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James Earl Hardy "How Stanley Got His Back In Groove"

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James Earl Hardy is the author of the best-selling B-Boy Blues series: B-Boy Blues (1994), praised as "the first gay hip-hop love story" and prominently featured in Spike Lee’s Get On The Bus; it’s sequel, 2nd Time Around (1996); If Only For One Nite (1997); The Day Eazy-E Died(2001); Love The One You’re With (2002); and A House Is Not a Home (2005). The seventh installment, "Is It Still Jood To Ya?", is featured in the short story collection Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris (2010).

The series chronicles the relationship between a Buppie from Brooklyn and a homeboy-bike messenger from Harlem. Nominated for a 1995 Lammy (Lambda Literary Award) for Best Small Press Title, B-Boy Blues is currently taught in queer studies and African American literature courses at colleges and universities internationally. A film version is in the works. 

Mr. Hardy contributed the new introductory essay to the reissue of the groundbreaking Black Gay anthology, In The Life (2008), and the award-winning poem, "Pride," to For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough (2012). 

Join us as we discuss his latest works of art "How Stanley Got His Back In Groove " and "Can You Feel What I'm Saying"