, 1997) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Mass Market Paperback, Audio Cassette, Unknown Binding ! The story of Tashi Johnson, a tribal African woman who lives much of her adult life in North America. As a young woman, a misguided loyalty to the customs of her people led her to submit to the tsunga's knife and be genitally mutilated (circumcised). Traumatized ~ this experience she spends the rest of her life battling madness, trying desperately through psychoanalysis to regain the ability to recognize her own reality.
A Prescription for Preventing AIDS: Cure the Body Politic of Prejudice (The Politics of Aids, Vol 3)A Prescription for Preventing AIDS: Cure the Body Politic of Prejudice (The Politics of Aids, Vol 3) ~ Neal Arthur Dickerson (Paperback - April 1993) ~ This is volume 3 from a six-volume study. This book contains essays on the price of prevention, the politics of prevention, sex-positive prevention programs, HIV prevention and prophylactics, HIV, adolescents, and AIDS education, gay youth and men, Hispanic and HIV, women and reality, HIV in IVDUs and needle exchange, and African-Americans and HIV.
Presenting...Sister No BluesPresenting...Sister No Blues ~ Hattie Gossett (Paperback - Oct 1988) Other Edition(s): Hardcover ~ A collection of highly spiced writings detailing the downs and ups of a mature Black urban member of the wild wimmins clan as she ekes out a living as a cleaning person, bar waitress, office temp, foiling the unwanted advances and criminal withholdings of landlords, bosses, lovers and others in the urban jungle.
A Queer Kind of Death (Repr ed) (Alyson Classics Library) ~ George Baxt (Paperback - Jul 1998) Other Edition(s): Paperback, Unknown Binding ~ Originally published in 1966, this mystery has become a modern classic, forerunner to a whole slew of whodunnits. A young actor is found dead in his bath, and NYPD Detective Pharoah Love, a black gay man, steps in to quell the intrigue. More Alyson Classics Library.
A Queer Kind of Love: A Pharoah Love Mystery (Stonewall Inn Mysteries)A Queer Kind of Love: A Pharoah Love Mystery (Stonewall Inn Mysteries) ~ George Baxt (Paperback - Aug 1995) Other Edition(s): Hardcover ~ Black gay detective Pharoah Love returns and he's up to his earring in murder! In little Italy someone is murdering members of the Capesi crime family and Vinnie Sasso, Pharoah's friend, suspects its not a simple family matter. On the trail of a killer and a teenage gang of carjackers, Pharoah finds himself in the position of helping a mafioso he would just as soon see behind bars. More Stonewall Inn Mysteries
Racism 101 ~ Nikki Giovanni (Paperback - May 1995) Other Edition(s): Hardcover ~This book indicts higher education for the inequities it perpetuates, contemplates the legacy of the 60's, provides a survival guide for black students on predominately white campuses, and denounces Spike Lee while offering her own ideas for a film about Malcolm X.
Radical Perversions: Black Friday?/Claposis ~ Audrey Butler (Paperback - 1991) Butler, a born-again Cape Bretoner now living in Toronto, is skilled at writing about the humor and complexity in relationships between lovers, close friends and community.
Render Me My SongRender Me My Song ~ Sandi Russell (Paperback - Oct 2001) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Paperback, Unknown Binding ~ In the last decade, black women writers have come into their own; their voices resonate throughout the world. This is the story of the epic struggle of these women to recover their voice and spirit from a past that reached into and through slavery.
Noah's Arc - The Complete Second SeasonNoah's Arc - The Complete Second Season (DVD) ~ Patrik-Ian Polk (Director DVD), Jensen Atwood (Wade), Darryl Stephens (Noah), Christian Vincent (II) (Ricky), Jeremy Batiste (Raphael), Rodney Chester (Alex), Douglas Spearman (Chance), Jonathan Julian and Gregory Keith ~ Logo's ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind series Noah's Arc follows all four as they chart an uncertain course through the City of Angels, where laughter and drama are never in short supply. More Noah's Arc Seasons.
