Why You Should Know Rashid Darden
Writer’s note: Initially when given this assignment, I figured I’d go with a generic Black History figure that we’ve all heard way too much about. However something about that didn’t sit well with me and I soon felt like a walking contradiction. So I made it my duty to actively seek out a figure, still living, who impacted many within the LBGT Community. It also didn’t hurt that I was friends with him on Facebook for quite some time and knew of his published works through a mutual friend. But enough about me, the person I feel you should get to know is author, speaker, and photographer, Rashid Darden.
Self-proclaimed “queer as a football bat”, Darden first hit the national stage with his novel Lazarus, which gained critical acclaim from both the LBGT and African American communities. The book focused on the protagonist Adrian Collins, a gay college student who pledges a predominately black fraternity; a notion that resonated deeply with the black fraternal community as well.
The sequel to Lazarus, Covenant was set to release following Darden’s first novel, but financial challenges caused him to release only the e-book/Internet format. Covenant picks up where Lazarusleft off following the story of Adrian Collins, but also gives us a deeper look at characters introduced in the first novel. They become more integral to the novel as they are integrated “into a larger story of love, patience, and loyalty.” Darden has also completed the final installment of the series, Epiphany, which promises to “tie up all loose ends, introduce amazing new characters, and will allow readers to see Adrian’s definitive leaps into manhood.”
Darden is a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, which he pledged during his undergraduate years at Georgetown University. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, which is a historically Black Greek-Letter Organization founded in 1906. Awesome writer aside, Darden was also the Founding Chairman of the National Arts and Humanities Advisory Council, still considered the first among Black Greek-Letter Organizations.
Darden takes pleasure in photography, Tarot reading, and volunteering just to name a few. He can be found enjoying probate shows, Thai food, live music, and any bookstore. The e-book versions of his novels can be purchased directly from Old Gold Soul Press with the re-release of his first novel, Lazarus, to be available in the spring. His novels can also be found on Amazon.com.
Born and raised in Petersburg, VA, Anthony works as a State Farm Account Representative in Enterprise Rent-A-Car's Insurance Operations Department. In his spare time he can often be found wandering aimlessly, with camera in tow, snapping away. He's also a member of, the Richmond-based, Fools Day Comedy Troupe. Read his personal blog here and follow him on Twitter.
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