In one of my history classes at UCLA, we read W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. Originally published in 1903, it is included in the celebrated reader of early African American scholarship, Three Negro Classics. My professor described … Continue reading
The first piece I ever had published was an excerpt from Sin Against the Race that told the tale of some black gay folks attending their first ACT UP meeting. It was included in the anthology Sojourner: Black Gay Voices … Continue reading
While writing this book, I was often influenced by current events. Bay Area residents might recall the fire on New Year’s Eve 2000 that destroyed the Casa Segura needle exchange and AIDS services center in East Oakland. I tried to … Continue reading
It’s interesting how things can change during the editing process, even in the later stages after rereading and rehashing the paragraphs many times. The beginning of this chapter was in Chapter 1, but after much tinkering I finally felt that it works better here. The result is that now almost all of Chapter 1 takes place in Sammy’s store, reaffirming its place as the home base.
[Editor’s note: This excerpt is from an earlier draft of the first chapter.] Sin Against the Race began life close to 20 years ago as a short story about a young black man in his late teens named Bill … Continue reading