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Terrance Dean Remembers E. Lynn Harris

Terrance Dean Remembers E. Lynn Harris

Author: Terrance Dean

July 5, 2010

E. Lynn Harris was not only a mentor to me, but a friend. He encouraged me to share my stories and helped me to understand the power of my words, and voice. As a fan of Lynn, in reading his works, I felt he embodied the Harlem Renaissance, the spirit of the social activism of James Baldwin, the cunning and wit of Langston Hughes, the romance of Countee Cullen, and the ingenious storytelling of Zora Neal Hurston. His works spoke volumes in regards to the complex, yet unique love we have in our community. His books not only changed the landscape of gay fiction, but gay life, and the black community. He empowered and inspired many men, and women, to live their lives proudly and boldly.

This July will be honoring the memory of author E. Lynn Harris, who passed away last year. As a part of our tribute, we asked his friends and peers to tell us about the important legacy of his work and his incredible impact on the community.

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About: Terrance Dean

Writer/Author/Columnist, Terrance Dean, is a 2005 John Seigenthaler Journalism Fellow, and the author of the Essence Magazine best-seller Hiding In Hip Hop - On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books - May 2008). Dean is also the author of Reclaim Your Power! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color (Random House/Villard - May 20030; and he conceived the idea and concept for the tribute book, Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris (Kensington – May 2010), for his dear friend and mentor, New York Times best-selling author, the late E. Lynn Harris.

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