RESISTING RACISM: AN ACTION GUIDE; ed. Mallon, Gerald L ~ This manual to help the gay and lesbian community explore the issue of racism is divided into four parts: workshop outlines, resource material, essays, and bibliographies. The guide provides the reader with NABWMT's position on racism, bar discrimination, and the importance of multi-culturalism in our gay and lesbian society.
RITUALS ~ Craig Hickman; This book brings together musical verse, unabashed autobiographical writing, short fiction, and seering commentary on being Black and gay in America today. The result is a celebration of life, the trials and tribulations and the triumphs. The author is a writer/performer/ artist and lives in Cambridge, MA.
The Road Before Us: 100 Gay Black Poets ~ Assoto Saint ~ 100 Black gay poets explore every aspect of Black gay life: from tradition to alienation, from the fierce gender bending vogue culture to defiant sex and love in the age of AIDS, from historical and political perspectives to personal reflections of future paths. Poets include: Melvin Dixon, Essex Hemphill, Roy Gonsalves, Andre De Shields, Donald Woods, etc.
Sacred Cows...and Other Edibles ~ Nikki Giovanni (Paperback - May 1989) Other Edition(s): Hardcover ~ In this collection of autobiographical essays and articles, Nikki Giovanni, our most widely read living black poet, takes on some lofty institutions and major life crises and clearly comes out the winner. This is triumphant prose with all the gritty reality of Giovanni's best poetry.
The Sanctified Church ~ Zora Neale Hurston (Paperback - Feb 1998) Now back in print, Church brings together Hurston's most famous essays on Afro-American folklore and legend, and the voodoo base to southern black folk religion.
Sans Souci: And Other stories by Dionne Brand (Paperback - Oct 1989) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Paperback ~ Born in the Caribbean and living in Toronto for the past eighteen years, Brand presents her first book for the U.S., a beautiful collection of short stories.
Say Jesus and Come to Me ~ Ann Allen Shockley (Paperback - April 1987) Other Edition(s): Paperback ~ Evangelist Myrtle Black holds a powerful sway over her following who do not suspect she is a lesbian. She meets Travis Lee, a successful fast-lane singer, in town for a recording session. To love each other is the ultimate jeopardyTravis's career is at risk, and Myrtle must finally come to terms with the contradictions between her ministry and her lesbian identity.
Schwarz / Black / Noir (German / English / French) : Photographs ~ Norman Hatton ~ Norman Hatton (Author) (Hardcover - Aug 1994) Acclaimed Canadian photographer Hatton focuses his lens on the beauty of black men in this new collection of black and white pictures.
Stephen Jonas Selected Poems ~ Stephen Jonas and Joseph Torra (Paperback - May 1994) Other Edition(s): Hardcover ~ Since his death in 1970 the man and his work have become legendary. This book brings together an extensive selection of previously unpublished work together with the complete Exercises for Ear, Jonas's best known book. With a biographical and critical introduction by the editor Joseph Torra.
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics)Selected Poems of Langston Hughes (Vintage Classics) ~ Langston Hughes (Paperback - Sep 12, 1990) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Paperback, School & Library Binding, Unknown Binding
Seraph on the Suwanee ~ Zora Neale Hurston (Paperback - Jan 16, 1991) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Library Binding
Serpent's GiftSerpent's Gift ~ Helen Elaine Lee (Paperback - Oct 1, 1995) A first novel from a local lesbian writer. Central to this haunting novel are the mothers, a study in contrast in strength and rigidity, Ruby Staples and Eula Smalls, and their children: LaRue Smalls, adventurer and chronicler of his people, his sister Vesta, intimidated by life yet determined to hold her family together, and Ouida Staples, a rare beauty who spends her life with another woman.
