The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies presents "Sweet Tea, Black Gay Men of the South," a live performance and staged reading by writer E. Patrick Johnson.
Giving voice to a population rarely acknowledged in writings about the South, "Sweet Tea" collects life stories from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the southern United States. E. Patrick Johnson challenges stereotypes of the South as "backward" or "repressive," suggesting that these men draw upon the performance of "southernness," politeness, coded speech, and religiosity, for example, to legitimate themselves as members of both southern and black cultures. At the same time, Johnson argues, they deploy those same codes to establish and build friendship networks and to find sexual partners and life partners.
Sept. 9, 8 p.m.
Talk following the production
Sept. 10, 8 p.m.
Reception following the production
Sept. 11: No show
Sept. 12, 2 p.m.
The event is the first installment of the 2010 Performing Blackness Series, which is dedicated to the production of new theatrical forms that stimulate dialogue around race, identity and the role of art in fostering social change.