On the 40th Anniversary of The Stonewall Rebellion independent filmmakers are seizing the opportunity to take a look back on the many contributions of black gays and lesbians in Harlem that are often left out of the history books. Artists such as Billy Strayhorn, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Bayard Rustin, and Langston Hughes to name a few will all be celebrated in film during the week of June 19th-27th at the Maysles Institute in
Huffington Post blogger Michael Henry Adams goes in depth about the many talented black gay and lesbian Harlemites who contributed greatly to black culture but who were unable to live openly, thus creating a secret society amongst themselves where they flourished artistically and sexually.
The photographs are amazing and makes up for what the piece lacks in fluidity. There is also a rarely seen nude photo of boxing great Joe Louis. I'm sure you'll be amazed at the pure genius of some of our own who are often overlooked in the heterosexist black culture.