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Visible Lives: A Tribute To E. Lynn Harris In a powerful tribute to bestselling author and literary icon E Lynn Harris, bestselling authors and friends Terrance Dean, James Earl Hardy, and Stanley Bennett Clay honor him with sexy, original novellas in the genre he helped create groundbreaking stories of black, gay men searching for love in a taboo world Visible Lives, I am sure, would make E Lynn Harris very proud With warm tributes before each story, this book packs a mighty blow to the heart and mind I recommend Visible Lives to E Lynn Harris fans as well as readers who enjoy vivid, entertaining, enlightening, and well written fiction. I attended the tribute reading for the late E Lynn Harris that took place at Oakland s SMAAC Youth Center on 5 22 2010 at 6 30pm, and it was an honor to be a part of the celebration of a life that touched and inspired so many writers and non writers near and abroad.The center had a quaint welcoming feel to it, and smiles were on every face as authors, James Earl Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay read excerpts from their contributions to Visible Lives a Three Story Tribute to E Lynn Harris In a I attended the tribute reading for the late E Lynn Harris that took place at Oakland s SMAAC Youth Center on 5 22 2010 at 6 30pm, and it was an honor to be a part of the celebration of a life that touched and inspired so many writers and non writers near and abroad.The center had a quaint welcoming feel to it, and smiles were on every face as authors, James Earl Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay read excerpts from their contributions to Visible Lives a Three Story Tribute to E Lynn Harris In addition to reading their excerpts, both authors reflected, fondly, on their personal encounters with the late author Both mutually agreed that he was a courageous literary innovator who changed the literary scene with his tales of African American, same gender love, and he did it in the unique way of speaking from the voice of black women His approach to writing tales of inner struggles and the battles associated with self acceptance won the heart s of people straight, gay, female and male regardless of race or color his stories crossed all cultural lines.Terrance Dean, the third renown author was not able to attend the event, but he was there in spirit as both James and Stanley acknowledged his contributions to the 3 author project The subject matter is the only common thread that all of these inspirational authors share, for they all have different writing styles and perspectives when it comes to romance, sex, and love.Stanley Bennett Clay delighted the crowd with recounts of his travels to places far and near his witty share about his visit s to the Dominican Republic was honest, sexually provocative and straight forward, as were his detailed descriptions of how bringing a screen play to life is met with opposition and challenges from producers and potential financial backers when it comes to projects with same gender content.James Earl Hardy added his laid back charm and sparkle to the conversation when he explained the publishing process from his own personal experiences, letting the audience know that, when dealing with the large publishing companies, it s all about dollars and cents as opposed to getting to know the author He elaborated by saying that the number of books sold may entice potential producers and financial backers, however, the fight to keep the integrity of your content as an author is yet another battle in the creative experience.Both authors agreed that the Visible Lives project came together quickly, and said that the idea came as a result of them wanting to make sure that this groundbreaking literary wizard would be acknowledged for the inspirational legacy that he left behind, and for his courage in shining a positive light on the GLBT community.The generous host of this fabulous evening was a local Reporter and Columnist by the name of Jesse Brooks who works for the Marin County Post, Oakland Post, Berkeley Tri City Post, Richmond Post, San Francisco Post, South County Post, and El Mundo He facilitated the reading eloquently and is an innovator in his own right.The after party was held at the Bench Bar Club in Oakland California and we all danced into the wee hours of the morning I have never felt so honored and humbled to be associated with and in the company of such remarkable, creative, and insightful individuals.I suppose two of the most profound quotes of the evening came when Stanley Bennett Clay said that, if you are ashamed of yourself, it is an insult to God, and when James Earl Hardy said that, if you are trying to duplicate E Lynn Harris style you never will he was one of kind.As a new author, this event assured me that you are only limited by the limitations you place on yourself.Thank you E Lynn Harris, your spirit lives on in all of us HUGS Author, G D Grace Terrance Dean s opening tale was my introduction to his work, and I was quite impressed with the poetic style and sexual