James Earl Hardy (born 1960) is an African-American author, playwright, and filmmaker who is best known for his contributions to LGBTQ+ literature and the black gay community. He was born and raised in New York City and has been active in the LGBTQ+ community for many years.

Hardy is best known for his novels, which explore the experiences of black gay men and the complexities of love, relationships, and sexuality. He is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of black gay literature and has been a leading voice in the LGBTQ+ community for many years. His first novel, “B-Boy Blues,” was published in 1994 and has become a classic of LGBTQ+ literature. He has gone on to publish several more novels, including “If Only for One Night” and “Second Coming.”

In addition to his work as a novelist, Hardy is also a playwright and filmmaker. He has written several plays, including “Love Jones,” which explores the lives and loves of black gay men in New York City, and “Requiem for a Body Divided,” which explores the intersections of race, sexuality, and politics. He has also directed and produced several films, including “B-Boy Blues” and “Straight from the Heart.”

James Earl Hardy is widely recognized as a pioneering figure in LGBTQ+ literature and a leader in the black gay community. His contributions to LGBTQ+ literature and his commitment to promoting equality and social justice continue to inspire and inform new generations of writers and activists.