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Nelson George

1038626___film__Nelson George is an author, former music critic, producer, screenwriter and filmmaker.  He has been a key reference source and critic of culture for over 25 years.

A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, New York, George grew up in the Tilden Projects in Brownsville. There he developed a love for music and literature reading Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald and other greats, turning his love of music into a profession.

He interned at The Amsterdam News and freelanced at Billboard Magazine. All the while attending St. John’s University and writing down everything in between. Nelson

Hiding in Hip Hop

Everyone wants to know the truth about their favorite celebrities' heart's desire. Within the masculine culture of Hip Hop and Hollywood, there is a well-known gay subculture that industry insiders are keenly aware of but choose to hide. Terrance Dean worked his way up for more than ten years in the entertainment industry from intern to executive, and has lived the life of glitz and bling along with Hollywood and Hip Hop's most glamorous. With a family full of secrets and working in an industry founded on maleness -- where one's job, friendships, and reputation all depend on remaining on the down low and in hiding -- Dean writes a revealing account of the journey of coming out from hiding.

Full of startling anecdotes and incredible true stories, Hiding in Hip Hop is not a traditional tell-all. A personal and poignant memoir, it is also one of the most provocative and honest looks at stardom and sexuality.

  • Published in Books

Hip Hop Crucified Again

1187224_burning_mic_session“It is just a lot of noise.” “They’re not saying anything.” “That ain't nothing but the blues.” “It’s just a fad.” Thirty years later, with millions of records sold and billions of dollars made, Hip Hop still stands. But how did Hip Hop become the scape goat for all the ills of society, especially black society?

As the faces of the artist changed, did the music change as well? Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” made your arms pop, your legs tick. But Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock made your body move just as hard with “It Takes Two”. Whodini taught listeners appreciation for “Friends” as well as “Gangsta Lean” by DRS.  The “Message” shed light on the conditions of black life thanks to GrandMaster Flash and the Furious Five. And a decade later “Self Destruction” did the same thing with an industry compilation from greats like KRS ONE, Heavy D, Kool Moe Dee and many more. Artists said, “Police brutality is now a formality, they kick-in our a#$, and we’re paying they salary, and “F_K the Police!”, Ghetto Boys and N.W.A. respectively. The music and society hasn’t changed, that much.

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