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QED : A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking
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  • “Every Nigga Is a Star”: A Critical Reflection on the Fifth
           Anniversary of Moonlight

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      Abstract: Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight opens with this refrain from the 1973 Boris Gar-diner hit “Every Nigger Is a Star,”1 as Juan (played by Academy-Award-winning Mahershala Ali) rolls up in a 1973 Chevrolet Impala Custom coupe. He is immediately met by two other Black men, one a drug-dealing colleague and the other who is searching for a drug fix. The man asking for the drug hook-up turns to Juan and compliments with conviction: “you know you my man, right Juan.” To which Juan replies, “this nigga.” (Every nigga is a star.) And this 1973 refrain and homage is not a coincidence, as 1973 marks a watershed moment where a record breaking four mayors in major cities were Black. And I highlight this moment not to romanticize the ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • In Moonlight, Perpetually Outside

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      Abstract: The possibility of Black queerness first surfaces outside, amid tar-paved roads, overgrown yards, and color-soaked exteriors, in the Academy-Award-winning film Moonlight.1 In the movie’s vivid opening scene, the mundaneness of drug dealing swiftly gives way to the urgency of escape. A crew of prepubescent boys cuts across the screen— one fleeing, the others chasing. It is Little (portrayed by Alex R. Hibbert), the protagonist in the film’s first act, who runs most hastily. Donning an oversized white polo and navy khakis and carrying a backpack too large for his tiny frame, Little scuttles and weaves through grass, weeds, and chain-link fence to evade the pack of would-be assailants on his track. Beyond dodging the ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • “Don’t Look at Me!”: Deviance and the Uncontrollable Image of Black
           Motherhood in Moonlight

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      Abstract: Barry Jenkins’s 2016 Academy Award-winning feature film Moonlight, an adaptation of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” poignantly captures the everydayness of Black queer sociality in the context of urban poverty and decay. Described as a “coming-of-age” drama, a designation it actively resists, the film is organized around three developmental stages of the main character’s life—as Little, Chiron, and then Black; as child, as teen, and as adult. During each stage, which is organized as an act, Jenkins reveals the layered nature of Black queer interiority. He draws attention to both the mundane and spectacular ways Black queerness comes into being, structured around a series of ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Moving through Trauma: Black Queer Vulnerability in Moonlight

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      Abstract: A Black man parks his car and leaves it to approach a drug dealer on the corner of a sidewalk. He inquires as to the status of the amount of product sold by the young dealer, anywhere between his teen years and early twenties, during this day. Though this is an illicit business meeting—one that popular culture has trained us to expect to be littered with passive aggressive threats and innuendos of impending violence if the day’s quota is not met—it is surprisingly intimate and devoid of such well-worn tropes. It is during this intimate moment that the older Black drug dealer sees a young Black boy running from a group of other Black boys who shout, “get his gay ass!” The boy runs and hides inside an abandoned ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Queerness of Touch: Mutual Recognition and Deep Intimacy in Moonlight

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      Abstract: DeShawn and I were best friends throughout our middle-school years. We talked on the phone almost every single day. Often, I would sneakily call him after I was supposed to be in bed, and we would talk all night or until both of us fell asleep on the phone. DeShawn and I walked to and from school together every day. Because his house was on the way to Beaubien Junior High School on the Northwest side of Detroit, when we walked home from school I would usually stop by his house and hang out with him before I continued home. While hanging out, DeShawn would often lean on me and place his chin on the top of my head. Looking back on those moments, I realize that we would find a variety of creative ways to touch each ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • “Stay Down”: Moonlight and Negative Affect as an Analytic

