"Most people are conditioned to think of a black man looking a certain way. They only think of the ethnic man in XXX jeans and Timberlands, and here Andre J. comes along with a pair of hot shorts and a caftan or maybe flip-flops or cowboy boots or a high, high heel...
I'm just expressing myself and not hurting anyone."
-André J., in today's New York Times
The Times says, "André J. does not consider himself a cross dresser. Except to the extent each of us getting dressed assumes some kind of persona... Think of him as a performance artist who rolls out his own stage every day."