Orville Lloyd Douglas (born September 26, 1976) is a Canadian poet and prose writer.
He began writing poetry around the age of 20, initially only in his diary.
He has contributed to several Canadian and international publications, including The Guardian, ColorLines, Word Magazine, New Zealand Herald, Georgia Straight, Toronto Star, Xtra!, NOW, Library Journal, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
In 2007, Douglas' 15-minute radio documentary "The Good Son" was broadcast across Canada on the CBC Radio One program Outfront. The initial section of the documentary was an interwoven quilt of Douglas reading his poetry and interviewing his father. The 2nd part of the documentary was a monologue as Douglas talks about his frustrations. He explores issues such as homophobia in the black community, the pernicious hypocrisy and gay racism in the homosexual culture, heterosexual marriage, family discord, and racism against black men.
Douglas' poetry has been featured in the The Maple Tree Supplement, Wilderness House Literary Review, SNR Review, The Vermilion Literary Project,Pedestal Magazine. His poetry has also appeared in the Seminal (2007), the anthology of gay male Canadian poetry, published by Arsenal Pulp Press. His verse has also been featured in The Venomed Kissed, an Incarnate Muse Press anthology exploring issues of childhood emotional and psychological abuse.
Douglas' work focuses on the tensions and intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality
Douglas was "depressed and distraught" with the quality of his debut poetry collection, You Don't Know Me. The book explored many polemical issues such as death, drug abuse, male prostitution, suicidal idealization, suicide, depression, identity, love, and homophobia in Caribbean culture, and gay racism.
Xtra: "Douglas is not so much a poet who agonizes for years polishing a poem into a precious and delicate gem of language, as one using verse as a vehicle for venting raw emotion and making searing accusations."
In the essay "Shades of Blackface", published in The New Zealand Herald, Douglas criticizes Angelina Jolie for taking the female lead in the film A Mighty Heart. Douglas argues that since the real Mariane Pearl is what he terms a "bi-racial" woman, an actress of similar heritage such as Thandie Newton should have had the role instead of a white actress. Pearl, a multi-racial woman, is the daughter of a Dutch-Jewish father and an Afro-Chinese-Cuban mother.
He expands his thoughts about Hollywood racism and sexism against black women in a Georgia Straight opinion article, "Is White the New Black?"
The essay "Is Madea A Drag Queen?" appeared in the July/August 2009 issue of ColorLines. Douglas perspective is Tyler Perry's movies parrots a black gay aesthetic, reinforcing racist and sexist stereotypes about black heterosexual women and black gay men.
The article "Same Sex Marriage's Colour Bar" published in The Guardian, challenges the stereotype that the gay community is a monolithic group. He argues it is hypocritical and racist for the white gay elite to complain about homophobia in the mainstream culture, yet discriminate against gay people of colour.
In the piece "The Slighting of Serena Williams" featured in The Guardian, Douglas argues that the white American tennis establishment has a history of disrespecting African American tennis champion Serena Williams. His perspective is, the hostility the white media have towards Serena Williams is rooted in racism and sexism because she is a black woman dominating women's tennis, which is still a white sport.
- You Don't Know Me. Toronto: TSAR, 2005.
- Under My Skin. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2014.
- Seminal: The anthology of Canada's gay male poets. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007.
- The Venomed Kiss: Poems of childhood emotional and psychological abuse. Incarnate Muse, 2008.
Audio / videoEdit
- "The Good Son" - CBC Radio - 2007
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Brett Joseph Grubisic, "Black, Gay, and Angry," Xtra, July 20, 2005. Web, Mar. 12, 2019.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "I only have one book published “You Don’t Know Me” but I am still trying" by Orville Lloyd Douglas
- ↑ . http://www.cbc.ca/outfront/listen/2007/07-05-17.htm. Template:Dead link
- ↑ Mariane Pearl (August 2006). "The woman who gave me my strength". Glamour magazine. http://www.glamour.com/news/feature/articles/2006/07/10/womanstrength. Note: this article is also on the Institute for Jewish & Community Research website (link).
- ↑ Heller McAlpin (2 October 2003). "Collateral Damage". Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1002/p15s02-bogn.html?s=widep.
- ↑ Andrew O'Hehir (21 May 2007). "Beyond the Multiplex". Salon.com. http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/review/2007/05/21/cannes_5/. Retrieved 2007-06-16.
- ↑ Douglas'
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- ↑ "Same-sex marriage's colour bar". The Guardian (London). 2009-07-03. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/jul/03/gay-rights-race-marriage/print. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- ↑ "The slighting of Serena Williams". The Guardian (London). 2010-11-14. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/nov/14/tennis-serena-williams.
- ↑ Search results = au:Orville Lloyd Douglas, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 19, 2015.
- Douglas' "Shades of Blackface" essay in The New Zealand Herald
- Douglas' "Is White The New Black?" article in The Georgia Straight
- "Same Sex Marriage's Colour bar" article in The Guardian, 2009
- Serena Williams essay in The Guardian, 2010
- "Why I Hate Being a Black Man," The Guardian, 2013
- Orville Lloyd Douglas at Amazon.com
- Black, gay and angry, 2005 Xtra! interview with Orville Lloyd Douglas]
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