Water Running Off My Back
Molefi K. Asante, Jr .
This collection of poetry is a window into the mind and soul of a hip young poet
intent on searching for the "truth in everything". Molefi Asante Jr. writes in
the tradition of African American poets who have laid a foundation rich in
culture and rhythm. With poems covering a wide range of themes-identity,
relationships, and family his poems reveal a young poet with intense
sensibilities to the multiplicity of human possibilities.
Hip Hop America
AUTHOR: NELSON GEORGE
In Hip Hop America Nelson George gives a first
person tour through the history of hip hop from its roots in the late 70s
to its emergence as the cultural force that today influences everything
from movies to fashion, advertising to sports.
E.A.R.L. : The
Autobiography of DMX
AUTHOR: as told to SMOKEY D. FONTAINE
The dark journe of a boy who became a man, the man
who became an artist, and the artist who became an icon. From the gritty
street of Yonkers to the desert plains of Arizona, the man the world know
as DMX fought his way through anger, loneliness,and constant betrayal to
ultimately find his soul.
The Times, Trials, and Hardcore Truths of Snoop Dogg
AUTHOR: SNOOP DOGG WITH DAVIN SEAY
The explosive, harrowing, and inspirational
autobiography of the most authentic rap artist in the world, The Dog
father reveals the pure, unadulterated truth about growing up in and
surviving the ghetto, the whole gangster experience, and keeping it real
no matter what, and eventually finding peace and harmony as a husband,
father, and artist.
The Murder of Biggie Smalls
AUTHOR: CATHY SCOTT
The Murder of Biggie Smalls uncovers what those
around smalls and Shakur don't want to be revealed, including the
possibility twas killed to collect on the debt. That Puffy Combs, smalls
record producer, may have hired crips members as bodyguards, who in turn
killed smalls over financial beef. Why many surrounding Smalls feel the
police have neglected the case to the point of letting the murderer get
The Vibe History of Hip Hop
AUTHOR: ALAN LIGHT
THE VIBE HISTORY OF HIP HOP VIBE,
the voice of the hip hop generation, presents the essence of hip hop.
Music, fashion, dance, graffiti, movies, videos, and business: It's all in
this brilliant tale of a cultural revolution that spans race and gender,
language and nationality.
I Make My Own Rules
LL COOL J
THERE ARE REBELS, and THERE ARE INNOVATORS,, I'M AN
INNOVATOR. Keeping it real ain't about being true to yourself and those
around you. In this business, sex is like candy---plentiful and cheap..
READ HIS STORY. LEARN FROM HIS WORDS. MAKE YOUR OWN RULES.
Ladies First :
Revelations of a Strong Woman
AUTHOR: QUEEN LATIFAH
At nineteen she was the first female solo rapper to
have a major record deal. Four years later she had become a top television
actress and movie star. She earned a grammy, started a record label, and
became the president of her own company. Todayshe is rap music's most
enduring female force and hosts her own talk show.
AUTHOR: JANET MCDONALD
An eloquent account of a remarkable life, Project
Girl should be placed on all high school and college reading lists and
offered to anyone looking for a book beautifully written. Unique,
unflinching, and totally absorbing, Project Girl names the terrors and
rewards of life in worlds we had though mutually exclusive.
THE MASTER PIMP
One of the world's top pimps breaks the code of silence unveiling how and
why he became a pimp. It took five years for the author to complete The
Pimp's Rap. After it's completion, the manuscript was stolen but justice
prevailed. Take the phone off the hook and cut the beeper off. Now for the
first time in print get ready to experience a world called The Pimp's Rap.
the Way Girls
by Angel Hunter, LA Jill Hunt, Dwayne S. Joseph
Three tough Brooklyn women--Syndi, who is desperate to escape New York and
her dysfunctional family; Angel, who meets her match in a man who knows how to
play the game; and Cream, a single mother and stripper who gets embroiled in a
dangerous scam--learn valuable lessons in life and love.
There's a saying in Brooklyn that if you come
from my part of town that you're from around the way. Well Sydni, Angel and
Cream are all from around the way. They all live in Crown Heights, one of the
most notorious sections of Brooklyn, but to them it's just a place they call
home. Around the Way girls is a fast paced look at the life of three street
smart woman who think they know it all but are about to get the lessons of their
It a Crime: A Street Saga
Roy Glenn has easily slipped into the ranks of literary stars on the
rise. His first Novel "Is It A Crime" contains all the elements of a compelling
story told with the insight and perspective of someone close to the characters
and events. His Story does more than move, it gyrates.
Mike Black has it all: money, power, and everyone’s respect. His violent rise to
power earned him the name Vicious Black. Although he has everything he ever
wanted, none of it seems to matter until he becomes enchanted with Cassandra
Streetlife is an in-depth graphic journey into the struggle of life as a
young black male raised by America's inner city streets. This journey is not
only Jihad's, but documented bits and pieces of every African-American mother's
son's life. The private lives of so many that have revolved around him as he
evolved thru childhood, adolescence and adulthood is profiled.
Kayla Hopkins is young, beautiful and can't win for losing. That's why everyone
calls her the Drama Queen.
