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In this chapter, Marlon M. Bailey employs an insider perspective to examine Cedric Brown’s play Cuban Hustle. Having performed in a production of the play, Bailey engages the play from the perspective of how its thematics highlight the limited erotic possibilities and marginalization of black gay men in the United States and Cuba and, alternatively, the potential of erotic desirability in the black queer diaspora.

This chapter features D. Soyini Madison’s interview with Cuban Hustle creator Cedric Brown. Madison and Brown discuss the political implications of the play’s depictions of black gay male sexuality and U.S.-Cuban relations. Brown ultimately asserts that the play is a metaphor for the relationship between the United States and Cuba.

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