T.J. Holmes To Host Roundtable Discussion On Being Gay In Hip-Hop Community

Entertainment | 10/13/2015 | 02:47 PM EDT

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Special event will discuss homophobia in the hip-hop industry.

VH1 is preparing for an open and honest discussion on homosexuality in the hip-hop community with the special television event “LHH: Out in Hip Hop,” hosted by ABC News correspondent T.J. Holmes.


The hour-long roundtable discussion will get to the root of the issue by posing the question: Is hip hop homophobic? The conversation piggybacks on a particularly interesting storyline on this season of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood,” in which West Coast rapper Miles struggles with coming out after falling in love with Milan, an openly gay man.


Holmes will reference their dilemma and open up a larger conversation about homosexuality in hip-hop. He will be joined by a group of artists and cultural experts who will give their two cents on the matter.


Panelists include “Queen of Bounce” star Big Freedia, “LHHH” star and singer Ray J, “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” star SIYA, hip hop legend Darryl "D.M.C." Matthews McDaniels, media personality Buttahman, “LHHH” star and former B2K member Fizz,  AllHipHop.com founder Chuck Creekmur, “The Wire” star Felicia Pearson, transgender music producer D. Smith, journalist Emil Wilbekin, Empowerment Temple AME Church pastor Jamal Bryant and many more.


“LHH: Out in Hip Hop” premieres Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. EST on VH1.

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