Black Gay Author Terrance Dean Comes Back “Out” in Hip Hop Re-Introducing the Titles That Started It All, Hiding In Hip Hop and Mogul Now Available as eBooks

Nashville, TN – Hip Hop is officially ‘out.’ Openly gay and transgender personalities are now featured on top rated TV network shows like Fox’s “Empire”; Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”; and even on reality TV on VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood.” While some may not remember, it was best-selling author  Terrance Dean who first flung open the door and literally pushed Hip Hop “out” of the closet. Hip Hop has not been the same since!

In 2008 Dean released the book that turned the entertainment industry upside down, or for some right side up. His memoir, HIDING IN HIP HOP: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry – from Music to Hollywood (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books – May 2008) was an explosive tell-all revealing intimate and heart-wrenching details about his personal life as a gay man in the entertainment business. Terrance tore the lid off a hidden culture within the testosterone-driven world of Hip Hop when he revealed a new dimension in a world notorious for its larger-than-life masculine swagger. Bravely unmasking the deep secrets of a prominent gay sub-culture within not only the entertainment community, but more specifically, within the confines of hip hop, HIDING IN HIP HOPbecame the runaway, most talked about, and most Googled book sensation of the year.

Dean then followed up with his fictionalized novel account, MOGUL (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books – June 2011).  MOGUL went even deeper inside Hip Hop to reveal just how rampant homosexuality reigns in an industry that on the surface purports hyper-masculinity as its calling card.  MOGULfollows Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, a young music icon, as he juggles money, fame, and women as CEO of a record label, while also indulging in a clandestine relationship with his hot superstar artist, the sexy hunk, Tickman.  MOGUL gave readers the inner behind-the-scenes moves of a community of down low and gay industry companions, known as ‘The Family,’ who support and propel Big A.T. as Hip Hop’s most beloved producer. Dean’s debut fiction release ripped through the industry as insiders, naysayers, and fans speculated and compared the tale to real life rumors and hearsay.

Dean met the controversy head on, even as media and readers alike were not quite ready to accept the truth he was serving. However, accounts and predictions he made at that time have now come full circle and today, in 2015, Hip Hop has been fully outed.
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“I am elated that my book, HIDING IN HIP HOP, has helped to spark this discourse. Years ago, while I was touring and conducting interviews, I predicted that Black LGBTQIA persons would come forward and no longer be relegated to the “closet.” Now, with talented artists such as, Jussie Smollett, Frank Ocean,Laverne Cox and Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, we are seeing ourselves as part of the fabric of America, and, more importantly Black life and Black culture,” expresses Dean.

“When I wrote MOGUL I had no idea that a show like “Empire” or even the recent airing of VH-1’s “OUT In Hip Hop” would be possible. But, after my book was released, I knew I had done something powerful, transformative, and trailblazing,” asserts Dean. “As a writer, artist, or creative person when you produce a product you don’t think of the future. You’re only present in the moment. You never know what the world will say or how people will respond. Yet, when you do something so provocative, so intense and against the grain, and people respond positively and negatively, then, you know you’ve done your job. I’m thankful each day God has given me a voice, and visibility, to express myself in all of my blackness and gayness.”

Speaker, educator, author and Detroit native, Terrance Dean took a hiatus from the entertainment industry and received his Master’s in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2014. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Religion at Vanderbilt University in the Graduate Department of Religion. He is also a 2005 John Seigenthaler Journalism Fellow from Vanderbilt University. Dean has lectured and conducted workshops at noted institutions of education around the country.

In 2011, Dean was acknowledged as the first Black gay author to be nominated for two Lambda Literary awards for two books in two different categories; his book, “Visible Lives” was nominated for LGBT Anthology, and his book, “Straight From Your Gay Best Friend” was nominated for LGBT Non-Fiction. Dean is a contributing writer to the anthologies, Souls of My Brothers and Always Too Soon.
 

Dean has written for and been featured in mainstream and urban media outlets around the globe. He has also appeared across the country and internationally, on popular syndicated radio shows and made numerous national television appearances.

Dean currently writes a weekly advice column,”Straight From Your Gay Best Friend,” on the popular urban website, Bossip.com, reaching by over 100,000 readers weekly.

