From Jamaica to Russell Simmons, Def Jam Poets on Broadway to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Staceyann Chin- Writer/ Artist and now Author of, “THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE” is set to appear on the INSIDE THE Q show

Staceyann Chin and Oprah Winfrey

Staceyann Chin and Oprah Winfrey

Note from the desk of Executive Producer, Angel L. Brown:

I remember reaching out to Staceyann Chin via e-mail to participate in a documentary I was producing many years ago. Without any hesitation, Staceyann was down for the cause. Unfortunately, the project was put on the shelf along with the scheduling of her interview.

Years later with now a organization in place, Staceyann still remembered me and is still down for the cause to support what I do. From Russell Simmons, Def Poetry Jam on Broadway and HBO to appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Staceyann Chin takes time to talk with Queer Black Cinema. I am proud to announce Staceyann Chin will be the first to be featured on INSIDE THE Q, Queer Black Cinema entertainment news and happening new TV show. Staceyann will give insight on her new book, The Other Side of Paradise.

“Staceyann Chin, acclaimed and iconic performance artist, now brings her extraordinary talents to the page in a brave, lyrical, and fiercely candid memoir about growing up in Jamaica. She plumbs tender and unsettling memories as she writes about drifting from one home to the next, coming out as a lesbian, and finding the man she believes to be her father and ultimately her voice. Hers is an unforgettable story told with grace, humor, and courage. “-

INSIDE THE Q tv show is scheduled to premiere May 2009. We wish Staceyann all the best and hope her book will be apart of Oprah’s Book Club. Stay in the know by subscribing to INSIDE THE Q blog or QBC monthly e-newsletter In the meantime, you can pre-order order The Other Side of Paradise on the following sites:, Barnes & For a complete list go to


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The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin

By Staceyann Chin

“A deeply personal, beautifully written memoir that takes us down a young woman’s road to discovery with all its struggles and heartbreak and ultimate joy. The Other Side of Paradise is a salve and a guidebook for all of our hearts.”
-Tim Robbins

“Set in a Jamaica far from the tourist brochures, The Other Side of Paradise is Chin’s rich and nuanced story of family and abandonment, love and brutality, and a child’s struggle to survive and find a home that will accept her. This is A Portrait of the Artist written for our age. I love this book-and I am completely hamstrung by the feelings it evokes.”
-Walter Mosley

“Staceyann’s courage, sensitivity and bravery are exposed on these vulnerable pages. Captured is the fire, passion and light I experience when she performs. Liberating, beautiful and life-affirming, The Other Side of Paradise is simply incredible.”
-Russell Simmons, author of Do You!

“[Chin] shows me a culture I knew far too little about – the everyday life of young people in Jamaica and the threat of violence looming over anyone who might be too independent or queer or outrageous. How wonderful that this outrageous, talented, determined woman has given us her story.”
-Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller

To say that celebrated poet, performer and political activist Staceyann Chin is a force to be reckoned with would be putting it mildly. An opinionated figure, she is beloved the world over and recognized perhaps most famously for her appearance on both Broadway and HBO for Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Jane and on 60 Minutes. She was also a guest on Oprah to discuss homosexuality in other cultures.

THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE (Scribner; April 14, 2009) is Staceyann Chin’s long awaited chance to tell her story in writing. Born in Jamaica on Christmas day, 1972, Chin’s arrival into the world was unexpected, as nobody even knew her mother was pregnant to begin with. In the absence of a mother or father to look after her, Chin’s grandmother becomes her and her brother, Delano’s, primary caretaker and biggest advocate.

Despite having their fair share of difficult times, this makeshift but loving family struggled together and Chin felt safe with her grandmother and brother at her side. But when the family’s financial needs forced them to move into a shared household, Chin learned the hard way to repress her vivacious personality in order to blend with her environment. Eventually, events conspired to permanently separate the three. The result is a tale of loss and family, or change and survival.

Later, as Chin came of age in a succession of homes-some dysfunctional, some welcoming and some merely adequate, she developed an unbreakable sense of self. Having always been a lively and spirited child, Chin grew into a bright, headstrong young woman, clearly on the verge of carving out a bigger existence for herself. While her life has had many twists and turns, including a confrontation with the man she believes to be her father and her dangerous coming out in college, she has remained courageous in the face of adversity. Told with grace, humor and courage, THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE is an unforgettable story of triumph against the odds.

About the Author
Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe to one woman shows Off Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co writer and performer in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of “things she has done” to her grandmother’s hard working history and the pain of her mother’s absence.

By Staceyann Chin
Scribner; April 14, 2009
288 pages, $24.00

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