On Thursday, January 29, 2021 at 7PM CST, TUV Magazine Editor-in-Chief Gwendolyn D. Clemons and Nigel Ashford will collaborate to interview the iconic literary legend James Earl Hardy on OUTSpoken.

OUTSpoken is an online television/talk show that showcases LGBTQIA+ people of color to highlight and uncover the untold stories and realities of their lived experiences.


Nigel Ashford is the creator, producer, and host of OUTSpoken. He resides in Nashville, TN.

You can watch the broadcast live from OUTSpoken’s Facebook and Youtube.

James Earl Hardy is an American playwright, novelist, and journalist.

He is generally considered the first to depict same-sex love stories that take place within the hip-hop community. His writing is largely characterized by its exploration of the African-American LGBTQ experience.

James Earl Hardy’s classic novel “B-Boy Blues” celebrates its 25th Anniversary.  Years before “homo thug” and “down low” became infamous catchphrases, there was B-BOY BLUES.

Hardy’s novel ushered in the Africentric gay fiction genre, and put Black-on-Black male love on both the map and the bestseller lists! Regarded as one of the first novels exploring Black gay romance themes, the self-published “B-Boy Blues” became a cult classic and is considered required reading for Black men of the LGTBQ+ community.


Hardy’s original best-selling novel spawned a series of books including “If Only For One Nite,” “The Day Eazy-E Died,” “Love The One You’re With” and “A House is Not a Home” – mostly named after R&B songs and lyrics popularized by late R&B powerhouse Luther Vandross.

Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett is readying his feature film directorial debut with a film adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s groundbreaking novel “B-Boy Blues.”

Gwendolyn D. Clemons is TUV Media Co-Founder. She is the co-producer, co-creator, and co-host of The Unleashed Voice Talks. TUV Talks is an online television/talk show that features the lives of the Black LGBTQIA+ community.

Gwendolyn D. Clemons, Editor-in-Chief of TUV Media