The book tour and promotional appearances for Terrance Dean's highly anticipated memoir "Hiding In Hip-Hop" has begun. The author and former MTV executive sat down with shock jock Wendy Williams last week for an exclusive interview that was unusually tame given Wendy's reputation for insulting and embarrassing her guests.
Dean raises more than a few eyebrows during the conversation as he talks about being raped as a child, losing his mother and siblings to HIV/AIDS and tales of being inducted into a salacious underground of DL parties in Los Angeles.
Southern Voice senior reporter Ryan Lee delves into the human side of Dean with a great article in the latest edition of Atlanta's Southern Voice. You can read the entire article here. Below are a few excerpts:
Dean on being introduced to the DL scene:
There was just this connection that we had, certain things we said, and he noticed —” Dean says, his voice trailing off as he struggles to articulate the unspoken exchanges that have taken place between men across ages.
“I don’t know, it was just something we just knew, we could identify with each other, the conversations we had,” he says. “He invited me over to his house, introduced me to other friends of his who were in the entertainment industry, and that was my first introduction to, ‘Oh, there are men like me, but we have to be quiet about our sexuality.’”
Dean on why he isn't naming names:
“The reason I don’t name names is because this book is not about them, and I’m not trying to out people,” he says. “This is my memoir, it’s about my experience.”
Dean on being raped:
I never said anything because I knew it was wrong,” Dean says. “The second time it happened, I was like, this is so inappropriate, and what does this say about me? Why is he attracted to me? What did I do to cause this?”
After the second incident, Dean told his family, but feared that news about the sexual abuse had raced through his Detroit neighborhood and everyone now considered him gay.
If you're in Atlanta on June 14 make sure you check out Terrance Dean in person at Outwrite Bookstores and an exclusive loldarian.com interview to follow.
You can listen to the Wendy Williams interview below and check out a special confession from the author here.
Hi-five to Clay Cane