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Frank Ocean Wrote an Essay for New Moonlight Book

Frank Ocean Wrote an Essay for New Moonlight Book

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The limited-edition project is up for sale next week. 

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If you love the Barry Jenkins film Moonlight as much as we do, there's now a new way to consume it.

You may not remember it, but Moonlight actually began as a stageplay, of sorts. Tarell Alvin McCraney, who is currently the chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, wrote In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue as a project for drama school. It wasn't a proper play though, and was written in a "very visual language" according to McCraney, and so it didn't go to stage. Instead, a few years later, it went to film -- you can now watch that on Netflix.

The film version of the work racked up Best Adapted Screenplay for McCraney himself, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Picture in 2017. It's impact, as a coming of age story of a Black boy, dealing with ideas surrounding masculinity, sexuality, and family addiction, told through three extended chapters, will not soon be forgotten. And now, a version is being immortalized as a book.

On Monday, a limited edition book based on the film will be released by A24, the independent company that produced Moonlight. They will also drop books for the films Ex Machina and The Witch -- but what these latter two won't have is the inclusion of Frank Ocean.

The Moonlight book will open with a forward by Ocean, and include an essay by Hilton Als, adapted from his New Yorker piece "Moonlight Undoes Our Expectations." The three Oscars acceptance speeches given in 2017, will also be transcribed for the project. The book spans 224 pages, and previews show has a section dedicated to what seems to be still imagery from the film.

You can grab one on September 30 for $60 at the A24 online store, but know they will go fast.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.