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Jewelle Gomez  // Posts tagged as "Jewelle Gomez"

Every Cookie Has a Mission…

Every Cookie Has a Mission…

So say the Girl Scouts.  (Full disclosure: I was not a Girl Scout; I was a Camp Fire Girl.) They didn’t have Girl Scout troops in my economically forgotten neighborhood in Boston in the 1950s so the GS phenomenon was only familiar to me through television.  So I liked the jaunty neck kerchiefs and khaki […]

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07 Feb Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on I Miss La Rondalla like I’d Miss a Woman

I Miss La Rondalla like I’d Miss a Woman

I Miss La Rondalla like I’d Miss a Woman

I know it was just a restaurant but I miss La Rondalla like I’d miss a woman.  Voluptuous, gritty, innocent and knowing.  Plastic flowers in her hair.  Dressed up in gossamer Christmas lights along side photographs of men with guns and small game trophies.  Diane and I used to go regularly—I was pork and chicken […]

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Performative Sexuality

Performative Sexuality

Not being an academic I rarely have the opportunity to use the word ‘performative.’ And it feels good.  It conveys the sense of taking a familiar idea to a higher level of significance.  With a word like ‘sexuality’ already fairly weighty in US culture you can only go to the head of the class by […]

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16 Jan Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Martin & Coretta have been to the Mountaintop

Martin & Coretta have been to the Mountaintop

Martin & Coretta have been to the Mountaintop

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968 I was a teenager sitting in my bedroom.  I remember that as clearly as the assassination of JFK.  I sobbed and naively thought that his death would mean the country would wake up and repudiate the racism and violence that plague the country.  How […]

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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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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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