intensity that was The Intern The 2nd, Is It Still Jood To Ya by James Earl Hardy gives us the characters that made him famous with B Boy Blues Admittedly, I wasn t as moved by this tale possibly because there was nothing new for me having read about the ups and downs of Raheim and Mitchell before Still, there is one scene depicting a dinner with E Lynn which warme Terrance Dean s opening tale was my introduction to his work, and I was quite impressed with the poetic style and sexual intensity that was The Intern The 2nd, Is It Still Jood To Ya by James Earl Hardy gives us the characters that made him famous with B Boy Blues Admittedly, I wasn t as moved by this tale possibly because there was nothing new for me having read about the ups and downs of Raheim and Mitchell before Still, there is one scene depicting a dinner with E Lynn which warmed my heart and was probably the best E Lynn connection of the three tales all of which brought the late author into the narrative at some point That one scene by Hardy left me smiling, contemplative, and mourning the man the late author, the mentor to all same gender loving writers coming up after him whom none of us will have the chance to break bread with Yes, I always felt that one day I would, but fate had other plans The 3rd tale, House of John , is the best of the three Though I almost didn t write this review because I didn t want to compare best and worst, but Stanley Bennett Clay author of In Search of Pretty Young Black Men and Looker delivers such a powerful love story I couldn t contain myself Set in exotic Santo Domingo at a house of, well, ill repute, where a jaded mid life crisis man finds himself heartbroken and navigating the well charted seas all gay men must travel as the clock ticks and we are no longer boy candy It was truly a moving, erotic and fitting wrap up to this tribute to our beloved E Lynn once i really got into it i liked it especially how they each worked E Lynn Harris into the story he is missed. I enjoyed the three stories in this tribute They were all very different in tone and style, but all had the same theme, finding love is never easy. An introduction for me into a genre I never knew existed It was a gift to a world that I never knew I needed Engaging tales of gay black romance. Even if I have to admit that I haven t read many books by E Lynn Harris, it s also true that he is probably the first gay romance authors I noticed, well before I started reading this genre I remember to have noticed the nice cover of I Say a Little Prayer and thinking, mmh, interesting E Lynn Harris was probably the only gay romance author at the time that was able to reach the top selling lists with the various ladies of romance And so it was with sadness that I read of his sudden death, Even if I have to admit that I haven t read many books by E Lynn Harris, it s also true that he is probably the first gay romance authors I noticed, well before I started reading this genre I remember to have noticed the nice cover of I Say a Little Prayer and thinking, mmh, interesting E Lynn Harris was probably the only gay romance author at the time that was able to reach the top selling lists with the various ladies of romance And so it was with sadness that I read of his sudden death, when still so many years where in front of him, and many books and stories and possibilities I have never thought who E Lynn Harris was for his colleagues, black gay men who were fighting with double triple prejudices, being of colour, being gay and writing romance Apparently E Lynn Harris was a lighthouse for all of them, the man who was able to, able to write, able to come out, able to have success, always remaining one of them In this tribute, three different black man are telling their version of the story, but it s always the same story, how you can be gay, black and in love with romance The Intern by Terrance Dean this story is all about fashion and romance, glitter and love Chase was always used to be the boy, the one other macho men pursued, the prized arm candy But now Chase is pushing forty, and sincerely he is tired to be someone else little secret Chase has a successful career and a beautiful house, he is still an handsome man and he is still able to pick his choice among men His best girl friend tells him to stop to search for the macho man of his dream and to play cougar with his pretty, and very young intern, Quincy Indeed Chase surrenders to temptation, but sincerely there is not much difference, since Quincy, even if young and a subaltern of Chase, is for sure very self confident and able to well balance the difference in age with his positive attitude The feeling of this story is young and fresh, like a glossy magazine, well highlight but the almost obsessive pointing up to all the fashion brands Is It Still Jood To Ya By James Earl Hardy Raheim and Mitchell have a past together, a past made of good and bad days, of bringing up together two sons, of family parties and knowing everything of each other when the story starts Raheim and Mitchell are not together, but sincerely the