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Wendy Williams
Mar 28th, 2006, 12:58 PM
It's about time they have something worth watching. Aliriiiiggghhhttt. :cool:

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BET News Presents: "Down Low Exposed" Tuesday At 10 P.M. (ET/PT)
By BET.com Staff Writer

Posted March 23, 2006 -- The accusations exploded in the African-American community and ignited a wildfire of emotion and controversy – heterosexual Black men leading secret double-lives by having sex with other men. BET News premieres its most controversial documentary ever in THE DOWN LOW EXPOSED, a probing look into the undercover world of men with wives or girlfriends who also secretly engage in sex with other men. THE DOWN LOW EXPOSED premieres Tuesday, March 28 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Atlanta-based author J. L. King first ignited the debate last year with his controversial tell-all book entitled On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of “Straight” Black Men Who Sleep with Men. Since then, a firestorm has rained around the issue further fueled when the husband of best-selling author Terry McMillan broke his own silence by admitting to his secret gay lifestyle.

BET News will examine this subject from a variety of important angles including sex among men in prison and its impact on the spread of HIV/AIDS, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on the subject in the Black church, and the overall risk of HIV/AIDS that exists for the female partners of men who secretly partake in the “down low” lifestyle. McMillan also participates in what she says will be her last interview on the subject of her ex-husband who hid his gay lifestyle, and J. L. King revisits his inflammatory book as well as discusses his own life in the aftermath.

BET.COM is an affiliate of Black Entertainment Television, Inc.

SelesFan70
Mar 28th, 2006, 01:49 PM
Oh, dear... :bolt:

Wendy Williams
Mar 28th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Oh, dear... :bolt:

Come on now. Some of your favorite actors, singers, athletes, rappers, politicians are brothers on the down low. HOW U DOIN. :cool: Watch the special and luxuriate. ;)

SelesFan70
Mar 28th, 2006, 01:57 PM
Come on now. Some of your favorite actors, singers, athletes, rappers, politicians are brothers on the down low. HOW U DOIN. :cool: Watch the special and luxuriate. ;)

Some of my best tricks are on the DL... :drool: ;)

harloo
Mar 28th, 2006, 02:09 PM
I saw the previews for this and "male bashing" Terry Mcmillian is being interviewed. Then the guy who was on Oprah that was only trying to sell books will be on also. It looks like another set up, good job BET.:lol:

SelesFan70
Mar 28th, 2006, 02:24 PM
I saw the previews for this and "male bashing" Terry Mcmillian is being interviewed. Then the guy who was on Oprah that was only trying to sell books will be on also. It looks like another set up, good job BET.:lol:

I have a feeling you are correct, Harloo. Probably won't even scratch the surface of the "problem" (if that's what you see it as). And I bet you that Terry McMillan WILL do another interview about her ex if book sales decline... :tape:

Pureracket
Mar 28th, 2006, 02:34 PM
BET wouldn't show Coretta Scott King's funeral, but they show this hateful BS? :bolt:

harloo
Mar 28th, 2006, 02:35 PM
I have a feeling you are correct, Harloo. Probably won't even scratch the surface of the "problem" (if that's what you see it as). And I bet you that Terry McMillan WILL do another interview about her ex if book sales decline... :tape:

This is the problem I have with the DL discussion. It seems like some people are so interested in the sensationalism of the whole thing. BET should really look deep into this issue instead of showcasing those with something to gain on their special. I bet Terry's next book will be about the down low.;)

Black Mamba.
Mar 28th, 2006, 04:04 PM
This is the problem I have with the DL discussion. It seems like some people are so interested in the sensationalism of the whole thing. BET should really look deep into this issue instead of showcasing those with something to gain on their special. I bet Terry's next book will be about the down low.;)


It's BET the home of BET Uncut, Rap City, College Hill, etc. I've stopped expecting quality from that network a long time ago.

SelesFan70
Mar 28th, 2006, 04:26 PM
It's BET the home of BET Uncut, Rap City, College Hill, etc. I've stopped expectinf quality from that network a long time ago.

