It looks like the Homosexuals are getting their very own Superhead! Former MTV executive Terrence Dean (pictured left) is blowing the lid off of a Gay/DL subculture silently festering within the confines of hip hop in a new book entitled Hiding In Hip Hop: On The Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood. Terrence will out the lifestyles of prominent gay celebrities of color from hip hop to Hollywood in the book. Unlike Superhead, Dean protects the identities of the people in his book by using pseudonyms.
Here are some highlights from the book:
Dean is at Keenan Ivore Wayans’ Birthday party. There were two male celebrity actors standing a few feet in front of us. They didn’t notice us because the club was dark. Both men are young and very attractive and have starred in some comedic and dramatic films. One of the actors “Junior”, is a tall, muscular, brown-skin brother who got his start in television and is known for comedic roles in films. He never married but he has a couple of children with a girlfriend. The other dark-skin actor, “Fritz”, has been in a few movies and has starred in a popular television drama. The two are obviously a gay couple, which surprises Dean, although he says there has been much speculation about “Junior.”
Dean’s friend Sandy is working on a film with some major stars in it. “The lead was “Lucas,” who is a megastar. No matter what film project he was attached to it was bound to be a box office smash. In Hollywood, he is considered a golden boy and very bankable. However, there were already many rumors swirling about his sexuality, and even though he married, it was hard for him to shake those pesky gay rumors.”
Every day, Sandy says, Lucas’ friend “Kareem, a leading [married] sitcom actor,” visits his trailer, where they go inside and—everyone believes—have sex. Dean also says that Lucas runs with a circle of high-level superstar down low types. He later meets Lucas again and finds him to be “smooth, charismatic, and charming,” and his wife even brings goodies to the film crew.
Dean’s friend “Corey” is a singer-songwriter who was featured on the MTV series The Cut, opened shows for Jay-Z, appeared in a Broadway musical, and then signed with “Eli, a popular multiplatinum rapper, who had just started a label at the time (in the 90s).”
“Eli was a force to be reckoned with. He flew out the gate with his debut album and would become a mainstay in the ever-changing Hip Hop industry, where many rappers are one-hit wonders. He has been hailed as one of the greatest rappers to bless the mic.”
It turns out that Corey has been giving oral sex to Eli (whom Dean describes as “fine as hell”) in Eli’s home studio. “Up until that moment I had never heard anything remotely close about the rapper being gay. Eli was a burgeoning superstar who parlayed his marketability into television and movie credits. He even had a promising clothing line. But every man’s got needs and Eli’s needed tending to.”
I have some guesses. What are yours?
Lucas = Will Smith or Eddie Murphy?
Kareem = Eric La Salle?
Eli = Dr. Dre or Diddy?
Junior = Jamie Foxx or Shawn Wayans?
Corey = Eminem, (if Eli is Dr. Dre)?