reader doesn t understand why and so do Raheim, that is indeed trying to woo Mitchell back in his bed and life Above all, Raheim is worried since Mitchell is leaving for a business trip that will give him the chance to meet someone else, and Raheim doesn t like the competition A blackout will allow Raheim to block Mitchell in his apartment for a few days, and the forced cohabitation will also prove that they are still good together, as and better than before The strength of this story is the time construction and the double writing style in the first part the reader is plunged in the middle of Raheim and Mitchell s story without much notice, and I tried to collect little pieces of info here and there to build the structure in the second part Rahein and Mitchell are interviewed together, and basically they give you all those info all together, in a constructed way House of John by Stanley Bennett Clay Jesse has an enviable life and a job he likes, but he is not lucky in love At 38 years old, he is so desperate for love that he easily mistakes sex for the real thing, only to be bitterly awakened soon after Since he is slow to learn the lesson, he decides to join a group of friends at Santo Domingo, with the only purpose of finding cheap sex without string attached On the island, he meets Etienne, but the young man is not what Jesse was expecting romantic, with strict and old fashioned principle, Etienne doesn t believe in the easy sex, and Jesse has to woo him, at the same time being the joke of his friends who are enjoying as much as possible the natural beauties of the place This is probably the most romantic of all the three stories, the romance is all around in the air, and basically when there is love, everything seems easier E Lynn Harris plays the role of the fairy godmother in all above stories, the one who is able to give the right advice to set the men on their right path towards love, being always truthful to themselves and the men they love.http www dp 0758255756 E Lynn Harris is surely smiling, that infectious smile that he was known for It s that beaming pride, of a parent whose kids are performing, extremely well The prot g s of E Lynne, have done a first class tribute in Visible Lives Terrance Dean, James Earl Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay, have done an outstanding job in honoring his legacy His encouragement to these authors, as well as many others, read like melodies from heaven Visible Lives Three Stories in Tribute to E Lynn Harris, is d E Lynn Harris is surely smiling, that infectious smile that he was known for It s that beaming pride, of a parent whose kids are performing, extremely well The prot g s of E Lynne, have done a first class tribute in Visible Lives Terrance Dean, James Earl Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay, have done an outstanding job in honoring his legacy His encouragement to these authors, as well as many others, read like melodies from heaven Visible Lives Three Stories in Tribute to E Lynn Harris, is definitely a 5 star read These novellas are stellar performances, beautifully and well written that could have been great stand alone stories Each author wrote an engaging tale of love, life and connections, The Taboo Sex in the City I highly recommend this wickedly delicious read 5 StarsSo while E Lynn is up in heaven hanging out with Langston, James and Zora, He will be very proud of his students that he left the door wide open for and yes they are coming through www.simply said.netwww.simplysaidreadingaccessories.blogwww.facebook.com simplysaidodebdeb aol.com Visible Lives was published to commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of E Lynn Harris, one of gay fiction s best loved authors This is a collection of three novellas from African American gay fiction writers who had some association with Harris Each story begins with a heartfelt introduction outlining how the author knew Harris and the effect Harris had on their work The First story, The Intern by Terrance Dean, tells the tale of Chase, a television executive who has dated a stri Visible Lives was published to commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of E Lynn Harris, one of gay fiction s best loved authors This is a collection of three novellas from African American gay fiction writers who had some association with Harris Each story begins with a heartfelt introduction outlining how the author knew Harris and the effect Harris had on their work The First story, The Intern by Terrance Dean, tells the tale of Chase, a television executive who has dated a string of losers until a summer intern working in his office comes on to him The intern is sexy, caring, passionate and hung everything Chase needs The problem The intern is much younger This is basically a story about how Chase got his groove back This turned out to be a moderately entertaining story I found the characters to be somewhat one dimensional and the plot overly predictable There were, however, several clever scenes and the dialog was often funny It s not a story I would rank high on my