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BROTHER TO BROTHER (Wolfe Releasing)
Get theater screening information, cast bios, news and more at the film distributor’s site for BROTHER TO BROTHER.

Fading Into Memory: BROTHER TO BROTHER and the Love Between Generations
Read a short essay by filmmaker Rodney Evans on this Landmark Theatres site, in which he writes about the content and form of BROTHER TO BROTHER and first learning about Bruce Nugent.

Latino Review: An Interview With Director Rodney Evans
This 2004 Q&A with Evans talks about financing and casting BROTHER TO BROTHER.

The Bay Windows: BROTHER TO BROTHER is a Date Movie with History
Evans discusses his screening his first film, Close to Home, as well as the theatrical release of BROTHER TO BROTHER in this February 2005 article.

Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD)
A supporter of BROTHER TO BROTHER, GMAD represents the largest constituency of black gay men on the East Coast, working to improve quality of life within the New York City black gay community by fighting AIDS, homophobia and racism through education and advocacy.

The Harlem Renaissance Online NewsHour Forum: The Harlem Renaissance
Various journalists and scholars weigh in on such questions as how the Harlem Renaissance affected politics and why it ultimately ended.

African American Literature Book Club: Harlem Renaissance
Read about the Harlem Renaissance period and get author biographies, a book list and Zora Neale Hurston’s slang glossary.

Northern Kentucky University: Harlem Renaissance
Learn about the painters, poets and writers of the Harlem Renaissance, get bibliographies of selected women writers, read poems and stories and view art from the period.

CSU: Perspectives in American Literature: Harlem Renaissance
This introduction to the Harlem Renaissance on this California State University site includes a list of novels and a chronology of important events.

The Schomburg Exhibition: Harlem 1900–1940
View this exhibition portfolio from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which includes a timeline and information on related artists, intellectuals and organizations.

Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance
Read essays and view artwork from the Harlem Renaissance from this 1997 exhibition presented by Hayward Gallery, Institute of International Visual Arts and University of California Press.

Harlem Renaissance Bibliography
Get an extensive reading list of authors from the Harlem Renaissance with Georgetown University’s Collaborative Bibliographies in American Literature and Culture Studies.


The Authors

Langston Hughes
Read a brief biography of Hughes and selected poems—including one recording Hughes made himself—on this site from the Academy of American Poets.

Zora Neale Hurston
Learn more about Hurston’s life and work in writing, anthropology and collecting folklore from this DC Library site.

Richard Bruce Nugent
Get bio and information on Nugent from The African American Registry.

Lambda Literary Foundation: Harlem Renaissance Remembered
This review of The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman also includes information on Thurman’s life.

The Fire!! Press
Richard Nugent, who co-founded the literary magazine Fire!!, established the Fire!! Press in 1982 with African American literary collector Thomas Wirth. Learn more about the original 1926 magazine, re-printed in 1985 from Nugent’s originals, and purchase copies of the re-production.

Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance: Selections from the Work of Richard Bruce Nugent
By Bruce Nugent, Edited by Thomas Wirth
(Duke University Press, 2002)
A comprehensive collection of Nugent’s writing, including an introductory essay by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the short story “Smoke, Lilies and Jade,” and various photos and illustrations.

Fire!! A Quarterly Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists
Edited by Wallace Thurman
(Fire!! Press, 1985)
First printed in 1926, this pivotal magazine was re-produced by Bruce Nugent’s Fire!! Press in 1985.

The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader
By David L. Lewis
(Penguin, 1995)
This collection includes the works of 45 Harlem Renaissance novelists, short story writers, essayists and more.

The Collected Writings of Wallace Thurman: A Harlem Renaissance Reader
Edited by Amritjit Singh and Daniel M. Scott
(Rutgers University Press, 2003)
An anthology of Thurman’s writings, including his essays, letters, selections from Infants of the Spring and three previously unpublished major works.

The Complete Stories
By Zora Neale Hurston
(Perennial, 1995)
This volume contains Hurston’s short fiction, poems, folk tales, legends and more.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
(Perennial, 1998)
The best-known and perhaps most controversial of Hurston’s works, this novel follows the life of Janie Crawford, a woman living in the all-black town of Eaton, Florida.

Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography
By Zora Neale Hurston
(Perennial, 1996)
First published in 1942, Hurston’s memoirs detail her rise from a poor childhood in the rural South to her role as one of the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
By Langston Hughes
(Vintage, 1995)
More than 850 poems are included in this collection edition of Hughes’s works, in addition to a detailed chronology and extensive textual notes.

Short Stories of Langston Hughes
By Langston Hughes
(Hill and Wang, 1997)
This collection contains 47 of Hughes’s stories, many previously out of print, plus an introduction and an appendix of the author’s early work.


The Cast Q&A With Anthony Mackie
Read a 2004 interview with Anthony Mackie, the actor who plays Perry in BROTHER TO BROTHER. An Interview with Anthony Mackie
Mackie talks about his work, including starring in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, in this 2004 interview. Roger Robinson
Read a filmography of Roger Robinson, who played Older Bruce in BROTHER TO BROTHER, and his film and television work. Larry Gilliard, Jr.
Get a filmography of Larry Gilliard, Jr., who played Marcus in BROTHER TO BROTHER. An Interview with Aunjanue Ellis
Aunjanue Ellis, talks about playing Zora in BROTHER TO BROTHER and starring in Ray with Jamie Foxx in this 2004 interview.

The Advocate: Props to a Gay Hero
Duane Boutte, who played Young Bruce in BROTHER TO BROTHER, discusses portraying a Harlem Renaissance legend in this 2004 article. An Interview With BROTHER TO BROTHER’s Daniel Sunjata
Read an interview with Daniel Sunjata, who played Langston in BROTHER TO BROTHER and was voted one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People. Alex Burns
View a filmography of Alex Burns, who played Jim in BROTHER TO BROTHER. Ray Ford
View a filmography of Ray Ford, who played Wally in BROTHER TO BROTHER.


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