E. Patrick Johnson has assembled a powerful anthology of new writings in Black queer studies with No Tea, No Shade. From the personal to the political, these essays explore black LGBTQ lives across time and space. Contributors include James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, Alison Bechdel and Kimberlé Crenshaw alongside emerging voices in contemporary scholarship. The collection grapples with questions of identity formation; archives and history-making; racism within the gay community; violence against transgender women of color; lesbian visibility under patriarchy; blackness as performance artistique ; religion and queerness ; drag king culture ; love between men during Apartheid South Africa . With “no tea” meaning no holds barred , this book offers up a strong shade that will challenge everything you thought you knew about race , sexuality , gender and intersectionality .
For who is this book for ?
This anthology is for anyone who wants to explore the intersections of race, sexuality and gender in LGBTQ lives. With essays by both well-known and emerging voices, it covers a wide range of topics and experiences. Whether you’re looking for personal reflections or cutting-edge scholarship, No Tea, No Shade has something for you.
- This book provides an in-depth exploration of the experiences of black LGBTQ individuals.
- The essays are thought-provoking and offer new perspectives on familiar topics.
- The anthology is edited by a leading scholar in the field, providing readers with authoritative insights into Black queer studies.
- The essays can be dense and difficult to read
- The book lacks a clear structure
- Some of the newer authors are not very well-known
Learn more about the author
E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montez de Oca Professor of Performance Studies and African American studies at Northwestern University . He is the author or editor of nine books including Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South (2010) , which won Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Nonfiction ; Appropriating Blackness : Performance and The Politics of Authenticity (2003) ; Queer Inclusive Education: Pedagogies Of Pleasure And Resistance(2007) ; and Posing a Threat: Performing Black Masculinity in America (2017).
“No Tea, No Shade is an expansive and intersectional anthology of essays exploring black LGBTQ lives. The editors have collected powerful writing from James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler to current voices in contemporary scholarship.”
“This is a much-needed and groundbreaking book that fills an important gap in the literature. The contributors are some of the leading voices in black queer studies, and their work provides a fresh perspective on key issues affecting LGBTQ people of color.”
“Required reading for anyone who wants to understand the intersections of race, sexuality and gender.”
“A brilliant, intersectional collection of essays on black queer lives. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the complexity and beauty of black LGBTQ existence.”