It seems like ages ago and oddly just like yesterday when I was first approached to participate in this ambitious endeavor. A new millenium collection of black gay literati to combine their voices for one memorable, historic work.
In the honorable and noble tradition of In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology, Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, and Shade: An Anthology of Fiction by Gay Men of African Descent, comes Mighty Real.
At a whopping 737 pages, this newest addition to the lexicon of Same Gender Loving Literature "features both new and established writers. Grounded in a poignant and truthful sensibility, imbued with the realities of sex and love, Smith and Williams present a culmination of poems, short stories, radical essays, sermons, plays and interviews honoring notable figures within the SGLBT community."
So put on some sounds from our tearfully soulful, gender-bending, trend-setting icon of yesterday, the late-great Sylvester [who's song "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" began a disco anthem] - and sooth your souls with our griots of today.