James Earl Hardy
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James Earl Hardy is the author of the bestselling B-Boy Blues series, including B-Boy Blues, which has been praised as the first gay hip hop love story and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The novel was a 1995 Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) finalist for Best LGBT/Small Press Title and was prominently featured in Spike Lee's Get on the Bus. The book is required reading in contemporary African American fiction courses and gay & lesbian studies programs at colleges and universities across the globe. The other titles in the series are: 2nd Time Around (1996); If Only For One Nite (1997/American Library Association LGBT Caucus Honoree); The Day Eazy-E Died (2001); Love The One You're With (2002); A House is Not a Home (2005); and “Is It Still Jood To Ya?” (featured in the 2010 African American Literary Award nominee, Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris). The eighth installment, Men of the House, a young adult title, will be released in late 2016. Mr. Hardy's latest short story collection, Can You Feel What I'm Saying?: An Erotic Anthology, was a 2013 Rainbow Award Finalist for Best LGBT Erotica. He is also the author of biographies on Spike Lee and Boyz II Men.
Mr. Hardy’s stage adaptation of his bestselling novel, B-Boy Blues—as well as his one-man show, Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star (which is based on the life of adult film actor Tiger Tyson)—earned prizes from the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (the Audience Award in 2013 and Best Dramatic Short in 2010, respectively). B-Boy Blues recently had its sold out, Off-Broadway debut at Playwrights Horizons' Main Stage.
An honors graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Mr. Hardy is also an entertainment feature writer and cultural critic whose byline has been appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Essence, The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Newsweek, Out, The Source, Vibe, Upscale, The Advocate, and the Washington Post. His work has earned him a GLAAD Media Award Nomination; two Educational Press Association Awards; a Columbia University Press Association Feature Writing Prize; a Village Voice writing fellowship; grants from the E.Y. Harburg Arts Foundation and the American Association of Sunday & Feature Editors; and scholarships from WNYW-TV (New York), the Paul Rapoport Memorial Foundation, and both the New York and National chapters of the Association of Black Journalists.
Mr. Hardy was born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and currently resides in Murray Hill, Manhattan.