Constantly the victims of erasure when it comes to Black history, the stories and contributions of the Black queers of the Harlem Renaissance are resurfacing in a new documentary, and a particular segment of it called “Congo Cabaret”. An ambitious project that centers around gay and queer figures within the Renaissance, “Congo Cabaret” aims to bring to life the creative works these forgotten people left behind, through adaptation featuring gay and queer creatives. “Congo Cabaret”, adapted by Claude McKay’s novel "Home to Harlem", is one of the stories the documentary hopes to bring out.
The filmmakers are currently seeking funding to be able to shoot a “Congo Cabaret” as a fictional piece within the doc itself. Learn more about the project and how to get involved, right here.
photos: Claude McKay via NYT, Bessie Smithhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/228223025/congo-cabaret