Both HIDING IN HIP HOP and MOGUL are available in hardback, paperback, and as eBooks wherever books are sold.

Connect with Terrance Dean on Twitter at @terrancedean and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/terrance.dean .




“Hiding in Hip Hop” Author Terrance Dean Prepares to Set the Industry On Fire With New Book Release MOGUL: A Novel

New York – On April 4th, music producer and popular New York DJ personality Mister Cee was arrested for sexual lewd acts with a man. On April 17th, “straight” rapper Lil B sent the Hip Hop world into a frenzy when he announced plans to title his upcoming album, “I’m Gay.” Then on May 15th, CNN’s beloved news anchor, Don Lemon ‘came out’ and went public revealing he’s gay. But on June 14th, when entertainment industry insider and best-selling author Terrance Dean releases his anxiously anticipated debut novel MOGUL (Atria Books Original Paperback – June 2011; $15) these revelations will all make sense.

Though fictional, MOGUL goes deep inside Hip Hop to reveal just how rampant homosexuality reigns in an industry that on the surface purports hyper-masculinity as its calling card. MOGUL follows Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, a young music icon, as he juggles money, fame, women and running a record label, while indulging in a clandestine relationship with his hot superstar artist, the sexy hunk, Tickman. MOGUL gives readers the inner behind-the-scenes moves of a community of down low and gay industry companions, known as ‘the family,’ who support and propel Big A.T. as Hip Hop’s most beloved producer.

MOGUL is the explosive factor that ties together the recent rash of real life homosexual media reveals. Society is not as ‘straight’ as it seems!

Terrance Dean

A rollercoaster read MOGUL will incite speculation as Dean paints a true-to-life portrait of the entertainment business and its many personalities. His larger-than-life characters hint at real life celebrities. The drama reads like the events of today’s fast paced headlines. And the sex sizzles off the pages. Dean’s debut fiction release centers him as a novelist grounded in the game. Interestingly, amid the excitement, passion and suspense, Dean writes with truth and sincerity that evokes compassion for his characters. He keeps the reader entertained, while at the same time dispelling the many misaligned preconceptions about what one thinks they know about not only the entertainment business, but the world of men who love men.

Dean’s Hiding In Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood(Atria Books – May 2008) tore the lid off the down low culture within the testosterone-driven world of Hip Hop. Uncovering a secret dimension in a world notorious for its larger-than-life masculine swagger, Dean bravely unmasked elements of a prominent gay sub-culture within the confines of Hip Hop. The book was a memoir which freed the author as he came to terms with his own sexuality.

Dean has since solidified his stance as a no-holds-barred gay author. His book, Straight, From Your Gay Best Friend – The Straight Up Truth About Work, Relationships, and Having a Fabulous Life! (Agate Bolden Books – October 2010), and advice column with the same name at www.HelloBeautiful.com, have since endeared him to an audience that recognizes he keeps it real at all costs. On the surface, it may seem sensationalistic, but his pure intentions for self-liberation, self-love, and self-worth are always right beneath the surface. In fact, his first book, Reclaim Your Power! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color(Random House/Villard – May 2003) laid the foundation for the journey Terrance Dean finds himself traveling with his work. His third book. Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris (Kensington/Dafina Books – May 2010) for his dear friend and mentor, New York Times best-selling celebrated gay author, the late E. Lynn Harris, further showcased his commitment and stance as a writer dedicated to a community that will continue to be heard and acknowledged.

“‘MOGUL’ is a story that I’ve wanted to tell for a long time, and I’m happy it’s finally being told. There are many gay men and women in the entertainment industry who silently work behind the scenes without recognition. As someone who has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade, I feel people have a misconstrued and delusional idea of what celebrities lives are like, and what the industry is like,” reveals Dean.

“I want to invite readers into this world of power, seduction, and fame showing at what costs, and length, a person will go to rise to the top. Besides, I also feel it’s important we start a serious conversation and dialogue about homophobia in Hip Hop, and within the Black community. We’ve done so much when it comes to repealing, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ in the military. I feel it’s time to repeal the same within the entertainment industry, particularly amongst Black celebrities who are afraid to come out for fear of backlash,” adds Dean. “Its no longer about ‘hiding in hip hop.’ Its time to bring it all out.”

