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• Jewelle Gomez  // Jewelle Gomez is the author of 7 books including the lesbian vampire classic novel, The Gilda Stories. Her new play about James Baldwin will be produced in September 2011. Follow her on Twitter: VampyreVamp. Or her website: www.jewellegomez.com

09 Jan Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Apocalypse? …Later

Apocalypse? …Later

Have you heard this?  About the apocalypse coming on 3.21.11?  I’m only asking because it seems like we should have heard something by now, that date is not that far away.  It’s even closer than the 2012 Mayan shut down date.  I saw the movie “2012” and it was not pretty! I hate to start […]

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26 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Jewelle Takes Tea

Jewelle Takes Tea

Jewelle Takes Tea

I grew up in Boston so I’ve been drinking tea since I was about 10 years old.  My great grandmother used to sip from a Brown Betty tea pot that perched on the back of the stove all day!  I love sitting down to a ‘cuppa,’ as they say in Great Britain, especially with a […]

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22 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Oh, Immortal Food!

Oh, Immortal Food!

I became a writer for several reasons.  Originally it was so I could meet girls, but I’m married now and Diane is not that interested in me bringing fans home!  Then there’s being a part of progressive social change.  I grew up in the 1960s when poetry and revolution were intrinsically linked. Going through the […]

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16 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Baby, Its Cold Outside – and Queer in Here!

Baby, Its Cold Outside – and Queer in Here!

Baby, Its Cold Outside – and Queer in Here!

In 1944 Tony and Pulitzer award-winning songwriter Frank Loesser (“Guys & Dolls”) wrote ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ for his wife Lynn and sang it at private parties before selling it to a studio which put it in a movie. It won the 1949 Academy Award for Best Original Song. And it is original. A duet […]

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Lesbian on Lesbian Romance

Lesbian on Lesbian Romance

Romance has gotten a bad rap over the years from a lot of sides.  Men and literature snobs laugh out loud about “romance” novels which are considered lower than so-called ‘chick lit;’ the idea being that at least in ‘chick lit’ the heroine usually has a job before she has her bodice ripped. Romance has […]

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07 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on What’s up with MEN?

What’s up with MEN?

What’s up with MEN?

“Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.” Albert Einstein I’m a Lesbian Feminist, which means—to me—that I’m mindful of male privilege in our culture and believe it my social responsibility to educate and be an activist around the harm that patriarchal privilege creates and sustains.  War, rape, bullying, stock market […]

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27 Nov Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Whose Country?

Whose Country?

Whose Country?

Recently a co-worker told me that she couldn’t get over the fact that I liked country music. I wasn’t completely surprised because most of us live in narrow cultural boxes in which we expect everything to fit neatly.  People of color and country are not supposed to be in the same package.  That was part of […]

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Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls? What?

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls? What?

In 1975 when I first saw Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” there had never been anything like it before on stage.  It changed both my personal life as a lesbian and my professional life as a writer.  I heard, for the first time, reflected back […]

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I See Orange People

I See Orange People

I’ve always liked a girl in a uniform.  Geena Davis in her WWII era baseball uniform in the film “League of Our Own”….delicious!  My late, great Aunt Edith in her WAVES uniform…impressive!  The women in “Animal Cops-Florida”…fun!  When both the fire and the police chief in San Francisco were women I was in heaven; always […]

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25 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Touching Down in the Land of Cornhuskers

Touching Down in the Land of Cornhuskers

Touching Down in the Land of Cornhuskers

I just returned from a 3 three day visit to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  My first touch down in the land of cornhuskers.  I think of myself as a corn goddess so I was eager.  I like visiting college campuses and working with students, it’s a little window into worlds that I wouldn’t […]

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