Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Back to the Stone Age: Angie Stone Says She Loves Her Gay Fans-And We'll Love Dancing to Her New CD

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Back to the Stone Age: Angie Stone Says She Loves Her Gay Fans-And We'll Love Dancing to Her New CD

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The rumor went like this: In March 2002, at an African-American street festival in Newark, N.J., R&B diva Angie Stone supposedly asked to see hands of the "strong black brothas" as opposed to the "homos" in the audience. The story made it into the gay magazine Venus, but Stone has passionately denied it since: That rumor and others, she told one writer, started "since I had to fire one band member in particular."

"That just hurt me so deeply," Stone tells The Advocate, "because most of my best friends, who are some of the most loyal friends that I've ever had in my life, have been gay. I've learned over the years that people are people, and the thing that I love is, I'm accepted on all fronts."

Ironically, the rumor came out just as Stone was riding high on her hit single "Wish I Didn't Miss You." Written by Ivan Matias and Andrea Martin, then remixed by Hex Hector and Mac Quayle, the song became the gay dance anthem of the year. And after Stone performed "Wish I Didn't Miss You" at Junior Vasquez's New York gay pride show, she says, "it was just like everybody kind of got it and left that [rumor] alone. …

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