Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart

Photo: Program cover


Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart was a collaborative piece by performance artist, publisher, and poet Essex Hemphill and composer, musician, and actor Larry Duckette, that explored the time's present issues and experiences of contemporary gay black men and brought the striking and deeply personal work of two acclaimed Washington D.C. artists to a New York audience. Their charged work confronts many of the trying issues of their times taking on sexual terrorism, drug testing, and the nature of media coverage as its subject-matter. The centerpiece of this performance was "Brother to Brother," an arrangement of the late Joseph Fairchild Beam's unfinished essay, completed by Essex Hemphill and Dorothy Beam, originally intended as a sequel to the first ever anthology of Black gay literature, In The Life.

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