David Hajdu's biography of Duke Ellington 's collaborator Billy Strayhorn shows how the lyricist's life as one of the few openly gay men in mid-century jazz helped shape classic songs like " Lush Life. Kelefa Sanneh's New Yorker profile of the gospel artist Tonex explores how homophobia can impact an artist within that community. Especially black music, which has long been in desperate need of a voice like Ocean's to break the layers of homophobia. So far, tolerance seems to be winning over silence and secrecy. Los Angeles Times music writer Gerrick D. Gospel music authority Anthony Heilbut's newly published book of essays discusses the impact of " the gay men of gospel ," from key musical architects like James Cleveland to crossover figures like Bayard Rustin. In a sense, he is — but in the same way that anyone on the down low does.
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A Close Look At Frank Ocean's Coming Out Letter
He said nice things," Ocean writes of the moment his friend rejected him , this brief window into a summer place matters on a few levels. In a sense, he is — but in the same way that anyone on the down low does. The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange , will be released on July