She doesn't go looking for drama, it just happens to find her. Take for
instance, her love life. Kayla's not satisfied with just one man. She has
two-one she's in love with and another whom she's pregnant by. A ready-made
formula for disaster, but will Kayla see it before everything blows up in her
face? Her track record says no, but her friends and family can only hope. Drama
Queen is a hilariously funny and fast-paced novel that offers king-size drama
This is the story of two women -Sinclair, who wants to love again
but can't trust enough to do so, and Alliette, who does not love herself and so
cannot recognize love when it shows its face. It teaches us that even when the
ulterior motive may start off being negative, it can lead to unexpected
developments. The truest and best of friends are sometimes friends by accident.
She's Got Issues will entice the genders and take them on a ride that will
reinvent the meaning of friendship, understanding, and compassion, and allow
them to love and lose without anger or judgment.
The story of Ceazia a very attractive, very good girl who
has just left the safety of her parents’ home and entered into the world of bad
boys and fast money. Ceazia thinks the world belongs to her when she meets
Vegas, one of the tidewater Virginia area’s most notorious drug dealers. Even
though she knows a relationship with Vegas goes against everything her parents
taught her, she still can’t resist his bad boy persona. He’s fine, sexy, and
ready to give her anything her heart desires—just what the doctor ordered for a
broke, wannabe diva. The only problem is this might just end up being the
biggest mistake of her life. Ceazia thinks the world belongs to her when
she meets Vegas, one of the tidewater Virginia area's most notorious drug
dealers. Even though she knows a relationship with Vegas goes against everything
her parents taught her, she still can't resist his bad boy persona.
A Thug's Life
A Thug's Life is an emotional, non-stop thriller that will
hold your attention from the first page. It's filled with sex, drugs, murder,
and crime- all the key ingredients for a suspense filled urban novel. The author
takes you intimately into the minds of the main characters as they struggle with
their inner demons in an effort to survive this vicious test of wills. He
inspires you to think and, at the same time, choose sides between Dayvon and Ty.
He also shows you that the Thug Life is real and that no one can escape the game
without paying a price. You will learn that the price might be your life or your
Chasin' It is an urban story twisted with jealousy, addiction, denial,
obsession and deception. From Las Vegas's Caesars stage to life on Chicago's
mean streets, the lessons are hard and many for Terri in this rite of passage
tale like no other. Chasin' It will keep you spellbound from the first pages and
fascinate you with a story like nothing you've ever read before. It is truly the
wildest street story of them all.
from da' Hood
Travel with Lady Bug as she navigates through the hood putting every petty
hustle into play to chase hard times away from her door. Never having a bit of
shame, her low-lifed scams are a sure disgrace to any gold digger, sac chaser,
guttersnipe or chicken head. For she falls at the bottom of the barrel weighting
in at nothing less than a hoodrat!
Dwayne S. Joseph;
For best friends Mike, Max, and Ahmad, the bonds of friendship, love and
respect, are put to the ultimate test as each one of them is forced to take a
long, hard look at himself and the woman he loves. They all said their 'I do's,'
but did they really understand what it meant?
Love Is Blind
National bestselling author Parry "Ebonysatin" Brown and a few of her new
literary friends Pat Simmons and Lisa Y. Watson have sat down and written a
winner. Love is Blind contains three outrageously funny stories of love and
Sins of the Father
Player, liar, and deceiver. These are words that Terrance and Malik use
to describe Samuel "Street" Jamieson. They never considered him their father.
They did not grieve his untimely death; they mourned his departure years ago,
when he walked out of their lives unannounced, leaving their mother heartbroken.
Nadine sees the same poisonous charm in her sons that she saw in Street. A
father's absence is always present in the lives of his sons. Unsuppressed anger,
hatred, and bitterness fester in Terrance and Malik. These emotions surface to a
crescendo when they are faced with circumstances that threaten to shatter their
world. Can they learn to forgive?
by Roy Glenn
Also recommended: Is it a
shanise (firstname.lastname@example.org), person who loves to
Who says crime dosen't pay? Becauseis ure does for Travis
Burn. He's the leader of a well organised robbing crew known only as MOB
and he and his crew are living the good life. They target banks,
supermarket, jewellers, and anything else that they can hit quick and
come away with a large return.
No More Drama
by LA Jill Hunt
Shareka (Msfenae@yahoo.com), an avid Book Lover,
February 16, 2005,
Drama Drama Drama... I think this was better than Part 1.
Terrell had so much drama in his life that I didnt think he was going to
straighten up at all. Roni was devious and messed up a good thing . I
should have knew something was up w/her going out of town for a week and
she is a school teacher. She should have been named Drama Queen in this
book. It ended cute with Uncle Jay claiming he was Darla's baby daddy !!
This book is the bomb! I couldn't even but the book down. I
think that everyone should read it.
Also recommended: A Hustler
Wife, A Gangster Girl, and Bad Girlz.
Author: Nubian James
Paris Hightower, is a sexy young thang who falls in love
with the man of her dreams, Tyree Dickerson, the son of very wealthy
Real Estate tycoons. But there’s a problem…. Tyree’s mother (Mrs.
Dickerson) thinks that her son is too good for Paris and is dead-set on
destroying the relationship at all costs.
After Mrs. Dickerson reveals a long-kept secret to
Paris about her mother (Ebony Hightower), a woman that abandoned Paris
and her brother more than fifteen years ago when she was forced to flee
and hide from police amidst Attempted-Murder charges for shooting Paris’
father --- Paris is left in an impossible situation.