Remembering Essex Hemphill

Acclaimed poet Essex Hemphill died of AIDS in 1995, but his thoughts about race, and sexuality resonate well into the 21st century, as exemplified by the number of times his name appears in online profiles under favorite authors.

In a 1992 Q&A, the influential poet ruminated on topics as diverse as the controversial movie Basic Instinct, white men’s obsession with the black penis, and the idea that Madonna pirated her Vogue act from a marginalized community.

It’s Essex unbound in Interview with Essex Hemphill.

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