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Author E. Lynn Harris Dead At 54

E. Lynn Harris, who introduced millions of readers to the “down low” lifestyle of black gay men, died Thursday night in Los Angeles while on a tour to promote his eleventh novel, Basketball Jones. His health had declined, but details of the cause of death are unavailable. Harris wrote novels that exposed readers to “black, affluent gay men who were masculine, complex and, sometimes, tormented” characters who had rarely been depicted in black literature. He encouraged the black community to talk frankly and candidly about homosexuality in books like Invisible Life, A Love of My Own, and his New York Times best-selling memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. He pretty much invented a new literary genre about black gay men living double lives. Keep reading »

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