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Jewelle Gomez  // Posts published by Jewelle Gomez

10 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on What Would Jimmy Do?

What Would Jimmy Do?

What Would Jimmy Do?

“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” James Baldwin I read that quote when I was much younger and it really framed how I think of political activity.  Coming of age during the Viet Nam war, I […]

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Barbara Grier Broke the Silence

Barbara Grier Broke the Silence

Barbara Grier (left, shown with partner Donna McBride) passed away November 10 at the age of 79…young from my perspective, but obviously an elder in the world of lesbians and of publishing. Her history will be written in essays and PhD theses still to come, but a glimpse reveals: she was one of the editors […]

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24 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Before Stonewall

Before Stonewall

Before Stonewall

Phyllis Lyon and The Temperamentals New Conservatory Theatre, which was the saintly producer of my play, Waiting for Giovanni, has an intriguing new play coming up on November 4th.  The Temperamentals is an award-winning new play about Harry Hay his love affair with avant garde fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich and their founding of the first […]

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19 Aug Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Dinah, Dinah, Dinah!

Dinah, Dinah, Dinah!

Thank you to Pirl Harbour for the comment on my blog about Amy Jade Winehouse   (I like to use her full name to separate the artist and person from the object that we and the media made of her).  In the piece I said I was comparing her to Sarah Vaughn.  My MISTAKE. I really […]

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Back to Black

Back to Black

I had hoped that Amy Jade Winehouse would be one of those who made it out of the frightening forest of addiction and emotional instability.  It’s not unusual for the indiscretions of artists and performers to be tracked and publicized…it goes with the territory.  But I was often surprised at how people revealed their own […]

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An Off Broadway Stage Manager-ess

An Off Broadway Stage Manager-ess

In the early 1980s I worked as a stage manager for plays done in Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway theatres.  I loved the collaborative nature of production: people, mostly strangers, come together to work intensely, intimately for several months, flying through the highs and lows of vulnerability necessary to creating real art.  Then closing […]

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Gertrude is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Gertrude is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose

Which, of course, includes thorns.  But what good icon doesn’t have thorns? The exhibition at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories” is a stunning evocation of the lesbian writer, art collector (a companion exhibition of her family’s collection is at SFMOMA), and cultural visionary. She’s one of the first literary lesbians […]

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Picture This!

Picture This!

Last week the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of Navy Seals rocked US citizens and most of the world. I’m not one for cheering at the death of anyone, even a sexist, despotic killer. I think celebrating any death diminishes life in general. But that’s just me. For years […]

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The Best Looking Woman

The Best Looking Woman

I’m thinking about good looks.  I mean what is good looking? What looks good to whom?  How do we know when we look good?  Who do we look good to? Maybe this is on my mind because Elizabeth Taylor died and she was considered one of the best looking women in movies.  Even I thought […]

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13 Apr Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Harlem Vibrates with Possibility

Harlem Vibrates with Possibility

“I used to live in the world, then we moved to Harlem.”  So goes the opening lines of one of the poems in Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”  I saw that theatre piece more than anything else before or since.  It signaled the possibility that […]

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