I recently had the opportunity to interview Terrance Dean, the author of the controversial book, "Hiding In Hip-Hop: On The Downlow In The Entertainment Industry From Music To Hollywood."

Q: Can you give us a timeline on the book?

A: 1993-2007

Q: Have you received death threats since the release of the book?

A: No, actually everyone has been very supportive and encouraging.

Q: I know you worked in the entertainment field in the past, has this book blacklisted you regarding future employment in the industry?

A: As far as I know, no. 

Q: Are the names given to the characters indicators of who they might be?

A: Some of the names are indicators to the true identities of the characters.

Q: What prompted you to write this book?

A: This is my story and my memoir.  This book gave me a voice to express that.

Q: Why didn't you reveal names?

A: I didn't want to interfere and disrupt families, relationships, careers and livelihoods.

Q: Are you currently in a committed relationship?

A: No

Q: What particular incident has inspired you?

A: I was inspired by the Spelman women.  I applaud them for standing up and canceling the appearance of a rapper due to his disrespectful, derogatory lyrics and behavior pertaining to women.

Q: Do you plan on writing a sequel?

A: I am working on another book, I will write a sequel to this book (Hiding In Hip-Hop) if I receive an overwhelming response from fans.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Reading, writing and traveling.  I would also like to mention that I love your website (PR). I started browsing the site when I was employed at MTV.  I also enjoy the interaction of the posters on the message board and I would like to thank you and them for the support.

Q: What is your favorite travel destination?

A: The Caribbean

Before we ended the interview, Terrance wanted to share the following message with our audience.

"Women should be proactive in asking questions of their men (husbands/boyfriends) in regards to the downlow." 

"Also, it has been brought to my attention that a large number of males are contracting AIDS via sexual assault.  My brother was sexually assaulted in a group home and contracted the AIDS virus.  He later died."

"Young people who have been sexually molested and assaulted have a hard time speaking up or never speaking up because they think no one will believe them and then they develop emotional issues throughout their lives."  We need to be there for them to give them a voice and to help them heal."

"Since the publication of my book, I have received emails from numerous people who suffered sexual assault or molestation as a child.  They have lived with this secret their entire lives.  After reading my book, it gave them the courage to open up and share."