Legends of the Ball XVIII: Marlon Riggs


Marlon was our backbone. Strong and eloquent. In my younger years I could have used someone as powerful and as willing to pursue truth. Marlon’s contributions to the culture mostly come as documentaries (“Ethnic Notions, Tongues Untied, and “Black Is Black Ain’t”) Each delving into what it means to be Black in this particular historic time. “Tongues Untied” is a particular stand out in the collection for it is narrated almost entirely by queer Black men’s poetry. Despite the passion and detail he put into the examining of racial issues, Riggs, in large, never recieved the full amount of admiration due to him, largely because of his unwillingness to live as anything but a open queer. We all know, from the common narative of queer life, that this kind of boldness is usually met with hostility.


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