No Tea, No Shade

New Writings in Black Queer Studies

Book Pages: 440 Illustrations: 21 illustrations Published: October 2016

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Gender and Sexuality > LGBTQ Studies, Theory and Philosophy > Queer Theory

The follow-up to the groundbreaking Black Queer Studies, the edited collection No Tea, No Shade brings together nineteen essays from the next generation of scholars, activists, and community leaders doing work on black gender and sexuality. Building on the foundations laid by the earlier volume, this collection's contributors speak new truths about the black queer experience while exemplifying the codification of black queer studies as a rigorous and important field of study. Topics include "raw" sex, pornography, the carceral state, gentrification, gender nonconformity, social media, the relationship between black feminist studies and black trans studies, the black queer experience throughout the black diaspora, and queer music, film, dance, and theater. The contributors both disprove naysayers who believed black queer studies to be a passing trend and respond to critiques of the field's early U.S. bias. Deferring to the past while pointing to the future, No Tea, No Shade pushes black queer studies in new and exciting directions.

Contributors. Jafari S. Allen, Marlon M. Bailey, Zachary Shane Kalish Blair, La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Cathy J. Cohen, Jennifer DeClue, Treva Ellison, Lyndon K. Gill, Kai M. Green, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Kwame Holmes, E. Patrick Johnson, Shaka McGlotten, Amber Jamilla Musser, Alison Reed, Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Tanya Saunders, C. Riley Snorton, Kaila Story, Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley, Julia Roxanne Wallace, Kortney Ziegler


"No Tea, No Shade’s largest strength is its intimate relationship with its historical and theoretical origins: the text conjures up legends long ignored by white-dominated queer studies, including the Harlem Renaissance performer Gladys Bentley, the drag king MilDred, and Black Lace, a 90s-era erotic magazine by and for African-American lesbians." — Sarah Fonseca, Lambda Literary Review

"The contributors invalidate naysayers who believed black queer studies to be a passing trend and respond to critiques of the field’s early U.S. bias. They look to the past as they point toward the future and move black gay studies forward in new and exciting directions.?" — Amos Lassen, Reviews by Amos Lassen

"Aggressively interdisciplinary. . . . The highlights are many." — Mason Stokes, African American Review

"This anthology captures a sense of daring potential. . . . Cogent and compelling." — Jonathan Ward, European Journal of American Culture

"As the companionate text to Black Queer Studies, No Tea, No Shade demonstrates the vital nature of the concerns that we associate with this new field—the limits of respectability politics, the critical and ecstatic possibilities of sex, the racial, gender, and sexual regulations of the law, the diasporic range of black queer identities and communities, and so on. The sheer breadth of its inquiries signals a field that is alive and evolving." — Roderick A. Ferguson, author of Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique

"No Tea, No Shade collects writings from some of the most dynamic scholars and activists in black queer studies today. Visionary, and often irreverent, the scholarly essays collected here pose and respond to pressing questions for our times, forging new paths while connecting and diverging with trails previously blazed. It will be of interest to those wishing to chart black queer studies as a knowledge project as well as to those participating in the creation of a queer  trans* feminist world." — Kara Keeling, author of The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense


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E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, the coeditor of Blacktino Queer Performance and Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology, and the author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, all also published by Duke University Press.

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Foreword / Cathy J. Cohen  xi

Acknowledgments  xv

Introduction / E. Patrick Johnson  1

1. Black/Queer Rhizomatics: Train Up a Child in the Way Ze Should Grow / Jafari S. Allen  27

2. The Whiter the Bread, the Quicker You're Dead: Spectacular Absence and Postracialized Blackness in (White) Queer Theory / Alison Reed  48

3. Troubling the Waters: Mobilizing a Trans*Analytic / Kai M. Green  65

4. Gender Trouble in Triton / C. Riley Snorton  83

5. Reggaetón's Crossings: Black Aesthetics, Latina Nightlife, and Queer Choreography / Ramón H. Rivera-Servera  95

6. Represent Freedom: Diaspora and the Meta-Queerness of Dub Theater / Lyndon K. Gill  113

7. To Transcender Transgender: Choreographers of Gender Fluidity in the Performances of MilDred Gerestant / Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley  131

8. Toward a Hemispheric Analysis of Black Lesbian Feminist Activism and Hip Hop Feminism: Artist Perspectives from Cuba and Brazil / Tanya Saunders  147

9. The Body Beautiful: Black Drag, American Cinema, and Heteroperpetually Ever After / La Marr Jurelle Bruce  166

10. Black Sissy Masculinity and the Politics of Dis-respectability / Kortney Ziegler  196

11. Let's Play: Exploring Cinematic Black Lesbian Fantasy, Pleasure, and Pain / Jennifer Declue  216

12. Black Gay (Raw) Sex / Marlon M. Bailey  239

13. Black Data / Shaka McGlotten  262

14. Boystown: Gay Neighborhoods, Social Media, and the (Re)production of Racism / Zachary Blair  287

15. Beyond the Flames: Queering the History of the 1968 D.C. Riot / Kwama Holmes  304

16. The Strangeness of Progress and the Uncertainty of Blackness / Treva Ellison  323

17. Re-membering Audre: Adding Lesbian Feminist Mother Poet to Black / Amber Jamilla Musser  346

18. On the Cusp of Deviance: Respectability Politics and the Cultural Marketplace of Sameness / Kaila Adia Story  362

19. Something Else to Be: Generations of Black Queer Brilliance and the Mobile Homecoming Experiential Archive / Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace  380

Bibliography  395

Contributors  409

Index  415
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Winner of the Marcia Herndon Book Prize, presented by the Society for Ethnomusicology

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-6242-5 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-6222-7
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