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Hiding in Hip Hop by Terrance Dean
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Jul 13, 2008

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There were lots of excuses about why Dean had as much sex as he had. He felt like he had never been loved and God had abandoned him. I admit that my heart hurt to read him talk about how his family died of AIDS because God was punishing him for being gay. I hated that no one talked about his childhood molestation. I hated that the church people failed to deliver him and yet he still believed that God hated him. I wish he had worked that out in the book but maybe that's the point. That kind of self-hatred doesn't just get worked out that's why men are hiding. I know that there are MSM all over the entertainment industry but the jump off parties he described were pretty salacious. It is an expose of deceptive black male sexuality but it's also an exploration of how tormented individuals can be when they feel like they have to hide themselves in plain sight. The book was a bit preachy and a bit woe is me-y but it did make me want to help create those spaces where black people can just be whatever type of people they need to be without judgment.

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message 1: by Jacquelyn (new)

Jacquelyn Courtrell-Washington I am not sure if I want to read this book. What you wrote has given me pause a bout how our community processes its thoughts and feelings about sexuality and specifically how our men see themselves in the larger framework of our culture. Thanks for the review

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