Singin and Swingin and Gettin Merry Like ChrSingin and Swingin and Gettin Merry Like Christmas ~ Maya Angelou (Paperback - Sep 2, 1993)
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series) ~ Audre Lorde (Paperback - April 1984) Other Edition(s): Unknown Binding ~ Covering eight of this Black Lesbian feminist poet's nonfiction work, here is a collection of essays and theory that speak to our struggles in the modern voice. Includes Poetry is Not a Luxury, Uses of the Erotic, and Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface.
Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry ~ Charlotte Watson Sherman (Paperback - Aug 1994) Other Edition(s): Library Binding ~ A powerful collection of original and recent stories and poems by some of today's most notable authors including Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Sonia Sanchez, Ntozake Shange and many others speak directly to the lives and concerns of African-American women in the nineties.
Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery, South End Press Classics Edition (South End Press Classics Series) ~ bell hooks (Paperback - Jan 1, 2005) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Paperback ~ hooks politicizes the issue of self-recovery ~ making the connection between our individual efforts to be self-actualized and collective liberation struggles. Tackling such issues as addiction, violence, spirituality, erotic experience, community activism and others. She shares numerous strategies for self-recovery that can heal individuals and empower effective struggles against racism.
Slavesong: The Art of Singing (Paperback) ~ Kwelismith (aka Kweli Smith)by these poems sing. In them we hear the mythic heart beat under the rhythm of the slave's song: the spiritual jazz, rhythm & blues, rock 'n' roll and even rap. They dig down and release the voice of humor, pain and longing held in bondage in all of our Black souls. Toi Derricotte, poet
Sojourner: Black Gay Voices in the Age of AIDS, Other Countries Volume II (Volume 2) ~ B. Michael Hunter (Paperback - 1993) A powerful collection of poetry, essays, letters, artwork and prose by black gay writers who evoke the full range of human emotions through this passionate, life affirming document. Melvin Dixon, Donald Woods, Assotto Saint, David Frechette, Craig Harris and others confront the realities of AIDS, racism and homophobia.
Soul Make a Path Through ShoutingSoul Make a Path Through Shouting ~ Cyrus Cassells (Paperback - Jul 1, 1994) Other Edition(s): Hardcover ~ Enriched both mythologically and experientially by his own world travels, he draws with equal ease from classical Greek myth, children's rhymes, and African American oral traditions. The result is often hypnotic and rhapsodic interweaving dramatic narratives forming a single whole. Unflinching in its examinations of the Holocaust and AIDS, remarkable in its challenge to received notions of triumph and survival this book is a virtuoso performance.
Spunk: The Selected Stories of Zora Neale Hurston ~ Zora Neale Hurston (Paperback - Dec 1997) Other Edition(s): Paperback ~ This now famous collection of the best of Hurston's short stories, many of which are collected here for the first time, focuses on the rural Black community of Batonville, Florida, and on Harlem during the height of the Renaissance, forming a magnificent legacy from a writer whose work has sparked one of the major literary revivals of our time.
Stations: Poems ~ Assotto Saint (Paperback - Feb 1989) Saint, whose work has appeared in Tongues Untied, In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, Other Countries: Black Gay Voices, THE JAMES WHITE REVIEW, and numerous other publications, here presents a poetry cycle which traces two gay men's interracial love through the 80's and beyond.
Strange Brother (Homosexuality) ~ Blair Niles (Hardcover - Jun 2002) Other Edition(s): Hardcover, Unknown Binding ~ Originally published in 1931, this was one of the first novels to prominently feature a gay male as lead character. Mark Thornton is drawn to the jazz and exotic life in Harlem. His black friends offer him a temporary respite from his world of homosexuality. As the summer wears on, he soon reveals himself, and his new identity begins to close in on him.
Swing Low, Sweet Harriet (Pharoah Love Mystery #2) ~ George Baxt (Paperback - April 1987) Other Edition(s): Mass Market Paperback, Unknown Binding ~ More Pharoah Love Mystery

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