On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep With Men

On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of Straight Black Men Who Sleep With Men

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On the Down Low 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a nurse this book angered me to the point of total disgust, because I see the end results of AIDS and how many lives are completely wasted behind hedonistic pleasures,but I commend Mr. King for coming forward and doing the responsible thing by trying educating EVERYONE about this wreckless behavior of a few selfish people. The scary, confusing and extremely sad part is, that I will always wonder if every brother I encounter is on the DL until they prove that they are not. The book is powerful wake up call to those of you on the DL to come clean and be honest.
Stacey Blackward More than 1 year ago
I love this book it wad hard for me to put the book down . This book was amazed .every every women should read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read the entire copy and I am a hetersexual woman, mother, and wife. I couldn't have wrote it better myself, I appreciate anybody that would take the time out save the lives of others in this day and age. I forwarded a quote from your book to majority of the black women in my email address book to try and give them some perspective on the subject and do you know not one of them responded back. As if they are afraid to imagine that their man maybe on the Down Low? It is always a possibility and I have always paid attention long before your book was published. So, thank you from a real sista who believes in networking to keep us alive. Tewanda Kinchen
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw a lot of men I know in this book as well as other's on the DL. The intentions of the book was loud an clear, even though so many mist it!What other explination can you give for married women that don't fool around coming up with the HIV virus? The books purpose was not to point another finger at the black men America, or to put them down. it was to reveal a hidden life that some live. Maybe he could have mentioned men in general,of all colors, but it's the black man that has the fastest growing rate of HIV cases. No,we are not the blame for the wide spread of this disease, but we are contributing to the spread. King gave his on experience as well as the experience of other men on the DL. what more could he do. the book hit home!
BrownEyeQ More than 1 year ago
First off i want my money back for this so- called expose! THIS IS GARBAGE!!! I cant even bring myself to read past Chapter 3...Thank The Lord. It upests me to know that he can profit from hurting so many people with his lies. What a horrible person. Yes I know know there is no one in this world that is perfect, but what he did was no different than a RAPIST. He raped his wife of her ability to trust in a mans true love for her and her families well being. Not to mention the other women he lied to, just to protect his image. These men are hiding behind the purity of Gods love and using it to shield who they really are. Thank you Father for being a healer, because these women will need it mentally & spirtually. He and the rest of the "demonically possesed" liars will never have a true peace with life. And, I dont care that he has openly come out as a GAY man now. Why not back then? Shame on him hiding behind the cloth of God to find his next fix. SICK BASTARD!!! I WANT MY MONEY BACK B&N!!!! (I only gavee this one star because i have to in order to post. Otherwise big fat Zero)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm doing thesis research on 'The Down Low' because I see first hand how it can effect not only other men, but women and children also. It's disappointing that many African-American men believe that sex with a woman makes them men, when in reality it is much more than that. Being a man means standing up for yourself, even if you're by yourself. Using a wife or girlfriend and children as a shield from society is cowardly. What is most disheartening though is that fact that DL men will take a woman as a wife and bring children into to the world for the sole purpose of protecting himself from what the world may think of him if they knew his true sexuality. I feel for women who all of a sudden find out that their husband didn't really love or even lust after them nor did he really love the children that they beared; these men just wanted to sheild themselves from the hatred and the bias. I am a black gay man and I've met men who were creeping around the gay areas while their wives are at home. I've tried to talk to some of them by just asking them 'What the hell are you doing?' King did a really good job describing the DL lifestyle and hopefully, it will encourage some men to stand up and come foward instead of hiding behind their wife and kids and possibly ruining their lives
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book, i was really was more discusted than impressed. I feel sorry for my sistas out there that is looking for guidance thru this! For my straight brathas- that are straight! The females will always have this in the back of there minds,(dl bratha). I give props it JL was out to inform the public on safety of one another, but , i'm certain his motive was about his on fortune. Don't get me wrong, i'm not a negative bratha at all, but just wasn't feelin this literature, or the way the confused bratha got his points across. Sistas-a straight man don't sleep w/other men! b safe
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing him on Oprah I just had to read this book. I appreciated J.L.'s concern for African-American women and their health. I read this book in four hours. I truly enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JL King is a brave man. I applaude him for being truthful. I reccommend this book to EVERY BLACK WOMEN.. It totally un-believable how much of NO value a black woman has in a black man's eye who is living on the DL. very sad and deceitful. I have learned alot and saddened by it. I totally agree- We all must be educated on this subject and about the HIV,get tested onthe regular and stomp the virus out of our race before their won't be anymore blacks left! Before you read this book, that a deep breath, pray and stay focus on what the message is actually about.
