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4 comments | Sunday, May 11, 2008

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


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I am so going to purchase this book and not because of the ppl he's talkng about because he isn't naming names which i'm cool with and then i'm not. yes, it isn't his place to out them - but those ppl are are the same ppl who rap about not being what they are, who screwed up is that. ONe of my friends was like he should have named them because they are in the position to shut down the sterotypes and make the community better.And even if that happen it does mean that they would even do that for the lgbt community. It seems like a great read just because the book is about him and what happened to him as a child.

May 12, 2008 2:07 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

This is an overrated tabloid. And it does nothing for the gay community. In fact, it’s counterproductive. A gay man will out or teasingly out gay celebs for a profit. That’s shady.

Terrence, as a gay man, he should stick to telling his own story, don’t try to seep in your bio while outing people he may or may not have been with. It’s tacky and ridiculous.

The real story is tainted by this secret outing of the stars. To be real, this is a shame to our black SGL, gay community.

May 12, 2008 9:47 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Like most black gay books, I won't be reading this bullshit either.

When someone writes a memoir that ISN'T sensationalism, attributes their sexual identity to abuse, and actually AFFIRMS who they are from start to finish, without denigrating ANYONE else, let me know.

I can read a book like that, but I'm just not into bullshit - and this book will be nothing but.

May 13, 2008 8:16 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I agree with the last two post. They said exactly what I was thinking. I won't be buying the book either.

May 13, 2008 10:24 AM


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