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Book Title: Is It True What They Say About Black Men?: Tales of Love, Lust and Language Barriers on the Other Side of the World|
The author of the book: Jeremy Helligar
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.34 MB
Edition: Jeremy Helligar
Date of issue: November 4th 2014
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Read full description of the books Is It True What They Say About Black Men?: Tales of Love, Lust and Language Barriers on the Other Side of the World:"Is It True What They Say About Black Men?" is a travelogue and memoir told from the point of view of a gay, black and well-traveled American, in self-imposed exile from New York City. His physical and emotional journey takes him from one continent to four (South America, Australia, Asia and Africa), all of which he calls home over the course of eight years. Despite his demographic status as a gay black man (and the book’s title, inspired by the one question he hears in every country and every language), Jeremy Helligar’s life abroad and his search for adventure, love and a place to belong are defined by so much more than skin color, sexuality, or even gender. Most of all, his experiences – what happens to him and how he reacts to it – are shaped by a more universal trait: being human. In turn, his book is a universal documentation of love, lust and heartbreak, self-discovery and discovery of the world in which we live, adventure and awkward encounters as a stranger in strange lands. Think James Baldwin (whose "Notes of a Native Son" inspired Jeremy as much as music and "The Golden Girls") and David Sedaris mixed with "Eat Gay Love."
Read information about the authorThe prelude to my story was set in New York City. After graduating from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a degree in Journalism, I spent the first 15 years of my career at the top of the city (as high as 36 floors up), covering music, television, movies and celebrities, while interviewing many of the biggest pop stars and rock icons on the planet as a staff writer and editor for People, Teen People, Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly. I even once inadvertently stood up a former Beatle - Ringo Starr, of course! - after getting stuck in Central Park traffic en route to our interview.
My 5 Most Memorable Moments on the Job:
1) Interviewing David Bowie (twice!).
2) Flying round-trip from New York to Pittsburgh with Bon Jovi on the band's private plane and getting caught in a fierce thunderstorm on the way back. Scary!
3) Meeting Pink, then 19, before she released her debut album and helping to introduce her to the masses when Teen People gave the newcomer her first-ever cover story.
4) Getting romantic advice from Mary J. Blige during an interview and having her comment that she'd been seeing me "all over TV" (as a frequent on-air pop-culture expert for E!, MTV and VHI, among other networks).
5) Interviewing David Beckham and finding out what first attracted him to his wife, Victoria (the '90s pop star formerly known as Posh Spice): It was her legs!
Like every great story, an upheaval was necessary. In September of 2006, I moved to Buenos Aires, in search of new adventures and a different point of view, and two years later, launched my blog, Theme for Great Cities, on which I've shared many of my expat musings. Since March of 2011, I've called Australia (Melbourne), Thailand (Bangkok) and South Africa (Cape Town) home, with month-long layovers in Berlin, Italy and Tel Aviv. Although I'll forever be a New Yorker at heart, I'm now a citizen of the world. Who knows? Maybe I'll even conquer Antarctica yet.
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