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      Abstract: Violence can be intimate and revealing. People reveal much about themselves when they give or receive a beating. So it was when Kevin hit his lifelong friend Chiron in a Miami schoolyard in the second act of Moonlight.1 They shared another type of intimacy the night before when they confessed feelings of despair and loneliness to each other on a beach. These vulnerable emotions created a space to risk touching, leading to a kiss that melted into Kevin slowly masturbating Chiron to orgasm. Chiron and Kevin had always created space for each other, finding ways to be alone and talk even in a larger group of neighborhood boys. Thus, every punch that Kevin landed on Chiron’s jaw resounded with betrayal and remorse, not ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • On Touching, Where Tender Meets Tough

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      Abstract: “You are the only man that has ever touched me”In one of the most pivotal moments in Moonlight, the now-grown Chiron visits his childhood friend, Kevin, who is now a chef. In this crucial reunion scene, two formerly incarcerated men, Kevin and Chiron, meet at a diner and reconcile through intimacy and touch. Knowing that Kevin was the cause of Chiron’s carceral past, we see a moment that stands contrary to hegemonic masculine expectations—as tenderness replaces anticipated revenge or animus. In this scene, the normative constructions of Black masculinity as decidedly violent and illustratively criminal are sharply contrasted to a relatively gentle, kind, and sensual Chiron. In as much as one can sense the pain ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Jesus Died to Guide the Prophet in the Moon’s Blue Chunk: After
           Mahershala Ali

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      Abstract: It was Jesus’s coronet chunk of the tooth. Hurting. It is said, it was soft. Nerves gone dead. They remained ill. Septic. Gangrenous. Weeping. Hurting. Blood vessels gone dead.Freeing, choice, outsider, and hostility in time. . . .Momma came with Jesus and saintly mantlesfrom that other secret place. Churchyards pulping with ghosts. The enslaved. The caged.Farms. The sea. Diaspora. Where at sea, Blue Black Boy healed Jesus’s Tooth Ache.  What Atlantic' What America' Patrice Lumumba declares: the art of dead      — was the invention— of Africa. The Slave. Mud. Goliarda Sapienza        avows:not to celebrate her death. With Vultures. Blood. The blessed space of blue angels. Me. Voodoo. There,    came the gods with ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University by Matt Brim
           (review)

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      Abstract: When interviewing for a professor of queer studies position at CUNY College of Staten Island, Matt Brim gave a teaching talk entitled “What Happens in a Queer Studies Classroom'” Brim explains, “my future colleagues were not actually asking what happens in a Queer Studies classroom. They were asking how I would teach Queer Studies here, to these students, at this school, in this system” (27). Why does queer studies not seem to belong at the schools that serve the majority of Black, brown, and working-class students' What does it mean for work in the field to get its value and legibility through an association with rich institutions' Brim tackles these and many other blunt questions in Poor Queer Studies: ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Queer Korea ed. by Todd A. Henry (review)

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      Abstract: What does it mean to be postcolonial, feminist/queer, and radically resistive in studying the politics of nonnormative sexual and gender identities' Edited by Todd Henry, Queer Korea suggests answers to this question through ten essays written by critical scholars whose disciplinary field is diverse in history, anthropology, cultural studies, linguistics, and literature. In particular, Queer Korea is a helpful book for those of you—like me— who have agonized about how to identify your scholarly identity as a postcolonial, feminist/queer, cultural, and humanist scholar in your field.Essays included in this volume collectively examine the systemic marginalization that has been historically imposed on nonnormative ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Foucault’s Strange Eros by Lynne Huffer (review)

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      Abstract: Foucault’s Strange Eros is Lynne Huffer’s third book in a trilogy on the French philosopher Michel Foucault and what she provocatively calls Foucault’s “ethics of eros”: a critical and caring concern for the murmuring background of modern subjectivation. The introduction summarizes key insights from her first two volumes. In Mad for Foucault, Huffer challenges the centrality of History of Sexuality, Volume 1 for the uptake of Foucauldian ideas in queer theory and instead shifts our attention to his earlier analysis of “unreason” in History of Madness.1 Unreason is to madness as eros is to sexuality; the latter—madness or sexuality— categorizes and pathologizes the former, whereas the former exceeds this with a ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2022)
       
