2/18/2010 Fresh Fruit


Black History Month Special

"but when all the exquisitely gowned women on the floor are men and a number of the smartest men are women, ah then, we have something over which to thrill and grow round-eyed."
reported the gossipy black weekly The Interstate Tattler (paper of the 1920's)


Earnest Simpkins, Pat Nelson, Roy Close, Melissa Koch, Dawn Mikkelson

Earnest Simpkins, Chair of Twin Cities Black Pride, Health Education Outreach Worker
"TC Black Pride & The House Ball Community, an underground subculture of black & latino LGBT youth which challenges the way we perceive and perform masculinity and femininity."

Pat Nelson, teacher, activist, former Fresh Fruit Host
"Queer & Black during the Harlem Renaissance"



House Ball Blog

House ball video

Carry the Word:A Bibliography of Black LGBTQ Books
Vintage Entity Press
Redbone Press

The Harlem Renaissance:As Gay as it was Black, Feb 2 –28, 2010
Stonewall Library & Archives

Angelina Weld Grimké & Richard Bruce Nugent

Queer Culture, Queer Theory, Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields
"The Young and Evil" (1933) by Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler
America's first unashamedly homosexual novel

Gladys Bentley and Queers in Jazz


Roy Close, playwright, Director of Resource Development at Artspace Projects
"Remembering Charles Nolte"
Charles Nolte Collection

Melissa Koch & Dawn Mikkelson, Co-Directors, Filmmakers
The Redtail
While 4,400 aircraft mechanics wage a seemingly endless strike to keep their jobs from being outsourced – Mechanic Roy Koch and his daughter Melissa follow the trail of outsourcing to China.
Wednesday February 24 at 7:00pm.
Riverview Theater

Playlist Tracks: 
Theme artists: Judy Garland, B52s, Angela Motter, Tori Fixx, Josie Cotton, Ochi, David Bowie,Diana Ross, Scott Free, Gaye Adegbalola, Candye Kane, Lou Reed,DD/C, Sandy Rapp, Romanovsky Phillips, RuPaul - Fresh Fruit 3rd Thursday Theme
Album: collage by Dixie Treichel; Label: self-released
Anye Elite - I Got Him
Album: Preview; Label: self-released
Gaye Adegbalola - I Ain’t Ashamed
Album: , Gaye Without Shame; Label: Hot Toddy Music
Alberta Hunter - Stars Fell on Alabama
Album: The Legendary Alberta Hunter; Label: DRG Records
Gaye Adegbalola - Queer Blues
Album: , Gaye Without Shame; Label: Hot Toddy Music