Monique Jackson More than 1 year ago
Down low men need to be exposed!!!!!
jaguarone39 More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS ONE THAT ALL SHOULD READ. THE AUTHOR HAS BROUGHT OUT A TABOO SUBJECT THAT MANY PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT OR DISCUSS. THIS SUBJECT MEN SLEEPING WITH MEN IS ONE THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO LIGHT SOME YEARS AGO. THERE ARE SO MANY MEN WHO LIVE SECRET LIVES ALL THE TIME. THERE ARE THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO HIDE THERE FEELINGS AND MARRY. BUT LO AND BEHOLD THOSE FEELINGS ARE GOING TO COME OUT SOONER OR LATER. I FEEL MR. KING CHOSE TO STAND UP AND BE HONEST WITH HIMSELF.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found it informative. Didn't really tell me much about how to spot a DL man. From his descriptions, it appears every metro-sexual could be labeled a DL man.
4499 More than 1 year ago
King throughout the book is very consistent; he never shifted to anything irrelevant. I favored the fact that he has the titles at the top of each new category; what I like about the titles is that they prepare me for what I'm about to read. I also liked King's clarity. He is so clear that I didn't have to pick up a dictionary to find out what a word meant once. This is what makes him a good writer. He knows who his audience is; he knows that young adults and even teenagers would be reading his book. So he made it formal but not too complex for the average reader. I enjoyed King's tone. He was very calm. Even though the stories in the book are sad, I feel like the author kept his cool and remained calm. With every positive there is a negative. Something i didn't care for in the book was the fact that King pretty much dedicated the book to all men. As a woman I feel somewhat discriminated against.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it opened my eyes to a lot of things about MEN in general. May-be if more men told the truth in the beginning may-be more 'black' families would be still together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was just okay. I gave it 3 stars because it was educational and informative in most ways but ladies don't buy the book hoping to get clues to finding out if your man is on the DL because it won't tell you that. If your man is on the DL you will never know unless you catch him or he tells you that's why its the DOWN LOW!! This book was informational and it's scary to know that so many men are out there on the DOWN LOW.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and my jaw hit the floor. I was shocked. I never even knew this happened. It's a good read. It's just a shame that these men go around sleeping with other men while pretending to be straight. At the same time they are ruthless cowards. Tell that woman if you are sleeping with other men. Let it be HER choice to date you,not yours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story On The Down Low by J.L. King is a true story that is based on his and other black men lives who are living a secrect life on the down low, which is also known as the dl for short. well the term on the down low means that you are a straight black man who sleeps with other black men behind your wives or even girlfriends back, and you don't consider yourself as being gay what so ever. That is what being on the down low means. I feel as if the aurthor's goal for writing this book was to inform black wemon about certain black men that are out in the world doing mischevious things behind their backs.I also feel he wrote this book to answer the numder one most asked question amoung black females,HOW ARE THEY BEING AFFECTED WITH HIV/AIDS IF THEIR PARTNER CLAIMS TO BE STRAIGHT, AND FAITHFULL.That is what I believe the aurthor's goal is. The reason I liked this book so much is because I liked the idea that it was a true story because I love books that are based on real life situations.I also like this book so much because it's a key to how some black men really are and how some black wemon are being affected withHIV/AIDS.Those are the reasos why I like this book so much. I feel as if everyone should read this book because it's a true story about something that is really going on in life, and also because it won't waste any of your time, and plus it's not a book that will leave empty spaces in your head, it will answer just about any question you have in mine to ask.This is why I recommenmd this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing so much about the 'down low' lifestyle, I felt compelled to read this book and gain some insight. I was horribly disappointed. The book is more about men in denial, men who don't want to be 'labeled' and men who are quite selfish. I'm sorry to have to break the news, but you're NOT a 'straight' man if you sleep with other men. If you don't want to be labeled gay or bisexual, that's fine. However, you certainly can't be considered straight. These men are living a lie and putting so many other lives at risk by doing so. Stop trying to hide behind a wife or a girlfriend. Please stop trying to make someone believe that churches in the African-American community are not supportive of you and are somehow to blame for your deceit. I didn't realize we were supposed to glorify sin (of any kind) in the church.