Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-05-13
About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Johnson 'Sweet' message about southern Black gays
by Yasmin Nair

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

E. Patrick Johnson's recently published book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, is an oral history of people who, according to popular wisdom, only live where they do because they have nowhere else to go even though they'd much rather much be somewhere else. In Sweet Tea, Johnson ( Pictured, right, with Dwight McBride. Photo by Yasmin Nair ) provides evidence to the contrary, showing that Black gay men who live in the South often choose to do so and that they have a complex relationship with the region of their birth despite its racial history.

Johnson is a professor of African-American studies at Northwestern; chair and director of graduate studies; and a professor in the Department of Performance Studies. His first book was Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, and he's also a performing artist. He brings this background to the publication of Sweet Tea: His book tour is accompanied by performances of some of the oral histories of the book. Sweet Tea was officially launched Oct. 2 at Northwestern University with such a performance and book-signing.

Dwight McBride, dean of liberal arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, introduced Johnson. According to McBride, Sweet Tea 'takes on the myriad assumptions about Black gay men in the south and the all-too-facile characterizations of the south as anti-gay' and provides us with 'an incredible new archive.' With no props other than the chair he sat on, a lectern and a nearby table for his water, Johnson re-enacted the narratives of six of his subjects, whose ages ranged from 24-93. They included Chaz/Chastity, a trans individual; Stephen, a student at the University of Alabama; and Duncan Teague, a 'southern diva' who proudly proclaimed to the author: 'I am Black. I am the South. MISS South.'

Photo of McBride ( left ) and Johnson by Yasmin Nair

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.

Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News  Entertainment Features Donate Bars & Clubs Calendar Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.