Terrance Dean is hosting two forums in support of the release of MOGUL. The panels, “Young, Black, Gifted and Gay…Powerful Men In The Entertainment Industry,” will be in New York on Tuesday, June 14 at the Center For Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and in Atlanta on Thursday, June 29 at Outwrite Bookstore, 991 Piedmont Avenue, Northeast, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.




Best-Selling Author Terrance Dean Gives it to Us “Straight From Your Gay Best Friend”

Los Angeles – In today’s society, every woman needs a gay best friend, someone who gives it to her straight, no chaser, about life, clothes, sex, and relationships. NeNe from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” has her gay best friend, Dwight Eubanks. “Sex In The City” sweetheart, Carrie Bradshaw often turns to her gay best friend, Stanford, and “Will and Grace” set it off first detailing the symbiotic relationship between a woman and her gay best friend. From the inner-city to suburbia, the gay best friend – smart, sympathetic, and straight-talking – is who every woman needs in her life.


Best-selling author, Terrance Dean
But, just in case you are in need of some realistic advice and comfort and don’t have a gay best friend’s door to knock on or number to text, Terrance Dean is coming to the rescue with the release of his latest book, STRAIGHT FROM YOUR GAY BEST FRIEND – The Straight-Up Truth About Relationships, Work, and Having a Fabulous Life (Agate/Bolden – October 2010; $15). Known for his no holds barred delivery – Dean’s debut explosive memoir, HIDING IN HIP HOP – On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry From Music to Hollywood (Atria/Simon &Schuster – May 2008) became the runaway, most talked about, and most Googled book sensation of the year.

Dean’s newest book, Straight From Your Gay Best Friend, offers direct and to-the-point insights on some of life’s most challenging issues. Dean helps women discover the power they need for a life of abundant success, prosperity, and happiness with loving relationships. Straight From Your Gay Best Friend dispenses practical advice and tips on creating healthy relationships from a place of love. Dean is the quintessential gay best friend speaking candidly to women on healing their souls of past hurts in order to tap into their fabulousness. Be it family, friends, career, love, sex, and intimate relationships of all kinds, he dishes advice mixed with a little sass, wit, humor, forwardness, and spirituality as only a gay man can do.

As Dean candidly offers, “First and foremost, we are men. We know men. We know how we act, and what we will do in various situations. We’re the best ally for a woman who needs advice on her relationships and love life. Trust me, we are not going to steer women wrong. We can also be that go-to person for a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and the straight truth about everything. We’re not in competition with our good girlfriends, nor do we have an ulterior motive. We are not trying to sleep with our girlfriends, and we certainly won’t borrow your best fashions and not return them.”

Dean also dedicates a chapter to one of the most controversial topics – down-low gay men. He expresses, “Well, the down-low phenomenon is not just prevalent in the black community, but in all communities, including whites, Latinos, and Asians. Unfortunately, when people hear the term down-low, they associate it with the black community. I feel there should be more open discussions in all communities around sex and sexuality. We’re so afraid to have those discussions, though, that it’s crippling us – as a result, we have an alarming rate of HIV infection among women. People are scared to talk about gay sex, bisexuality, and down-low. If we talk about it then we have to admit it exists. As long as we avoid talking about it, we are keeping it in the closet, and we are keeping ourselves in the dark.”

As a contributing columnist/blogger for the website, Hello Beautiful, at http://hellobeautiful.com/author/terrancedean/ with a regular feature entitled, “Straight From Your Gay Best Friend,” Terrance Dean is indeed an expert counselor. He dispenses advice on a weekly basis to an audience of thousands of fans and he is the virtual “Dear Abby” for an international Hip Hop audience.

Author, speaker, educator, advice columnist, the Detroit native, now residing in Los Angeles, Terrance Dean continues to make waves as an advocate for change and empowerment. Having come to terms with himself in a homophobic culture he has positioned himself as a vanguard, always pushing the envelope.

