The excellence of this should not be understated. However, gaining a place at the table does present its share of complications, and one of them is our trend of the year…. And while it could be seen as progress that shows are becoming comfortable enough to use gay content as a carrot to dangle in front of curious viewers, it can also have the whiff of desperation. The hugely popular Sherlock could be accused of doing the same thing, though in a slightly classier fashion.
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American rap music is an industry ruled by machismo. It is a place where reputations are made by shady pasts, the aura of violence and ultra-masculinity. But now an explosive new book is lifting the lid on one of hip hop's most unexpected secrets: that many people in the business are gay. Terrance Dean, a former executive at music channel MTV , has penned a memoir of his life and times in the hip hop industry as a gay man. Perhaps not surprisingly, many in the industry are nervous about the book's publication this week, fearing that it will expose some of the top black names in music and Hollywood as secretly gay. But Dean said that his memoir was not intended as a way of outing famous people. The book is not about outing people.
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In the s, when AIDS wiped out tens of thousands of those celebrants, the song took on new layers of resonance. Today "I Will Survive" carries all of that baggage, and lifts it up along with the spirits of anyone who hears its message. Think again.
Several fine books have examined gay life in the South, e. Patrick Johnson is chair, director of graduate studies, and professor in the Department of Performance Studies and professor of African American studies at Northwestern University. He is on tour in , giving live performances of "Pouring Tea," a one-man-show based on the interviews collected for Sweet Tea.