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Keith Boykin's 'For Colored Boys' Anthonlogy Inspires Gay Black Youth

EBONY.com
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August 6, 2012

The much-anticipated new anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough will be released online Wednesday August 8 and in bookstores August 13. The collection is edited by Keith Boykin, the New York Times bestselling author and television commentator. For Colored Boys collects the writings of more than three dozen Black gay and transgender voices who are media personalities, scholars, activists and other thought leaders. The book was launched last summer in the wake of numerous "young Black men literally committing suicide in the silence of their own communities," Boykin told EBONY. “The anthology was inspired by the tragic stories of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, Jaheem Herrera, Raymond Chase and Joseph Jefferson.”

Rod McCullom highlights "For Colored Boys," the new anthology edited by Keith Boykin with powerful essays and testimonials that provide refuge for LGBT Black youth. The anthology's title draws its inspiration from Ntozake Shange’s poem "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf," later made into a film by Tyler Perry.