Celebrating Writer Langston Hughes -- Black, Red and Gay | HuffPost
From dance and literature to activism and comedy, their contributions cannot be questioned. Alvin Ailey is considered one of the most influential choreographers of the 20 th century, making a lasting impact on the art of modern dance. Alicia Keys is set to executive produce a biopic based on his very complicated life. The s entertainer, once the highest paid in the world, was bisexual, famously carrying on an affair with Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and other women while marrying four different men throughout her life. Considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, literary icon and civil rights activist James Baldwin spoke openly about same-sex relationships and wrote several brilliant works featuring gay and bisexual characters. Hughes was very private about his personal life, but most scholars and academics who have studied his work have concluded he was homosexual, as he included gay codes and references within much of his writing, according to the University of Illinois, Springfield. Much like her mentor Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith was a bisexual singer who sang of her love of both men and women.
The tone is plaintive, not provocative. Should Hughes, the late poet revered as a hero in the African-American community, be forced out of the closet? No, says a coalition of black librarians who persuaded City Librarian Elizabeth Martinez Smith to withdraw the posters and a bibliography of homosexual works that, rightly or wrongly, includes Hughes. Absolutely yes, say gay activists, including many library employees.
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