More ammunition for those persistent rumors about a gay or "down-low" subculture within hip-hop's top (!) ranks. Radar reports Former MTV producer Terrance Dean has inked a book deal to expose the high-profile homothugs. Reportedly, Hiding in Hip-Hop: Confessions of a Down Low Brother in the Entertainment Industry will not identify the closeted executives by name but a publicist claims "you'll know who they are." (Thanks n0va!)
· Nick Cannon continues to impress. The abtastic young'n will star in a bio-picture on the early years of tennis great and civil rights champion Arthur Ashe, whose life was cut short by AIDS. Ashe was the only black tennis star to win the men's singles at the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon. More on Nick Cannon's HIV/AIDS work HERE and HERE. (via SGL Universe)
· For the second time in one week, a Charlotte Baptist church has voted to leave the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina because of its new, anti-gay misison. Last November, delegates to the annual state convention voted to expel any church that welcomes gays and lesbians. Since then, St. John's Baptist becomes the 20th congregation to leave the state's Baptist convention rather than face expulsion.