as i have said on many occasions,
“edited volumes are so
much work!” And I have always had to follow that up with, “and the
ﬁnal product is worth it.” I am so thankful to see this next iteration of
black queer studies come to fruition, and that could not have happened
without the brilliant next generation of scholars whose work is contained
between these two covers. When I called, they responded with ﬁerceness
and genius. I thank all of you: Jafari S. Allen, Marlon M. Bailey, Zachary
Blair, La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Jennifer DeClue, Treva Ellison, Lyndon K.
Gill, Kai M. Green, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Kwame Holmes, Shaka Mc-
Glotten, Amber Jamilla Musser, Alison Reed, Ramón H. Rivera- Servera,
Tanya L. Saunders, C. Riley Snorton, Kaila Adia Story, Omise’eke Nata-
sha Tinsley, Julia Roxanne Wallace, and Kortney Ziegler. I trust that you
will teach the next generation of children the way in which ze will grow!
I have had the fortune of having some of the best research assistants for
this proj ect. Shoniqua Roach and Rhaisa Williams worked their magic in
helping me bring these many moving parts together. I owe both of you milk
for life! A special thanks to Margaret Lebron for working on the index.
To my colleagues Dwight A. McBride and Chris Cunningham, who
gave me feedback on early drafts of the introduction, thank you for your
candor and critical generosity.
To my wonderful editor, Courtney Berger, thank you for always listen-
ing to my pitches for new work, watching me soar in the clouds with my
ambition, but always grounding me with the realities of book publishing!
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