  • Plague Years: A Doctor’s Journey through the AIDS Crisis by Ross
           Slotten (review)

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      Abstract: In Plague Years, a recent autobiography by Ross Slotten, Slotten recounts his experience as one of the prominent physicians treating HIV/AIDS patients during the height of the pandemic in Chicago, in particular the era before HAART (1981– 95). As a gay man himself, Slotten’s autobiography provides a unique lens through which readers may understand the epidemic from a medical and a personal perspective. In addition, the text features Slotten’s travels to Namibia and other African countries to aid in research, where his whiteness and positionality as an affluent American contrast with the experiences of Black Namibians. By weaving together narratives about personal trauma and professional hardship he incurred during ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Shakespeare and Queer Representation by Stephen Guy-Bray (review)

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      Abstract: Although its title refers to a potentially broad subject, Stephen Guy-Bray’s latest book—a duodecimo of just over 200 pages that fits pleasantly into one’s hand—makes no claims to either comprehensiveness or authoritativeness. Indeed, these would be very normative aspirations for a scholarly monograph, and the author of Shakespeare and Queer Representation is determined not to proffer in this text anything but (very properly) a very queer approach to his elucidation of queer representation in Shakespeare’s writing. In this review, I focus primarily on examining Guy-Bray’s conceptualizing of queer representation and on his study as offering one model for how one might engage in a queer form or mode of scholarship.A ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer
           Liberation by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown (review)

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      Abstract: Narratives of Gay Liberation often get reduced to simplistic pictures where Stonewall sparks Gay Liberation. This common brushstroke often paints with a broad brush that leaves Gay Liberation’s cross-pollination with Black Power and homophile activism out of the frame. Such absences risk missing complexities, historical contexts, and the importance of converging movements in generating social change. In their new book, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown avoid these problems to give readers a vivid and complex portrait of the last seventy years of queer organizing in the United States. The book, which mixes the coffee table genre with ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Frank by Lenny Abrahamson (review)

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      Abstract: Frank is a dark comedy about difference and our potential responses to alterity. Though it deftly handles actual disability, the film’s focus is a character’s garish and seemingly absurd difference, affording the viewer a means of considering their generosity in response to all kinds of differences existing in the world, whether radically visible or not.The title character, Frank (Michael Fassbender), is the lead singer of a rock band. While on a mini-tour playing in nearly empty pubs the band meets Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) and enlists him to join them for the rest of the tour, as well as their planned retreat to an isolated cabin to record their first album. Frank always wears a large papier-mâché head on which is ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Making Sweet Tea by John L. Jackson (review)

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      Abstract: Making Sweet Tea follows E. Patrick Johnson into the lives and narratives of Black gay men of the South. This peripatetic exploration allows us to watch the unfolding of the most beautiful stories told and embodied by six Black gay men from Johnson’s celebrated book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Using both E. Patrick Johnson’s historic sensibilities for “telling good stories” and director-filmmaker John Jackson’s ethnographic eye of depth and detail, we arrive at a masterful distillation of complex lives. Making Sweet Tea— its careful rendering of personal stories and narrative— reveals that “sweet tea” is more than a metaphor of Black gay vernacular talk, but emblematic of the dynamic processes involved ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu (review)

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      Abstract: Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki (2018) hums with warmth, lavender, and possibility. Opening sequences of chalky-pink cement buildings and plum-neon lighting heat the growing love between two Kenyan girls: a love that cultivates a radical openness and exchange, challenging religious fundamentalism and the criminalization of LGBTQI identities and expressions in Kenya. Kena Mwaura and Ziki Okemi—daughters of two opposing men vying to become elected officials in Nairobi— offer one another transformative generosity that forms an oasis of self-definition and discovery. Kena’s father, John Mwaura, a humble, financially strapped businessman opposes the incumbency of Ziki’s wealthy and powerful father, Peter Okemi. Political ego and ... Read More
      PubDate: 2022-08-19T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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