i subscribe to a pr listserv, blacknews.com. i get emails everyday about news in the black community. sometimes i get gems like an article about farrah gray (or dr. farrah gray – it’s honorary so it doesn’t really count). i normally just delete it when i see it. i didn’t today. perusing the article titles, the word down-low jumped out at me. i have always hated that word. i clicked the article title link. “Down-Low Brothers Watch Out — The Holy Grail for Women of Color Has Arrived.”
the following article popped up:
Down-Low Brothers Watch Out — The Holy Grail for Women of Color Has Arrived
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – AdC Publishing released a reference guide for women of color, which is destined to be a #1 Bestseller in the African-American and Latino communities.
Aurora della Croix’s The Gullible Girl’s Guide to Gagging the Down-low Brother! is indeed a mouth full; however, coupled with this alliterated mammoth title, comes an eye and ear full of valuable information for women of color.
Engaging…brilliantly written…an easy read, this raw…witty…sexy…and sometimes erotic tour de force is the first volume of a double volume set, and has been coined the holy grail for women of color who desire to increase their knowledge about the down-low brother (DLB).
Della Croix embraces the reader on an one-on-one level, and leads her/him on a lyrical journey through time and back. Along the way, della Croix tackles labels, as he candidly dispel some of the myths about men…straight, gay and down-low. Combining various ingredients such as self-help mantras, psychology, historical facts, anecdotes, fantasy, and profiles; sprinkled with an abundance of humor, this recipe ensures the reader is well-seasoned and empowered for entry into the sweltering, and abysmal black-hole known as the DLB psyche. A successful journey through this first volume arms the reader with the necessary basic tools and knowledge to defend herself against the chicanery of her current or future DLB.
Aurora della Croix is a native son of New York, the youngest of 11 children; and for eight years, he called Orangeburg, South Carolina, the birthplace of his mother, his home. He always had a passion for writing, and in 1989, he wrote, directed and produced his first off-Broadway play, “The Thin Line”, at the Sanford Meisner Theatre in New York City, which documented a confusing period in his life. The success of this play set him on the track to becoming one of the most entertaining authors and playwrights of the 21st Century, with a plethora of unpublished works ready to hit the presses, including the sequel to the current published title, a collection of poetry, a trilogy about a dysfunctional family, and an epic novel set in the 1700s which tells the story of a very suspect connection and bond between two southern families–a slave family, and the family of a tobacco and cotton plantation.
For now, you can purchase Volume One of The Gullilble Girl’s Guide to Gagging the Down-low Brother! for $8.95 at www.gulliblegirl.net
the down-low is a word that was created with hate (see r. kelly) and synonymous with j.l. king. straight black women hurl it around now like pleased to meet you. every man who is educated, dresses well, and attractive is suspected of being on the dl or down low. it’s aggravating. the idea of black masculinity is intertwined with underline stereotypes of black male identity. whenever i see that word something triggers in me. i think too many authors use that word to cash in on its supposed meaning.
i got all the way to the aurora’s bio (i have always been bothered by people you name their children aurora) and stopped when i read the word he. i read the first line “Aurora della Croix is a native son of New York, the youngest of 11 children; and for eight years, he called.” i missed native son. then i googled aurora. i didn’t get anyway. i went to the website listed in the article. you have to register pre-order information to get into the site. i just want to know why. obviously, aurora is a man. i understand that. what kind of man, i don’t know. that really doesn’t matter. why do gay men go after each other so viciously to add to the already demeaning and self-destroying dialogue.
i want a funeral for the down low and dl. the d word.
i have so many questions.
1. are you trans aurora?
2. why is the word gagging in your book title aurora (i should have known something was fishy when i read that word)?
3. who designed your book cover (they need they’re computer to be smashed into a million little pieces and forced to take a graphic design class)?
5. i need pictures ( i know that isn’t a question)
6. della Croix? Really?