We Broke It Here First: Lesbian Model Turned Industry Insider Tajah Set to Publish Tell-All … Hollyweird Poop Parties and All
Most of you have heard the term, “on the DL” but you will never appreciate the level of concealment associated with this lifestyle until you can delve into the psyche of someone who has experienced this way of life while in the entertainment industry. Author, Natasha “Tajah” Burton, holds no punches as she releases her debut novel “Low Down Dirty Shame” which will surely deliver some low blows to some of the most elite celebrities, athletes and CEO’s in the business. Exposing sex secrets, private parties, drugs, abuse and infidelities; Tajah truly opens all facets of her life and surroundings in this incredible autobiography.
Tajah goes to explain how tough it was to grow up and feel alienated from family members due to her sexual orientation, especially from her mother and uncle, a popular safety in the NFL who was against homosexuality. To detailing her coming out story, where she meets her first girlfriend, while being bored on a group date at Disneyland with popular NFL player Reggie Bush. She even reveals the extreme sex lives of some of your favorite rappers, singers, actors, fashion designers, and athletes who aren’t injured, but still made the DL this year. Here is a snippet from the story:
“I knocked first no one answered, I almost walked away but I felt the urge to be nosey so I used the key that the security gave to me. I wanted to see what was occupying his time the whole party, as I slowly opened the door, my mouth dropped I was shocked to see that he was on his knees giving oral sex to a guy whose face I’ve seen but whose name had temporarily slipped my mind. I quickly closed the door took a deep breath and thought hard about where I recognized him from and then it hit me he played in the NBA.”
Bossip: What’s the inspiration behind the title of your book, “Low Down Dirty Shame?”
Tajah: A lot of times people think, when they hear the title, that I’m airing celebrities dirty laundry and those weren’t even my intentions. My inspiration is, mostly, what I’ve gone through. Even though I do talk about my experience being a lesbian who’s out in the industry, I talk a lot about the domestic violence I experienced in my relationship with a woman. After going to jail and having my cheekbones broken, I started looking at my life – my decisions, the people I surrounded myself with. I struggled with the fact that I had to pack on make-up, hide my scars and bruises and mentally, I was falling apart and my only escape was to write everything that was happening. I also feel like people need to know, especially these young girls who want to have sex with the NBA and NFL players, some of them are bi-sexual and closet gays and can possibly be infected with HIV/AIDS and other STD’s which is attacking our community. People need to know that some of these women that you see in the videos are having work done on their bodies but they’re paying a high price – letting old, white men do whatever they want to them. To me, bringing light to an issue that is being swept under the rug is my goal. I have a purpose! I’m giving a portion of my proceeds to the AIDS coalition and I’m also trying to build a multi-tier breast cancer foundation because that is also affecting our community as well.
Bossip: What are your thoughts on being born gay, or do you believe it’s a choice?
Tajah: I do believe that it’s genetic for some people. Before I graduated college, I crammed in a bunch of Psych classes and, in one of the classes, we talked about a five-year-old boy who wanted to dress like a girl and would cry when he was made to wear boys’ clothing and underwear. The people in his family would say ‘oh, he’s going to be gay,’ how does that happen? So, there are studies that have shown that some people are born gay. And how do you explain multiple family members and siblings being gay? I really believe that it can be a genetic thing, but for Black people, that’s not even an option. I touch on these subjects in my book also.
Bossip: What about you? How did your friends and family react when you came out?
Tajah: With me, being a female, most of my family thought it was some sort of phase I was going through and that it would eventually subside. I come from a Christian, African American family and being gay is not okay. My mother, for example, sent me to a Christian counselor to try and change my mind but I had been dealing with these feelings since I was 10. When you’re told ‘you can’t be this way,’ you feel trapped and pressured to be something you’re not. I know this is something that other people have gone through and are going through now, so I think it’s time to really have the conversation.
Bossip: In your opinion, what’s the best way to approach this topic?
Tajah: It’s not easy — for me to come out and say ‘okay, I’m a lesbian’ was hard to do at first. It’s so secretive in the African American community, we don’t embrace homosexuality at all. The white community has Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell and others and they’re popular, they’re making money and it’s okay. In the black community, people are gay in secret, especially the down-low men. I think homosexuality, in the black community, is a relevant issue. We need to have the discussion! Why can’t we talk about it? Why are we ashamed? Why are so many black men on the down-low?
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