Hiding in Hip Hop

Hiding in Hip Hop

On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry, From Music to Hollywood

Book - 2008 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
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Within the masculine culture of hip hop and Hollywood, there is a gay subculture that industry insiders are keenly aware of but choose to hide. Terrance Dean worked his way up for more than ten years in the entertainment industry from intern to executive, and has lived the life of glitz and bling along with Hollywood and hip hop's most glamorous. With a family full of secrets and working in an industry founded on maleness--where one's job, friendships, and reputation all depend on remaining on the down low and in hiding--Dean writes a revealing account of the journey of coming out from hiding. While full of startling anecdotes and true stories, this is not a traditional tell-all, but a provocative and honest look at stardom and sexuality.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416553397
1416553398
Branch Call Number: 306.765092 D282d
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 24 cm.

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Sep 02, 2014

Much, much better than I expected (and what really was I expecting?) "Hiding in Hip Hop" is a moving chronicle of one talented black gay* man's long journey from shame, confusion and despair to wisdom, strength, and the beginnings of love and self-acceptance.
There are passages in this book that will simply break your heart (and some that will seriously try your patience) as you follow Terrance Dean's struggles to come to terms with himself and the paradoxes and ironies of the down low life, especially as it collides with the excess and absurdities of the entertainment world. Some amusing anecdotes as well, and revealing glimpses (if you can figure out the aliases) of celebrities in hiding.
Highly recommended.
*Why do the subject headings categorize this as "African American Bisexual Male"?? Though he had a number of sexual experiences with women (mainly to camouflage his enduring attraction to men), throughout the book Dean identifies himself as gay, NOT bisexual

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