College Hill... :tape:

Wannabeknowitall
Mar 28th, 2006, 04:53 PM
BET wouldn't show Coretta Scott King's funeral, but they show this hateful BS? :bolt:

I did not know that, that is really pathetic.
There wouldn't have to be any men on the down low if the black community would embrace gays instead of ostracizing them.
Toni Morrison needs to give it up with being bitter about her ex.
She got played by her man. It happened. Men are dawgs.
I know. I just finished sleeping with one.
That isn't the point.
The point is we do have to acknowledge that men live on the down low at the same time find out the reasons with why and not blame them.
They are still our black men, many of them happen to be important parts of our urban society.
Why should they have to choose between being gay or bi and being black.

Pureracket
Mar 28th, 2006, 04:55 PM
I did not know that, that is really pathetic.
There wouldn't have to be any men on the down low if the black community would embrace gays instead of ostracizing them.
Toni Morrison needs to give it up with being bitter about her ex.
She got played by her man. It happened. Men are dawgs.
I know. I just finished sleeping with one.
That isn't the point.
The point is we do have to acknowledge that men live on the down low at the same time find out the reasons with why and not blame them.
They are still our black men, many of them happen to be important parts of our urban society.
Why should they have to choose between being gay or bi and being black.It's Terri McMillan, not Toni Morrison, Wanna.;)

Wannabeknowitall
Mar 28th, 2006, 05:11 PM
It's Terri McMillan, not Toni Morrison, Wanna.;)

I always do that.
I can be a bit dyslexic at times. I don't why I mixed those two up at times.
I know the difference between them. The Bluest Eye is one of my favorite books by Toni Morrison until Oprah and her book club just had to get to it.
When she did that, she changed the signficance of that book for many people.
That book is an outlook on the mind of a black girl.
I always wondered why my mother and why some black salons would just revere in Shirley Temple.
You would just say give my daughter a Shirley Temple and they would know exactly what you meant and how you wanted it to look.
It's so much deeper than that though.
Many of Oprah's reader just thought of it as a cute little tale. It's deeper and more powerful than that.
I am actually happy that Oprah got duped with James Frey memoirs.
I hope she learned her lesson.

Pureracket
Mar 28th, 2006, 05:38 PM
I always do that.
I can be a bit dyslexic at times. I don't why I mixed those two up at times.
I know the difference between them. The Bluest Eye is one of my favorite books by Toni Morrison until Oprah and her book club just had to get to it.
When she did that, she changed the signficance of that book for many people.
That book is an outlook on the mind of a black girl.
I always wondered why my mother and why some black salons would just revere in Shirley Temple.
You would just say give my daughter a Shirley Temple and they would know exactly what you meant and how you wanted it to look.
It's so much deeper than that though.
Many of Oprah's reader just thought of it as a cute little tale. It's deeper and more powerful than that.
I am actually happy that Oprah got duped with James Frey memoirs.
I hope she learned her lesson.lOL!

I read the book when I was a child and remember how disturbing it was to me.

I am an huge fan of Morrison's(Oprah too, but I agree with most of what you say about her Book Club).

Aquanetta
Mar 28th, 2006, 05:42 PM
It's BET the home of BET Uncut, Rap City, College Hill, etc. I've stopped expecting quality from that network a long time ago.

Agreed. It’s too bad that BET can’t create programs of the caliber Jackass, Room Raiders, Viva La Bam and Yo Momma. Pity.

Aquanetta
Mar 28th, 2006, 05:48 PM
I did not know that, that is really pathetic.
There wouldn't have to be any men on the down low if the black community would embrace gays instead of ostracizing them.

Agreed. Not necessarily embrace but at the very least be tolerant of black gay men.

The point is we do have to acknowledge that men live on the down low at the same time find out the reasons with why and not blame them.

Actually, we can blame them but for valid reasons e.g. lying to and misleading women.

They are still our black men, many of them happen to be important parts of our urban society.
Why should they have to choose between being gay or bi and being black.

The only choice they should make is to stop getting into relationships/marriages with women. What they do in private is their business and it’s even OK if they pretend to be straight but they shouldn’t utilize women as part of the charade.

darrinbaker00
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:19 AM
BET wouldn't show Coretta Scott King's funeral, but they show this hateful BS? :bolt:
Remember, Pureracket, this is Viacom's BET, not Bob Johnson's BET. I'm not mad at Bob for selling out (THREE-POINT-THREE BILLION DOLLARS!), but I kind of figured this would happen. Ladies, look for the same thing to happen to Essence magazine now that Time Warner owns it.