In thirteen candid and provocative essays, author Jarrett Neal reports on the status of black gay men in the new millennium, examining classism among black gay men, racism within the gay community, representations of the black male body within gay pornography, and patriarchal threats to the survival of both black men and gay men. What Color Is Your Hoodie? employs the author's own quest for visibility-through bodybuilding, creative writing, and teaching, among other pursuits-as the genesis for an insightful and critical dialogue that ultimately symbolizes the entire black gay community's struggle for recognition and survival.
“Jarrett Neal’s thoughtful and entertaining essays hold a peculiar beauty for those black folks in the know, those not in the know, and in many ways don’t want to know. What Color Is Your Hoodie? is Baldwinesque in its bareheaded honesty, and this fact alone is worth the price of the ticket.”
—Steven G. Fullwood, Co-Editor, Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call