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Evidence of BeingThe Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence$
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Darius Bost

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226589794

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226589961.001.0001

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The Contradictions of Grief

The Contradictions of Grief

Violence and Value in Blacklight Magazine

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(p.25) One The Contradictions of Grief
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Evidence of Being
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Darius Bost

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226589961.003.0002

This chapter examines the magazine's representations of a string of unsolved murders targeting same-sex-desiring and gender non-conforming black bodies in Washington, D.C., in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It then explores these serial murders as an alternative historical site for examining the problem of value as a raced, class, gendered, sexualized, and spatialized term. Through close readings of a poem and performance that responded to these murders, it shows how black gay artists imagined alternative to normative conceptions of value.

Keywords:   black gay media, serial murder, violence, social value, Washington, D.C

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