Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006 Page: 40 of 72
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I've been talking about it constantly, haven't I?
Everyone picks on me. They're like ... [in a
pinched nasally voice] 'We already know how
much you love Dallas.' I'm like, "Don't hate the
player, baby, hate the game." I love Dallas.
You said you and A1 have seriously thought
about settling down in Dallas in the future.
Well, I can't put that on my husband. I've told
him that's where I want to be. He knows I'm
very serious about it. Think about it: Dallas has
everything I want. It's got great churches, great
fashion and great food. Any place that has
Pappasito's is going to make me very happy. It's
got politics, culture, Saks Fifth Ave. My girl-
friends are there. And you've got a good basket-
ball team, which means my life would be com-
Your Dallas book signing coincides with
Black History Month. And in February, issues
that affect the African-American community
become especially newsworthy. There's one
alarming statistic that particularly addresses
African-American women, and that's the
rates of HIV/AIDS infections.
Definitely. You should know that I've been
highly involved in the pandemic for many years.
My first cousin died of AIDS — it's now been 12
years. And I have been dedicated 100 percent,
not just working at the foot of the legislation in
theory, but with my own hands. I participate in an
organization called God's Love We Deliver,
where we actually deliver meals to homebound
AIDS and serious-illness patients. So that is def-
initely a part of my life and has been for many
Part of your book addresses your search for
the perfect mate. Your book is like a useful
guide — especially with all those self-assess-
ment tests you created for readers. Recent sta-
tistics show that African-American women
are testing positive for HIV at alarmingly
higher rates compared to white women. In
searching for the perfect mate, do you think
women need to begin considering this phe-
nomenon called "the down low?"
I have no idea what you're talking about.
You've never heard of "the down low?"
Wow, even Oprah has aired entire programs
I know, but what does that have to do with me?
This goes back to the same themes your
book addresses — women looking for the
ideal mate. I was curious if you wanted to
address these newsworthy statistics concern-
ing African-American women and HIV infec-
From a newsworthy perspective? Because I
was like ... I was so completely lost as to where
you were going.
From a newsworthy perspective, it's not in
"Shine.*' It was not one of the issues that we
address, obviously. The book was really less
about "the man you wanted" and more about the
person you wanted to be in order to get the man.
Do you see what I'm saying? It's much more of
a self-assessment rather than sort of addressing
Don't you think "the down low" is an
important topic in 2006 — especially for
African-American women who are searching
But not in every book. You can't address every
issue. And that was not the issue I was address-
WHEN THE TROUBLE STARTED: In "Shine," Star writes that
as soon as she and Ai vowed to be celibate until they were
married, that's when the mean-spirited attacks on the
couple's sexuality began.
ing, obviously. Quite frankly, it was a journey I
was taking to sort of better myself and to find out
what it is I wanted in life. And I used it as a back-
drop for other women. The book deals more with
you identifying what's going to make you happy
and not a whole bunch of social issues. That
might be another book but it's not this one.
Some folks are especially interested in your
relationship with Al. During your whirlwind
romance, he issued a carefully worded state-
ment about both of your personal histories.
You know what, Daniel? I'm going be really
honest with you. I'm trying really hard not to find
offense in your questions, but I think you're
being really insulting to me and to my husband.
And I think you'll understand if I won't allow
that. I'm very protective of myself and my hus-
band and our families and our friends. And I
think it's really not good journalism, and more
importantly not fair for you to insinuate or in any
way insult my marriage. It's not fair.
What's so insulting about asking about Al's
You'll understand, Daniel, that I'm going to
end this interview unless you'd like to talk about
something else. This is not something I'm inter-
ested in discussing with you.
Right now this is probably the most glar-
ingly obvious issue I can think of.
Well, it's not glaringly obvious to me. And
quite frankly, Daniel... Thank you, I appreciate
your time. [And Star hung up].
Immediately after our brief conversation, two
of Reynolds' publicists called to ask about my
line of questioning. They accused me of being a
malicious gossipmonger. I explained that this
was an opportunity for Star to discuss a serious
issue facing the African-American community.
And isn't it strange that a confident woman who
takes pride that she came from a low-income
background, that she made it all the way to sen-
ior assistant district attorney in New York and
who she calls herself "The Mouth from The
South" is too sensitive to field questions about
the "down low" phenomenon? While she
encourages other single women to create their
own The Ideal Man for Me lists, is it so unfair to
ask if Star Jones had to address the "down low"
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006, newspaper, February 17, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238896/m1/40/: accessed February 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.