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trailer: the queer blues divas at the heart of the harlem renaissance

March 2, 2020
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Queer Harlem Renaissance: A Prospectus is a 15-minute documentary short that contextualizes and shines light on Black and queer performers, musicians and artists at the cultural epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance, exploring queerness in unambiguous ways.

In creative disciplines across the board, there were many pioneering thinkers and writers, like Nella Larsen and Langston Hughes, who used their work to explore sexuality. But when it came to the Blues scene, lesbian and bisexual musicians like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker, Ethel Waters and Gladys Bentley not only dominated the genre, they often subverted gendered expectations for women of the era in their performance.

Queer Harlem Renaissance: A Prospectus is set to premiere in Harlem on April 9, with online streaming released on on April 10.