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1 day! As I was reading it I got angrier and angrier at the irresponsible behavior of so called educated brothers. However, it was an eye opener and as I think back, I dealt with a DL brother. He would befriend men at the mall while shopping for model cars. Since it was 'man talk' I would walk away and go shopping, not knowing that he was making his DL connection. Fortunately, I am STD free but I still live like a wreck, thinking of what could have happened to me. I want to thank the author for opening my eyes to a world out there that is worse than terrorism. These men behave selfishly and want people to understand that they are not gay? Give me a break, you're as gay as they come. I respect gay people that are open about their sexuality and are not trying to fool anyone, which by the way, most gay men I know are very careful and use condoms. Yes, read this book, it's an education and a lesson on awareness of what's out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gotta give props to Mr. King for lettin the cat outta the bag ... guess what, not every man who has sex with other men is 'GAY' (and white and skinny and teaches 'straight' men how to dress). I hope the real world will pick up on the bottom line message of this book: peoples' sexual behaviors and the labels they use to describe their behaviors and identities often do not match. You gotta be open and honest or you gotta deal with the consequences. Furthermore, lots of people are gonna get freaky behind closed doors and NOT talk with anyone about it so protect yourself accordingly. Gee I wonder if the 'heterosexual' AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa could actually be driven by 'heterosexual' DL men who have sex with men too? (I've actually heard people say 'they don't do that over there.') It sure wouldnt surprise me if they DO it and don't talk about it with the gay white university researchers who fly in, collect shotty information, and spit out all the 'facts.' You go J.L. Keep it real bro.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author spent his time saying that if women were not so obsessed with marriage and family we would not be subject to this foolishness. That makes me angry and he went on about his belief in God. If you believe that much tell these men to STOP LYING people are dying because of this. My last point there is nothing wrong with a women that wants marriage and a family
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although brothers on the down low is a very important topic that needs to be addressed, I was not impressed with this book. It was ok, yet it had no flow, was simply too repetitive and simply goes in circles. In all honesty, I learned more about brothers being on the down low after reading every book written by E.Lynn Harris. Sad part, even the author refuses to face the fact that he bisexual and/or gay. In closing this is simply my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too read the book after seeing J.L. King on Oprah and I truly thank her for bringing this topic to the national spotlight. Yes this is an age old issue (probably as old as Cro-Magnon man); however, Oprah spotlighting it puts it on a national stage for the CURRENT target demographic (18-40). I have to admit that when I saw J.L. on Oprah, I was immediately disgusted by him and the topic, however, as I moved from that initial (and admittedly immature) response, I took a closer look at the situation and decided to read the book before forming an opinion. The African-American (AA) community, as a whole, hasn¿t fully accepted alternative lifestyles with open arms; that is a fact and I don't think that that will change anytime soon. Most AAs firmly believe that the AA male was created to be a strong, principal figure in the family and community. Alternative lifestyles erode that image and seem to tear down the basic fiber of that model. This is why we have such a hard time accepting this fact. J.L. King¿s book simply laments; I understand that you don¿t WANT TO deal with it, but sistas it is here and you HAVE TO deal with it. I am sure that this is old hat information for many people, but it was eye opening and shocking to me that it is at epidemic proportions! I was truly unaware. We AA women have to be around, and healthy for our children, so we need to know the inherent dangers that will prevent that. Given the history of health-related issues in the AA community, I do see our HIV/AIDS epidemic becoming more important to 'all' people. Reason being, many of these DL brothers are dating 'other than AA women' now. Unfortunately, the HIV/AIDS cases will become high among women of all races AND THEN I'm sure that the term 'epidemic' will apply, thereby, making money for research, treatment and prevention available. Thank you J.L., for this vital information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree that this is a subject that should be discussed over and over again because everyone needs to be aware of how hypocritical these men are and what the effect and cost to others their lifestyle is on everyone they come in contact with! Although they wish to keep it hidden - they should be exposed for all of their hypocrisy and lies! I was extremely offended when the statment was made that they don't admit to this behaviour because others would criticize or condemn instead of being compassionate. I believe criticism and condemnation is the correct way to go when someone is repeatedly lying and abusing the trust of someone they are in a relationship with. And, possibly transmitting HIV and STDs to that very same person. Compassion at that point is not appropriate, and would only be perceived as condoning what is being done! Remarks about women needing to insist that their men use condoms as a prevention for the transmission of HIV are made repeatedly in the book. I believe strongly that women should take responsibility for their lives. However, no statement about abandoning the behaviours that are responsible for the high increase of HIV by these DL men is never referred to. I was sickened by the fact that there was absolutely no acceptance of responsibility for the actions of these DL men, only EXCUSES! And, finally, never did I see any indication in this book that the author himself used condoms! He is a sorry excuse for a black male man - or any man for that matter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one great, important read.