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Young, Black, Gifted and Gay: Powerful Men in the Entertainment Industry

Tuesday June 14, 2011
06:30 pm

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Terrance Dean discusses Mogul









How far we have come since Oprah addressed down low men with J.L. King, with the impact of social media on the LGBT community (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogging), E. Lynn Harris and his books, gay men on television (Real Housewives of Atlanta, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, and Noah’s Arc), and Lil B deciding to name his upcoming album, "I'm Gay." Can a gay rapper exist in Hip Hop or a Black male celebrity come out in the entertainment industry? In association with Simon & Schuster/Atria Books, best-selling author Terrance Dean presented a powerful panel discussion, Young, Black, Gifted, and Gay…Powerful Men In The Entertainment Industry. Dean tied in his new book, MOGUL, and the central character, Big A.T., a down low gay man who is struggling with his sexuality, his desire  to come out, and the repercussions of his decision, as well as protecting the  secrets of the family of down low and gay men in the entertainment industry.  The panel served as a progressive dialogue for the LGBT and Black community as a whole.


Terrance Dean read from his new novel, Mogul, and signed copies after the panel discussion.




Moderator: Terrance Dean (Author/Speaker)

Terrance Dean is a 2005 John Seigenthaler Journalism Fellow from Vanderbilt University. He has been featured in Newsweek, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, The Observer UK, Genre, VIBE, Hip Hop Weekly, AOL Black Voices, and Essence Magazine. He has also written for VIBE, Essence, Hello Beautiful, Huffington Post, The Advocate, The New York Sun, Fatherhood Today, and He is the author of the Essence Magazine best-seller Hiding In Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood; Reclaim Your Power! A 30-Day Guide to Hope, Healing and Inspiration for Men of Color; and Straight From Your Gay Best Friend: The Straight-Up Truth About Relationships, Work, and Having a Fabulous Life. Dean has worked in the entertainment industry for over fifteen years and is the founder/creator of Men’s Empowerment, a New York based organization dedicated to the transformation of men of color in their communities. His debut novel, Mogul, will be published by Atria Books in June 2011.


Kevin E. Taylor (CEO Taylormade Music Momentos/BET Producer/Author)

Kevin E. Taylor is a pastor, a writer and producer for television, an author, and a lecturer/empowerment speaker, who has spoken at colleges, universities and community groups for the last 20 years. As a producer, he he interviewed such icons as Tina Turner, Maxwell, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Sade, Diana Ross, Lenny Kravitz, and Natalie Cole. Taylor created the BET shows Access Granted, Testimony, Lyrically Speaking, and Notarized. Currently he is working on a new book entitled Envy: The Darkest Shade of Green, a sequel to his bestseller Jaded.

Marlynn Snyder (Publicist; Founder/President, Black Tree Marketing)

Marlynn Snyder is the president of Black Tree Marketing. He is also a freelance writer and cultural critic whose work has appeared in publications including Vibe, Billboard, Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Press, among others. He is also a former PR executive in the music business, where he worked with recording artists Janet Jackson, Angie Stone, Run DMC, Boyz II Men, RZA (of Wu-Tang Clan), The Cranberries and more. He lives in Manhattan.

DJ Baker (Radio/Television Host; CEO Da-Doo Dirty Show)

DJ Baker is the CEO of the Da Doo-Dirty Show, one of the only sources to hear LGBT hip-hop and R&B artists mixed in with underground, independent, and contemporary popular music.







Kevin-Anthony (CEO B2Productions; Black 2 Broadway)

With almost 20 years in the entertainment industry, Kevin-Anthony brings a breadth of experience both as a performer and producer. For his leading roles in Broadway productions, he has been favorably reviewed by some of the most prominent newspapers across America including USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post among others. An entrepreneur at heart, Kevin's entertainment business experience mirrors his success as a performer, in partnership with companies such as Carabineer/ Jack Morton Productions, Day by Day Productions, and The Continental Singers. Working independently, Kevin has booked and negotiated contracts nationally and internationally for such artist as George Clinton, Phoebe Snow, and Anita Baker.

Stanley Bennett Clay (Author/Playwright)

Stanley Bennett Clay has received 3 NAACP Theatre Awards and 3 Drama-logue Awards for writing, directing and co-producing the stage play “Ritual.” He has additionally directed the musical “Cyrano de Bergerac, Man!” a rock adaptation of the classic Rostand play, wrote and directed the play “Lovers” and wrote, directed, and starred in the drama “Armstrong’s Kid,” among others. He received the NAACP Best Actor Image Award for his performance opposite “Good Times” Bern’Nadette Stanis, in his multiple award-winning production of “Anna Lucasta.” Clay has published three novels and co-authored the current top-charting anthology Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris. For ten years (1991-2001) he edited and published SBC Magazine, then the most widely distributed national monthly for the Black LGBT community. He received Genre Magazine’s Life Guard Award, The National Black Writers’ Founder’s Award, the first Black Gay and Lesbian Cultural Alliance Award, the 2008 Oakland Black Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Blatino Oasis 2010 Award for Literature, and the 2010 Indianapolis Black Pride/Brothers United Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.

Patrick Riley (Host/Television Producer/Journalist)

Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Patrick graduated from Morehouse College cum laude with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He is currently based outside of New York City in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. As an independent producer, personality, and writer for a little more than a decade, Patrick's clients have included Harpo Studios, Dubose Entertainment, BET, ESPN, Levi's, Remy Martin, HBO, and many others. He has interviewed and produced stories on a number of high-profile celebrities and newsmakers, including Diana Ross, Bill Clinton, Master P, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tyler Perry, and Jennifer Hudson. He is currently writing his first book, a collection of narratives called Big Willies and Amazing Graces: Gay Men and Their Best Girlfriends. He chairs the National Association of Black Journalists' Arts & Entertainment Task Force and has served on the Board of Directors for NABJ, as well as the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the New York Association of Black Journalists, which recently honored Patrick at its annual Trailblazer Awards ceremony with its 'Volunteer of the Year' Award.

Maurice Jamal (Founder/President, GLO TV; Filmmaker)

Maurice Jamal is the Founder/President of GLO TV, the first Urban LGBT TV network. Maurice was named among the Who’s Who In Black LGBT America by BET. He is also a celebrated independent filmmaker who has achieved mainstream success and has been profiled in Black Enterprise Magazine, Essence, JET, Variety, OUT Magazine and The Advocate. Mr. Jamal created the landmark films Ski Trip, Friends & Lovers, and Dirty Laundry and was listed by OUT Magazine as One of The 100 Most Important Gays in America and by AOL Black Voices as One of the Top 25 Most Influential Black Filmmakers.