Mighty Real: An Anthology of African American Same Gender Loving Writings
Edited by: R. Bryant Smith & Dr. Darious Omar Williams
A collection of African-American Same Gender Loving Literature featuring 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.
By Jair Trice
After recieving my copy of the anthology, I ran my fingers across the covers and just held it close to me trying to absorb all the words through my pores. From The Harlem Renaissance through 60's Revolution. On the shoulders of Richard Bruce Nugent, James Baldwin, Assato Saint, Audre Lorde, Nella Larsen, Essex Hemphill, Joseph Beam, and many many others we stand in this new collection....and AIN'T WE FIERCE!! I began reading some of the other contributions by friends and others I know and had it reminded me how talented they are. Sometimes I forget because they are my friend but I was definitely in the presence of artistic brilliance. There are some writers I don't know personally and others I have recently become acquainted with in that grand scheme of social networking called, "facebook" but I am looking forward to taking a few days of being with myself and just reading what.. is we have contributed to our community as griots and gatekeepers. This extensive collection includes poetry, short stories, plays, essays, sermons, & interviews. Edited by Royce Bryant Smith & Darius Omar Williams I know it has been a long process of conception and birth and I personally am grateful to, "be in the number." Both Darius and Royce deserve our thanks and congratulations for a job not just well done but one that goes over and above. Please do yourself a favor and add this to your personal library and suggest it to friends near and far. If you are a celebrant of Kwanzaa it would make a great zawadi. You may not receive it by Jan 1st the day gifts are exchanged but in the spirit of Kwanzaa this is a gift that will uplift and illuminate.
In the honorable and noble traditions of the iconic anthologies "In the Life", "Brother to Brother", and "Shade", comes "Mighty Real" - where a new millenium collection of black gay literati combine their voices for a new, memorable and historic work which will surely become a classic. At a whopping 737 pages, this newest addition to the lexicon of Same Gender Loving Literature has something for every literary taste, something to sooth the soul of every person who has ever loved (or known someone who loved) someone of their own gender. 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.