list, but it was certainly an enjoyable read Story number two, Is It Still Jood to Ya by James Earl Hardy, tells of how Raheim tries to lure his ex lover back in order to save their family, at a time when his ex lover is getting ready to fly off and spend time with another man Fate steps in and grounds all flights, giving Raheim the opportunity he needs I had significant issues with this story Cardboard characters, page after page of useless dialog that failed to move the story forward, and ending with forty pages of questions and answers in an interview format that was so utterly boring that I couldn t finish it This story, in my opinion, is poorly written and tedious To top it off, every time the author used the word good which was often he replaced it with jood , which pulled me out of the story every time It became extremely annoying I can t recommend this story The third and last story, House of John by Stanley Bennett Clay, turned out to be my favorite of the three A middle aged man, Jesse, is devastated when he finds that his long term lover is cheating on him To retaliate he joins a group of other gay men on a sex vacation in the Dominican Republic that promises a wealth of sexual opportunities with the local hustlers Although he craves uncomplicated sex with sexy young studs, he finds that he has issues exploiting the locals But then he meets a local guy who is not only drop dead gorgeous, but is also NOT a hustler The two begin a very sweet romance But where will it lead This story is unique, intelligent and fun The characters seem real and have depth, and the situations are interesting, sometimes even gripping It is very well written and the pace moves along at a good clip This one story made the trilogy worth reading I can highly recommend it I have never read any of E Lynn Harris s works, so I m no judge of how closely these stories come to his style or quality of writing All three had a heavy erotic content, which seldom detracted from the storyline And all three had two other things in common, they centered around an African American man looking for a relationship, and all three managed to work Harris s name into the storyline For the most part, the way each one weaved Harris into the story seemed awkward, and somewhat cheesy Overall, two of the three stories are certainly worth a look I do recommend this book


About the Author: Stanley Bennett Clay

Stanley Bennett Clay received 3 NAACP Theatre Awards and 3 Drama logue Awards for writing, directing and co producing the stage play Ritual He made his film writing directorial debut with the film version, which was voted the Jury Award at the 2000 Pan African Film Festival Recently he wrote and directed the documentary You Are Not Alone, and examination of depression among black gay men.He wrote the plays Lovers Theatre of Arts , wrote and composed the musical Street Nativity Celebrity Centre Theatre , and wrote and starred in Armstrong s Kid Roy Arias Off Broadway Theatre NY He directed the west coast premiere of the play Jonin Estelle Harmon Theatre, Drama logue Award Direction , produced the GLAAD award winning Children of the Night Ebony Showcase Theatre , and produced the world premiere of Willie Esther which was a Los Angeles Times Critics Choice and won 2 L.A Weekly Awards, including Best Play He most recently directed the premiere production of B Boy Blues The Play adapted from the James Earl Hardy classic novel The production won The Audience Award at New York City s Downtown Urban Theatre Festival.As an actor, Clay starred, guest starred and was featured inthan fifty TV and film productions including Good Times, Cheers, Minstrel Man, James Michener s Dynasty, Cannonball and All The President s Men On stage, he did leads in Zooman and the Sign Drama logue Award NAACP Image Award Best Actor nominee Anna Lucasta NAACP Image Award Best Actor winner and Six Pieces of Musical Broadway Dorothy Chandler Pavilion He also appeared in Albert Camus Caligula Zodiac Theatre Bill Duke s Sonata Theatre of Arts and A Hatful of Rain Argo Repertory Company.He s the author of 6 novels Diva Fleming Sons , In Search of Pretty Young Black Men Atria , Looker Atria , Aching For It Ellora s Cave , Hollywood Flames Ellora s Cave and Madame Frankie Ellora s Cave Search won the 2005 New York HOTEP Society Award for Best Gay Novel He also co authored Visible Lives Three Stories in Tribute to E Lynn Harris For ten years 1991 2001 he edited and published SBC Magazine, then the most widely distributed national monthly for the Black LGBT community He received Genre Magazine s Life Guard Award, The National Black Writers Founder s Award, the first Black Gay and Lesbian Cultural Alliance Award, the 2008 Oakland Black Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Blatino Oasis 2010 Award for Literature, the Indianapolis Black Pride Brothers United Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature, and the first Better Brother Los Angeles Lifetime Achievement Award.He lives in Manhattan, New York with his husband Reny.


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