He conceived the idea and concept for a tribute book, VISIBLE LIVES: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris (Dafina/Kensington – May 2010), for his dear friend and mentor, New York Times best-selling author, the late E. Lynn Harris. Dean also worked with MTV Networks helping to produce live award shows and events including MTV Video Music Awards, Movie Awards, Hip Hop Honors, Rock Honors, Sports & Music Festival, and Choose or Lose. He is the founder/creator of Men’s Empowerment, Inc. and co-creator of The Gathering of Men with Adeyemi Bandele, the ex-husband of Iyanla Vanzant. He is also the author of RECLAIM YOUR POWER! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing, and Inspiration for Men of Color (Random House/Villard – May 2003).

STRAIGHT FROM YOUR GAY BEST FRIEND is indeed a girl’s guide to all things good. Terrance Dean, via his wit and charm, tells it like it is, in a definitive guide to self-empowerment. He is indeed the best friend every girl should be lucky enough to have, and, now can! Get your copy wherever books are sold and visit with Terrance Dean at http://www.mrterrancedean.com.




Author Terrance Dean Celebrates Los Angeles With Two Special Book Signing Events

Los Angeles – ESSENCE Magazine best-selling author Terrance Dean is celebrating in Los Angeles with two special book signings in conjunction with his latest release, “Visible Lives: Three Stories In Tribute To E. Lynn Harris” (Dafina Books – May 2010) . “Visible Lives” is Dean’s literary tribute to his friend and mentor, the late E. Lynn Harris. Dean will autograph copies of “Visible Lives” on Monday, May 24th at 3:15pm at Cal State Los Angeles, in the Los Angeles Room A, 3rd Floor, U-SU at 5154 State University Drive. Then on Tuesday, May 25, the release date for “Visible Lives,” he will make an appearance from 7:30 pm to 9:00pm for the In The Meantime Book Club at Catch One in the Village Health Foundation Community Room at 4067 W. Pico Blvd.

New York Times Best-selling author E. Lynn Harris passed away in July of 2009. His novels about successful and glamorous black men with sexual identity conflicts, and the women and men who love them, made him one of the nation’s most popular writers. Dean’s own explosive debut, his memoir entitled Hiding In Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry – from Music to Hollywood (Atria/ Simon & Schuster May 2008) has positioned him as one of the entertainment industry’s most talked about authors of late. Bravely unmasking the deep secrets of a prominent gay sub-culture within not only the entertainment community, but within the confines of Hip Hop, Hiding in Hip Hop became the runaway sensation of the year.

“Visible Lives” is a powerful tribute to the late Harris in which three authors present new novellas in the genre E. Lynn helped to create. Dean conceived the idea and concept for the tribute book, “Visible Lives” and enlisted the contributions of fellow authors Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy.

In “Visible Lives,” readers are introduced to three novellas House of John, The Intern and Is it Still Jood to Ya. In House of John, Jesse Templeton is a thirty-eight year old freelance photographer still reeling from a recent breakup with his live-in boyfriend Sean. He thinks he’s done with love -that is until finds he starts falling for a gorgeous local at an annual sex retreat in Santo Domingo. In The Intern, workaholic television executive Chase Kennedy finds himself drawn to the office’s new intern, sexy college student and basketball star Quincy Thornberry. Things couldn’t be going better until Chase learns that Quincy’s father may be the man he lost both his virginity and his heart to years prior. Lastly in Is It Still Jood to Ya?, actor Raheim Rivers is anxious to be reunited with his lover Mitchell Crawford after being away a long time. Uncertain about the future of their relationship, Raheim and Mitchell are forced to confront their issues and each other when a summer blackout strands them together in New York.

Author, speaker, educator and now advice columnist, Detroit native, Terrance Dean also pens a weekly feature for the Black Planet site, “Hello Beautiful” ( http://www.hellobeautiful.com ) entitled, “Straight, From Your Gay Best Friend,” which is also the title of his new highly anticipated advice book due out later this year from Agate/Bolden Books. Dean offers advice served with a mix of sass, wit, and humor to the thousands of women who write in seeking answers to everything from love, relationships, career, and family.

“I love Los Angeles,” proclaims Dean. “Its always been such a beautiful city and the energy here is infectious. I am looking forward to meeting and greeting everyone at the book signings and continuing the wonderful literary legacy of my great friend, E. Lynn Harris. I know he is smiling at the beauty of it all!”

“Visible Lives” is available wherever books are sold. Catch up with Terrance Dean at http://www.mrterrancedean.com and http://hellobeautiful.com/author/terrancedean/.