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B-Boy Blues: A Seriously Sexy, Fiercely Funny, Black-on-Black Love Story

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  481 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Hardy's debut novel about the lives of black gay men in New York City is unabashedly and unapologetically written for the African-American male. Rough, sexy, humorous, and authentic, B-Boy Blues is a first-rate love story.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Alyson Books
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Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Re-read as of 8/17/18: I read this for the majority of August, taking my time to enjoy my revisit with one of my favorite books. I have to say that this re-read was a little bittersweet, though. I did feel some of the same ole love as when I discovered this book in the '90s, but being older, I can see some of the flaws in it now. It's still a great book about black workplace politics and being in the life, I just had an issue with Mitchell and Raheim's treatment of each other. I'll only excuse i ...more
Nilaja Montgomery
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any queer black folk who is wants to read a lite, fun, romantic story
I think I have read this book 7 or 8 times!!! It's amazing. I B-Boy Blues over ten years ago and it still seems like new everytime. This was the first book I read where the characters were black and gay and out of closet and they were interacting with other black gay folks. As a black lesbian diva I am always longing to see more stories about queer black folk dating, loving, and having friendships with other queer black folk.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: qtpoc
Read this for the first time back in 2005. I am supremely grateful to have the opportunity to read it again, with all of my (and my friends') original commentary alongside the text. I screamed. I laughed. I may have shed a tear or two. I fanned myself. It's sexy and sassy and silly and so very wonderfully Black.
Tama Wise
Jun 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Everyone has a book that they consider changed their life or had a great impact on them. This is mine. I read this back in university, whilst dealing with my own sexuality. I just remember devouring this book in a matter of days, consumed by the fact that the gay characters in this book were just like me. Colored, young and urban. They even listened to the same music as I did!

Great for the mere fact that it shows another side to gay life, one other than mainstream and white.
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the excitement of the book and my eyes where open to how black gay men live and the things they go thru. The writer kept me entertained.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book brought it on home to the urban black lower-middle class bois. Love you Pookie
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Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq, poc-rep
2.5 stars cuz i hated Raheim so fucking much. He fucked up the whole book, him and mitchell’s relationship was gross and unhealthy and annoying as fuck. However Mitchell was a very compelling narrator and there was alot of decent social commentary in here about what it means not only to be a black man, but a black gay man in America. I really loved every scene between Mitchell and his friends or his coworkers, and the introspection that had nothing to do with Raheim but he really ruined the nove ...more
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For the time it was written, one would barely be able to find a book that describes a deep love not just in romance, but as it is connected with passionate dancing. Beyond what people seem to define "love" as, this novel conveys that love is infinite and endless. It is expressed within how the love is with people of what America had once disgraced so much: colored and gay.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
It was a rare find for it's time.
Debra Crosby
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this book was scorching. after i read it it was passed around
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
read this many years ago... started reading at the beauty salon and was hooked.
Cathy Roberts
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book over 20 years ago. It was the first of book I read by Mr. Hardy. I learned a lot from this story, but most importantly it was a great read.
Kesia Alexandra
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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T.S. Moten-Graham
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin. I am Southern born and bred country boy. When I opened this story, I was entranced and transported to a world I did not know exist. The characters were real, the sayings were real, the environment was real. It was totally different from all the other same gender loving novels I had read. The characters were not pretty and dolled up. The characters were not all high dollar. I felt this story. I was captivated and at times I became moist. I learn how to dream in color after readi ...more
Carl Michael
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a hot, sexy read, full of hot, sexy characters. The author made the characters so realistic, some of them remind me of people I know. It has lots of humor, lots of romance, and lots of sex. If you're into that, this is the book for you.
R.K. Byers
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
tres gay.
David Bunegar
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read it because my friend left it at my house. I feel that the author did not want me to read it.
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
SGL tale of what can happen when
you find yourself having love for
a "thug". The story is deeper than
that, and its a great read.
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent Read
Ray Ray
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
break through book exploring gay urban love.
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“All of us are starving … for attention, for love, for understanding. I don't care what the sisters say: we take more shit than they do in this life, 'cause we are brothers in a white man's world, and there ain't no space for us. Never has been, never will be. All we want, all we need is someone to love us for who we are, to grow with us, so that the world ain't such a bad place.” 1 likes
“You got somebody in your corner, you lucky ... and blessed. And when you get that, you gotta know it, stand by it, and treat it with care. To nurture it. To build on it.” 1 likes
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