New York, NY – When Terrance Dean’s highly anticipated memoir is released on May 13, 2008 from Atria/ Simon and Schuster books, there is the strong likelihood that his rightful voice may be lost in the media hype. A true ‘first’ among firsts, Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry-From Music To Hollywood is the explosive tale of his tumultuous life as a down low brother in not only the entertainment business, but within the testosterone-driven world of Hip Hop no less! With that acknowledgement, it is all to possible that his very personal story of tragedy turned triumphant may be missed by journalists, bloggers and gossip columnists alike as they scramble to uncover the who’s who names behind his real life accounts.
Sincere to his unending commitment as an activist, author and motivator, Terrance Dean has launched a personal blog in advance of the novel’s release, “Reclaim Your Voice, Reclaim Your Life, Reclaim Your Power” at www.TerranceDean.blogspot.com. The blog reflects Dean’s own periodic musings as he embarks on this next dimension of his life’s journey.
The author of Reclaim Your Power! A 30-day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color (Villard Books), originally released in 2003, Dean has been a long time advocate for self empowerment and healing. He is the founder/creator of Men’s Empowerment, Inc. and co-creator of The Gathering of Men with Adeyemi Bandele, husband of acclaimed teacher and author, Iyanla Vanzant. He has lectured and conducted workshops at institutions and universities around the country motivating audiences with his special message of hope. Hiding in Hip Hop is yet another extension of this quest.
“We are divinely gifted and created by God,” offers Dean. “So no matter what, you are complete the way you are!”
Compelling, mind-blowing and jaw dropping, Hiding in Hip Hop will definitely stand apart as one of the year’s most controversial page turners. Unmasking the deep unspoken secret of a prominent gay sub-culture within not only the entertainment community, but within the confines of Hip Hop, Dean’s latest release is destined to send ripples throughout not only the Black and gay community, but the entertainment world at large. In an industry that thrives on power, misogyny and machismo, Dean reveals homosexuality as a stark reality at nearly every level of Hip Hop.
However his memoir is also a genuine sojourn of a young man searching for self, love, and sexual identity in the most homophobic places: family, community, church and Hip Hop. Struggling to find a place for himself in a homophobic culture, Dean’s compelling story is one of hope, love, and in spite of everything, coming to terms with one’s self and being a catalyst for change and empowerment in the game of Hip Hop.
To meet Terrance Dean in advance of Hiding in Hip Hop go to www.TerranceDean.blogspot.com now, and get to know the man behind the soon-to-be bestseller even better.